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# What's better, fraction or decimal?

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• 5 months ago

decimal if you're solving problems

• 5 months ago

Fractions... Better than decimals

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• 5 months ago

Fractions are good for ratio and proportion.

They are not good for addition and subtraction.

Place value number systems ( which include binary, octal, decimal and hexadecimal ) are universal systems. They are excellent for addition and subtraction.

They are weaker at ratio and proportion.

Of course the absolute worst is a hybrid system.

327 23/64 " or 3 hours 27 minutes and 13.65 seconds.

or 12 pounds 3 shillings and tuppence ha'penny.

or 83 degrees 12 minutes and 14.6 seconds

You have none of the benefits of ratio and none of the benefits of place value addition and subtraction.

So decimal is a good general purpose number system with limitations.

Fractions are good for specific tasks. A GOOD student would be equally adept with not only these two but other number bases as well.

• 5 months ago

fraction...cuz u can write 1/3 but the decimal is 0.3333333............ which is what exactly??

• Andrew Smith
Lv 7
5 months agoReport

In base 3 arithmetic 1/3 = 0.1
It all depends upon the base chosen. But pi() or sqrt(2) cannot be well represented by either a fraction or a decimal in any number base at all.

• 5 months ago

U or I

which is better?

• 5 months ago

Both are fine. It depends on the context that they are being used.

• 5 months ago

I'm a bit of both if I'm being honest with ya GUY'S. ;-)

• David
Lv 7
5 months ago

Fractions are better because they are all rational numbers but all decimals are not rational numbers.

• 5 months ago

ARE U AN IDIOT? FRACTIONS (not hating, tho, lol)

• Web5 months agoReport

What about negative fractions? (Good joke by the way)

• Anonymous
5 months ago

It all depends on the semantics of "better" and in what case they are being applied