Last night, on the show Shark Tank, an entrepreneur made an offer of 20% (1/5) of his revenue in exchange for receiving a quarter of a million dollars. He ended up taking an offer from a shark for the same paycheck but an approximation for 1/3 of the company, 33.3%, since that can not be expressed finitely using decimal.
So, if dozenal and octodecimal were the norms, people would probably use thirds more often, but would they use sixths instead of fifths? Or a fraction nearer to a fifth, such as 2/9? Halves and quarters can be represented finitely in all three of those bases.
Post by Buffoonery on Jan 14, 2017 18:10:58 GMT -8
1/4s and 1/6s are pretty nice to use and it's easy to picture in your head. A pie cut into 6 pieces is easier to distribute than 5 since it is prime. Picture watching that show and seeing them offer 1/6 (20%), or 1/4 (30%) as a proposal.
1/5 would definitely be avoided. It would be interesting to see if people would be frustrated at the loss of the fifth. But keep in mind, they will gain 1/3 and 1/6 as common fractions to take its place.
You brought up a good point however. Having a fraction that has a longer recurrence (2497---) is not exactly desirable. In its place, you replace the multiples of 3. 1/3, 1/6, 1/9 recurrences are now shortly terminated, but 1/5 is sacrificed in the process.
fcg710647: krisko - do you mean e as in Euler's number? Or E for el (dozenal eleven character)
Aug 21, 2018 8:50:40 GMT -8
krisko: #HI i seek the sequence (answer) for the following in dozenal: sq root of E
Jan 24, 2018 7:40:25 GMT -8
Buffoonery: @wendy If you want to write about Base 120, feel free to write all about it in the Centivigesimal folder I just created. I'll be interested to hear why you're interested in it!
Jul 26, 2017 23:33:54 GMT -8