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1answer
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When to rationalize numerator and/or denominator?

Sometimes, we have to rationalize either the numerator or the denominator, and sometimes we can still work the problem without rationalizing. So, in some cases, rationalizing can be done, although it ...
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2answers
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Sum of two irrational radicals is irrational?

If $a,b,m$ and $n$ are positive integers such that $\sqrt[m]{a}$ and $\sqrt[n]{b}$ are irrational numbers, how can we prove that the sum $\sqrt[m]{a}+\sqrt[n]{b}$ is also irrational?
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2answers
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$\pi$ does not lie in any quadratic extension of $\mathbb{Q}$

Knowing that $\pi^2$ is irrational: How can we prove that $\pi$ does not lie in any quadratic extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ ? Without using that $\pi$ is transcendent. Any hints would be appreciated.
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1answer
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Deciding whether $2^{\sqrt2}$ is irrational/transcendental

Is $2^\sqrt{2}$ irrational? Is it transcendental?
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1answer
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Is there a rational univariat polynomial of degree 3 with 3 irrational roots?

The title pretty much asks my question: Does $f\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that $$ f(x)=(x-\alpha_1)(x-\alpha_2)(x-\alpha_3),$$ where $\alpha_1, \alpha_2, \alpha_3\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}\ $ ...
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7answers
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How to prove that $\sqrt 3$ is an irrational number? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: $a^{1/2}$ is either an integer or an irrational number I know how to prove $\sqrt 2$ is an irrational number. Who can tell me that why $\sqrt 3$ is a an irrational ...
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$\sqrt a$ is either an integer or an irrational number.

I got this interesting question in my mind: How do we prove that if $a \in \mathbb N$, then $\sqrt a$ is an integer or an irrational number? Can we extend this result? That is, can it be shown ...
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Solving an equation with irrational exponents

Is there any theory (analogous to Galois theory) for solving equations with irrational exponents like: $ x^{\sqrt{2}}+x^{\sqrt{3}}=1$ ?