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n is a positive integer

 Quantity A Quantity B $$(0.9)^n$$ $$\frac{1}{2}$$

A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

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Carcass wrote:
n is a positive integer

 Quantity A Quantity B $$(0.9)^n$$ $$\frac{1}{2}$$

A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Kudos for the right answer and explanation

Key concept: If $$0 < x < 1$$, then the value of $$x^n$$ gets closer and closer to $$0$$, as $$n$$ gets bigger and bigger.

For example:
$$(0.9)^1 = 0.9$$
$$(0.9)^2 = 0.81$$
$$(0.9)^3 = 0.729$$
$$(0.9)^4 = 0.6561$$
.
.
.
etc

So, when n = 1, Quantity A is greater
When n = 1000, Quantity B is greater

Cheers,
Brent
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