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Any way to simplify this fraction without a calculator?

  1. Nov 4, 2012 #1
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    I was looking at a solution for a practise question and in the last step they simplified

    -[(0.02)^4]/[4(0.98)^4]

    to

    1/(4*49^4)

    How do you do this without a calculator?
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2012 #2
    never mind im an idiot please ignore/delete this post.
     
  4. Nov 5, 2012 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    Great. For any others who were wondering, you don't need a calculator to see that .02/.98= 2/98= 1/49.

    However the original form is negative and the final result is positive. Did you accidently drop the "-"?
     
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