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Step 2: carry on dividing until a pattern becomes visible - the pattern will be indicated by the recurring numbers.
Now try the following:
5.1 $\frac{7}{9}$
5.2 $-5\frac{5}{6}$
5.3 $3\frac{\text{13}}{\text{99}}$
6. What is noticeable about fractions that are recurring decimal numbers (with regard to the denominator)?
7. Now, before we provide the steps for reducing a recurring decimal number to a common fraction, see if you are able to write the following as fractions by making use of the information from no. 6.
8. The following provides complete steps for reducing a recurring decimal number to a common fraction:
Suggestion : Multiply by 10 (if you have one recurring figure). Multiply by 100 (if there are 2 recurring figures), etc.
9. Now try to do no. 7.2 in the way that is discussed in no. 8.
1. What is the meaning of % (percentage)? .....................................................................
2. If you have to reduce any fraction to a percentage, you have to reduce the denominator to 100.
Reduce the following mathematics test marks from a grade 8 class to percentages (to one decimal figure, where necessary):
2.1 $\frac{\text{17}}{\text{20}}$ .......................................
2.2 $\frac{\text{19}}{\text{40}}$ .......................................
2.3 $\frac{\text{38}}{\text{50}}$ .......................................
2.4 $\frac{\text{45}}{\text{60}}$ .......................................
3. Reduce each of the following percentages to a common fraction (or a mixed number):
3.1 55 % .......................................
3.2 15,5% .......................................
3.3 16 $\frac{1}{2}$ % .......................................
3.4 $6\frac{2}{3}$ % .......................................
4. Each South African citizen should have access to some means of transport.
Bolokanang has a community of 25 500 people. Study the accompanying table indicating the number of people that use the given means of transport and answer the questions that follow.
Vehicle | Number of users |
Bicycle | $4\frac{1}{8}$ % |
Car | $\frac{3}{5}$ |
Motorbike | 0,085 |
4.1 Indicate how many inhabitants make use of:
a) a bicycle
b) a car
c) a motorbike
4.2 Express the number of inhabitants that use a car as a fraction of those who travel by bicycle.
4.3 Which percentage of the inhabitants has no vehicle?
4.4 Which other means of transport do farm labourers use to get to the nearest town?
4.5 If the number of job opportunities in rural areas should increase, the fraction of citizens who use cars for transport will double. What fraction of the community will be using cars for transport under such conditions?
1. Reduce each of the following compound numbers to improper fractions.This is very important in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions.
1.1 5 $\frac{4}{7}$ ................................ 1.2 7 $\frac{7}{9}$ ................................
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