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Determine whether each of the following numbers is rational or irrational. If it is rational, determine whether it is a terminating or repeating decimal.

  1. 7 77
  2. 81
  3. 4.27027002700027
  4. 91 13
  5. 39
  1. rational and repeating;
  2. rational and terminating;
  3. irrational;
  4. rational and repeating;
  5. irrational
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Real numbers

Given any number n , we know that n is either rational or irrational. It cannot be both. The sets of rational and irrational numbers together make up the set of real numbers    . As we saw with integers, the real numbers can be divided into three subsets: negative real numbers, zero, and positive real numbers. Each subset includes fractions, decimals, and irrational numbers according to their algebraic sign (+ or –). Zero is considered neither positive nor negative.

The real numbers can be visualized on a horizontal number line with an arbitrary point chosen as 0, with negative numbers to the left of 0 and positive numbers to the right of 0. A fixed unit distance is then used to mark off each integer (or other basic value) on either side of 0. Any real number corresponds to a unique position on the number line.The converse is also true: Each location on the number line corresponds to exactly one real number. This is known as a one-to-one correspondence. We refer to this as the real number line    as shown in [link] .

A number line that is marked from negative five to five
The real number line

Classifying real numbers

Classify each number as either positive or negative and as either rational or irrational. Does the number lie to the left or the right of 0 on the number line?

  1. 10 3
  2. 5
  3. 289
  4. −6 π
  5. 0.615384615384
  1. 10 3 is negative and rational. It lies to the left of 0 on the number line.
  2. 5 is positive and irrational. It lies to the right of 0.
  3. 289 = 17 2 = −17 is negative and rational. It lies to the left of 0.
  4. −6 π is negative and irrational. It lies to the left of 0.
  5. 0.615384615384 is a repeating decimal so it is rational and positive. It lies to the right of 0.
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Classify each number as either positive or negative and as either rational or irrational. Does the number lie to the left or the right of 0 on the number line?

  1. 73
  2. −11.411411411
  3. 47 19
  4. 5 2
  5. 6.210735
  1. positive, irrational; right
  2. negative, rational; left
  3. positive, rational; right
  4. negative, irrational; left
  5. positive, rational; right
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Sets of numbers as subsets

Beginning with the natural numbers, we have expanded each set to form a larger set, meaning that there is a subset relationship between the sets of numbers we have encountered so far. These relationships become more obvious when seen as a diagram, such as [link] .

A large box labeled: Real Numbers encloses five circles. Four of these circles enclose each other and the other is separate from the rest. The innermost circle contains: 1, 2, 3… N. The circle enclosing that circle contains: 0 W. The circle enclosing that circle contains: …, -3, -2, -1 I. The outermost circle contains: m/n, n not equal to zero Q. The separate circle contains: pi, square root of two, etc Q´.
Sets of numbers
N : the set of natural numbers
W : the set of whole numbers
I : the set of integers
Q : the set of rational numbers
Q ´: the set of irrational numbers

Sets of numbers

The set of natural numbers    includes the numbers used for counting: { 1 , 2 , 3 , ... } .

The set of whole numbers    is the set of natural numbers plus zero: { 0 , 1 , 2 , 3 , ... } .

The set of integers    adds the negative natural numbers to the set of whole numbers: { ... , −3 , −2 , −1 , 0 , 1 , 2 , 3 , ... } .

The set of rational numbers    includes fractions written as { m n | m  and  n  are integers and  n 0 } .

The set of irrational numbers    is the set of numbers that are not rational, are nonrepeating, and are nonterminating: { h | h  is not a rational number } .

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