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I came across the following:

"If the distance estimated at 150 feet is really 140 ft, the percent of error in this estimate is 7 1/7%."

Can you tell me how this answer was expressed as a fraction? I get 7.1428%. How is the .1428 converted to 1/7?

Please demonstrate how you computed it. Thanks.

"If the distance estimated at 150 feet is really 140 ft, the percent of error in this estimate is 7 1/7%."

Can you tell me how this answer was expressed as a fraction? I get 7.1428%. How is the .1428 converted to 1/7?

Please demonstrate how you computed it. Thanks.

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Similarly, to get the decimal, just divide 1 by 7.

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7

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14 | 100

98

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2

and stop here so that the remainder is 2/14 which = 1/7

If the estimate was 150 and it came in at 140 that's 10 feet less.

10/150 = 6.6666667%

10/150 = 1/15

1/15 x 100% = yes, you guessed it, 6.6666667%)

So the reverse math works.

Any % you have regardless of the number is x divided by 100.

so we have

100*|measured - actual|/actual = 100*|150-140|/140 = 100*10/140 = 100/ 14 = (14*7+2)/14 = 14*7/14 + 2/14 = 7 + 2/14 = 7 + 1/7 = 7 and 1/7 as they have.

So why did I replace 100 by 14*7 + 2 in the second line?

well the denominator (14) can be at most multiplied 7 times without being bigger than the numerator (100). 2 is the remainder.

Also .1428 cannot be converted to 1/7.

1/7 is the correct result. Though you can approximate 1/7 by .1428.

Although 1/7 is a rational number, decimals are always sums of numbers being divided by powers of 10 (hence the word decimal). Here however we're dividing by 7, and when we use fractions with something other than a power of 10 in the denominator then often all we can do is use a decimal approximation for the fraction.

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I came across the following:

"If the distance estimated at 150 feet is really 140 ft, the percent of error in this estimate is 7 1/7%."

sheana11 are you wanting to know the amount of distance that was

The estimated distance was 150 feet. Right?

Actual feet came in at 140.

The actual is 150 - 140 = 10 / 150 = 6.666667%.

The actual length came in that % below the estimate.

It depends on what you wish know. If you wish to know how much shorter was the actual length as compared to the estimate of 150 feet, then that is the 6.666667% or .06666667.

The actual measurement was 140 feet. Your estimate was 150 feet and "that is" 7.1284%

And the actual was 6.666667%

1 divided by 7, using long division, you come up with 1428. In other words, 1/7 equals .1428.

So, that is the same as saying 7+.1428%, or simply 7.1428%...

All you are doing is changing 1/7 to a decimal by using division to express the exact same thing in decimal, rather than fraction.

7 1/7% = 7.1428%

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