Counterexample? [closed]

Let be $a, b, c$ real numbers such that: $$a+b+c \neq 0 \mbox{ and } ab+bc+ca \mbox{ is rational. }$$

Give a counterexample to prove that the property is not true if $a+b+c = 0$.

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Where is the problem from? I do not understand what it means. – Jonas Meyer Feb 10 at 23:53
I think you forgot to mention what the "property" is... – David Mitra Feb 11 at 0:04

closed as not a real question by Andres Caicedo, Jonas Meyer, Henry T. Horton, 5PM, tomaszFeb 11 at 3:48

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Let $a=0$, $b=\pi$ and $c=-\pi$
If this is an answer to the question, could you please share what the question is? I mean, I see that you've chosen $a,b,c$ such that $a+b+c=0$, and I see that $-\pi^2$ is not rational, but I don't know what the question is. – Jonas Meyer Feb 11 at 0:10
I believe that the poster was trying to identify why the statement required $a+b+c \neq 0$ – rckrd Feb 11 at 0:29
But, Matt, $a+b+c\ne0$ certainly doesn't imply $ab+bc+ca$ is rational. So, what question are we actually answering here? – Gerry Myerson Feb 11 at 0:54
Yeah, you're right. There really is no property at all. If we let $a,b,c$ be irrational, can we say that $ab+bc+ca$ is irrational if $a+b+c\neq 0$? – rckrd Feb 11 at 1:15
@Matt: No; e.g., $a=b=c=\sqrt 2$. – Jonas Meyer Feb 11 at 1:38