Ratios that are invertible, yet remain rational

Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by Neddy Bate, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. Neddy Bate Valued Senior Member

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    I found these simple scaling factors between 1 and 2 which do not have any repeating decimals even when inverted:

    1.000 ... 1.000
    0.800 ... 1.250
    0.625 ... 1.600
    0.500 ... 2.000

    Are there others? Proof / disproof?
     
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  3. Confused2 Registered Senior Member

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    0.25,0.1,0.2 .. ??
    First specify the number of decimal places you will allow (obviously a finite number) then, er, do something.
    0.0000000000000000001

    Edit - between 1 and 2 - forget the above.
     
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  5. Neddy Bate Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, between 1 and 2. I don't think there are any others, but I'm not sure why, or how to prove it. It seems a little strange that there would only be 1.250 and 1.600 but I guess it is a feature of base 10, rather than a bug, lol.

    If we're not limiting it to between 1 and 2, we can extend the pattern indefinitely, and then eventually get to all of the other numbers that you suggested.
     
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