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Does 0.9999(repeating) = 1?

Yes 705 56.9%
No 578 46.65%
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Does 0.9999(repeating) = 1?

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Insentience

Member

01-23-2013

Me and a friend were having a debate whether or not 0.999... (for those who are confused the 9 is repeating.). I'm saying it does = 1, but he says it doesn't. Though I think I may be right, but there is always the benefit of doubt, and I am open to hearing what others have to say.

So if 0.999... does equal 1, then explain how it equals 1.

but if 0.999... doesn't equal 1, then explain how it doesn't equal 1.

This has been bugging me for awhile.


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Sporq

Senior Member

01-23-2013

It does.

edit: because calculus.


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Wulfestopheles

Senior Member

01-23-2013

Why don't you go ask your math teacher and not a bunch of forum rabble?


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Viktorious Alekt

Senior Member

01-23-2013

You might wanna join a college-level math class to have an answer to that.


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Sweagen

Member

01-23-2013

no it equals 0.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 not 1


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Mèdusa

Senior Member

01-23-2013

0.9999.... = X
10 X = 9.999....
10X - X = 9
9X = 9
9X / 9 = 1
So, X = 1

That's the standard proof anyway


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Eleshakai

Recruiter

01-23-2013

I read the mathematical reasoning behind this one once, and it was pretty awesome. But the essential truth is that 0.9 repeating does in fact equal 1.


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HunterHagen

Senior Member

01-23-2013

are we in junior high school here?


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GZA

Senior Member

01-23-2013

Are you 15? There is no debate about this, in fact, what you are "debating" is a common exercise used in introductory algebra classes.

If x=0.999..
10x=10(0.999...)
9x=[10(0.999...)] - 0.999
9x=9
x=1


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CrazedPorcupine

Senior Member

01-23-2013

.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 etc is incredibly close to one and is usally written as lim of x as x approaches 1 So for most calculations, it does equal one, but not really.