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Non-repeating decimals 2018-12-28
From Grace:
What is non repeating decimal
Answered by Penny Nom.
An equation with rational coefficients 2018-05-26
From Anagh:
If x and y are rational number and
(x+y) + (x - 2y)√2 = 2x -y + (x-y-1) √5

Then find the value of x and y.

Answered by Penny Nom.
The decimal form of a fraction 2018-01-12
From Tom:
Prove that the decimal representation of the quotient of 2 integers must repeat (if it does not terminate).
Answered by Penny Nom.
Five rational numbers between -2 and -1 2017-05-31
From Prince:
Five rational numbers between -2 and -1
Answered by Penny Nom.
Rational numbers between -2 and -3 2017-04-08
From Medha:
Find 12 rational numbers between-2 and -3
Answered by Penny Nom.
A rational number between -4 and -5 2017-01-03
From Anshika:
Write rational number between -4 and -5
Answered by Penny Nom.
An example of an irrational number 2015-10-22
From Allison:
It ask me to find an example of an irrational number less than -5 and I don't understand what the difference from a rational number and an irrational number besides the fact that a rational number can be repeated and shown in a simple fraction and an irrational number can't be written in a simple fraction.
Can you help me?

Answered by Penny Nom.
2.236... 2015-10-13
From Ann:
What is the most specific category of numbers does this fall into? Rational or Irrational? Does the .... mean that it repeats?

Answered by Harley Weston.
Square roots 2015-09-21
From mariana:
I have read various articles on how to find the square root of irrational numbers and every article out there seems to be very confusing.
i read you answer to LUKOW about irrational numbers and i am still quite confused. Say i want to find the square root of 326. i know that it is between 18 and 19 because 18 is the square root of 324 and 19 is the square root of 361 im just very confused about the rest of the process. Please help! ( if possible i would appreciate two examples. thanks)

Answered by Penny Nom.
Is 22/7 is an irrational number? 2015-06-07
From Sayak:
Is 22/7 is an irrational number
Answered by Penny Nom.
A rational number 2011-05-17
From owais:
according to definition of irrational number "a number which cannot be expressed in p/q form is called irrational number" square root of 2 is a irrational number but if i round off the digit correct to two decimal places so it becomes 1.41 and we can easily convert into p/q form so it is a rational number ???
Answered by Penny Nom.
1.2731568 2010-06-16
From angel:
is 1.2731568 a natural number a whole number a irrational number or a inter
Answered by Robert Dawson.
Rational numbers 2008-07-16
From hinal:
list 12 rational numbers which lie between
a) -1 and 0
b) -3 and -3

Answered by Penny Nom.
Is this an irrational number? 2008-03-22
From Tom:
Is it possible to build an irrational number with numbers that are just 1's and 2's where only finitely many 2's appear? If so, how do we build it and how do we know it is irrational?
Answered by Penny Nom.
What is a rational number between -5.9 and -6? 2007-11-06
From cathy:
What is the rational number between -5.9 and -6?
Answered by Penny Nom.
A fraction that cannot be simplified 2007-09-17
From Kevin:
Make a fraction that cannot be simplified and has 24 as its denominator?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Chris Langdon.
Repeating decimals and rational numbers 2007-05-31
From lil:
Why are repeating decimals considered rational numbers?
Answered by Penny Nom and Gabriel Potter.
Positive rational numbers 2007-05-22
From Rebecca:
What is the definition of positive rationals/positive rational numbers?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The sum of two rational numbers 2007-04-04
From Fathia:
Hi, Could please help me with this question? Prove that if a and b are rational numbers then a + b is a rational number. Thank you,
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Converting rational numbers 2005-08-07
From Joe:

I am helping my son with his converting rational
numbers in the form of A/B where A and B are integers and
B not equal to zero

I think I am doing this right but I am not sure so
below are the problems and our answers are beside
them, please let me know if these answerers are correct

Answered by Penny Nom.
The square root of 2 2002-03-05
From Roger:
Does two (2) have a square root or do the numbers just keep going? Are there any other numbers that behave like two when it comes to extracting the square root?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Some irrational numbers 2001-07-03
From Kellie:
  1. Is it possible to write pi as a fraction?

