Convert 196 to a Roman numeral given that I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, D=500, and M=1,000

We start with a total letter value of 196 that we want to work backwards with each letter until 0.

We want to build a Roman numeral term letter by letter as well, starting with nothing.

Dividing our current quantity of 196 by each Roman numeral Value, we need 1 of letter C

We piece that together with our Roman numeral(s) term of to get: + C = C

Since we needed 1 of the letter C, our total value of letters becomes: 1 * 100 = 100

Our new decreasing total now becomes: 196 - 100 = 96

Dividing our current quantity of 96 by each Roman numeral Value, we need 1 of L

Since we want 3 or less of a letter and 3 of letter X won't work, we need to do special subtraction.

We take 1 letter of X written in front of the next letter up of C

We piece that together with our Roman numeral(s) term of C to get: C + XC = CXC

Since we needed 1 of the letter X and 1 of the letter C, our total value of letters becomes: 100 - 10 = 90

Our new decreasing total now becomes: 96 - 90 = 6

Dividing our current quantity of 6 by each Roman numeral Value, we need 1 of letter V

We piece that together with our Roman numeral(s) term of CXC to get: CXC + V = CXCV

Since we needed 1 of the letter V, our total value of letters becomes: 1 * 5 = 5

Our new decreasing total now becomes: 6 - 5 = 1

Dividing our current quantity of 1 by each Roman numeral Value, we need 1 of letter I

We piece that together with our Roman numeral(s) term of CXCV to get: CXCV + I = CXCVI

Since we needed 1 of the letter I, our total value of letters becomes: 1 * 1 = 1

Our new decreasing total now becomes: 1 - 1 = 0

Since our decreasing total now equals 0, we have our answer of