# Recurring Decimals

## Change recurring decimals into their corresponding fractions and vica versa.

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1. Convert the recurring decimal $$0.\dot 3$$ to a fraction in its simplest form.

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2. Convert the recurring decimal $$0.\dot 4$$ to a fraction in its simplest form.

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3. Convert the recurring decimal $$0.\dot 5$$ to a fraction in its simplest form.

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4. The decimal $$0.\dot 7\dot 2$$ has a period of length two. Convert it to a fraction in its simplest form.

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5. The decimal $$0.\dot 6\dot 3$$ also has a period of length two. Convert it to a fraction in its simplest form.

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6. Convert the recurring decimal $$0.1\dot 6$$ to a fraction in its simplest form.

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7. Convert the recurring decimal $$0.08\dot 3$$ to a fraction in its simplest form.

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8. The decimal $$0.5\dot 9\dot 0$$ has a period of length two. Convert it to a fraction in its simplest form.

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9. Calculate $$2 \times$$ $$0.\dot 3\dot 6$$ giving your answer as a fraction in its lowest terms.

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10. Calculate $$1.5 \times$$ $$0.\dot 6\dot 3$$ giving your answer as a fraction in its lowest terms.

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11. Calculate ($$0.58\dot 3$$)2 giving your answer as a fraction in its lowest terms.

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12. Calculate $$\sqrt{0.\dot 4}$$ giving your answer as a fraction in its lowest terms.

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A decimal with a repeating digit (or set of digits) is called a recurring decimal.

For example $$0.77777777...$$ is a recurring decimal and is called "nought point seven recurring"

$$9.247347347...$$ is also a recurring decimal and is called "nine point two four seven recurring"

The period of a recurring decimal is the number of digits in the repeating section so for the second example above the period is three.

A more efficient way of writing out a recurring decimal is by only writing the repeating digit once but putting a dot over the first and last number in the repeating sequence. Another method is drawing a line over the repeating digit or digits.Here are some examples.

$$0.333333333... = 0.\dot 3 = 0.\overline 3$$

$$0.76531531531... = 0.76\dot 53\dot 1 = 0.76\overline{531}$$

A fraction can be converted to a decimal using long division; dividing the numerator by the denominator. If the decimal is recurring the repeating pattern of numbers will be spotted in the long division working. The following example shows the repeating patterns when converting $$\frac{7}{11}$$ to a decimal:

There are two common methods for converting a recurring decimal to a fraction:

### Method 1

#### 1 repeating digit

Let the recurring decimal be represented by $$x$$

$$x = 0.8888888...$$

Multiply both sides by 10 (as there is one repeating digit)

$$10x = 8.8888888...$$

Subtract the first equation from the second

$$9x = 8$$ $$x = \frac{8}{9}$$

#### 2 repeating digits

Let the recurring decimal be represented by $$x$$

$$x = 1.36363636...$$

Multiply both sides by 100 (as there are two repeating digits)

$$100x = 136.36363636...$$

Subtract the first equation from the second

$$99x = 135$$ $$x = \frac{135}{99}$$ $$x = \frac{15}{11}$$

#### 3 repeating digits

The method is the same but multiply both sides by 1000.

### Method 2

#### 1 repeating digit

Example: convert $$0.8888888...$$ to a fraction.

This method requires you to know that $$\frac19 = 0.1111111...$$

$$0.8888888...$$ is exactly eight times $$0.1111111...$$

$$\therefore 0.8888888... = \frac{8}{9}$$

#### 2 repeating digits

Example: convert $$0.45454545$$ to a fraction in its lowest terms.

This method requires you to know that $$\frac{1}{99} = 0.01010101...$$

$$0.45454545...$$ is exactly forty five times $$0.01010101...$$

$$\therefore 0.45454545... = \frac{45}{99}$$ $$0.45454545... = \frac{5}{11}$$

#### 3 repeating digits

Example: convert $$0.\dot 61\dot 2$$ to a fraction in its lowest terms.

This method requires you to know that $$\frac{1}{999} = 0.\dot 00\dot 1$$

$$0.\dot 61\dot 2$$ is exactly six hundred and twelve times $$0.\dot 00\dot 1$$

$$\therefore 0.\dot 61\dot 2 = \frac{612}{999}$$ $$0.\dot 61\dot 2 = \frac{68}{111}$$

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