Use your calculator to find which whole number divided by another whole number gives the answer:
Topics: Starter  Arithmetic  Calculator  Fractions
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A spreadsheet could be used to quickly find a solution to this kind of problem.
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Use a spreadsheet to help investigate which pairs of numbers, when divided, give a recurring decimal answer.
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