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Cannot find length of repeating block in decimal expansion for $\frac{17}{78}$

I am trying to find the length of of the repeating block of digits in the decimal expansion of $\frac{17}{78}$. On similar problems, that has not been an issue. Take for instance $\frac{17}{380}$. My ...
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2answers
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Mixed repeating decimals

How can be proven that a fraction having at the denominator a multiple of both 2 and 3 is transformed to a mixed repeating decimal number? I thought to bring the denominator to the form of ...
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2answers
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How do you calculate how many decimal places there are before the repeating digits, given a fraction that expands to a repeating decimal?

If you have a fraction such as $$\frac{7}{26}=0.269230\overline{769230}$$ where there are a number of digits prior to the repeating section, how can you tell how many digits there will be given just ...
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How to calculate decimals of the fractional number 1/49?

I find this tricky one. How to calculate the first 50 digits/decimals of the fractional number 1/49? Two of my calculators and MatLab gives different answers so I'm curious, how this is calculated ...
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2answers
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How to identify whether a fractional part of a number contains more that 2 digits.

EX. I want to accept numbers which have maximum of 2 digits after decimal points. i, e, 10.23 should be allowed and 10.233 should not be allowed. What mathematical operations can be done to ...
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Is 1 divided by 3 equal to 0.333…?

I have been taught that $\frac{1}{3}$ is 0.333.... However, I believe that this is not true, as 1/3 cannot actually be represented in base ten; even if you had ...
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1answer
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Interesting pattern in the decimal expansion of $\frac1{243}$

There appears to be an interesting pattern in the decimal expansion of $\dfrac1{243}$: $$\frac1{243}=0.\overline{004115226337448559670781893}$$ I was wondering if anyone could clarify how this ...
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1answer
333 views

Upper bound/exact length of decimal expansion of simple fraction

E.g. 1/8=0.125 has three decimals when written out in base 10, but what is a good example of a simple fraction where the decimal sequence terminates but is very large? Is there some sort of rule ...
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Why is the decimal representation of $\frac17$ “cyclical”?

$\frac17 = 0.(142857)$... with the digits in the parentheses repeating. I understand that the reason it's a repeating fraction is because $7$ and $10$ are coprime. But this...cyclical nature is ...