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July 28th, 2019, 08:20 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2019 From: bangladesh Posts: 3 Thanks: 0  why do we represent rational number by p/q?
why do we represent rational number by p/q, why can't you not use m/n, x/y, c/y, a/c, etc. is there any meaning by (p/q)? 
July 28th, 2019, 08:54 PM  #2  
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July 29th, 2019, 05:31 AM  #3  
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It's just a convention, no different to using $x$ and $y$ as variables in the plane or $x$ and $t$ in onedimensional motion.  

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