Decimal->Geometric Series

Posted on 2006-07-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hi. I'm attempting to convert a decimal to a geometric series of the form ar^n. Does anybody know of any neat little ways to go about doing this? I haven't been able to find anything all that useful on the web yet.


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by:Harisha M G
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Hi, I don't really understand your question. Can you give an example ?

Let x = 4.16666...
10x = 41.66666...

Subtracting 1 from 2,
9x = 37.5

So, x = 75/18

Hence, any recurring fraction can be put in the form of a fraction.

What do you mean by form of ar^n ?

For your second fraction,

Let x =      .4511414...
100 x = 45.11414...

So, 99x = 44.663

x = 44663/99000

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I don't know about geometric series.

Ususally what you want to do with repeating decimals is convert them to fractions:

    10*X = 41.66666
         X  =  4.16666
      9*X = 37.50000       ==>   X  =  37.5/9  =  375/90  =  75/18  =  25/6

For the second one you would have to do

  100*Y = 45.1141414
         Y  =  0.4511414
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Harisha M G earned 250 total points
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Ah well.. I do get an idea of what you might be asking now :)


= 4.1 + 0.06 + 0.006 + 0.0006 + ...
= 4.1 + Geometric series(a = 0.06, r = 0.1)

For the second,


= .451 + 0.00014 + 0.0000014 + ...
= .451 + Geometric series(a = 0.00014, r = 0.01)
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Hi, I don't really understand your question. Can you give an example ?:

Say for example I wanted to express .080808(08) as the ratio of two integers:

.080808... = 8/(10^2) + 8/(10^4) + 8/(10^6) + 8/(10^8) + ...

sooo we could write that as: Summation(n = 0 -> infinity) (8/(10^2)) (1/(10^2))^n

(Sorry, I don't know how to do summation notation correctly in text. (see above))

So here we have the form ar^n with a = (8/(10^2)) and r = (1/(10^2)). I guess you can use this to find the sum which would be (a/1-r). Anyway, hopefully that example clarified it a bit.

So I guess I'm just trying to apply this same idea to these other two examples whose repeating parts don't start immediately to the right of the decimal as this example does.


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ahhhh ok I think I've been beating my head against a wall for no reason:

I had something almost identical to this: .451 + Geometric series(a = 0.00014, r = 0.01)

But I thought that the .451 part had to be somehow in the series (which was not making sense to me)...

so I guess my series for the second example would be:

.451 + Summation(n=0,infinity)(14/10^5)(1/.01)^n



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Ok my previous post was wrong:

The series is:

.451 + Summ(n=0,infinity) (14/10^5) (1/100)^n

Thanks Harish! :)

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