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This figure consists of a Venn diagram. To start there is a large rectangle marked Real Numbers. The right half of the rectangle consists of Irrational Numbers. The left half consists of Rational Numbers. Within the Rational Numbers rectangle, there are Integers …, negative 2, negative 1, 0, 1, 2, …. Within the Integers rectangle, there are Whole Numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, … Within the Whole Numbers rectangle, there are Counting Numbers 1, 2, 3, …
This chart shows the number sets that make up the set of real numbers. Does the term “real numbers” seem strange to you? Are there any numbers that are not “real,” and, if so, what could they be?

Can we simplify −25 ? Is there a number whose square is −25 ?

( ) 2 = −25 ?

None of the numbers that we have dealt with so far has a square that is −25 . Why? Any positive number squared is positive. Any negative number squared is positive. So we say there is no real number equal to −25 .

The square root of a negative number is not a real number.

For each number given, identify whether it is a real number or not a real number: −169 64 .

  1. There is no real number whose square is −169 . Therefore, −169 is not a real number.
  2. Since the negative is in front of the radical, 64 is −8 , Since −8 is a real number, 64 is a real number.
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For each number given, identify whether it is a real number or not a real number: −196 81 .

not a real number real number

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For each number given, identify whether it is a real number or not a real number: 49 −121 .

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Given the numbers −7 , 14 5 , 8 , 5 , 5.9 , 64 , list the whole numbers integers rational numbers irrational numbers real numbers.

Remember, the whole numbers are 0, 1, 2, 3, … and 8 is the only whole number given.
The integers are the whole numbers, their opposites, and 0. So the whole number 8 is an integer, and −7 is the opposite of a whole number so it is an integer, too. Also, notice that 64 is the square of 8 so 64 = −8 . So the integers are −7 , 8 , 64 .
Since all integers are rational, then −7 , 8 , 64 are rational. Rational numbers also include fractions and decimals that repeat or stop, so 14 5 and 5.9 are rational. So the list of rational numbers is −7 , 14 5 , 8 , 5.9 , 64 .
Remember that 5 is not a perfect square, so 5 is irrational.
All the numbers listed are real numbers.

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For the given numbers, list the whole numbers integers rational numbers irrational numbers real numbers: −3 , 2 , 0. 3 , 9 5 , 4 , 49 .

4 , 49 −3 , 4 , 49 −3 , 0. 3 , 9 5 , 4 , 49 2 −3 , 2 , 0. 3 , 9 5 , 4 , 49

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For the given numbers, list the whole numbers integers rational numbers irrational numbers real numbers: 25 , 3 8 , −1 , 6 , 121 , 2.041975

6 , 121 25 , −1 , 6 , 121 25 , 3 8 , −1 , 6 , 121 2.041975 25 , 3 8 , −1 , 6 , 121 , 2.041975

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Locate fractions on the number line

The last time we looked at the number line    , it only had positive and negative integers on it. We now want to include fraction    s and decimals on it.

Doing the Manipulative Mathematics activity “Number Line Part 3” will help you develop a better understanding of the location of fractions on the number line.

Let’s start with fractions and locate 1 5 , 4 5 , 3 , 7 4 , 9 2 , −5 , and 8 3 on the number line.

We’ll start with the whole numbers 3 and −5 . because they are the easiest to plot. See [link] .

The proper fractions listed are 1 5 and 4 5 . We know the proper fraction 1 5 has value less than one and so would be located between 0 and 1. The denominator is 5, so we divide the unit from 0 to 1 into 5 equal parts 1 5 , 2 5 , 3 5 , 4 5 . We plot 1 5 . See [link] .

Similarly, 4 5 is between 0 and −1 . After dividing the unit into 5 equal parts we plot 4 5 . See [link] .

Finally, look at the improper fractions 7 4 , 9 2 , 8 3 . These are fractions in which the numerator is greater than the denominator. Locating these points may be easier if you change each of them to a mixed number. See [link] .

Questions & Answers

DaMarcus and Fabian live 23 miles apart and play soccer at a park between their homes. DaMarcus rode his bike for 34 of an hour and Fabian rode his bike for 12 of an hour to get to the park. Fabian’s speed was 6 miles per hour faster than DaMarcus’s speed. Find the speed of both soccer players.
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Ann
DaMarcus: 16 mi/hr Fabian: 22 mi/hr
Sherman
Joy is preparing 20 liters of a 25% saline solution. She has only a 40% solution and a 10% solution in her lab. How many liters of the 40% solution and how many liters of the 10% solution should she mix to make the 25% solution?
Wenda Reply
15 and 5
32 is 40% , & 8 is 10 % , & any 4 letters is 5%.
Karen
It felt that something is missing on the question like: 40% of what solution? 10% of what solution?
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its confusing
Sparcast
3% & 2% to complete the 25%
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because she already has 20 liters.
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ok I was a little confused I agree 15% & 5%
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8,2
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Jim and Debbie earned $7200. Debbie earned $1600 more than Jim earned. How much did they earned
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5600
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1600
Gloria
Bebbie: 4,400 Jim: 2,800
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A river cruise boat sailed 80 miles down the Mississippi River for 4 hours. It took 5 hours to return. Find the rate of the cruise boat in still water and the rate of the current.
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A veterinarian is enclosing a rectangular outdoor running area against his building for the dogs he cares for. He needs to maximize the area using 100 feet of fencing. The quadratic equation A=x(100−2x) gives the area, A , of the dog run for the length, x , of the building that will border the dog run. Find the length of the building that should border the dog run to give the maximum area, and then find the maximum area of the dog run.
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Washing his dad’s car alone, eight year old Levi takes 2.5 hours. If his dad helps him, then it takes 1 hour. How long does it take the Levi’s dad to wash the car by himself?
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1,75hrs
Mike
I'm going to guess. Divide Levi's time by 2. Then divide 1 hour by 2. 1.25 + 0.5 = 1.3?
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Oops I mean 1.75
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I'm guessing this because since I have divide 1 hour by 2, I have to do the same for the 2.5 hours it takes Levi by himself.
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1,75 hrs is correct Mike
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How did you come up with the answer?
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Drew burned 1,800 calories Friday playing 1 hour of basketball and canoeing for 2 hours. On Saturday, he spent 2 hours playing basketball and 3 hours canoeing and burned 3,200 calories. How many calories did he burn per hour when playing basketball?
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Tickets to a Broadway show cost $35 for adults and $15 for children. The total receipts for 1650 tickets at one performance were $47,150. How many adult and how many child tickets were sold?
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825
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Arnold invested $64,000, some at 5.5% interest and the rest at 9%. How much did he invest at each rate if he received $4,500 in interest in one year? How do I do this
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Teegan likes to play golf. He has budgeted $60 next month for the driving range. It costs him $10.55 for a bucket of balls each time he goes. What is the maximum number of times he can go to the driving range next month?
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5 times max
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Felecia left her home to visit her daughter, driving 45mph. Her husband waited for the dog sitter to arrive and left home 20 minutes, or 1/3 hour later. He drove 55mph to catch up to Felecia. How long before he reaches her?
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