Some of the concepts discussed in the Chapter 2 Fractions and Decimals of NCERT Solutions Class 7 Maths are as follows.

- Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
- Multiplication of Fraction
- Multiplication of a Fraction by a Whole Number
- Multiplication of a Fraction by a Fraction
- Division of Fraction
- Division of Whole Number by a Fraction
- Reciprocal of Fraction
- Division of a fraction by a Whole Number
- Division of Fraction by Another Fraction
- Multiplication of Decimal Numbers
- Multiplication of Decimal Numbers by 10, 100 and 1000
- Division of Decimal Numbers
- Division of Decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
- Division of a Decimal Number by a Whole Number
- Division of a Decimal Number by Another Decimal Number

### Introduction: Fractions

The word **fraction** derives from the Latin word **“Fractus”** meaning** broken**. It represents a **part of a whole**, consisting of a number of equal parts out of a whole.

E.g : slices of a pizza.

### Representation of Fractions

A **fraction **is represented by 2 numbers on top of each other, separated by a line. The **number on top is the numerator** and the **number below is the denominator**. Example :3/4 which basically means 3 parts out of 4 equal divisions.

### Fractions on the Number Line

In order to represent a fraction on a number line, we divide the line segment between **two whole numbers into n equal parts**, where n is the denominator.*Example*: To represent 1/5 or 3/5, we divide the line between 0 and 1 in 5 equal parts. Then the **numerator gives the number of divisions** to mark.

## Division of Fractions

### Reciprocal of a Fraction

Reciprocal of any number n is written as1n**Reciprocal of a fraction** is obtained by **interchanging the numerator and denominator.**

Example: Reciprocal of 2/5 is 5/2

Although zero divided by any number means zero itself, we cannot find reciprocals for them, as a **number divided by 0 is undefined**.

Example : Reciprocal of 0/7 ≠ 7/0

### Division of Fractions

Division of a **whole number** by a **fraction** : we multiply the whole number with the reciprocal of the fraction.**Example**: 63÷(7/5) = 63×(5/7) = 9×5 = 45

Division of a **fraction **by a **whole number**: we multiply the fraction with the reciprocal of the whole number.**Example**: (8/11)÷4 = (8/11)×(1/4) = 2/11

Division of a **fraction **by another **fraction** : We multiply the dividend with the reciprocal of the divisor.**Example**: (2/7) ÷ (5/21) = (2/7) × (21/5) = 6/5

### Introduction: Decimal

**Decimal numbers** are used to represent numbers that are **smaller than the unit 1**. Decimal number system is also known as** base 10 system** since each place value is denoted by a power of 10.

A decimal number refers to a number consisting of the following** two parts:**

(i)** Integral part** (before the decimal point)

(ii)** Fractional Part** (after the decimal point).

These both are separated by a **decimal separator(.)** called the **decimal point**.

A decimal number is written as follows: Example 564.8 or 23.97.

The numbers to the left of the decimal point increase with the order of 10, while the numbers to the right of the point increase with the decrease order of 10.

The above example 564.8 can be read as ‘five hundred and sixty four and eight tenths’

⇒5×100 + 6×10 + 4×1 + 8×(1/10)

A **fraction** can be written **as a decimal** and vice-versa. Example 3/2 = 1.5 or 1.5 = 15/10 = 3/2

### Multiplication of Decimals

**Multiplication** of **decimal numbers** with **whole numbers** :

Multiply them as whole numbers. The **product **will contain the** same number of digits **after the decimal point as that of the decimal number.

E.g : 11.3×4 = 45.2

**Multiplication** of **decimals** with **powers of 10** :

If a decimal is multiplied by a power of 10, then the **decimal point shifts** to the right by the** number of zeros in its power.**

E.g : 45.678×10 = 456.78 (decimal point shifts by 1 place to the right) or, 45.678×1000 = 45678 (decimal point shifts by 3 places to the right)

**Multiplication** of **decimals** with **decimals** :

Multiply the decimal numbers without decimal points and then give decimal point in the answer as many places same as the total number of places right to the decimal points in both numbers.

E.g :

**Dividing **a **decimal number** by **powers of 10 ** :

If a decimal is divided by a power of 10, then the **decimal point shifts** to the **left** by the **number of zeros** present in the **power of 10.**

Example: 98.765÷100=0.98765 Infinity

When the **denominator** in a fraction is **very very small** (almost tending to 0), then the **value of the fraction** tends towards **infinity**.

E.g: 999999/0.000001 = 999999000001 ≈ a very large number, which is considered to be ∞