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Does 33 1/3 x 3 equal 100?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gaygle, 29 May 2006.

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  1. Gaygle


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    Ok, please, lets hear your arguments...

    33 1/3 x 3 DOES equal 100

    but 33.333... etc x 3 does NOT equal 100 because it is impossible to represent 1/3 exactly as a decimal.

    This has just got me thinking now? What is the definition of a 1/3? If you bought a 1/3 of a pie and they only gave you 33.333% of the pie.....would you go to trading standards?
  2. Gilly

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    There are two opposing sides of this argument. Neither will ever switch sides. Why keep flogging a dead horse?
  3. penski


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    Ladies and gentlemen; care in the community in action.

  4. Tru


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    Shut up.
  5. Killerkebab


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    If I asked for 1/3 of a pie and they only gave me 33.3333% I would go to trading standards.

    If they gave me 33.3r% of a pie, I wouldn't.

    Why do people always look to decimals when fractions are there to allow you to write any rational number?
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