# How do you find the repeating decimal 0.45 with 45 repeated as a fraction?

##### 1 Answer

#### Explanation:

First, in case you have not encountered it before, note that you can indicate a repeating decimal by placing a bar over the repeating pattern:

#0.bar(45) = 0.45454545...#

With that notation, see what happens when we multiply

#(100-1)0.bar(45) = 100*0.bar(45) - 1*0.bar(45)#

#color(white)((100-1)0.bar(45)) = 45.bar(45) - 0.bar(45)#

#color(white)((100-1)0.bar(45)) = 45#

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Then subtracting the original cancelled out the repeating tail.

Next, divide both ends by

#0.bar(45) = 45/(100-1) = 45/99 = (5*color(red)(cancel(color(black)(9))))/(11*color(red)(cancel(color(black)(9)))) = 5/11#