2015 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 15
Problem
What is the minimum number of digits to the right of the decimal point needed to express the fraction as a decimal?
Solution 1
We can rewrite the fraction as . Since the last digit of the numerator is odd, a is added to the right if the numerator is divided by , and this will continuously happen because , itself, is odd. Indeed, this happens twenty-two times since we divide by twenty-two times, so we will need more digits. Hence, the answer is
Solution 2
Multiply the numerator and denominator of the fraction by (which is the same as multiplying by 1) to give . Now, instead of thinking about this as a fraction, think of it as the division calculation . The dividend is a huge number, but we know it doesn't have any digits to the right of the decimal point. Also, the dividend is not a multiple of 10 (it's not a multiple of 2), so these 26 divisions by 10 will each shift the entire dividend one digit to the right of the decimal point. Thus, is the minimum number of digits to the right of the decimal point needed.
Solution 3
The denominator is . Each adds one digit to the right of the decimal, and each additional adds another digit. The answer is .
See Also
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