Questions on fractions, which are expressions (not values) of the form $\frac pq$.

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Why a decimal fraction is not expressing exactly what a rational number is in base 2?

I am currently using rational numbers to express currency and math operations with currency, while dealing with rational numbers has provided a great convenience in over coming the limitations of ...
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If you have 5 $\frac{1}{2}$ of pies left and you used $\frac{1}{6}$ of one of the pies how much is left? [on hold]

if you have $5\frac{1}{2}$ of pies left and you used $\frac{1}{6}$ of one of the pies how much is left?
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Adding fractions with exponents

$$3^5 + {1\over3^5}=?$$ My first instinct was to rewrite the second term as $3^{-5}$. Since the base is $3$, rewrite as $3^{5+-5}$. It simplifies to $3^0= 1$. Apparently this is incorrect. Can anyone ...
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Rationalization of $\frac{2\sqrt{6}}{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{5}}$

Question: $$\frac{2\sqrt{6}}{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{5}}$$ equals: My approach: I tried to rationalize the denominator by multiplying it by ...
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Simplifying fractional exponents

I am very confused about the following: whenever I put in into wolfram alpha the answer it gives me is "indeterminate", is it not possible to simplify fractional exponents or something? if the ...
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Basic algebra/fractions: derivation

How do I do this derivation step? I don't understand why there is equality. The derivation is from my textbook. $$mg-m\left(\frac{g}{1+\frac{M}{2m}}\right)=\frac{mg}{1+\frac{2m}{M}}$$
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Fraction Transforms

Here's a number theory problem I'm having some difficulty with: Say we transform a fraction by the following rule: we start with some fraction $\frac{m}{n}$ with $m > n$ and then convert it to ...
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How to compute $\frac{t^2}{t+1}$ to the form $\frac{1}{t+1} +t -1$

One of my attempts would look like below. $\frac{t^2}{t+1}$ = $\frac{t \times t+1-1}{t+1}$ = 1+ $\frac{t-1}{t+1}$ = $\frac{t-1+1-1}{t+1} + 1$ = $\frac{-2}{t+1} +2$ Also, I put into t an arbitrary ...
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Reciprocal over a summation [closed]

Is this statement true? Can we take reciprocal over a summation? $$\frac 1{\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac 1{(n+1)^3}}=\sum_{n=1}^\infty (n+1)^3$$
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show some sum is exactly 1

Consider a given set of rationals of the form $\frac{1}{j*2^a}$, where $j$ is a fixed odd positive integer and $a$ is a positive integer that may vary per rational. A number doesn't have to be unique ...
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Adding drawnfractions (Very simple question)

I have been surprised not being able to solve this: ...
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Ceiling to Floor Function Conversion Proof

I am working on a proof to convert a ceiling of a fraction to a floor of a fraction. I found this: \begin{aligned} q=\left\lceil \frac{n}{m} \right\rceil \;&\Leftrightarrow\; \frac{n}{m} \leq q ...
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Recursive formula for partial fraction decomposition of a specific kind of fractions

I need to make a partial fraction decomposition of the following fraction : $$ \frac{1}{(x-a)^2(x-b)^2(x-c)^2(x-d)^2(x-e)} $$ The problem is that Wolfram doesn't give any answer : ...
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Simplifying $\frac{3(a^{1/4}+4)}{2a-32a^{1/2}}$

I have a fraction $\frac{3a^{1/4}+12}{2a-32a^{1/2}}$ which I have factored out into $\frac{3\left(a^{\frac{1}{4}}+4\right)}{2a-32a^{\frac{1}{2}}}$, but checking out W|A I also get that there ought to ...
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What is the reciprocal of $(-1/2)^k$?