  2. Is it possible to write the square root of 2 as a fraction.. Explain why?

Answered by Harley Weston.
Cube roots on a calculator 2001-03-24
From Will:
Hi my name is Will.I have a question about the calculator TI-83 Plus or the use of a scientific calculator. It is about using them to turn a cubed root to a decimal. When using that for a rational and irrational number. Rational numbers is a number that terminates or repeates. A irrational number goes on and on and uses ... (like pie). Like when you type the cube root of 8 it gives you 2, and that is a rational number. The squre root of 2 is 1.41421356... that is irrational. So why is it when you put the cube root of 16 in the calculator it says 2.5198421 that is rational it terminates at the ninth digit and my float is set for the tenth? But why when you do it by hand you get the 2 times the cube root of 2 and that is irrational? Why is that?
Answered by Judi McDonald.
More repeating decimals 2001-01-17
From Alan:
I am neither a math teacher nor a student, but I hope you will consider my question anyway. I recently was discussing repeated decimals with a friend, and went on the web to find out more about a pattern was looking for years ago. In doing so I came upon your correspondence on repeating decimals.

Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom.
Repeating decimals 2000-10-06
From Mary O'Sullivan:
I understand that with repeating decimals (those with a pattern), the number of digits repeated is put into fraction form with the same number of 9's

ex. 0.4444 = 4/9 0.145145145 = 145/999

How can I explain why this is so? Some inquisitive 8th graders are anxious to find out!
Answered by Penny Nom and Walter Whiteley.

Rational Numbers 2000-09-14
From Josh Kuhar:
How can you tell a number is rational?
Answered by Harley Weston.
The square root of two is never supposed to end 1999-03-06
From a wondering student:
i am algebra II and am in the 9th grade. today we were talking about rational and irrational numbers. When we were talking about square roots my friend and i were talking and we thought of something. if you have a square with sides of length one then the diagonal of the square is the square root of 2. Now the square root of two is never supposed to end. But the diagonal of the square ends so therefore doesn't the square root of 2 end. our math teacher did not really answer our question because it was not in the lesson plan and not to many people would see where we were coming from. the answer is really bugging me and i would like to have your input.
Answered by Jack LeSage and Penny Nom.
6.99999... = ? 1998-12-05
From Tom:
I have had a rather heated arguement with my students. Please settle this for me.

Solve <,>, =
6.99999... __ 7

Thank you.
Answered by Penny Nom.

Adding Fractions 1998-10-15
From Lindsay:
please help me!!!!
Answered by Harley Weston.
Rational and Irrational Numbers 1998-09-19
From Ri:
I am trying to explain rational & irrational numbers to my niece who is grade 7 and am having difficulties. Could you please explain the difference between rational & irrational numbers.

Thank you
Answered by Penny Nom.

Rational Numbers 1998-09-05
From Kristin Mckenzie:
Iam a secondary student with a math question I don't know how to do.
This is the question:

Explain whether each decimal number represents a rational number.

(a) 0.16

(b) 0.12

(c) -3.125

(d) -0.27

(e) -0,212 112 111 2 ....

(f) 0. 457 92

If it wouldn't be a problem i would really appreciate it if you sent back the instructions on how to do the question.

My name is Kristin Mckenzie and my return e-mail is lexus1999@hotmail.com

Thank-you for you time
Answered by Jack LeSage and Harley Weston.

(-2)^x 1997-12-12
From Ken Bokinac:
During our math class last week we came accross an equation that we could not graph we were wondering if you could help us try and graph it. The question is:

Answered by Harley Weston.

Repeating Decimals 1997-01-24
From Grant Reed:
Is there a way to tell that the repeating decimal for 1/17 has no more than 16 repeating digits?
Answered by Penny Nom.



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