What Is 12/38 as a Decimal + Solution With Free Steps

The fraction 12/38 as a decimal is equal to 0.31578947.

Fractions can be classified as proper fractions, improper fractions, or mixed fractions. When the numerator is greater than the denominator, then such fractions are known as Improper fractions, while fractions having a numerator of less than the denominator are known as Proper fractions. A Mixed fraction is a combination of a whole number and an improper fraction.

12 38 as a decimal

Here, we are more interested in the division types that result in a Decimal value, as this can be expressed as a Fraction. We see fractions as a way of showing two numbers having the operation of Division between them that result in a value that lies between two Integers.

Now, we introduce the method used to solve said fraction to decimal conversion, called Long Division, which we will discuss in detail moving forward. So, let’s go through the Solution of fraction 12/38.


First, we convert the fraction components, i.e., the numerator and the denominator, and transform them into the division constituents, i.e., the Dividend and the Divisor, respectively.

This can be done as follows:

Dividend = 12

Divisor = 38

Now, we introduce the most important quantity in our division process: the Quotient. The value represents the Solution to our division and can be expressed as having the following relationship with the Division constituents:

Quotient = Dividend $\div$ Divisor = 12 $\div$ 38

This is when we go through the Long Division solution to our problem.

12/38 Long Division Method

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12/38 Long Division Method

We start solving a problem using the Long Division Method by first taking apart the division’s components and comparing them. As we have 12 and 38, we can see how 12 is Smaller than 38, and to solve this division, we require that 12 be Bigger than 38.

This is done by multiplying the dividend by 10 and checking whether it is bigger than the divisor or not. If so, we calculate the Multiple of the divisor closest to the dividend and subtract it from the Dividend. This produces the Remainder, which we then use as the dividend later.

Now, we begin solving for our dividend 12, which after getting multiplied by 10 becomes 120.

We take this 120 and divide it by 38; this can be done as follows:

 120 $\div$ 38 $\approx$ 3


38 x 3 = 114

This will lead to the generation of a Remainder equal to 120 – 114 = 6. Now this means we have to repeat the process by Converting the 6 into 60 and solving for that:

60 $\div$ 38 $\approx$ 1 


38x 1 = 38

This will lead to the generation of a Remainder equal to 60 – 38 = 22. Now this means we have to repeat the process by Converting the 22 into 220 and solving for that:

220 $\div$ 38 $\approx$ 5


38 x 5 = 190

Finally, we have a Quotient generated after combining the three pieces of it as 0.315=z, with a Remainder equal to 30.Pie Chart 12 by 38 Long Division Method

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