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A continued fraction is a form of fraction where the numerator or denominator contains another fraction.

Examples

  • \sqrt 2 = 1 + \frac{1}{ 2+\frac{1}{ 2+\frac{1}{...} } }
  • \sqrt 2 = [1;(2)]

Calculating from decimal number

With a decimal number, you can obtain a continued fraction with the following process.

  1. Write the whole number portion to start the continued fraction. ([2])
  2. Set the whole number portion to zero, leaving the number less than 0.
  3. If 0, stop. Otherwise, take the reciprocal
  4. Repeat step 1 for the following numbers in the continued fraction.

For example, with 2.285:

  • 2.285 - 2 -> 0.285 ([2])
  • 1 / 0.285 -> 3.508772
  • 3.508772 - 3 -> 0.508772 ([2; 3])
  • 1/0.508772 -> 1.965517
  • 1.965517 - 1 -> 0.965517 ([2; 3, 1])
  • 1/0.965517 -> 1.035714
  • 1.035714 - 1 -> 0.035714 ([2; 3, 1, 1])
  • 1/0.35714 -> 28.000224
  • 28.000224 - 28 -> 0.000224 ([2; 3, 1, 1, 28])

The process can be stopped here, as the number begins to approach 0, or otherwise generate rounding errors.

See also

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