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a function f(n) is defined as 1/n when n is an integer

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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. \(\frac{1}{3}\)

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D. 3

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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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