Rational numbershow is 0.333... a rational number?

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embizze eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If a number written in decimal form never repeats then it is irrational. e.g. the decimal expression for pi is an approximation since there is no repetition. All rational numbers have decimal expansions that either terminate (all remaining numbers are 0) or have a repeating sequence. Note that the entire decimal sequence need not repeat -- 1171/4950=0.236565656565... with the sequence 65 repeating indefinitely.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A rational number is any number that can be written as a ratio.  Think of a ratio kind of like a fraction, functionally at least.  For example, 0.33333 is a repeating decimal that comes from the ratio of 1 to 3, or 1/3.  Thus, it is a rational number.

coolattitude | Student
Rational numbers

how is 0.333... a rational number?

o.333 is a rational number as it is repeating

 

chrisbond437 | Student

A rational number can be written in the form:p/q, where q not equal to 0.

To represent 0.3333... as a fraction:

Let x=  0.3333...

=> 10x=3.33333...

=>10x-x=3.3333....-0.3333....

=>9x=3

=>x=1/3.

So we arrive that 0.33333...=1/3=rational number

 

matthew0109 | Student

A rational number is any number that you can write in the form , where a and b are integers and b ≠(not equal to) 0. A rational number in decimal form is either terminating, such as 6.27, or repeating, such as8.222..., which you can write as . (a line is over the 2

All integers are rational numbers because you can write any integer n as .

 

fadeela | Student

What about non recurring/non repeating decimals? Are they rational or irrational?

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