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**Facts that Matter**

- Numbers of the form p/q, where ‘p’ and ‘q’ are integers and q ≠ 0, are called rational numbers.
- A rational number p/q is said to be in simplest form, if ‘p’ and ‘q’ (q ≠ 0) are integers having no common factor other than 1.
- Every rational number can be expressed as decimal. If the decimal expression of p/q terminates, then it is called a terminating decimal.

- A rational number p/q (in simplest form) is a terminating decimal only, when prime factors of ‘q’ are 2 or 5 or both.
- A decimal in which a digit or a group of digits repeats periodically, is called a recurring decimal.
- The decimal expression of a rational number is either terminating or non-terminating recurring.
- An irrational number is a number that cannot be expressed as the ratio of two integers.
- The decimal expression of an irrational number is ‘non-terminating and non-recurring’.
- If ‘r’ is rational and ‘s’ is irrational, then for r ≠ 0, all r + s, r – s, r * s and r/s are irrational.
- The collection of all rational and irrational numbers is called real numbers.
- The process of converting the irrational denominator of a number by multiplying its numerator and denominator by a suitable number, is called rationalization.

**NATURAL NUMBERS**

Counting numbers like 1, 2, 3, 4, … are called natural numbers. We denote the collection of natural numbers by **‘N’****.**

**WHOLE NUMBERS**

All natural numbers together with zero are called whole numbers. We denote the group of whole numbers by the symbol **‘W’.**

**INTEGERS**

The negative numbers, the positive numbers, and zero together form the set of integers. The set (collection) of all integers is denoted by the symbol **‘Z’**.

**Note: **The symbol Z is taken from the German word “Zahlen”, which means “to count”.

**RATIONAL NUMBERS**

A number which can be represented in the form of p/q is called a rational number. Rational numbers include natural numbers, integers, and all the (negative and positive) fractions. The collection of rational numbers is denoted by the symbol **‘Q’**.**For example:** 1/2, 4/5, 26/8, etc.**Note: **The symbol Q comes from the word ‘quotient’ and the word ‘rational’ comes from ‘ratio’.**RATIONAL NUMBERS BETWEEN TWO GIVEN RATIONAL NUMBERS**

There are an infinite number of rational numbers between any two given rational numbers.

IMPORTANT RESULTS

(I) Let ‘x’ and ‘y’ be two rational numbers.

A rational number lying between ‘x’ and ‘y’ = (x + y)/2.

(II) Let ‘x’ and ‘y’ be two rational numbers such that x < y. For finding ‘n’ rational numbers between ‘x’ and ‘y’, let

Then ‘n’ rational numbers between ‘x’ and ‘y’ are:

(x + d); (x + 2d), (x + 3d), … (x + nd).

Note:The Result II is known as the method of finding rational numbers in one step.

**IRRATIONAL NUMBERS**

A number which cannot be written in the form of p/q , (where p and q are integers and q ≠ 0), is called an irrational number. We denote an irrational number by ‘S’.**Examples:** √2, √3, √5, √6, √11, π, 0.10110111011110...., etc., are not rational numbers, so they are irrational numbers.

Note:1.An irrational number can be written as a decimal, but not as a fraction. An irrational number has endless non-repeating digits to the right of the decimal point i.e., an irrational number is an infinite decimal.2.Irrational numbers are rarely used in daily life, but they do exist on the number line. In fact, on the number line, between 0 and 1, there are an infinite number of irrational numbers.

**Properties of Irrational Numbers:**

- These satisfy the commutative, associative and distributive laws for addition and multiplication.
- Sum of two irrationals need not be irrational.
**Example:**(2 + √3) + (4 – √3) = 6 - Difference of two irrationals need not be irrational.
**Example:**(5 + √2) – (3 + √2) = 2 - Product of two irrationals need not be irrational.
**Example:**√3 x √3 = 3 - The quotient of two irrationals need not be irrational.

2√3/√3 = 2 - Sum of rational and irrational is irrational.
- The difference of a rational number and an irrational number is irrational.
- Product of rational and irrational is irrational.
- Quotient of rational and irrational is irrational.

**REAL NUMBERS**

The collection of all rational numbers and irrational numbers together make up a collection of real numbers. The collection of real numbers is denoted by **‘R**’. The square of a real number is always non-negative(≥0)

REMEMBER(I)Every real number is either rational or irrational.(II)Between any two real numbers there exists an infinite number of real numbers.(III)On the number line each point corresponds to a unique real number. On the other hand, every real number can be represented by a unique point on the number line. That is why we call a “number-line” as “real-line” also. All numbers positive and negative, integers and rational numbers, square-roots, cube-roots, π (pi) are present on a number line(IV)Real numbers follow Closure property, associative law, commutative law, the existence of a multiplicative identity, existence of multiplicative inverse, Distributive laws of multiplication over Addition for Multiplication.

