Definition of Terminating Decimal
The word “terminate” means “end”.
A decimal that ends is a terminating decimal.
In other words, a terminating decimal doesn’t keep going. A terminating decimal will have a finite number of digits after the decimal point.
Examples of Terminating Decimal
In the examples listed above, we have a few fractions expressed as decimals. Notice that these decimals have a FINITE NUMBER OF DIGITS after the decimal point. So, they are terminating decimals.
However, there are situations when the digits after the decimal point DOES NOT END or they go on forever. They are called non-terminating decimals.
Video Examples: Terminating and Repeating Decimals
Solved Example on Terminating Decimal
Ques: Which is a terminating decimal between 8/11 and 11/8?
Let’s first convert the fractions into decimals by dividing the numerator by the denominator.