# High School Math : Understanding Real Numbers

## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : Understanding Real Numbers

Without using a calculator, which of the following is the best estimate for ?

Explanation:

We know that and .

Because 90 falls is approximately halfway between 81 and 100, the square root of 90 is approximately halfway between 9 and 10, or 9.5.

### Example Question #2 : Understanding Real Numbers

Place in order from smallest to largest:

Explanation:

To place in order, first we must find a common denominator and convert all fractions to that denominator.

have a common denominator of .

have a common denominator of .

have a common denominator of .

Therefore we can use common denominators to make all of the fractions look similar.  Then the ordering becomes trivial.

### Example Question #3 : Understanding Real Numbers

What number is of ?

Explanation:

For percent problems there are verbal cues:

"IS" means equals and "OF" means multiplication.

Then the equation to solve becomes:

### Example Question #4 : Understanding Real Numbers

Which of the following is NOT a real number?

Explanation:

We are looking for a number that is not real.

, and  are irrational numbers, but they are still real.

Then,  is equivalent to  by the rules of complex numbers. Thus, it is also real.

That leaves us with:  which in fact is imaginary (since no real number multiplied by itself yields a negative number) and simplifies to

### Example Question #5 : Understanding Real Numbers

Which of the following are considered real numbers?