Questions on fractions, numbers of the form $p/q$ where $p$ and $q$ are integers, and $q$ is not zero.

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Existence of a simultaneous rational approximation of real numbers in (0,1)

I have a simple question the rational approximation of real vectors. Dirichlet's simultaneous approximation theorem states: Given any $d$ real numbers $\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_d$ and for every ...
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Detecting that a fraction is a repeating decimal

Given any fraction where both the numerator (N) and denominator (D) are both positive and are both whole numbers. Without manually dividing N by D, is it possible to pre-determine if the resulting ...
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L'Hospital's rule for higher derivatives

Let $u,v \in C^\infty(\mathbb{R})$, where $u(0) = 0$ and $v(0) = 0$ and $v'(0) \not= 0$. Then, one can define a function $f \in C^\infty(\mathbb{R}\setminus\{0\})$ by $f := u/v$. L'Hospital allows ...
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Adding a different constant to numerator and denominator

Suppose that $a$ is less than $b$ , $c$ is less than $d$. What is the relation between $\dfrac{a}{b}$ and $\dfrac{a+c}{b+d}$? Is $\dfrac{a}{b}$ less than, greater than or equal to ...
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Fraction exponents in division

if I have $\frac{a^{6/5}}{b^{1/5}}$, I know you subtract exponents when dividing so $6/5 - 1/5$ is $5/5$, so since that's just one, is this equal to $a/b$?
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Non-negative fractions summing to $1$

Let $ d_1,\ldots, d_n \ge 2 $ be pairwise relatively prime. Are there any $ c_1,\ldots,c_n \in \mathbb{Z}_{\ge 0} $ with $ c_i \le d_i-1 $ for all $ i=1,\ldots,n $, such that $\displaystyle ...
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can fractions be done on a regular caculator?

I am wondering if I can use me standard calculator to solve fraction problems which include: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, or do I need to buy a scientific calculator to ...
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IMO 1979 problem

The question is $$\text{If }\, p, \ q\in \mathbb{N}, \;1-\frac12+\frac13-\frac14-\dotsb-\frac{1}{1318}+\frac{1}{1319}=\frac{p}{q}.\qquad \text{Prove that } 1979\mid p.$$ So my solution went like ...
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Fraction with negative exponent fraction.

Q: $$\left(\frac{27 a^6 b^{-3}}{c^{-2}}\right)^{-2/3}$$ A: $$\frac{b^2}{9 a^4 c^{4/3}}$$ How in the world are they getting that?
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Solving function in difference quotien equation

I have the problem Find the difference quotient $\frac{f(2 + h) - f(2)}{h}$ for $f(x) = \frac{1}{x^2}$. The answer they gave is $\frac{-(4 + h)}{4(2 + h)^2}$ So far I've done: $$\frac{[1/(2 + h)^2 ...
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How do you simplify an algebraic expression?

Please explain how to simplify an expression that is similar to this one $\displaystyle\frac{a+3}{6}+\frac{a-4}{4}+\frac{a+2}{-3}$
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Absolute value on the top of a fraction

What is the answer to a question similar to this one, where the absolute value bars are only around the numerator of the fraction? $$\frac{|2+4(2)|}{5-10}$$ Would the fraction be equal to ...
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Why is the decimal representation of 1/7 “cyclical”?

1/7 = 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 something ...
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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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Fraction With Scientific Notation As A Percentage

I have this fraction $\frac{3.09\times 10^{-9}}{0.02\times 10^{-9}}$ and I need to convert it to a percentage. What I do know is that the $10^{-9}$ cancels out and we are left with $\frac{309}2$, but ...
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cancell common factors

p³ - PQ² --------- Divided by (P+Q)² Apparently the answer is P(P-Q) --------- Divided by P+Q But how? - What I was thinking P-P (P-Q), (P+Q) ------------------ Divided by (P+Q) which is P-P ...
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Splitting the numerator

Can someone explain how we can get the second fraction by splitting the numerator? $$\frac{x^3}{x^2+x+1}=x-1+\frac{1}{x^2+x+1}$$ I can get the LHS from the RHS but not the other way around. What ...
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Deradicalization of denominators

Task: Develop a fraction equivalent to $$ 1\over{\sum\limits_{i=0}^{n-1}c_in^{i/n}} $$ in which the denominator is rational.
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How to solve this algebraic fraction?

Could someone please help me with solving this algebraic fraction. I tried it a few times and I got the wrong answer all of the times. My brother also tried, who had recently finished Matric and he is ...
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I don't understand the expected result from an equation. [closed]

I came across this a while ago in my studies and let it pass however exams are closing in so I better figure it out. I am not sure why in the second equation 458 is the answer.
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Rank odds without converting

Brazil are currently playing Mexico, and at the start of the game Brazil were 2/5 to win. As it's the 38th minute and still 0-0, their odds have changed to 8/15. Now, if I'm not wrong that represents ...
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Negative mixed fractions

I'm comfortable with fractions like $\frac{-3}{8}$ being the same as $\frac{3}{-8}$ (though I'd think the latter anachronistic and would in any case probably prefer to write either of those two as ...
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Mixed number fractions vs regular fractions? $3\frac{1}{6}-1\frac{11}{12}$

I just passed Calculus 2 in college with an A and I'm rather embarrassed that I'm asking this question. My wife is taking an intermediate Algebra course in college and they gave her the below ...
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Basic algebra, isolating the variable

So I have the equation $$\tan30=\frac{4.9t-\frac{10}{t}}{\frac{8.77}{t}}$$ And I want to find t, but my algebra has failed me. This is my working so far. ...
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Rearranging algebraic formula when subject is on both sides

I have run into some difficulty with a question on making a variable the subject of an equation where the variable is on both sides. I am really struggling to find a method for making "a" the ...
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Guys, hard limit, please help.