What is the reciprocal of $(-1/2)^k$? The answer is meant to be $2^{-k}$ as if you flip something upside down the power becomes negative. However, I am not sure what happens to the negative in front ...
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Find All Dimensions such that Volume of Box = Surface Area

A rectangular prism has integer edge lengths. Find all dimensions such that its surface area equals its volume. My Attempt at a Solution: Let the edge lengths be represented by the variables $l, w, ...
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help with simplifying monomials into nonnegative integers [closed]

So I have the equation, $$\frac{xyz^{-2}}{x^{-1}y-xyz^{-3}}$$ and I have simplified it into $$\frac{x}{y-z}$$ is that correct? or should $z$ have the exponent of $2$? I know this is so simple but I ...
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Algebraic fractions: addition

I have very elementary question about adding algebraic fractions. Now, I know the following: $$\frac{a}{c} + \frac{b}{d} = \frac{da + cb}{dc}$$ My question is however, how given this expression: ...
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Separate terms of different orders from fractional polynomial

I have an expression: $\frac{1}{1-A}+\frac{-12A^4D^3 + 4A^4D^2 -16A^3D^2+4A^3D -6A^2D - AD}{- 12A^4D^3 + 4A^4D^2+12A^3D^3 -20A^3D^2 +4A^3D +16A^2D^2 -11A^2D +A^2 +7AD -2A + 1}$ How do I write it as ...
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How to calculate value of expressions when $a = 22$

$a = 22$ Round the answer to three significant figures: $\dfrac{77}{3a}$ for this one I am not sure if I do $\dfrac{77}{3(22)} = 1.17$ or $\dfrac{77}{3(22)} = 56$. Sorry if this is written in a ...
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How many elements are in the following set?

The set is $$\{ x \in Q:x^2 =64/25 \} $$ I thought the answer was $\{ \frac{8}{5}, -\frac{8}{5} \}$ but I am told there are in fact 4 distinct elements: $$\{ \frac{8}{5}, \frac{8}{-5}, \frac{-8}{5}, ...
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algebra exponents and fractions

I could be over thinking or tired... But I am to embarrassed to ask my prof. this probably very simple algebra rule I am ignorant of... Also this is just a snip-it from a inductive proof example. ...
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Annuity present value formula explanation

Could somene please explain me how the formula evolves, ie. how does the fraction flip, etc? Thank you in advance!
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Pre-Algebra Fractional Exponent Question

Why does $t^{\frac{3}{2}} \cdot t^{\frac{1}{2}} = t^2$? What I tried to do was multiply the exponents together $\frac{3}{2} \cdot \frac{1}{2} = \frac{3}{4}$ so my final answer was $t^{\frac{3}{4}}$ ...
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How exactly is this happening?

I was studying Derivative and my book says if: Then its derivative is: I can't understand how the writer has changed the first derivative fraction into the second one. In other words, how did he ...
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length of period

Each rational number (fraction) can be written as decimal periodic number. Does exists a method or hint that show how long will be the period of arbitrary fraction. For example $1/3=0.3333...=0.(3)$ ...
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fraction math help please [closed]

What is $\frac{2}{5}-\frac{4}{9}$ and $5 \frac{3}{4}\pm\frac{5}{6}...$?
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Adding a natural number to a normalized fraction

I am currently writing yet another rational number class where the fraction should always be normalized. When adding a natural number to a normalized fraction, it possible to get a non-normalized ...
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Expressing $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2} + \sqrt{3} + \sqrt{5}}$ with rational Denominator

could you please help me express this with a rational denominator $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2} + \sqrt{3} + \sqrt{5}}$ Thank you
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How to calculate the Integer portion of a fraction using only +, -, $\div$ and *?

I made something in excel that calculates the days left until a given date, and from that how many weeks were left. I had it so that 9 days displayed as 1.2 using this formula: ...
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Second Order Approximation for a Polynomial

if I have an expression: $L=\frac{12a^3d^3-4wa^3d^2+16a^2d^2-4wa^2d+6ad+1}{12a^3d^3-4wa^3d^2-4a^2wd+16a^2d^2+7ad-aw+1}$ what is the second order approximation in $\frac{d}{w}$? I know that ...
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Extracting a function of a variable from an expression

I have this expression: $\frac{d+2wd}{2w+3wd-3d-w^2-1}$ Is there anyway I can write it just as a function of f(d)? [To me this looks like it is already a function of d, but I want to confirm if ...
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Is $\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}$ true for $m\in\mathbb N$?

Question : Is the following true for any $m\in\mathbb N$? $$\begin{align}\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}\qquad(\star)\end{align}$$ Motivation : I reached ...
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Why$ 1/12$ is NOT an irreducible basic fraction?

