Posted by **Masha** on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:02pm.

Write as a series and express as a rational number:

1. 5.36363636....

2. 0.0123123....

Use this series and find S1,S2,S3,S4,Sn, and lim Sn.

1/1*3 + 1/3*5 + 1/5*7+...+ 1/(2n-1)(2n+1)

- Pre Calc -
**bobpursley**, Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:12pm
It works easier to have one type problem per question, as you will see here.

On the first, try something like multiping by a power of ten that will align digits. For instance, in the first, multiply by 100

536.36363636 . Subtract the original number

536.3636-5.363636= 531

Now divide by 99 (think out why)

531/99 is your fraction

- Pre Calc -
**Reiny**, Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:13pm
I would split it this way:

5.36363636....

= 5 + (.36 + .0036 + .000036 + ...}

so for the bracket part, a=.36, r = .01

remember S_{∞} = a/(1-r)

= .36/(1-.01) = .36/.99 = 36/99 = 4/11

then 5.36363636.... = 5 4/11 or 59/11

do the rest the same way

- Pre Calc -
**drwls**, Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:19pm
1. 5.36363636.... = 5 + 0.36(1 + 10^-2 + 10^-4 + ..)

= 5 + 0.36[1/(1-.01)]

= 5 + 0.36 * 100/99

= 5 + 36/99

2. Do it the same way

3. If you are dealing with sums, the first term is

S1 = 1/3

and the second term is

S2 = 1/3 + 1/15 = 6/15

Do the others and see what Sn and the limit are

- Pre Calc -
**Reiny**, Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:24pm
for your last question...

1/1*3 + 1/3*5 + 1/5*7+...+ 1/(2n-1)(2n+1)

S1 = 1/3

S2 = 1/3 + 1/15 = 6/15 = 2/5

S3 = 2/5 + 1/35 = 15/35 = 3/7

do you see a pattern?

so what is Sn ?

An interesting question now would be,

Prove that your answer to the above is correct by induction.

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