What is 8 1/2 as a decimal?

Converting fractions to decimals is an essential skill. It bridges the gap between two numeric representations. In this guide, we will detail the process of converting the fraction 8 1/2 to a decimal.

You can select other fractional values to familiarize yourself with the conversion guide.

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Understanding the Fraction: 8 1/2

A fraction is composed of two numbers: a numerator (top number) and a denominator (bottom number). In the fraction 8 1/2: 8 is an integer, 1 is the numerator, and 2 is the denominator. The first step is to represent the mixed fraction as an improper fraction. Multiply the integer 8 by the denominator 2, and add the numerator 1: (8 × 2 + 1). To get the value of the fraction, the numerator of 17 is divided by the denominator of 2.

Conversion formula (equation):

812=8 × 2 + 12=172=8.5


812 = 8.5

What is a fraction?

A fraction is a mathematical expression of two parts: the numerator on top and the denominator below. It represents partial values, showcasing relationships or comparisons.

What is a decimal?

A decimal is a numeral system with a point. This point divides the integer from its fractional part. It provides a straightforward way to express and work with values less than one.

Conversion Steps:

To get the decimal of 8 1/2, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Representing an improper fraction. Let's start by converting a mixed fraction to an improper fraction. To achieve this, we multiply the integer 8 by the denominator 2, and plus the numerator 1.
  2. Step 2: Set up the division. Divide the numerator of 17 by the denominator of 2. This will look like the following: 17÷2.
  3. Step 3: Divide. Perform the division. If using a calculator, simply divide 17 by 2. If doing it manually, apply division.
  4. Step 4: Identify the decimal. The result of the division will be a decimal value. When 17 is divided by 2, the decimal obtained is 8.5.