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A repeating decimal, also known as a recurring decimal, is a decimal number that has a digit or digits that infinitely repeat at regular intervals. Repeating decimals can be tricky to work with, but they can also be converted into a fraction. Sometimes, repeating decimals are indicated by a line over the digits that repeat. The number 3.7777 with 7 repeating, for instance, can also be written as 3.7. To convert a number like this to a fraction you write it as an equation, multiply, subtract to remove the repeating decimal, and solve the equation.
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Part 1 of 2:Converting Basic Repeating Decimals

1Locate the repeating decimal. For instance, the number 0.4444 has a repeating decimal of 4. It is a basic repeating decimal in the sense that there's no nonrepeating portion to the decimal number. Count how many repeating digits there are in the pattern.
 Once your equation is written, you will multiply it by 10^y, where y equals the number of repeating digits in the pattern.^{[1] X Research source }
 In the example of 0.4444, there is one digit that repeats, so you will multiply the equation by 10^1.
 For a repeating decimal of 0.4545, there are two digits that repeat, and you would, therefore, multiply your equation by 10^2.
 For three repeating digits, multiply by 10^3, etc.

2Rewrite the decimal as an equation. Write it out so that x equals the original number. ^{[2] X Research source } In this instance, the equation is x = 0.4444. Since there’s only one digit in the repeating decimal, multiply the equation by 10^1 (which equals 10).^{[3] X Research source }
 In the example where x = 0.4444, then 10x = 4.4444.
 With the example x = 0.4545, there are two repeating digits, so you multiply both sides of the equation by 10^2 (which equals 100), giving you 100x = 45.4545.

3Remove the repeating decimal. You accomplish this by subtracting x from 10x. Remember that whatever you do to one side of the equation must be done to the other, so:^{[4] X Research source }
 10x – 1x = 4.4444 – 0.4444
 On the left side, you have10x  1x = 9x. On the right side, you have 4.4444 – 0.4444 = 4
 Therefore, 9x = 4

4Solve for x. Once you know what 9x equals, you can determine what x equals by dividing both sides of the equation by 9:
 On the left side of the equation you have 9x ÷ 9 = x. On the right side of the equation you have 4/9
 Therefore, x = 4/9, and the repeating decimal 0.4444 can be written as the fraction 4/9.

5Reduce the fraction. Put the fraction in its simplest form (if applicable) by dividing both the numerator and denominator by the greatest common factor.^{[5] X Research source }
 In the example of 4/9, that is the simplest form.
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Part 2
Part 2 of 2:Converting Numbers With Repeating and NonRepeating Decimals

1Determine the repeating digits. It’s not uncommon for a number to have nonrepeating digits before the repeating decimal, but these can still be converted into fractions.
 For example, take the number 6.215151. Here, 6.2 is nonrepeating, and the repeating digits are 15.
 Again take note of how many repeating digits there are in the pattern, because you will multiply by 10^y based on that number.
 In this example, there are two repeating digits, so you will multiply your equation by 10^2.

2Write the problem as an equation and subtract the repeating decimals. Again, if x = 6.215151, then 100x = 621.5151. To remove the repeating decimals, subtract from both sides of the equation:
 100x – x (= 99x) = 621.5151  6.215151 (= 615.3)
 Therefore, 99x = 615.3

3Solve for x. Since 99x = 615.3, divide both sides of the equation by 99. This gives you x = 615.3/99.

4Remove the decimal in the numerator. Do this by multiplying the numerator and denominator by 10^z, where z equals the number of decimal places you must move to eliminate the decimal. In 615.3, you have to move the decimal by one place, meaning you multiply the numerator and denominator by 10^1:
 615.3 x 10 / 99 x 10 = 6153/990
 Reduce the fraction by dividing the numerator and denominator by the highest common factor, which in this case is 3, giving you x = 2,051/ 330
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QuestionHow do I make an improper fraction into a mixed number?DonaganTop AnswererTo convert an improper fraction to a mixed number, divide the denominator into the numerator. The whole number of the quotient is the whole number of the mixed number. If the quotient also has a remainder, the remainder is the numerator of the fraction in the mixed number. The denominator of the fraction is the same as the denominator of the improper fraction. For example, to convert 13/5 to a mixed number, divide 5 into 13. The quotient is 23/5. 2 is the whole number of the mixed number. 3 is the numerator of the fraction of the mixed number. 5 is the denominator of the fraction of the mixed number. Thus, the mixed number is 23/5 (two and threefifths).

QuestionHow do I show that the reciprocal of 0.131313 is 7.5?DonaganTop AnswererActually it's not. Use a calculator to divide 1 by 0.131313. You'll get 7.615.

QuestionHow do I turn 1.54 repeating into an improper fraction?DonaganTop Answerer1.54 = 154 / 100, or 15,454 / 10,000, or 1,545,454 / 1,000,000 (and so on).

QuestionWhat if the repeating decimal is negative?Community AnswerUse one of these methods to find the fraction equal to the absolute value of the number. Then change the sign to make the fraction negative if the decimal was negative. For example, if 0.2666... = 4/15, then 0.2666.... = 4/15.
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 ↑ http://www.virtualnerd.com/tutorials/?id=PreAlg_05_01_0037
 ↑ http://www.basicmathematics.com/convertingrepeatingdecimalstofractions.html
 ↑ https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/alg1oldcontent/conv_rep_decimals/v/covertingrepeatingdecimalstofractions1
 ↑ http://www.virtualnerd.com/tutorials/?id=PreAlg_05_01_0037
 ↑ https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/alg1oldcontent/conv_rep_decimals/v/covertingrepeatingdecimalstofractions2
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To convert repeating decimals to fractions, start by writing an equation where x equals your original number. For example, x = 0.4444. Then, multiply both sides of the equation by 10^1, since there’s just 1 repeating digit in your original number, to get 10x = 4.4444. Next, remove the repeating decimal by subtracting x from 10x on both sides to get 9x = 4. Finally, solve for x to get 4/9. To learn how to convert numbers with repeating and nonrepeating decimals, scroll down!