Do you know the difference between a fraction and decimal? Your value,
0.33333333333333333333333333333333, is equal to
33333333333333333333333333333333/100000000000000000000000000000000, NOT 1/3.
I am looking to get a value equal to 1/3. These two values may be
approximately the same, but there are two main reasons to need or want to
have answers displayed as fractions. First, there is precision. For example,
if a fraction has a large numerator and/or denominator or when doing actual
calculations with the fractions, keeping it in fraction form may be
necessary to get the correct answer. Second, there is convenience and
preference. For example, when working with certain units (such as inches),
you normally write the value as 5/32 rather than 0.15625. Yes, you are
correct that if I saw the value 0.33333333333333333333333333333333
displayed, I would ASSUME that the answer was 1/3, but that is simply an
assumption, I do not actually KNOW that that was what the answer really
should have been. Fractions are usually one of the most frequently used
features of scientific calculators, and like I said in my original post, I
have never in my life seen a scientific calculator that does not support
them (until now!).
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Nathan Sokalski
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