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  • x=.999999999999999999999999999999999

 

  • x=1 
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what does .99999999999999999999999999999 equel?

hints:
x=.999999999999999999999999999999999
x=1

 

It is not so!

 

\(x=0.999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999\ \ finite \ decimal \ fraction \\ x=\frac{999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999 \ 999}{1 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000 \ 000}\) 

 

\( x=0.\overline{999}..\ periodic \ decimal \ fraction\\x=1\) 

 

laugh  !

asinus  Jun 2, 2017
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I'm pretty sure that you mean what does \(0.\overline{9999}\) equal? I'll use some algebra to show the real value here. This method is well-known, but here it goes anyway:

 

\(0.\overline{9999}=x\) I'm going to set this answer equal to a variable. I'll multiply 10 on both sides
\(9.\overline{9999}=10x\) This is probably the trickiest step to understand. Subtract \(0.\overline{9999}\) on the left hand side and \(x\) on the right. I can do this because of the first statement I made
\(9=9x\) Divide by 9 on both sides
\(x=1\)  
   

 

Therefore, \(0.\overline{9999}=1=x\)

 

Now, I have a challenge for you.

 

\(...9999999=x\)

 

Using the same algebra I utilized, what does this equal? You should get a bizarre answer

TheXSquaredFactor  Jun 3, 2017
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I tested the method on another number:

 

\(0.\overline3=x \\~\\ 3.\overline3=10x \\~\\ 3.\overline3-0.\overline3=10x-0.\overline3 \\~\\ 3.\overline3-0.\overline3=10x-x \\~\\ 3=9x \\~\\ \frac{1}{3}=x\)

 

It worked! .....Now I will try it on \( \overline9 \) .

 

\(\overline9=x\)

 

But what is \( \overline9 \) times 10 ?  I need to move the decimal point to the right one place, or add a zero at the "end." But I can't reach the end... it's too far away !   And, if I just try to avoid the issue by writing this...

 

\(10\,\cdot\,\overline9=10x \\~\\ 10\,\cdot\,\overline9-\overline9=10x-x \\~\\9\cdot\overline9=9x \\~\\ \overline9=x\qquad\text{I get exactly what I started with!}\)

hectictar  Jun 3, 2017
edited by hectictar  Jun 3, 2017

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