Non-Terminating Decimal

Definition of Non-terminating Decimal:

While expressing a fraction in the decimal form, when we perform division we get some remainder. If the division process does not end i.e. we do not get the remainder equal to zero; then such decimal is known as non-terminating decimal.


In some cases, a digit or a block of digits repeats itself in the decimal part. Such decimals are called non-terminating repeating decimals or pure recurring decimals. These decimal numbers are represented by putting a bar on the repeated part.

Example of Non-terminating Decimal:

(a) 2.666... is a non-terminating repeating decimal and can be expressed as 2.6.

(b) 0.141414 ... is a non-terminating repeating decimal and can be expressed as 0.14.

Calculating Non Terminating Decimals:

Using long division method, we will observe the steps in calculating 5/3.

Non-Terminating Decimal

Therefore, 1.666... is a non-terminating repeating decimal and can be expressed as 1.6.

In some cases at least one of the digits after the decimal point is not repeated and some digit/digits are repeated, such decimals are called mixed recurring decimals.

Examples of mixed recurring decimals are:

(a) 3.1444... = 3.14

(b) 8.12333... = 8.123

(c) 7.3656565... = 7.365

Solved examples on non-terminating decimal:

Find the decimal representation of 16/45.


Using long division method, we get

Recurring Decimal

Therefore, 0.3555... = 0.35 and is a mixed recurring decimal.

Related Concept


Decimal Numbers

Decimal Fractions

Like and Unlike Decimals

Comparing Decimals

Decimal Places

Conversion of Unlike Decimals to Like Decimals

Decimal and Fractional Expansion

Terminating Decimal

Non-Terminating Decimal

Converting Decimals to Fractions

Converting Fractions to Decimals

H.C.F. and L.C.M. of Decimals

Repeating or Recurring Decimal

Pure Recurring Decimal

Mixed 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

Simplification of Decimal

Rounding Decimals

Rounding Decimals to the Nearest Whole Number

Rounding Decimals to the Nearest Tenths

Rounding Decimals to the Nearest Hundredths

Round a Decimal

Adding Decimals

Subtracting Decimals

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

7th Grade Math Problems

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