Rational and Irrational NumbersRational NumbersA rational number is a number that can be written as a ratio. That means it can be written as a fraction, in which both the numerator (the number on top) and the denominator (the number on the bottom) are whole numbers.
Every whole number is a rational number, because any whole number can be written as a fraction. For example, 4 can be written as 4/1, 65 can be written as 65/1, and 3,867 can be written as 3,867/1. Irrational NumbersAll numbers that are not rational are considered irrational. An irrational number can be written as a decimal, but not as a fraction. An irrational number has endless nonrepeating digits to the right of the decimal point. Here are some irrational numbers: π = 3.141592… = 1.414213… Although irrational numbers are not often used in daily life, they do exist on the number line. In fact, between 0 and 1 on the number line, there are an infinite number of irrational numbers! Fact Monster/Information Please® Database, © 2008 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
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