Rational Numbers
Rational numbers are those numbers that can be written as a fraction, such as s 7/5 or 3/2. The symbol ℚ is used for the set of rational numbers and can be thought of as standing for ‘quotient’ to aid remembering. A rational number can be defined as a number in the form of x/y where x and y are both members of ℤ and y is not zero. Since a number such as 9 can be written as the fraction 9/1 ℚ includes all members of ℤ. When any rational number is written as a decimal, it either terminates after a finite number of digits (such as 1/8= 0.125) or or recurs (such as 1/3 = 0.333333.....)
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