# Tagged Questions

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### Can one prove existence of incommensurables without the Pythagorean theorem?

Euclid's proof that the side and the diagonal of a square have no common measure, probably going back to Pythagoreans, reduces it to proving the irrationality of $\sqrt{2}$. This reduction uses the ...
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### Example of a proof using the axiom of commensurability

I'm teaching our intro to proofs course (well, one of them) and one of the classic illustrations of an overturned "axiom" is the Greek axiom of commensurability, which stated in geometric terms the ...
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### A question regarding irrational lengths in reality

I have a square stone slab 1 metre by metre, by the Pythagorean identity the diagonal from one corner to another is given as $\sqrt 2$. However $\sqrt 2$ is an irrational number, could someone ...
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### Do circles exist

So I was wondering about circles today and if they really do exsist. If you graph a circle in function mode, your equation looks like$$y=\sqrt{1-x^2}$$ Now for simple purposes lets take a portion of ...
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### Is there any geometry where ratio of circle's circumference to its diameter is rational?

In Euclidean geometry, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is an irrational number, 3.14159 and so on. But if you change to non-Euclidean geometries, you get other values for ...
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### Spiral of Theodorus - Discussion

The fact that $\sqrt2$ is not rational goes back to Theodorus of Cyrene from the school of Pythagoras, and is discussed in Plato's dialog "Theaetetus". Of course, $\sqrt n$ is not rational for any ...
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### prove that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using only geometry

Prove that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using only geometric concepts and proofs. The proof should look like a proof in Euclid's elements or standard high school geometry. No algebra is allowed. (I know ...
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### Are “perfect” circles mathematically impossible (and do irrational numbers exist)? [closed]

It occurred to me that while $\pi$ is an irrational number, it is nevertheless the ratio between the circumference and diameter of all circles. This seems like a contradiction. Thinking about it ...