1955 AHSME Problems/Problem 1

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Problem

Which one of the following is not equivalent to $0.000000375$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 3.75\times 10^{-7}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 3\frac{3}{4}\times 10^{-7}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 375\times 10^{-9}\\ \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{3}{8}\times 10^{-7}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{3}{80000000}$

Solution

First of all, $0.000000375 = 3.75 \times 10^{-7}$ in scientific notation. This eliminates $\textbf{(A)}\ 3.75\times 10^{-7}$, $\textbf{(B)}\ 3\frac{3}{4}\times 10^{-7}$, and $\textbf{(C)}\ 375\times 10^{-9}$ immediately. $\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{3}{80000000}$ is a bit harder, but it can be rewritten as $\frac{3}{8} \cdot 10^{-7}$, which is the same as $3.75 \times 10^{-7}$, so the answer is $\textbf{(D)}\ \frac{3}{8}\times 10^{-7}$.

See Also

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