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If t= 1/(2^9x5^3) is expressed as a terminating decimal, how many zeros will t have between the decimal point and the first nonzero digit to the right of the decimal point?

What fluke did above is great. Let me just add here that if you are stuck with how to proceed, don't shy away from quick and easy calculations.

\(\frac{1}{2^9*5^3} = \frac{1}{2^6*1000}\)

Now, I can divide 1 by 64 to get the decimal point: .01

If I divide this further by 1000, the decimal moves 3 places to the left and I get four 0s before the 1.

Sometimes, under pressure in the exam, Math will fail you. Go with your instincts and use logic. (Except if your instincts tell you to multiply a four digit number with a five digit number - then you are definitely missing the point!)
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If \(t= 1/(2^9x5^3)\) is expressed as a terminating decimal, how many zeros will t have between the decimal point and the first nonzero digit to the right of the decimal point?

(a) 3 (b) 4 (c) 5 (d) 6 (e) 9

Solution:

We use the term "leading zeros" to describe the zeros between the decimal point and the first nonzero decimal digit. To complete this problem we can use the following rule to determine the number of leading zeros in a fraction when it is converted to a decimal:

If X is an integer with k digits, then 1/X will have k – 1 leading zeros unless X is a perfect power of 10, in which case there will be k – 2 leading zeros.

We see that t is in the form 1/X. Because the denominator X has more twos than fives, we know X is not a perfect power of 10. Before considering the fraction as a whole, we first must determine the number of digits in the denominator.

Rewriting the denominator, we get 2^9 x 5^3 = (2^6 x 2^3) x 5^3 = 2^6 x (2^3 x 5^3) = 64 x (1,000) = 64,000, which is a 5-digit integer. Thus, k = 5.

Using our rule, we see that the fraction t has 5 - 1 = 4 leading zeros.

Answer B.
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