Fraction vs. DecimalDate: 08/29/97 at 23:30:06 From: Ed and Joyce Gallo Subject: Fraction vs. decimal What is the difference between 1/2 and 0.50? Date: 08/30/97 at 09:30:56 From: Doctor Jerry Subject: Re: Fraction vs. decimal Hi Ed and Joyce, Since 0.5 (or 0.50 or 0.500 or 0.5000 or ... or 0.499999...) are decimal equivalents of 1/2, the difference between 1/2 and any of them is 0. Although there are some who will wish to quarrel with this statement, particularly with the difference between 1/2 and 0.499999..., it is not a controversial statement within mathematics. -Doctor Jerry, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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