**REAL NUMBERS AND THEIR DECIMAL EXPANSIONS****A.**** The Decimal Representation of Rational Numbers **

All rational numbers can be expressed as a decimal number. A rational number in the form of p/q , (q **≠** 0), on division of ‘p’ by ‘q’, either the remainder becomes zero or never becomes zero.

Look at the following examples:

**Remainder **= 0**Quotient** = 0.375

Here, the decimal expansion ends (terminates) after a finite number of steps, such numbers are called** terminating.**

Note:On expressing a rational-number as its decimal expansion, if remainder becomes zero after certain stage, then the decimal-expansion is terminating. If the remainder never becomes zero but repeats after certain stage, then the decimal expansion is non-terminating recurring.

**Remainder:** Every time we are getting the remainder 2, which will never end.**Quotient:** 0.666…, i.e. the digit 6 is repeating every time.

Here, the decimal expansion does not end (does not terminate) even after an infinite number of steps. Such numbers are called **non-terminating.**

Let us consider one more example of a non-terminating rational number.

Express 14/11 as a decimal number.

Let us divide 14 by 11.

**Remainder:** We are getting the remainder as 3 and 8 alternatively.**Quotient: **The digits after the decimal point are repeating in a block of two digits, i.e. ‘2’ and ‘7’.

In such cases the decimal expansion go on for ever and we get a repeating block of digits in the quotient. We call such numbers as non-terminating repeating (or non-terminating recurring).

REMEMBER

1. The number of digits in the repeating block is always less than the divisor.

2. The decimal expansion of a rational number is either terminating or non-terminating recurring (repeating).

**B. The Decimal Representation of Irrational Numbers:**

The decimal expansion of an irrational number is non-terminating and non-recurring (non-repeating).**For example,****(i)** 0.10110111011110....**(ii)** √3 = 1.732050807...**(iii)** √7 = 2.645751311 ...**(iv)** π = 3.14159265358 ....**(v)** √2 = 1.41421356237 ....

Note:Generally we take π = 22/7 which is not true. In fact π is an irrational number having a value which is non-terminating and non-repeating,i.e. π = 3.1415926535897932384 …

whereas 22/7 is rational number whose value is non-terminating repeating, i.e. 22/7 = 3.142857142857…

Thus, π and 22/7 are same only up to two places of decimal.

**SPECIAL PROPERTIES OF RATIONAL AND IRRATIONAL NUMBERS****(1) **Every rational number can either be a terminating decimal or a non-terminating repeating (recurring) decimal.**(2)** Every terminating decimal is a rational number.**(3) **Every repeating decimal is a rational number.**(4)** An irrational number can neither be a terminating decimal nor a repeating decimal.**(5) **The square root of any prime number is an irrational number.

REMEMBERI.If ‘m’ is a positive integer but not a perfect square, then m is an irrational number.∴ √1 = 1, rational number

√2, irrational number

√3, irrational number

√4 = 2, rational number

√5, irrational number

√6, √7, √8 irrational number

√9 = 3 rational number

II.If ‘m’ is a positive integer but not a perfect cube, then ∛m is an irrational number. So ∛2, ∛3, ∛4, ∛5, ∛6, ∛7,.. are irrational number

But ∛1 = 1, rational number

∛8 = 2, rational number

**REPRESENTING REAL NUMBERS ON THE NUMBER LINE:**

We know that there is a unique real number corresponding to every point on the number line. Also, corresponding to each real number, there is a unique point on the number line. The process of successive magnification helps us to locate a real number on the number line.**Note: **The process of visualization of representing a decimal expansion on the number line is known as the process of successive magnification.**RATIONALIZATION**

When a number is such that its denominator is irrational, then we need it to be rationalized.

The process of converting an irrational denominator of a number to a rational number by multiply its numerator and denominator by a suitable number is called rationalization.**RATIONALIZING FACTOR (RF)**

If the product of two rational numbers is rational then each one is called the rationalizing factor of the other.**(1)** If ‘a’ and ‘b’ are integers, then

(a + √b) and (a - √b) are RF of each other.**(2)** If ‘x’ and ‘y’ are natural numbers, then

(√x+ √y) and (√x - √y) are RF of each other.**(3)** If ‘a’ and ‘b’ are integers and ‘x’ and ‘y’ are natural numbers, then

(a +b√x) and (a -b√x) are RF of each other.**LAWS OF EXPONENTS**

If a > 0 and b > 0 be real numbers, ‘m’ and ‘n’ be rational numbers, then we have:**(1)** a^{m} x a^{n} = a^{m+n}**(2)** a^{m} ÷ a^{n} = a^{m-n}**(3)** (a^{m})^{n} = a^{mn}**(4)** a^{m} x b^{n} = (ab)^{m}**(5)** a^{m}/b^{m} = (a/b)^{m}**(6)** a^{0 }= 1**(7)** a^{-n} = 1/a^{n}

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