How do you determine whether this decimal expansion is a rational or irrational number: 0.7039927949564695286700690483... Thank you for help.

Guest Jun 20, 2020

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Guest
Jun 20, 2020

#1**+1 **

Ummm...

The ... means it goes on forever, but it doesn't have a pattern, and therefore cannot be written as a fraction. It is irrational

Yay!

Varxaax Jun 20, 2020

#2**-1 **

Actually...

it doesn't SEEM to have a pattern, but who knows if it does after the..., ...

If it doesn't, and confirmed, as you said, it isn't rational.

So lack of information tells us *probably* inrational.

hugomimihu
Jun 20, 2020

#3**0 **

You can determine it for certain if you take its "continued fraction", which is as follows:

[0; 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 4, 8, 1, 2], which terminates in 2. Therefore, it tells you, with absolute certainty, that it is a rational number. If you work out the fractions backwards, starting with:2, 1, 8.......etc. you will actually get the original rational fraction. In fact, I worked it out and as it happens the fraction is:** 2345 / 3331**. However, the decimal expansion doesn't repeat for 3330 digits!! Finding the "continued fraction" will always tell you whether a decimal expansion is rational or irrational.

Guest Jun 20, 2020