Questions about real numbers not expressible as the quotient of two integers. For questions on determining whether a number is irrational, use the (rationality-testing) tag instead.

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Find two rationals, one greater and one smaller than a given irrational number.

Given an irrational number 0 < i < 1. Find two rational numbers a and b such that 0 < a < i < b < 1.
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Is there a (real) number which gives a rational number both when multiplied by $\pi$ and when multiplied by $e$?

Besides $0$ of course. What about addition and exponentiation? I would think there's no such number, but I'm not sure if I could prove it.
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Non-integer bases and irrationality

I read somewhere: When it comes to properties like prime, irrational, rational, divisible by 2, etc., nothing changes when you change base. But I'm not sure about the rational/irrational one. ...
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Are all integer fractions rational?

Any repeating decimal can be written as a fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a$ and $b$ are integers. But is the reverse true. Will any fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a$ and $b$ are integers produce a ...
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How do i prove that $\frac{1}{\pi} \arccos(1/3)$ is irrational?

How do i prove that $\frac{1}{\pi} \arccos(1/3)$ is irrational?
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How do I evaluate the following expression?

How to evaluate the following expression: $\displaystyle \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}+1}+ \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{4}+\sqrt{3}} +\cdots +\frac{1}{\sqrt{9}+\sqrt{8}}$
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What would be the value of $a$ and $b$ in following rational expression?

If $(5 + 2\sqrt{3})/(7 + \sqrt{3}) = (a - \sqrt{3b})$, How do I find the value of $a$ and $b$ where $a$ and $b$ are rational numbers?
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Why is $\varphi$ called “the most irrational number”?

I have heard $\varphi$ called the most irrational number. Numbers are either irrational or not though, one cannot be more "irrational" in the sense of a number that can not be represented as a ratio ...
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Area of a circle is $A = \pi r^2$. Is it possible that both $A$ and $r$ are perfect integers.

Can you produce an example where both the area of a circle and it's radius are integers?
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Direct proof for the irrationality of $\sqrt 2$. [duplicate]

Prove that $\sqrt 2$ is irrational using direct proof. I have seen TONS indirect proofs (e.g. proof by contradiction) for it, and people say that it's difficult to proof this directly. So is this ...
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Proof f(x) is continuous given $x$ rational and irrational.

How can I resolve the task below: Given $f(x)= \begin{cases} x, &x\in \mathbb{Q}\text{ }\\ 1-x, &x\notin \mathbb{Q}\text{ (irrational)} \end{cases}$, $0 \leq x \leq 1$. Show $f(x)$ is ...
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When is an Integer a Rational Number, and are All Ratios Rational, Even $\frac{\sqrt{7}}{2}$?

$$\Bbb{Q} = \left\{\frac ab \mid \text{$a$ and $b$ are integers and $b \ne 0$} \right\}$$ In other words, a rational number is a number that can be written as one integer over another. ...
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plot any irrational number on number line.

I have a basic question that can we plot any irrational number on number line?As I can plot all integers and rational number but how to plot any irrational number on it like $\sqrt2$,$\sqrt3$ etc..
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The sum of the series $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{\epsilon_n}{n!}$ is an irrational number

Let $\{\epsilon_n\}$ be a sequence where $\epsilon_n$ is either $ 1$ or $-1$. How could I Show that the sum of the series $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{\epsilon_n}{n!}$$ is an irrational number.
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Can you produce a number like 1.01010101… by just addition and subtraction?

I'm working on a program in C# where a Decimal variable can hold negative and positive values including 0 and those values can only change by addition and subtraction. I have a conditional where if ...
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What is the role of mathematical intuition and common sense in questions of irrationality or transcendence of values of special functions?

I got the number $$\frac{\Gamma\left(\frac{1}{5}\right)\Gamma\left(\frac{4}{15}\right)}{\Gamma\left(\frac{1}{3}\right)\Gamma\left(\frac{2}{15}\right)}=0.824326275998351470388591998726842...$$ in the ...
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Define two rational numbers $\alpha$ and $x$ such that $\sin( { \alpha }) =x$

Of course for $x\neq 0 $ and $\alpha$ in radians. Can you define them?
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Can we take an $i$th root?

