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What is the decimal equivalent of (2/5)^5 ?

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New post 07 Mar 2019, 01:54
Bunuel wrote:
What is the decimal equivalent of \((\frac{2}{5})^5\) ?

A. 0.00016
B. 0.00032
C. 0.00256
D. 0.00512
E. 0.01024



Given,

\((\frac{2}{5})^5\)

= \((0.4)^5\)

= (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4)

=0.01024.

E is the correct answer.
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(2/5)^5 can be written as (4/10)^5

Which is:

2^10
100000

Answer is 0.01024 (E)
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On multiplying numerator and denominator by 2^5:
(2/5)^5 * (2/2)^5
We get numerator as = 2^10
denominator as = (2*5)^5

2^10 = 1024
(2*5)^5 = 10 ^5

Ans: 0.01024

Tip: Always try to convert denominator as multiple of 10.
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=(2/5)^{5}
=(4/10)^{5}
=4^{5}/10^{5}
=1024/10^{5}
=0.01024
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New post 09 Mar 2019, 14:40
Some good explanation above.
I will throw another idea out there-

We know we can write the term as \((\frac{4}{10}) ^5\)

Which means \((\frac{4*4*4*4*4}{100000})\)

Cyclicity of 4 is 2. Meaning- If you keep multiplying 4 by 4, the units digits keep changing between 6 and 4. Since the power is 5 it's cyclicity is 2m+1 which tells us the unit's digit will be 4.
Or you can just multiple 4 to itself 5 times in your head (keeping track of just the unit's digit- 4*4 = 16 ; 6*4 = 24; 4*4 = 16 ; 6*4 = 24 ) Unit's digit is 4.

Option E is the only option with unit's digit 4.
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