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Notes for Decimals, Fractions and Percentages
Friday, September 5th, 2014Decimals, Fractions and Percentages are just different ways of showing the same value:

A Half can be written… As a fraction: ^{1}/_{2}
As a decimal: 0.5
As a percentage: 50%

A Quarter can be written… As a fraction: ^{1}/_{4}
As a decimal: 0.25
As a percentage: 25%
Here is a table of commonly occurring values shown in Percent, Decimal and Fraction form:
Percent 
Decimal 
Fraction 

1% 
0.01 
^{1}/_{100} 
5% 
0.05 
^{1}/_{20} 
10% 
0.1 
^{1}/_{10} 
12½% 
0.125 
^{1}/_{8} 
20% 
0.2 
^{1}/_{5} 
25% 
0.25 
^{1}/_{4} 
Conversions
**From Percent to Decimal
To convert from percent to decimal: divide by 100, and remove the “%” sign.
The easiest way to divide by 100 is to move the decimal point 2 places to the left:
From Percent 
To Decimal 

move the decimal point 2 places to the left, and remove the “%” sign. 
**From Decimal to Percent
To convert from decimal to percent: multiply by 100, and add a “%” sign.
The easiest way to multiply by 100 is to move the decimal point 2 places to the right:
From Decimal 
To Percent 

move the decimal point 2 places to the right, and add the “%” sign. 
**From Fraction to Decimal
The easiest way to convert a fraction to a decimal is to divide the top number by the bottom number (divide the numerator by the denominator in mathematical language)
Example: Convert ^{2}/_{5} to a decimal
Divide 2 by 5: 2 ÷ 5 = 0.4
Answer: ^{2}/_{5} = 0.4
**From Decimal to Fraction
To convert a decimal to a fraction needs a little more work.
Example: To convert 0.75 to a fraction
Steps  

First, write down the decimal “over” the number 1


Multiply top and bottom by 10 for every number after the decimal point (10 for 1 number, 100 for 2 numbers, etc)


(This makes a correctly formed fraction)


Then Simplify the fraction

**From Fraction to Percentage
The easiest way to convert a fraction to a percentage is to divide the top number by the bottom number. then multiply the result by 100, and add the “%” sign.
Example: Convert ^{3}/_{8} to a percentage
First divide 3 by 8: 3 ÷ 8 = 0.375,
Then multiply by 100: 0.375 x 100 = 37.5
Add the “%” sign: 37.5%
Answer: ^{3}/_{8} = 37.5%
**From Percentage to Fraction
To convert a percentage to a fraction, first convert to a decimal (divide by 100), then use the steps for converting decimal to fractions (like above).
Example: To convert 80% to a fraction
Steps 
Example 


Convert 80% to a decimal (=80/100): 
0.8 

Write down the decimal “over” the number 1


Multiply top and bottom by 10 for every number after the decimal point (10 for 1 number, 100 for 2 numbers, etc)


(This makes a correctly formed fraction)


Then Simplify the fraction

A Basic Overview of the Number Classification System
Friday, September 5th, 2014A Basic Overview of the Number Classification System
Natural Numbers
Natural numbers are what you use when you are counting one to one objects. You may be counting pennies or buttons or cookies. When you start using 1,2,3,4 and so on, you are using the counting numbers or to give them a proper title, you are using the natural numbers.
Whole Numbers
Whole numbers are easy to remember. They’re not fractions, they’re not decimals, they’re simply whole numbers. The only thing that makes them different than natural numbers is that we include the zero when we are referring to whole numbers. However, some mathematicians will also include the zero in natural numbers and I’m not going to argue the point. I’ll accept both if a reasonable argument is presented. Whole numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on.
Integers
Integers can be whole numbers or they can be whole numbers with a negative signs in front of them. Individuals often refer to integers as the positive and negative numbers. Integers are 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on.
Rational Numbers
Rational numbers have integers AND fractions AND decimals. Now you can see that numbers can belong to more than one classification group. Rational numbers can also have repeating decimals which you will see be written like this: 0.54444444… which simply means it repeats forever, sometimes you will see a line drawn over the decimal place which means it repeats forever, instead of having a …., the final number will have a line drawn above it.
Irrational Numbers
Irrational numbers don’t include integers OR fractions. However, irrational numbers can have a decimal value that continues forever WITHOUT a pattern, unlike the example above. An example of a well known irrational number is pi which as we all know is 3.14 but if we look deeper at it, it is actually 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419…..and this goes on for somewhere around 5 trillion digits!
Real Numbers
Here is another category where some other of the number classifications will fit. Real numbers include natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers and irrational numbers. Real numbers also include fraction and decimal numbers.
Welcome Back!
Monday, August 25th, 2014I will be coteaching this year with Ms. Broussard, Ms. Leak, and Mrs. Harrison. I also have an 8th grade study hall and 7th grade cycle class. I am looking forward to another great year!
Last Week of School
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014Tuesday and Wednesday we will have a class review for our final exam. Wednesday we will have an awards ceremony at 8:30am. Exams will be Thursday and Friday, both early release days.
~~As time allows we will continue with Xtramath and Odyssey.
~~~All students will be working toward their grade level TEKS according to their IEPs.
May 19 – 23
Friday, May 16th, 2014This week will be spent reviewing for the Final Exam.
Monday – Math terms and symbol’s, Money, Temperature, and Measurements
Tuesday – Geometry, Shapes, and Nets
Wednesday – Math Definitions, Measuring Angles, Identifying Angles, Symmetry, Perimeter and Area
Thursday – Mean, Median, Mode and Graphs
Friday – Finish all Reviews that have not been completed.
~~As time allows we will continue with Xtramath and Odyssey.
~~~All students will be working toward their grade level TEKS according to their IEPs.
May 1216
Monday, May 12th, 2014Monday – Tuesday ~ Decimals: Hundredths and Tenths
Wednesday – Thursday ~ Percents and Fractions
Friday ~ Test using Decimals, Percents and Fractions
~~As time allows we will continue with Xtramath and Odyssey.
~~~All students will be working toward their grade level TEKS according to their IEPs.
May 5 – May 9
Monday, May 5th, 2014Monday Wednesday ~ Measuring pints, gallons, quarts, and cups.
Thursday Review for TEST
Friday ~ Test
~~As time allows we will continue with Xtramath and Odyssey.
~~~All students will be working toward their grade level TEKS according to their IEPs.
April 28 ~ May 2
Thursday, April 24th, 2014Monday and Tuesday ~ Reading time to the hour, half hour, five minutes and other increments and elapsed time.
Wednesday ~ TEST over reading time increments and elapsed time.
Thursday and Friday ~ compare capacity of measurements using pints, quarts, gallons, and liters.
~~As time allows we will continue with Xtramath and Odyssey.
~~~All students will be working toward their grade level TEKS according to their IEPs.
April 2125
Thursday, April 17th, 2014Just a reminder there is no school tomorrow, Good Friday April 18th. Happy EASTER!
Monday, April 21st ~ We will have one last class review over STAAR information.
Tuesday and Wednesday ~ STAAR TESTING!
Thursday and Friday ~ Each student will work on Xtramath and Odyssey.
~~~All students will be working toward their grade level TEKS according to their IEPs.