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how do you do that

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Fractions are already rational. Here's what "rational" means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_number" [Broken]

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Incorrect!Fractions are already rational. Here's what "rational" means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_number" [Broken]

A "fraction" is a real number that is written as the product of one real number a (called the "numerator"), and the multiplicative inverse of a real (non-zero) number b (called the denominator).

To "rationalize" a fraction means to rewrite the denominator as a natural number, if possible.

Example:

[tex]\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}*1=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}*\frac{\sqrt{2}}{\sqrt{2}}=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}[/tex]

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What does this have to do with calculus? I am moving it to "General Math".

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The example arildno gave was rationalizing the

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My apologies! I've made a big fool of myself once again. I was thinking about "realising" as in making the denominator of a fraction (containing complex numbers) real! (I was taught this term back in high school, here in Australia.) arildno and Hallsofivy are absolutely correct.I've never heard of "realizing" a fraction! What language is that translated from?

I'm really sorry for wasting everyone's time. I think I should go back to lurking.

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I stand corrected.fractions!

The example arildno gave was rationalizing thedenominatorof a fraction. There are also times when one would want to rationalize thenumeratorof a fraction. In general, it is not possible to rationalize both numerator and denominator at the same time.

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"realizing"! I like that. Reminds me of when, in an algebra class, we were learning about 'adding' an identity to a semigroup (to make it a monoid) and we had quite an argument about what the process should be called.My apologies! I've made a big fool of myself once again. I was thinking about "realising" as in making the denominator of a fraction (containing complex numbers) real! (I was taught this term back in high school, here in Australia.) arildno and Hallsofivy are absolutely correct.

I'm really sorry for wasting everyone's time. I think I should go back to lurking.

Suggestions were "unification", "one-ification" and "identification"!

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