I misread this question and began thinking about the value $e^\pi$. This lead me to the Wikipedia on Gelfond's Constant, which suggests deriving a numerical value for $e^{\pi}$ by using Euler's ...
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Any proof to $\pi^{e}$'s irrationality?

I've searched for this for a while but get nothing... There are plenty of proofs to irrationality of $e$,$\pi$,$e^{\pi}$. However, I can't find a proof for $\pi^e$. More, when searching for this I ...
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Infinite irrational number sequences?

Is an irrational number, such as $\pi$ or $\sqrt2$, guaranteed to contain every possible digit sequence somewhere within it? Is there no proof for this? Is there any clue as to whether this is so? It ...
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How uniform is the distribution of $n+sm$ for an irrational $s$?

It's not difficult to prove that for $s\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$ the set $S=\{n+ms\;|\;n\in\mathbb{Z},\;m\in\mathbb{N}\}$ is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. When trying to solve this question, I come ...
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Looking for name of theorem: “rational $\Leftrightarrow$ fractional part terminates or repeats”

I am looking for the name of the theorem that says that a number $x$ is rational if and only if its fractional part terminates or repeats (where "fractional part" refers to the representation of $x$ ...
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Irrational numbers, decimal representation

Can this even be proved? (Or disproved?) Any irrational number without a 0 (zero) in its decimal representation is transcendental. Not sure where to start on this one...
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A calculator's solution to irrational exponent

An irrational number cannot be represented by $\frac{p}{q}$ where $p$ and $q$ are integers. And when we encounter exponents with decimal points, it is a possible way and a rather simple one to turn ...
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For which $a$ is $n\lfloor a\rfloor+1\le \lfloor na\rfloor$ true for all sufficiently large $n$?

Inspired by this question I ask this. For which $a$ is $n\lfloor a\rfloor+1\le \lfloor na\rfloor$ true for all sufficiently large $n$? The original question concerned $a=e$, the usual ...
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Interesting question about irrational numbers

Find all solutions in un-ordered integers $(a,b)$ to $7-a-b=2\sqrt{10}-2\sqrt{ab}$. It would appear that the only solution to this is $a=2, b=5$. But how to prove this rigorously? Do irrational ...
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Is it possible to prove the positive root of the equation ${^4}x=2$, $x=1.4466014324…$ is irrational?

(somewhat related to my earlier question) Let ${^n}a$ denote tetration $\underbrace{a^{a^{.^{.^{.^a}}}}}_{n \text{ times}}$ (or, defined recursively, ${^1}a=a$, ${^{n+1}}a=a^{({^n}a)}$). The ...
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Is the positive root of the equation $x^{x^x}=2$, $x=1.47668433…$ a transcendental number?

I can prove using the Gelfond–Schneider theorem that the positive root of the equation $x^{x^x}=2$, $x=1.47668433...$ is an irrational number. Is it possible to prove it is transcendental?
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Show that there is no rational number $r=m/n$ such that $r^3=3$ [duplicate]

How do I solve this by prime factorization? I came across a similar problem on MSE just recently, but I can't find it and I thoroughly searched for it. If anyone can find it, please post it in the ...
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Prove the series $ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{(n!)^2}$ converges to an irrational number

How can one prove that the series $\displaystyle \sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{(n!)^2}$ converges to an irrational number? There's no need to use Taylor expansion, integrals or any ...
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Non-existence of irrational numbers?

I realize the title of my question will probably cause the raising of some eyebrows, so let me explain. Not sure whether to file this under "math" or "philosophy". This also might be able to be ...
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Can you raise a Matrix to a non integer number? [duplicate]

So I heard you can take a matrix A to the power 2, take it to a -3th power and multiply it by an irrational number. You can also do some other non-intuitive things like taking e to the power of a ...
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Prove that the Tangent of 75 degrees equals 2 plus the square-root of 3

My (very simple) question to a friend was how do I prove the following using basic trig principles: $\tan75^\circ = 2 + \sqrt{3}$ He gave this proof (via a text message!) $1. \tan75^\circ$ $2. = ...
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On comparing fractions , fraction with smaller difference between numerator and denominator is greater than the other

A text book proposed that "when comparing fractions ,if the compared fractions's are such that numerator is smaller than denominator ,then fraction with more difference(absolute) between numerator ...
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Mystery about irrational numbers

I'm new here as you can see. There is a mystery about $\pi$ that I heard before and want to check if its true. They told me that if I convert the digits of $\pi$ in letters eventually I could read ...
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The density — or otherwise — of $\{\{2^N\,\alpha\}:N\in\mathbb{N}\}$ for ALL irrational $\alpha$.

