# What is 2 5/8 as a decimal?

A decimal number can be defined as a number whose whole number part and the fractional part is separated by a decimal point.

## Answer: 2 5/8 as a decimal is 2.625

Let's look into the two methods to write 2 5/8 as a decimal.

**Explanation: **

**Method 1: Writing 2 5/8 as a decimal using the division method**

To convert any fraction to decimal form, we just need to divide its numerator by the denominator.

Here, the fraction is 2 5/8 which means we need to perform 21 ÷ 8.

This gives the answer as 2.625. So, 2 5/8 as a decimal is 2.625

**Method 2: Writing 2 5/8 as a decimal by converting the denominator to powers of 10**

Step 1: Find a number such that we can multiply by the denominator of the fraction to make it 10 or 100 or 1000 and so on.

Step 2: Multiply both numerator and denominator by that number to convert it into an equivalent fraction.

Step 3: Then write down just the numerator, putting the decimal point in the correct place, that is, one space from the right-hand side for every zero in the denominator.

2 5/8 = 21/8 = (21 × 125) / (8 × 125) = 2625/1000 = 2.625

Irrespective of the methods used, the answer to 2 5/8 as a decimal will always remain the same.

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