0.999... = 1 debate

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Postby fussnfeathers » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:49 am

yeah, I know........I just didn't feel like deleting the post. :P
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Postby thomas_w_bowman » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:15 am

The issue is very, very simple. Not all numbers can be well repsented with a denominator that's a multiple of 10.

The number you want to use to divide a pie equally is 1/9. The apparent 'error' comes up when trying that to force itself to a number with a multiple of 10 in the denominator.

Now, if we just stuck with Binary - no problems... (well, not as many - pi is going to continue to be an approximation). but in Binary you simply cut the pie into 1001 pieces, where each piece is 1/1001 of the pie.
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Postby AmEv » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:13 pm

Off topic....

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Postby MrG » Mon May 02, 2011 10:01 am

What a daft discussion.

0.999 is as much 1 as pi is 3.15 :roll:

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Postby asassin' » Sun May 22, 2011 9:17 am

The real point is significant digits. While pi may be said to equal 3.14, 3.16 or 3.14159 depending on scale or accuracy needed; 0.999... will always round to 1.
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