Problem Is there an irrational $\alpha\in\mathbb{R}\backslash\mathbb{Q}$ such that the set $S= \{\,\{2^N\alpha\} :N\,\in\mathbb{N}\}$ is not dense in $[0,1]$. Here $\{x\}=x-\lfloor x\rfloor$ is the ...
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Do irrational number contain infinite/every patterns of sequences?

I guess the question is "does an 'infinite' number of patterns imply 'every' number of patterns?" For instance, if you could quickly calculate the decimal sequence of π, could you not (in ...
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rational fractions and the negative sign

Say we have the expression $$\frac{a}{b}=\frac{a+3}{b-8}$$ When we cross-multiply the terms we end up with $$a(b-8)=b(a+3)$$ If we try $a=-3$ and $b=8$ in the previous expression we get ...
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Extending the rationals using exponentiation

The set of integers can be constructed as an equivalence relation over the natural numbers using the the binary operation of addition, and a similar process yields the rationals from integers and ...
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Is there a proof that $\mathbb{R}$ is connected?

Is there a proof that the set $\mathbb{R}$ of all real numbers is connected? I've been assuming that $\mathbb{Q}$ is discrete, with a (very small) gap existing between any two elements ...
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Is the Copeland–Erdős constant a random number? How is it normal?

The Champernowne constant is not random. Is the Copeland–Erdős constant random? Also if Copeland–Erdős number is normal, then shouldnt the number of $5$s and even digits be low because they cannot ...
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Type of periodicity in champernowne constant.

Digits of Champernowne constant are aperiodic, else it will be rational. Fine! But it is not random because I can write a program which will give me the position of every digit. E.g. I can calculate ...
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Formula to reverse digits

Is there a formula that can be used to reverse the digits in a number, given a certain base b? E.G., $$F_{10}(32) = .23$$ $$F_{10}(123.456) = 654.321$$ If not, how can you write this out to show ...
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When a prime number p divides $ab$ then we have either p divides a or p divides b.Prove that $\sqrt {p} $ is not rational for any prime number p.

When a prime number $p$ divides $ ab $ then we have either $p$ divides $a$ or $p$ divides $b$. Prove that $ \sqrt p $ is not rational for any prime number $p$.
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Does every sequence of rationals, whose sum is irrational, have a subsequence whose sum is rational

Assume we have a sequence of rational numbers $a=(a_n)$. Assume we have a summation function $S: \mathscr {L}^1 \mapsto \mathbb R, \ \ S(a)=\sum a_n$ ($\mathscr {L}^1$ is the sequence space whose sums ...
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Surds - Finding square roots.

To find square root of surd like this : $a+\sqrt{b}+\sqrt{c}+\sqrt{d} $ We put it equal to $\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}+\sqrt{z}$ To find the square root of : $21-4\sqrt{5}+8\sqrt{3}-4\sqrt{15} $ can we put ...
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Proof by contradiction that irrational numbers conform to $f(x)=x^2$

I am having some difficulty with this proof for my Real Variables class. I know that $f(x)$ is a continuous function defined on $R^1$, and $f(x)=x^2$ for any rational $x$. I also have the definition ...
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Computationally complex irrational numbers

Are there irrational numbers for which we know that computing its nth digit would take (at least) linear/polynomial/exponential/superexponential time (wrt to length of n and with "big enough" n)?
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Critiques on proof showing $\sqrt{12}$ is irrational.

My only exposure to proofs was in a math logic class I took in University. I was wondering if my attempt at proving that $\sqrt{12}$ is irrational is OK. $$\Big(\frac{m}{n}\Big)^2 = 12$$ ...
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Does $\sin(x)=y$ have a solution in $\mathbb{Q}$ beside $x=y=0$

Is there a way to show, that the only solution of $$\sin(x)=y$$ is $x=y=0$ with $x,y\in \mathbb{Q}$. I am seaching a way to prove it with the things you learn in linear algebra and analysis 1+2 ...