Follow the steps for the conversion of mixed recurring decimals into vulgar fractions:
(i) First write the decimal form by removing the bar from the top and put it equal to x (any variable).
(ii) Now, find the number of digits having no bar after the decimal point.
(iii) Suppose there are ndigits without bar, multiply both sides by 10^{n}, so that only the repeating decimal digit is on the right side of the decimal point.(iv) Now write the repeating digits at least twice.
(v) Now, find the number of digits having bar after the decimal point.
(vi) Suppose there are ndigits having bar, multiply both sides by 10^{n}.(vii) Then subtract the number obtained in step (i) from the number obtained in step (ii).
(viii) Then divide both the sides of the equation by the coefficient of x.
(ix) Therefore, we get the required vulgar fraction in the lowest form.
Workedout examples for the conversion of mixed recurring decimals into vulgar fractions:
1. Express 0.18 as vulgar fraction.Solution:
x = 0.18Multiply both sides by 10 (Since number of digits without bar is 1)
10x = 1.810x = 1.88……  (i)
10 × 10x = 1.88…… × 10 (Since number of digits having bars is 1)
100x = 18.8…..  (ii)
Subtracting (i) from (ii)
100x  10x = 18.8  1.8
90x = 17
x = 17/90
Therefore, the vulgar fraction = 17/90
Solution:
x = 0.23Multiply both sides by 10 (Since number of digits without bar is 1)
10x = 2.310x = 2.33……  (i)
10 × 10x = 2.33…… × 10 (Since number of digits having bars is 1)
100x = 23.3…..  (ii)
Subtracting (i) from (ii)
100x  10x = 23.3  2.3
90x = 21
x =x = 7/30
Therefore, the vulgar fraction = 7/30
Solution:
x = 0.43213Multiply both sides by 100 (Since number of digits without bar is 2)
100x = 43.213100x = 43.213213……  (i)
100 × 1000x = 43.213…… × 1000 (Since number of digits having bars is 3)
100000x = 43213.213…..  (ii)
Subtracting (i) from (ii)
100000x  100x = 43213.213  43.213213
99900x = 43170
x = 4317x = 4317/9990
Therefore, the vulgar fraction = 4317/9990
Shortcut method for solving the problems on conversion of mixed recurring decimals into vulgar fractions:
The difference between the number formed by all the digits in decimal part and the number formed by digits that are not repeated, gives the numerator of the vulgar fraction and for its denominator the number formed by as many nines as there are recurring digits which are repeated followed by as many zeros as the number of nonrepeating or nonrecurring digits.
For example;
Express 0.123 as vulgar fraction.Denominator = one nine (as there are one recurring digit) followed by two zeros (as there are two nonrecurring digits) = 900
Required fraction = 111/900 (reduce to its simplest form)
Therefore, the vulgar fraction = 37/300
● Related Concept
● Decimals
● Conversion of Unlike Decimals to Like Decimals
● Decimal and Fractional Expansion
● Converting Decimals to Fractions
● Converting Fractions to Decimals
● H.C.F. and L.C.M. of Decimals
● Repeating or Recurring Decimal
● BODMAS/PEMDAS Rules  Involving Decimals
● PEMDAS Rules  Involving Integers
● PEMDAS Rules  Involving Decimals
● BODMAS Rules  Involving Integers
● Conversion of Pure Recurring Decimal into Vulgar Fraction
● Conversion of Mixed Recurring Decimals into Vulgar Fractions
● Rounding Decimals to the Nearest Whole Number
● Rounding Decimals to the Nearest Tenths
● Rounding Decimals to the Nearest Hundredths
● Simplify Decimals Involving Addition and Subtraction Decimals
● Multiplying Decimal by a Decimal Number
● Multiplying Decimal by a Whole Number
● Dividing Decimal by a Whole Number
● Dividing Decimal by a Decimal Number
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