A rational number can be written in the form:

\( \frac{p}{q}; \ called \ the \ ratio \\ \\ where \ p \ and \ q \ are \ whole \ numbers \)

The number \( $q$ \) isn’t equal to zero because the division by zero is not defined. So we can represent rational numbers by a repeating or terminating decimal, for instance in the following four exercises we have:

\( \frac{2}{3}=0.6666.=0.\stackrel{\frown}{6} \\ \\ \frac{5}{8}=0.625000.=0.625\stackrel{\frown}{0} \\ \\ \frac{3}{1}=3.000.=3.\stackrel{\frown}{0} \\ \\ \frac{3446}{2475}=1.392323.=1.39\stackrel{\frown}{23} \)

we know that

A rational number is the quotient of two integers with a denominator that is not zero, and can be represented by a repeating or terminating decimal.

**Repeating Decimal** is a decimal number that has digits that go on forever

**Terminating decimal** is a decimal number that has digits that do not go on forever.

**examples**

\( \frac{1}{3} = 0.333. \) (the \( 3 \) repeats forever)-> Is a Repeating Decimal

\( 0.25 \) (it has two decimal digits)-> Is a Terminating Decimal

therefore

**the answer is**

A rational number can be written as the ratio of one**\( integer \)** to another and can be represented by a repeating or **\( terminating \)** decimal