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Originally posted by The Vagabond
I'm not really into math, but a friend brought something up to me today that really seemed very strange. (For the duration of this post, .999 will mean .9 repeating unless otherwise specified- just for the sake of ease)
.999=x
10x=9.999
10x - x = 9x
9x=9
1x=1.
.999 = 1.
Originally posted by Pilgrum
All this just proves the inadequacy of the digital system versus anolog. Digital requires some 'rounding' to express things with repeating digits like Pi or 1/3 whereas analog maths has no problem with it.
3 x 1/3 = 1 for example
but 3 x 0.333333 = 0.999999
(2^0.5)^2 = 2
but your calculator may tell you it's 1.999999999
So the precision is enhanced by using more significant digits to minimise the error.
It's just a concept after all.
Originally posted by NRen2k5
Originally posted by The Vagabond
I'm not really into math, but a friend brought something up to me today that really seemed very strange. (For the duration of this post, .999 will mean .9 repeating unless otherwise specified- just for the sake of ease)
.999=x
10x=9.999
10x - x = 9x
9x=9
1x=1.
.999 = 1.
Nope. 9(0.999) = 8.991
So 1x still equals 0.999 and 0.999 ≠ 1
Sorry to break your heart.
[edit on 31-10-2007 by NRen2k5]
Originally posted by Esoterica
As was posted earlier, .999 repeating exactly equals 1. It's not close to 1, but exactly 1. This is why-
To keep this from being too messy .333 and .999 are repeating
1/3= 0.333
Which means
0.333 x 3 = 1/3 x 3
Since 1/3 x 3 = 1, then .333 x 3 also equals 1.
Originally posted by NRen2k5
reply to post by SANTARII
No. 3.3 repeating times 3 does not equal 9.99 repeating and 9.99 repeating does not equal ten. Only when you truncate the 3.3 repeating or round the 0.9 repeating does this happen.
It isn’t a special property of numbers we’re seeing. It’s a limitation of how we record them.
.999=x
10x=9.999
10x - x = 9x
9x=9 and
1x=1
the obvious conclusion in my mind is that you can't substract an infinite number.
Originally posted by SANTARII
9.9 recurring does equal 10, the only reason why it is not written as this is because the decimal system is not calculating it fully, 9.9 reccuring is 10 but written in a rather stupid way.