Let's look at,
2.84 ÷ 0.2
2.84 is the
dividend. (The number being divided.)
0.2 is the
divisor.(The number you are dividing by.)
In this problem we are
dividing decimal by a decimal.
When dividing decimals you need to convert the divisor (0.2 in this problem) into a whole
number (2), by moving the decimal point one place to the right. To balance this out you
need to move the decimal point in the dividend (2.84 in this problem), one place to the
right. So that the dividend is now 28.4.
The division is now 28.4 ÷ 2 = 14.2
Now let's look at, 2.83
28.3 ÷ 3 = 9.433333........
In this answer 3 is repeating itself. This is called a recurring decimal .
9.43333...... 3 repeats itself.
1.2323232323..... the group 23 repeats itself.
A decimal that repeats one or a group of numbers. They are often written with
dots over the group of repeating numbers.