## Revisiting rational numbers and their decimal expansion

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Revisiting rational numbers and their decimal expansion

Revisiting Rational Numbers

Rational Numbers and their Decimal Expansion

The decimal expansion of every rational number is either terminating or non-terminating repeating.

Terminating Decimal Expansion

The number which terminates after a finite number of steps in the process of division is called terminating decimal expansion. E.g. 6.25, 1.14

Non-Terminating Decimal Expansion

The number which does not terminate in the process of division is called non-terminating decimal expansion.

There are two types of non-terminating decimal expansions

a) Non-terminating repeating Decimal Expansion

The number which does not terminate but repeats the particular number again and again in the process of division is said to be non-terminating repeating decimal.

E.g. 0.333333

b) Non-terminating Non-repeating Decimal Expansion

The number which neither terminates nor repeats the particular number in the process of division is said to be non-terminating repeating decimal. E.g. 1.03303033

Theorem 1:

Let x be a rational number whose decimal expansion terminates.

Then x can be expressed in the form  , where p and q are coprime and the prime factorization of q is of the form 2m5, where m, n are non- negative integers.

Theorem 2:
Let x =  be a rational number, such that the prime factorization of q is of the form 2m5n , where m, n are non-negative integers, then  has a terminating decimal.

Multiplying both numerator and denominator by

=

=  =  = 0.2875

Theorem 3:
Let x =be a rational number, such that the prime factorization of q is not of the form 2m5, where m, n are non-negative integers, then x has decimal expansion which is non-terminating repeating.

Example:
Without actually performing the long division, state whether   has a terminating decimal expansion or non-terminating recurring decimal expansion.

Since the factors of the denominator  is not of the form 2m5n

So, is non-terminating recurring decimal expansion.

Example:
The decimal expansion of the rational number will terminate after how many places of decimal.

Now, multiplying both numerator and denominator by 5

=

The decimal expansion of the rational number  will terminate after 4 places of decimal.

Example:If  = , then find the value of m and n, where m and n are non- negative integers. Hence, write its decimal expansion without actual division.

=

m = 5 and n = 3

Now, can be expressed as

We have

Multiplying both numerator and denominator by

Example:

What can you say about the prime factorization of the denominators of

the following rational:

i) 42.123456789

ii)

i) Since 42.123456789 has a terminating decimal expansion. So, its denominator is of the form 2m5, where m and n are non-  negative integers.

ii) Since   has non-terminating decimal expansion. So, its denominator has factors other than 2 or 5.

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