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Look at several examples of rational numbers in the form p/q (q≠0), where p and q are integers with no common factors other than 1 and having terminating decimal representations (expansions). Can you guess what property q must satisfy? - Mathematics

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Look at several examples of rational numbers in the form p/q (q≠0), where p and q are integers with no common factors other than 1 and having terminating decimal representations (expansions). Can you guess what property q must satisfy?

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Solution

The property that q must satisfy in order that the rational numbers in the form p/q, where p and q are integers with no common factors other than 1, have terminating decimal representation (expansions) is that the prime factorization of q has only powers of 2 or powers of 5 or both, i.e., q must be of the form 2m x 5n ; m = 0,1,2,3,............,  n = 0,1,2,3,.............

Concept: Real Numbers and Their Decimal Expansions
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RD Sharma Mathematics for Class 9
Chapter 1 Number Systems
Exercise 1.2 | Q 3 | Page 13
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Chapter 1 Number Systems
Exercise 1.3 | Q 6 | Page 14

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