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Is 14/3 a rational number? I think so... but I'm confused because if you divide 14 by 3 then the decimal part is .66666666666666666666667. Is that considered a repeating decimal? If it is, then it's a rational number. I'm just doubting because of the 7 at the end. THANKS SO MUCH!!! =D

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    nothing to be confused about.
    Your calculator has a build-in function which rounds off the last decimal it can display, that's why it shows up as a 7

    When you do a long division, the way it was taught to you in earlier grades, the 6 will keep on repeating forever.

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    So is it a national number or what?

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    I meant rational, so sorry.

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    yes it is a rational number since it can be written as a fraction, or a RATIO.

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    thank you so muchhhhhhhh. =]

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    Ah, not to beat a dead horse here but let's make sure the cart is before that horse. The real point is that 14/3 is a RATIO of whole numbers as Reiny capitalized.
    That is what makes it a rational number.
    The fact that it is a repeating decimal means that it can be written as a ratio, and therefore is rational.
    In other words
    If ratio, then rational
    If repeating decimal, then ratio
    Therefore
    If repeating decimal, then rational

    I suspect shortly you will be shown how to find the ratio that corresponds to any repeating decimal.

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