What Is 27/42 as a Decimal + Solution With Free Steps

The fraction 27/42 as a decimal is equal to 0.642.

Dividing is something we use often in daily life. It is therefore sometimes easier to write it in a more compact form. Fractions are numerals of the form p/q that were created for this purpose. A fraction is mathematically equivalent to division, with the slash symbol “/” replacing the “$\div$” symbol in p $\boldsymbol\div$ q.

27 42 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 27/42.


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 = 27

Divisor = 42

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 = 27 $\div$ 42

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

27/42 Long Division Method

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27/42 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 27 and 42, we can see how 27 is Smaller than 42, and to solve this division, we require that 27 be Bigger than 42.

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 27, which after getting multiplied by 10 becomes 270.

We take this 270 and divide it by 42; this can be done as follows:

 270 $\div$ 42 $\approx$ 6


42 x 6 = 252

This will lead to the generation of a Remainder equal to 270 – 252 = 18. Now this means we have to repeat the process by Converting the 18 into 180 and solving for that:

180 $\div$ 42 $\approx$ 4 


42 x 4 = 168

This, therefore, produces another Remainder which is equal to 180 – 168 = 12. Now we must solve this problem to Third Decimal Place for accuracy, so we repeat the process with dividend 120.

120 $\div$ 42 $\approx$ 2 


42 x 2 = 84

Finally, we have a Quotient generated after combining the three pieces of it as 0.642, with a Remainder equal to 36.Pie Chart 27 by 42 Long Division Method

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