# What's a terminating decimal?

Aug 10, 2016

One that ends and does not go on infinitely

#### Explanation:

A terminating decimal example is 2.3, or 4.71, or 8.950, or 20.45.
A non-terminating decimal example would be 33.33333... or 20.12121212...
The '...' shows that the decimals go on for forever, and these decimals are commonly seen when dividing numbers by numbers they can't be divided perfectly with. For example,
$8 \div 3 = 2.66666 \ldots$
The above is a non terminating decimal.
However, terminating decimals end after a certain number, and they do not go on infinitely like non-terminating ones.