The common fraction is a simple method of

one-tenth the value of the preceding place. Notice in

views A and B that the units place is the center of the

expressing the division of a whole number or object.

system and that the place values proceed to the right or

Fractions show one or more parts divided into any

left by powers of ten. Ten on the left is replaced by

number of equal parts. Examples are dividing 1 inch

tenths on the right, hundreds by hundredths, thousands

into four equal parts or dividing a line into four equal

by thousandths, and so on. Notice that each decimal

parts. These equal parts are expressed as increments of

fraction begins with a period. This period is called a

one--fourth. You know that four increments equal the

decimal point. To call attention to the decimal point,

whole number or object. You can write any part less

we usually begin the decimal fraction with a zero.

than the whole as a common fraction, such as l/4 or 3/4.

Examples of decimal fractions, their equivalent

The common fraction contains two parts--the

common fractions, and how you read them are as

denominator and the numerator. The denominator

follows:

shows how many equal parts the whole divides into.

The numerator shows the number of equal parts being

considered.

5 (Numerator)

Example:

8 (Denominator)

A decimal fraction is a fraction whose denominator

is 10 or some multiple of 10, such as 100, 1,000, or

10,000. *Decimal fractions differ from common*

A mixed decimal is an integer and a decimal

fraction combined. We use a decimal point to separate

the integer portion from the decimal fraction portion.

B, shows a place value chart. As we proceed from left

to right in place value, the value of each place is

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