Do you know the difference between a fraction and decimal? Your value,

0.33333333333333333333333333333333, is equal to

33333333333333333333333333333333/100000000000000000000000000000000, NOT 1/3.

I am looking to get a value equal to 1/3. These two values may be

approximately the same, but there are two main reasons to need or want to

have answers displayed as fractions. First, there is precision. For example,

if a fraction has a large numerator and/or denominator or when doing actual

calculations with the fractions, keeping it in fraction form may be

necessary to get the correct answer. Second, there is convenience and

preference. For example, when working with certain units (such as inches),

you normally write the value as 5/32 rather than 0.15625. Yes, you are

correct that if I saw the value 0.33333333333333333333333333333333

displayed, I would ASSUME that the answer was 1/3, but that is simply an

assumption, I don't actually KNOW that that was what the answer really

should have been. Fractions are usually one of the most frequently used

features of scientific calculators, and like I said in my original post, I

have never in my life seen a scientific calculator that does not support

them (until now!).

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>> When using the Windows 7 Calculator in Scientific mode, how can I make it

>> display the answer as a fraction? If I remember correctly, the calculator

>> in previous versions of Windows allowed you to view the answer as a

>> fraction, and I have never in my life seen a scientific calculator that

>> doesn't let you use fractions. Am I missing something, or are fractions

>> just not yet a feature of the Windows 7 Calculator? Thanks.

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> Are you sure you aren't in the Programmer mode instead? (Alt-3).

> In Scientific mode (Alt-2)) I just typed 3 and clicked on the 1/x

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> to get 0.33333333333333333333333333333333

> Looks like a third to me. ; )

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