This is our solution and implementation to problem #26 on Project Euler.
Note: the code and contents here might be slightly different than what is in the video. We've made some improvements to some of the code since recording.
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A unit fraction contains 1 in the numerator. The decimal representation of the unit fractions with denominators 2 to 10 are given:
1/2 = 0.5 1/3 = 0.(3) 1/4 = 0.25 1/5 = 0.2 1/6 = 0.1(6) 1/7 = 0.(142857) 1/8 = 0.125 1/9 = 0.(1) 1/10 = 0.1
Where 0.1(6) means 0.166666..., and has a 1-digit recurring cycle. It can be seen that 1/7 has a 6-digit recurring cycle.
Find the value of d < 1000 for which 1/d contains the longest recurring cycle in its decimal fraction part.
Our solution is given in the TypeScript code below:
This implementation found the solution in 16ms.
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The answer is 983.
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