What Fraction Is Close To 0?

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Anonymous answered
Think of a number.  Make it a really big number. 

1 divided by a very big number is a fraction that would be very close to zero.
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1 over any really big number is close to 0. For example: 1/999
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999 is pretty small if you're used to talking in trillions. "Really big" is a matter of experience and perspective. Really big on Earth, is really small in the Universe.
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In engineering terms, 1/10 or 1/100 of something is often considered a sufficiently small part as to be negligible in relation to the whole.

Of course, that depends on the accuracy and/or precision required. If you're working on some experiment trying to determine the umpteenth decimal digit of some physical constant, very likely 1% error is not small enough to be negligible.
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This person is asking what fraction is close 0. No offence to her, but I doubt she is a scientist trying to determine the mass of a neutrino. I'm sure shes just a school student asking for help with maths homework, why complicate things like you asked me to do on your comment? Not every question needs an in-depth answer.
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You not only want to teach math in school, you also want to teach critical thinking skills. Part of answering the question is coming to an understanding of what the question means. A critical thinker would realize the question means different things in different contexts.
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John answered
The standard fractions of a inch are1/64th,1/32nd, 1/16th,1/8th,1/4..depends on how close you want to be to zero...then I guess you could go metric 10th of a mm, 100th of a mm,1000th of a mm since you didn't say a fraction of what...like saying one part per million of  whatever...or a gram of salt to a pound of something....all fractions or part of a measurement(1 part of a whole)

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