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A function f(n) is defined as $$\frac{1}{n}$$ when n is an integer and as 9n when n is a fraction. What is the value of f(f(f(f($$\frac{1}{3^5}$$))))

A. $$\frac{1}{9}$$

B. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

C. 1

D. 3

E. 9

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A function f(n) is defined as 1/n when n is an integer and is 9n when n is a fraction. What is the value of $$f(f(f(f(1/(3^5)))))$$

$$f(1/3^5) = 9*(1/3^5)$$
= $$1/3^3$$ --------------Since n is fraction

$$f(1/3^3) = 9*(1/3^5)$$
= $$1/3$$

$$f(1/3) = 9*(1/3)$$
= 3
f(3) = 1/3 --------------- since n is an integer f(n) = 1/n

Option B is correct
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I'd probably rephrase the question to read A function f(n) is defined as 1/n when n is an integer and is 9n when n is a non-integer
All integers can be written as fractions (e.g., 3 = 3/1 = 6/2 = 21/7 = . . . )

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