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View a sample course, read testimonials or sign up for a free instructor account today. Choose from more than 900 textbooks from leading academic publishing partners along with additional resources, tools, and content. Subscribe to our Newsletter Get the latest tips, news, and developments. The repeating decimal continues with infinitely many nines.

The utilitarian preference for the terminating decimal representation contributes to the misconception that it is the only representation. There is an elementary proof of the equation 0. 1, and that they get closer and closer to 1. More precisely, the distance from 0. Therefore, if 1 were not the smallest number greater than 0. 999, etc, then there would be a point on the number line that lies between 1 and all these points.

Archimedean property, which can be proven to hold in the system of rational numbers. Therefore, 1 is the smallest number that is greater than all 0. Part of what this argument shows is that there is a least upper bound of the sequence 0. The previous explanation is not a proof, as one cannot define properly the relationship between a number and its representation as a point on the number line. For the accuracy of the proof, the number 0. One has to show that 1 is the smallest number that is no less than all 0. 1 and no less than all 0.

This proof relies on the fact that zero is the only nonnegative number that is less than all inverses of integers, or equivalently that there is no number that is larger than every integer. This is implied by the fact that 0. The matter of overly simplified illustrations of the equality is a subject of pedagogical discussion and critique. Byers also presents the following argument.

Students who did not accept the first argument sometimes accept the second argument, but, in Byers’ opinion, still have not resolved the ambiguity, and therefore do not understand the representation for infinite decimals. 999 does not affect the formal development of mathematics, it can be postponed until one proves the standard theorems of real analysis. One requirement is to characterize real numbers that can be written in decimal notation, consisting of an optional sign, a finite sequence of one or more digits forming an integer part, a decimal separator, and a sequence of digits forming a fractional part. The fraction part, unlike the integer part, is not limited to finitely many digits. This is a positional notation, so for example the digit 5 in 500 contributes ten times as much as the 5 in 50, and the 5 in 0.

05 contributes one tenth as much as the 5 in 0. Perhaps the most common development of decimal expansions is to define them as sums of infinite series. This proof appears as early as 1770 in Leonhard Euler’s Elements of Algebra. The sum of a geometric series is itself a result even older than Euler. A typical 18th-century derivation used a term-by-term manipulation similar to the algebraic proof given above, and as late as 1811, Bonnycastle’s textbook An Introduction to Algebra uses such an argument for geometric series to justify the same maneuver on 0. The first two equalities can be interpreted as symbol shorthand definitions. The remaining equalities can be proven.

Archimedean property of the real numbers. 999 is often put in more evocative but less precise terms. For example, the 1846 textbook The University Arithmetic explains, “. The series definition above is a simple way to define the real number named by a decimal expansion. 2” and subdivides that interval into , , , , .

000 reflect, respectively, the fact that 1 lies in both and , so one can choose either subinterval when finding its digits. This can be done with limits, but other constructions continue with the ordering theme. One straightforward choice is the nested intervals theorem, which guarantees that given a sequence of nested, closed intervals whose lengths become arbitrarily small, the intervals contain exactly one real number in their intersection. The Nested Intervals Theorem is usually founded upon a more fundamental characteristic of the real numbers: the existence of least upper bounds or suprema. To directly exploit these objects, one may define b0.