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

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Why rationalize the denominator?

In grade school we learn to rationalize denominators of fractions when possible. We are taught that $\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ is simpler than $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$. An answer on this site says that "there ...
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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 $(\star)$ ...
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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 ...
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Bad Fraction Reduction That Actually Works

$$\frac{16}{64}=\frac{1\rlap{/}6}{\rlap{/}64}=\frac{1}{4}$$ This is certainly not a correct technique for reducing fractions to lowest terms, but it happens to work in this case, and I believe there ...
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Prove that any rational can be expressed in the form $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n{\frac{1}{a_k}}$, $a_k\in\mathbb N^*$

Let $x\in\mathbb{Q}$ with $x>0$. Prove that we can find $n\in\mathbb{N}^*$ and distinct $a_1,...,a_n \in \mathbb{N}^*$ such that $$x=\sum_{k=1}^n{\frac{1}{a_k}}$$
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Solving a literal equation containing fractions.

I know this might seem very simple, but I can't seem to isolate x. $$\frac{1}{x} = \frac{1}{a} + \frac{1}{b}$$ Please show me the steps to solving it.
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Express $w$ and $1/w$ for $w=\frac {\sqrt2+\sqrt3}{\sqrt5-\sqrt3}$ in the simplest form with a rational denominator [closed]

If $w = \frac {\sqrt2+\sqrt3}{\sqrt5-\sqrt3}$ Express the following in the simplest form (with a rational denominator) i) $w$ ii) $\frac1w$ I'm confused about (ii) question :/ pls help me.
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Is this a weighted average/percentage problem?

Let's say a Marketing company has a total turnover of 10000 \$There are 3 salesmen A,B,C with the following turnovers A = 2000$ B = 3000 $C = 5000$ Now, ...
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Quotient field of gaussian integers

Let $D$ be the set of all gaussian integers of the form $m+ni$ where $m,n \in Z$. Carry out the construction of the quotient field $Q$ for this integral domain. Show that this quotient field is ...
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If the decimal expansion of $a/b$ contains “$7143$” then $b>1250$

I recently stumbled upon this really interesting problem: Suppose we have a fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a,b \in \mathbb{N}$ and we know that the decimal fraction of $\frac{a}{b}$ has the ...
Deeply confused about $\sqrt[5]{a^5}=(a^5)^{1/5}$
So is this correct? $\sqrt[5]{a^5} = \left(a^5\right)^{\frac{1}{5}}$ I need proof why $\left(a^5\right)^\frac{1}{5}$ can or cannot just be $a^\frac{5}{5}$ or just $a$? I think of that rule of \$...