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Authored by: j-beda on Oct 09, '02 10:56:33AM

Actually, a number is rational if it can be expressed as p/q with both p
and q being integers. Thus 1/3 is rational, and it is still rational when expressed as a decimal 0.33333... Rational numbers expressed as a decimal repeat a patern such as 0.33333... and 0.50000... (sometimes that patern is a bunch of repeating zeros which are usually not written).

Irrational numbers such as pi, e and the square root of 2 cannot be so expressed either as a repeating decimal or as p/q.



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Minor Problem
Authored by: j-beda on Oct 09, '02 10:58:29AM

Hey! Where did the comment I was replying to go? Someone had commented that 1/3 was irrational when expressed as a decimal...



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