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Acer
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 12:41 pm    Post subject: 1 I hope I don’t bother anyone by asking this age old question again. Most of us are familiar (not so for me) with the problem of whether 0.999999… = 1 (I don’t agree). Is this problem similar for other bases? For example in hexdecimal does (0.FFFFFF…)(Base 16) = 1 or (0.FFFFFF)(Base 16) = 0.999999… Of course this can be extended to other bases. A few observations to get this rolling: 1) x = (0.FFFFFF…)(Base 16) 16x = (F.FFFFFF…)(Base 16) 16x – x = 15 x = (F)(Base 16) x = 1 2) 0.999999… = (9/10) + (9/100) + (9/1000) +… 0.999999... = (9 / 10) / (1 – 1 / 10) = 1 (0.FFFFFF…)(Base 16) = (15/16) + (15/256) + (15/29696) + … (0.FFFFFF…)(Base 16) = (15 / 16) / (1 – 1 / 16) = 1 (Or are they?…) FYI, no, you’re not doing my homework
Acer
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 12:41 pm    Post subject: 2 *mutters something about lack of maths font and subscript
Zealot
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 10:12 pm    Post subject: 3 There have been a few threads about this in VSP. Here's one: http://www.greylabyrinth.com/Forums/Forum5/HTML/003800.html?119. It starts out with the 2=1 puzzle but by reply 15 turns into the .999... = 1 debate.
mith
Pitbull of Truth

 Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 10:17 pm    Post subject: 4 *~polishes Sword of Mathematical Fact, or something~*
CrystyB
Misunderstood Guy

 Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2002 1:14 am    Post subject: 5 I washed my hands. Do with him as you wish! iow "FLAMES AWAY"!!!
extropalopakettle
No offense, but....

 Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2002 2:12 am    Post subject: 6 To answer your question, yes, 0.fff... = 1 in base 16 (and similarly for other bases). Any other questions? By the way, you say you don't agree that 0.999...=1, then you present weak arguments that they are equal. What's up with that? "A few observations to get this rolling" ... It rolleth not.
Lilifreid
DANGER!

 Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:18 am    Post subject: 7 Steals the Sword of Mathematical Fact It will go wonderfully well with my Shield of Mathematical Induction.
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