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    please tell me

    plz tell me a clear difference b\w rational irrrational and polynomial plzzz with examples
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacewanters007 View Post
    plz tell me a clear difference b\w rational irrrational and polynomial plzzz with examples
    Rational numbers can be represented by a/b, where a and b are integers.
    \frac{2}{3}, \frac{99}{1170} are examples. If you write it in decimal form, it is either terminating, e.g. 1/2=0.5 or non-terminating but repeating, e.g. 1/3=0.333333....

    IRRational numbers, when represented in decimal form is non-terminating and non-repeating. It cannot be represented as a/b for any integers a,b. Examples are \sqrt{2}, 5\sqrt{3}, \pi

    Polynomials are of the form a_{0}+a_{1}x^{1}+...+a_{n}x^{n} where x are variables or indeterminates and a_{i}s are real numbers and x are natural numbers. For example, 3x^{3} + 2x +7. Here, a_{0}=7, a_{1}=2, a_{2}=0, a_{3}=3.
    NOte that the exponents of x should be natural numbers for it to be a polynomial
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacewanters007 View Post
    plz tell me a clear difference b\w rational irrrational and polynomial plzzz with examples
    A polynomial is an algebraic equation such as: ax^2+bx+c

    Rational numbers can be expressed as a fraction of integers: \frac{a}{b}

    Irrational numbers cannot be expressed as a fraction of integers such as: \pi or e
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiz_girl View Post
    Rational numbers can be represented by a/b, where a and b are integers.
    Quote Originally Posted by colby2152 View Post
    Rational numbers can be expressed as a fraction of integers: \frac{a}{b}
    for b \ne 0 of course.

    great explanation guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhevon View Post
    for b \ne 0 of course.

    great explanation guys
    yeah, right... sorry
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