Here is the limit I'm struggling with: $$\lim_{x\to0}\cfrac{x\tan x-x\sin x}{x\sin^2x/\cos x}.$$ Worked so hard to find it, but couldn't.
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Why is the word “of” equivalent to multiplying in fraction word problems?

I know this is a very easy problem, but I'm having a hard time getting my head around this concept, consider this example from a book. *Jerry bought a pie and ate 1⁄5 of it. Then his wife Doreen ate ...
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Can't simplify this fraction: $ \frac{1+x^6}{1+x^2}$

I've been having trouble simplifying this fraction : $$ \frac{1+x^6}{1+x^2} $$ Can anyone explain step by step on how to solve this? Thank you.
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Is three halves a fraction?

Is three halves (3/2) a fraction? I understand there may be a more accurate name for this kind of number (improper fraction?) which would be interesting to know. But that isn't what I'm after me, I ...
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$\frac{x}{10!} = \frac{1}{8!} + \frac{1}{9!}$

I have a pretty simple straightforward question. Q) Find the value of $x$ in the following: $$\frac{x}{10!} = \frac{1}{8!} + \frac{1}{9!}$$ Instinctively, I do the quickest thing I know how to ...
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Can you give me a visual representation on 1/6 of 4/5 to get 4/30?

I'm trying to understand fractions more by using a visual representation, and I having a hard time making a visual representation of the 1/6 of 4/5 and getting a visual understandable representation ...
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How do I prove $\frac{ \sqrt{x+h}-\sqrt{x} }{ h}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+h}+\sqrt{x}}$?

$$\frac{ \sqrt{x+h}-\sqrt{x} }{ h}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+h}+\sqrt{x}}$$ I know I just asked a question and I did figure out how that one worked but I'm not sure how I would go about this one.
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Simplify this complex algebraic fraction

I'm stumped on this problem, I need to know how this answer was arrived at but my text book doesn't show this. $$\frac{\frac{1}{x+y}}{\frac{x}{y}}$$ The text book says the answer is this: ...
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Comparing Fractions that contain epsilon

Given $\epsilon$ a constant s.t. $0<\epsilon<1$, and $n,p$ positive integers, $n >= 2p$, is the following true: $\frac{(1+\epsilon)n}{(2+\epsilon)p} \geq \lceil\frac{n}{2p}\rceil$
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Simplifying fraction with square root as denominator

I'm trying to find the integral of: $$\dfrac {2\sqrt{x} - 3x + x^2}{\sqrt{x}}$$ but I first need to simplify it so I tried dividing by the $\sqrt{x}$ for each of the numbers on the top like so: ...
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What's the difference between “continued fractions” and “compound fractions”?

What should we call a fraction which includes another fraction in its numerator or denominator, like $${ab\over {c \over d}}$$?
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Why does $ \frac {a}{b}$ of $c$ means $ \frac {a}{b} \cdot c$ [closed]

Why does it multiply when the preposition "of" appears?
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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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why do equations work and how do they relate to each other?

Ok, so I understand that an equation is something like 15 = 15 , and that the only criteria as far as I can tell for it being an equation is that both sides are equal to each other. I have a few ...
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Fractions from least to greatest

What is the fastest way to find the least common denominator of all the fractions without losing too much time? 7/9 , 1/4, 14/15, 2/3, 1/2 Thanks.
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All those unit fractions add to 1?

Consider $$S(n)=\{x \mid x=(a_1 ,a_2,a_3 \cdots a_n) \text{ where } \sum_{r=1}^{n}\frac{1}{a_r} =1 \}$$ Now let $|S(n)|$ denote the cardinaly (order) of set $S(n)$. Thus: $S(1)= \{(1)\} \implies ...
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confusion related to elementary operation on numbers

Let's take for example an fraction: $\dfrac{1+4}{2-4}$ and another fraction $\dfrac{1*4}{2*4}$. In the second fraction we can cancel 4 from both numenator and denominator but on the first we cannot ...
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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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Convergence of a series ${}\qquad{}$

Does this series converge? $$\sum_{x=2}^n \left(\frac{1}{x}\right)^{\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)}$$ I tried hard but stil had problems... Could someone help me?
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Solving for $x$ [not homework]

How do I bring the remaining $x$ to the LHS? $\pm x=\frac{(2-x)\sqrt{|q_2|} } {\sqrt{|q_1|}}$ to get $x=\frac{2 \sqrt{|q_2|}}{\sqrt{|q_2|} \pm \sqrt{|q_1|}}$ I'm just not sure about the ...
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Can fractions be relatively prime?

Two numbers are relatively prime if they do not share any factors, other than 1. Is it possible for fractions to be relatively prime? To reword this, do fractions even have factors?
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Fraction Problem

The product of two fractions is 1/9. The larger fraction divided by the smaller fraction is 4. What is the sum of the two fractions? $\frac{a}{b}\frac{c}{d}=\frac{1}{9}$ I will assume that ...
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Fractional Exponents powers

I am having problems understanding how to answer questions containing fractional exponents to a given power ie $(2x^{1/2})^6$, i do not understand how to go about answering the question. I know this ...
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My small theory…

It is given that 'a,b,c' are whole nos. Now 'a' is an odd no. while 'b' is an even no. Prove that:- a/b + c = x where 'x' is a fraction, equal to 'n/d' where n is an odd no. and d is an even no. and ...
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Solving a fractional quadratic equation problem by completing the square

I have the following problem to solve using the method of completing the square. $$2x^2-3x-1 = 0$$ Here is where I've gotten to so far on this problem. $$2x^2-3x = 1$$ $$x^2-\frac{3}{2}x = ...