Subject: Occuring pattern in repeating decimals Name: Sarah
Who is asking: Student
Question: I have never heard this theory before. My first reaction is that I don't beleive that it is true. I would first look for a counterexample. Try some fractions ^{1}/_{d} where d is not a multiple of 3, write them in decimal form and see if you can find one which is repeating. I suppose that you might say that I think that you have answered the second question yourself. You say that "I don't understand how a decimal can be equal to a whole number since a decimal is a piece of a whole number." A "decimal" is one way to express a fractional part of something, another way is to use a common fraction. ^{2}/_{3} is two thirds of 1 ^{3}/_{4} is three quarters of 1 ^{4}/_{5} is four fifths of 1 ^{9}/_{9} is nine ninths of 1 0.999... is another. I know you don't want to see a "math problem" but I encourage you to look at the answers we gave to similar questions by Andrew and Joan. Cheers,Penny
