## Why or why not does .9 repeating equal 1?

I already posted this as a regular question, but someone told me to make it as a burning question, so here it is:

HI! I am wondering if .999...=1? I mean if 1/3=.333 and 1/3+1/3+1/3=3/3 and 3/3=1. So wouldn't .333...+.333...+.333...=1? But it actually equals .999... not 1. I googled this question and I got many different answers

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For example...(someone wrote):

I'm not really into math, but a friend brought something up to me today that really seemed very strange. (For the duration of this post, .999 will mean .9 repeating unless otherwise specified- just for the sake of ease)

.999=x

10x=9.999

10x - x = 9x

9x=9

1x=1.

.999 = 1.

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Someone else wrote:

Numbers are fake. They are a manifestation of our minds to describe something, similar to words. Just because we say "red" doesn't mean something is red. what is red? Languages and math are very similar. Math is universal...at least for our planet though. .999~ does not = 1. But what .999~ repeating represents, does in fact equal what 1 represents.

No-one will ever be able to comprehend infinity, os its time to stop trying. Think of space and the universe. IT IS GROWING. how can it continue to grow with no stop? what is there to contain it? WE need something to contain it in order for us to understand it. We need a stopping point, but there is none.

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Another person wrote:

In your proof that .333...*3=.999... you forgot to include the fact that .3333... is NOT 1/3. 1/3 if not a number that can be turned into a decimal in any way. I thought someone might like to know this fact.

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And the last person wrote:

Just a pedantic point the equation for differentiation is given by lim x->0 [f(x+h)-f(x)]/h, it has the minus sign. It is after all just telling you the slope and is no different really from doing simple trig using the tan function. Here you just take a really small triangle.

As to the 0.99~ thing, this is really just writing the supremum (spelling might be off) of the numbers less than 1. Just think of it as taking the smallest number 'n-word' than 0 away from 1. They are not identical for if they were we would not have a continuous number line, but rather a dashed one with lots of wholes in it. I could simply argue that 0.99~8 is just as close to 0.99~9 as 0.99~ is to 1. For those who really want to understand go and look up supremum numbers and the axioms of the real number line.

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So who is correct? Do you agree that .999...=1? Or .999... does not equal 1?

HI! I am wondering if .999...=1? I mean if 1/3=.333 and 1/3+1/3+1/3=3/3 and 3/3=1. So wouldn't .333...+.333...+.333...=1? But it actually equals .999... not 1. I googled this question and I got many different answers

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For example...(someone wrote):

I'm not really into math, but a friend brought something up to me today that really seemed very strange. (For the duration of this post, .999 will mean .9 repeating unless otherwise specified- just for the sake of ease)

.999=x

10x=9.999

10x - x = 9x

9x=9

1x=1.

.999 = 1.

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Someone else wrote:

Numbers are fake. They are a manifestation of our minds to describe something, similar to words. Just because we say "red" doesn't mean something is red. what is red? Languages and math are very similar. Math is universal...at least for our planet though. .999~ does not = 1. But what .999~ repeating represents, does in fact equal what 1 represents.

No-one will ever be able to comprehend infinity, os its time to stop trying. Think of space and the universe. IT IS GROWING. how can it continue to grow with no stop? what is there to contain it? WE need something to contain it in order for us to understand it. We need a stopping point, but there is none.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Another person wrote:

In your proof that .333...*3=.999... you forgot to include the fact that .3333... is NOT 1/3. 1/3 if not a number that can be turned into a decimal in any way. I thought someone might like to know this fact.

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And the last person wrote:

Just a pedantic point the equation for differentiation is given by lim x->0 [f(x+h)-f(x)]/h, it has the minus sign. It is after all just telling you the slope and is no different really from doing simple trig using the tan function. Here you just take a really small triangle.

As to the 0.99~ thing, this is really just writing the supremum (spelling might be off) of the numbers less than 1. Just think of it as taking the smallest number 'n-word' than 0 away from 1. They are not identical for if they were we would not have a continuous number line, but rather a dashed one with lots of wholes in it. I could simply argue that 0.99~8 is just as close to 0.99~9 as 0.99~ is to 1. For those who really want to understand go and look up supremum numbers and the axioms of the real number line.

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So who is correct? Do you agree that .999...=1? Or .999... does not equal 1?

active| newest | oldest. 1/3 does NOT equal .333 - it's .3 repeating. You are using an approximation. 1/3 + 1/3 +1/3 = 3/3 = 1

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. .9 repeating does NOT equal 1. As caitlinsdad says, it's real close (past a few decimal places doesn't really matter for most DIY projects), but not quite there.

Careful :-) .9 repeating for any

finitenumber of places is less than 1 (in fact, less than by exactly 10^{-n}, where n is the finite number of places.If you specify the

infiniterepeat, then it's a freshman calculus exercise to show that the infinite sum converges to identically 1 (the equivalent of saying that 10^{-infinity}= 0.. Sorry, but this Calculus-ignorant Ibler just doesn't get it. No matter how many decimal places you carry it out to, 0.9rep just never quite reaches 1. If you carry it out to an infinite number of places, you get "infinitely close" but no cigar.

. From a Calculus POV, where am I going wrong? Do numbers have a "quantum"?

does notterminate, then the "difference" from 1 becomes exactly zero.For your two examples, 0.888888.... = 8/9, which is not 0.9. 1.999... = 2.

I highly recommend Jack's insructable. He goes through the summation exercise in detail.

. Luckily, this is not something I am ever likely to use in an important situation (I've gone almost 54 years without it coming up), so I'll just take your word for it.

No, because the _infinite_ sum converges. Yes, each step is half of the step before, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, etc. If you add them up, you get closer and closer to 1. If you stop the sum at any point, you're short by 1/2^N (e.g., after four steps, you're at 15/16). But if you really take

allthe steps, then N=infinity, and 1/infinity=0. The sum is exactly 1.∞= 0" part is what's messing me up. If division by zero is undefined, then why isn't division by everything undefined? Zero and ∞ are truly strange creatures.. But:

. 1) Your explanation makes a certain amount of sense

. 2) I believe you know what you are talking about

. 3) You like to kid around a bit, but I've never seen you actually mislead anyone

. Ergo, I'm going to "take it on faith" that 0.9rep = 1

. I don't think infinity had been invented when I studied Math. <snicker> And why would they name a mathematics concept after some high-end speakers?

. I suppose the next thing you are going to tell me is that x

^{0}always equals 1 (except when x=0). heehee (that one took a while to sink in back in school)∞= 0 and 1/0 =∞. The latter requires a bit of care, as I discuss belowYou can derive these again by taking the limit of 1/x, as you take x to either +/-infinity or to zero. For the latter, the result is actually "undefined" the limit of 1/x for x<0 goes to -infinity, but the limit for x>0 goes to +infinity.

As you say, zero and infinity are strange. You cannot trivially use results from finite numbers and expect them to "just work" with infinite limits.