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CHAP, vi]                    PEKIODIC DECIMAL FRACTIONS.    .                      177
whence r2— 2n2 = 2.   Besides the case r = 10, n = 7, he found r = 58, n=41, etc.
A. Cunningham128 noted two errors in his paper113 and added
25212=l(mod 9972),          3901124=1 (mod 176)
and cases modulo p2, where p = 103, 487, attributed to Th. Gosset.
A. Cunningham129 gave tables of the periods of 1/N to the bases 2, 3, 5 for N^ 100.
H. Hertzer130 noted three errors in Bickmore's108 table.
A. G6rardin131 gave factors of 10n-l, n<100, and a table of the exponents to which 10 belongs modulo p, a prime < 10000, with a list of errors in the tables by Burckhardt and Desmarest.
A. Filippov132 gave two methods of determining the generating factor for the periodic fraction for 1/b (cf. Lucas, The'orie des nombres, p. 178).
G. C. Cicioni133 treated the subject.
E.  R. Bennett134 proved the standard theorems by means of group theory.
W. H. Jackson136 noted that, if a is prime to 10 and if 6 is chosen so that 6<10, a6 = 10m— 1, the period for I/a may be written as
&jl+10w+(10m)2+. . .+(10m)-1f -MO',
where s is the exponent to which 10 belongs modulo a, and k is a positive integer.   Thus for a = 39, 6 = 1, we have w=4, s = 6, and the period is
1+40+. . . + (40)5-M06,          ^V = .02564i.
G. Mignosi136 discussed the logic underlying the identification of an unending decimal with its generator p/q.
A. Cunningham137 treated periodic decimals with multiples having the same digits permuted cyclically.
F. Schuh138 considered the length qa of the period for l/p° for the base g, where p is a prime.   He proved that qa is of the form g1pc, where 0^ eg a —2 when p = 2, a > 2, while O^c^a — 1 in all other cases.    For a > 2,
where q = q\ except when p — 2, g = 4m — 1, and then q = 2. Equality of periods for moduli pa and pb can occur for an odd prime p only when this period is qi, and for p = 2 only when it is 1 or 2. It is shown how to find the numbers g which give equal periods for pa and p, and the odd numbers g which give the period 2 for 2a.
128Math. Gazette, 4, 1907-8, 209-210.   Sphinx-Oedipe, 8, 1913, 131.
129Math. Gazette, 4, 1907-8, 259-267; 6, 1911-12, 63-7, 108-116.
130Archiv Math. Phys., (3), 13, 1908, 107.
»lSphinx-Oedipe, Nancy, 1908-9, 101-112.
"'Spaczinskis Bote, 1908, pp. 252-263, 321-2 (Russian).
u'La divisibilita del numeri e la teoria delle decimal! periodiche, Perugia, 1908, 150 pp.
i"Amer. Math. Monthly, 16, 1909, 79-82.
185Annals of Math., (2), 11, 1909-10, 166-8.
138I1 Boll. Matematica Gior. Sc.-Didat., 9, 1910, 128-138.
"'Math. Quest. Educat. Times, (2), 18, 1910, 25-26.
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