What Is 5/42 as a Decimal + Solution With Free Steps

The fraction 5/42 as a decimal is equal to 0.119.

The fraction 5/42 is a non-terminating recurring decimal fraction. It has infinite terms after the decimal point. A number is rational if and only if its decimal representation is repeating or terminating.

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.

5 42 as a decimal

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 5/42.


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 = 5

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 = 5 $\div$ 42

This is when we go through the Long Division solution to our problem. The following figure shows the solution for fraction 5/42.

5/42 Long Division Method

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5/42 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 5 and 42, we can see how 5 is Smaller than 42, and to solve this division, we require that 5 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 5, which after getting multiplied by 10 becomes 50.

We take this 50 and divide it by 42; this can be done as follows:

 50 $\div$ 42 $\approx$ 1


42 x 1 = 42

This will lead to the generation of a Remainder equal to 50 – 42 = 8. Now this means we have to repeat the process by Converting the 8 into 80 and solving for that:

80 $\div$ 42 $\approx$ 1 


42 x 1 = 42

This, therefore, produces another Remainder which is equal to 80 – 42 = 38. Now this means we have to repeat the process by Converting the 38 into 380 and solving for that:

380 $\div$ 42 $\approx$ 9


42 x 9 = 378

Finally, we have a Quotient generated after combining the three pieces of it as 0.119, with a Remainder equal to 2.

5 by 42 Quotient and Remainder

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