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Maths
1. expressible as a ratio of two integers or polynomials
2. a rational number

rational

[Mathematics] a fractional number n/d, where n and d are integers, n is the numerator and d is the denominator. The set of all rational numbers is usually called Q. Computers do not usually deal with rational numbers but instead convert them to real numbers which are represented (approximately in some cases) as floating-point numbers. Compare irrational.
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According to Shaver and Strong, a rationale "is the statement and explication of the basic principles upon which your school behavior (both in the formal classroom setting and during the other encounters within the school's social and political system) is based" (1982, pp.
His mean percentage of trials with compliance during all rationale sessions was 29% (range, 0-100%); this compliance occurred after the rationale was delivered, and not immediately after the original request.
Although interest regulation [devising strategies or games] did promote engagement, the rationale unexpectedly exerted a direct effect on engagement as well.
The review reports went on to examine the delivery of career guidance services in relation to the changing rationale outlined above.
The passing of Canon Bulmer's motion at Synod was bad enough; the rationale provided is far worse.
The point is that design research can provide rationale for change, a rationale that, conceivably (ideally), can overcome the seeming natural resistance within organizations to want to do things the same as they ever were, same as they ever were.
The professional rationale for this required course is usually readily apparent to cadets, as they are generally motivated to acquire knowledge, such as the structure and processes of military justice, that can be applied to their future profession.
To place some context for the rest of the articles, MacDonald first provides a helpful overview of spirituality and religion and then gives readers a rationale for school counselors to explore the topic with their students.
The proposed rationale of the abusive nature of this transaction was that the taxpayer was selling low-basis property and receiving in return high-basis property owned by a related party.
There is no rationale found in any commentary for the seven-year time period stated in 103.
Ask students to tell you the rationale for learning and explain how the concept or skill applies to their lives at school, home, and work.