I'm trying to solve this problem. A fraction $m/n$ is basic if $0 \le m < n$, It is irreducible if $\gcd( m,n ) = 1$ (greatest common divisor) In the example, when $n=12$, irreducible basic ...
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How to simply this fraction with irrational denominators? [closed]

How to simplify? $\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{3}} + \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{5}} + \frac{1}{\sqrt{5}+\sqrt{7}} \frac{1}{\sqrt{7}+3}$
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“Canceling out” in division doesn't always work the same way does it?

I've been working on Nested Fractions at the Khan Academy. Recently I was doing a routine problem and came to the correct conclusion but I realized I didn't understand why I wouldn't keep dividing. ...
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Fraction confusion

I read in a set of memoranda that if $ \frac{b-x}{x}=\frac{b}{a}$, then $$x = \frac{ab}{a+b}$$ How is this true? I tried working it out but I could not understand. Please help.
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Find the fraction that creates a repeating decimal that repeats certain digits

Is there any way to find the fraction $x/y$ that, when converted to a decimal, repeats a series of digits $z$? For example: ${x}/{y} = z.zzzzzzzz...$ or with actual numbers, $x/y = 234.234234234...$ ...
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How to solve for $x$ in ${\sqrt{9+2x}} - {\sqrt{2x}} = \frac{5}{\sqrt{9+2x}}$

How can I solve for $x$ in the following equation? ${\sqrt{9+2x}} - {\sqrt{2x}} = \frac{5}{\sqrt{9+2x}}$
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What fraction is $\frac{2}{5}$ of $\frac{3}{4}$?

$\frac{2}{5}$ of blood donors at a centre have group O blood. $\frac{3}{4}$ of these donors are under 30. What fraction of the group O blood donors at the centre are under 30? What I did was divide ...
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How to simplify $(a^2+ab+b^2)/(a+\sqrt{ab}+b)$

How can I simplify as much as possible: $$\frac{a^2+ab+b^2}{a+\sqrt{ab}+b}$$ Also, first post here, looking forward to sticking around!
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Sum of series with binary parity in the numerator

I'm now stuck with this question, and I don't even know where to start: Find sum of series$$\sum_1^\infty \frac{f(n)}{n(n+1)}$$, where f(n) - number of ones in binary representation of n. I wish I ...
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Why does the least common denominator work?

Take for instance the following problem. You have two beakers of the same height. One has tick marks that break it into thirds. The other has tick marks that separate it into fourths. The water levels ...
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How to put a fraction in simplest form, such as $140/255$?

Given the fraction $$\dfrac{140}{255}$$ How do I find a common factor so it can be easily simplified? I have already tried $2$, $3$ and $4$.
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$5.30$ converted to a fraction or mixed number in lowest terms

$5.30$ converted to a fraction or mixed number in lowest terms The correct answer they got on my worksheet is $5 \frac3{50}$, but I get $5 \frac{15}{50}$.
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why is PI considered irrational if it can be expressed as ratio of circumference to diameter? [duplicate]

Pi = C / D (circumference / diameter) . I have read that if circumference can be expressed as an integer then diameter cannot and vice-versa, so that the ratio can never be expressed as a/b where both ...
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How can I integrate $\int{1\over 2x+2}$

$$\int{1\over 2x+2}$$ Method 1 $$\int{1\over 2x+2} = \frac 12\int{1\over x+1} = \frac 12 ln(x+1) + c $$ Method 2 $$\int{1\over 2x+2} = \frac 12\int{2\over 2x+2} = \frac 12 ln(2x+2) + c $$ Wolfram ...
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Find $\lim_{x \to \infty} \left(\frac{x^2+1}{x^2-1}\right)^{x^2}$

How to calculate the following limit? $$\lim\limits_{x \to \infty} \left(\frac{x^2+1}{x^2-1}\right)^{x^2}$$
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How come $\left(\frac{n+1}{n-1}\right)^n = \left(1+\frac{2}{n-1}\right)^n$

I'm looking at one of my professor's calculus slides and in one of his proofs he uses the identity: $\left(\frac{n+1}{n-1}\right)^n = \left(1+\frac{2}{n-1}\right)^n$ Except I don't see why that's ...