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Repeating Decimal Expansions

by

Professor Emeritus Karl Zimmermann
Union College

April 19, 2016
5:00pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 4:45pm


Abstract:

It is well known that the decimal expansion of a rational number is either purely repeating or eventually repeating. In other words, there is some point in the expansion at which the rest is made up of the same finite string of digits repeated over and over again. In this talk, we’ll begin by using long division to explain why this repetition must occur. We’ll then call on a theorem from elementary number theory* to determine the length of the repeating strings when the denominator of the rational number is prime. Finally, we’ll state the corresponding results for non-prime denominators. * Number Theory is NOT a prerequisite for this talk!!


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