We have two responses for you.

There are 10 digits after the decimal place in 1.7142857143 so if you multiply 1.7142857143 by 10^{10} = 10000000000 you get 17142857143 and hence

1.7142857143 = ^{17142857143}/_{10000000000}

The question now is, can this fraction be simplified. The prime factorization of 10000000000 = 10^{10} is 2^{10} 5^{10} and 17142857143 is not divisible by 2 or 5 so the fraction can't be simplified.

Penny

You can always just move the decimal and keep track of how

far you are moving it:

1.7142857143 = 17142857143 / 10000000000 (ten zeros)

However, you are giving me a number from a calculator and the

calculator has rounded this number off. Take a look at what your

calculator says about 1/7, 2/7, etc. and you'll see the pattern you

need.

Stephen La Rocque.>