

CHAPTER 1. Mathematics Converting Fractions to Decimals To convert any fraction to a decimal, simply divide the top number (numerator) by the bottom number (denominator). Every fraction will have an approximate decimal equivalent. Calculator tip: Numerator (top number) ÷ Denominator (bottom number) = the decimal equivalent of the fraction. Some fractions when converted to decimals produce a repeating decimal. Other examples of repeating decimals: .212121… = .21 Decimal Equivalent Chart Figure 16 (on the next page) is a fraction to decimal to millimeter equivalency chart. Measurements starting at 1/64 inch and up to 23 inches have been converted to decimal numbers and to millimeters. Ratio A ratio is the comparison of two numbers or quantities. A ratio may be expressed in three ways: as a fraction, with a colon, or with the word “to." For example, a gear ratio of 5:7 can be expressed as any of the following: 
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