Is every rational number a natural number?
Every
natural number is a rational number but a rational number need not be a natural
number.
We know that, 1 = 1/1, 2 = 2/1, 3 = 3/1 and so on ……. .
In other words, every natural number n can be written as n = n/1, which is the quotient of two integers. Thus, every natural number is a rational number.
Clearly, 3/2, 2/5, 1/7, 15/20, etc. are rational numbers but they are not natural numbers.
Hence, every natural number is a rational number but a rational number need not be a natural number.
Let us determine whether the following rational numbers are natural numbers or not:
(i) 4/2
4/2 is a natural number. Since if we simplify 4/2 to its lowest term we get 2/1 = 2 which is a natural number.
(ii) 5/7
5/7 is not a natural number.
(iii) 15/5
15/5 is not a natural number. Since if we simplify 15/5 to its lowest term we get 3/1 = 3 which is an integer but not a natural number.
(iv) 8/4
8/4 is a natural number. Since if we simplify 8/4 to its lowest term we get 2/1 = 2 which is a natural number.
(v) 1/10
1/10 is not a natural number.
(vi) 0/1
0/1 is not a natural number. Since 0/1 = 0 which is not a natural number.
(vii) 10/10
10/10 is a natural number. Since if we simplify 10/10 to its lowest term we get 1/1 = 1 which is a natural number.
(viii) 81/36
81/36 is not a natural number. Since, if we simplify 81/36 to its lowest term we get 9/4 which is a rational number but not a natural number.
So, from the above explanation we conclude that every rational number is not a natural number.
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