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Rational or not? (Posted on 2015-05-29) Difficulty: 2 of 5
If I enter the expression

35+42√2

into my graphing calculator and then ask it for the fractional (rational) equivalent it cannot do so. Since the number is irrational it displays the first few decimal digits:

94.39696962

However, if I enter the expression

55+42√2

into the same graphing calculator and then ask it for the fractional equivalent it displays:
37751
-----
 330 
But this second number I entered is clearly not rational either.

What's going on?

No Solution Yet Submitted by Jer    
Rating: 5.0000 (1 votes)

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Solution 96 repeating | Comment 3 of 5 |
The number 96 repeats three times in a row, so the calculator assumes the number is rational.


  Posted by Math Man on 2015-05-30 15:18:16
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