Use your calculator to find which whole number divided by another whole number gives the answer:
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A spreadsheet could be used to quickly find a solution to this kind of problem.
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Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops? This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:
However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.
Use a spreadsheet to help investigate which pairs of numbers, when divided, give a recurring decimal answer.
Here is the URL which will take them to a student version of this activity.