Numbers not expressible as a ratio of two integers. Examples: $\sqrt{2},\phi,e,\pi,\zeta(3)$. Some of them are algebraic ($\sqrt{2},\phi$) and some transcendental ($e,\pi$).

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A dense set on $[0,1)$

Let $x\in \mathbb{R}$ an irrational number. Define $X=\{nx-\lfloor nx\rfloor: n\in \mathbb{N}\}$. Prove that $X$ is dense on $[0,1)$. Can anyone give some hint to solve this problem? I tried ...
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Need help to simplify irrational equation

I have faced a problem simplifying this equation. . I tried to solve it this way: , but I just can't get the correct answer. This equation is from high school course, so it must have quite a simple ...
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A pretty much simple number theory problem

Let $x$ be an irrational number, and $n$ be a positive integer. Will there ever be a set of $(n,x)$ which satisfies $x(n-x) \in \mathbb{Z}$ ? If so, could you suggest those numbers? And, if not, ...
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Square root of an odd composite being irrational

Is there an odd composite number $n$ such that $\sqrt{n}$ is irrational?
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Is $i$ irrational?

On the one hand, $i(=\sqrt{-1})$ cannot be expressed as a ratio of integers, so, by definition, $i$ is not rational $\iff i$ is irrational. However, the set of irrational numbers, ...
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A question about decimal representation of irrational numbers.

Is this true that any finite word of the alphabet $\mathcal{A_9}=\{0,1,2, \ldots,8,9\}$ appears somewhere in the decimal representation of $\sqrt{2}$ ? Thanks !
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Related to $\pi$ and $\tau$ constants, are they transcendental, irrational, or rational numbers?

Below are three OEIS constant sequences and values. Are they transcendental, irrational, or rational numbers? Note: $\tau = 2*\pi$ and the last two values are in radians. A233700. Decimal ...
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The “trick” functions in the “$\pi$ is transcendental” proofs

I was reading this paper and I wondered how did Hermite decide to define a function $$f(x)=\frac{x^{p-1}(x-1)^p\cdots (x-m)^p}{(p-1)!}$$ Are these functions only tricks or there is a deeper meaning?
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Visualizing the square root of 2

A junior high school student I am tutoring asked me a question that stumped me - I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on it here. We were talking about how the square root of 2 is an ...
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Prove $\sqrt6$ is irrational

Suppose $\sqrt6 = \frac pq$ where $p$ and $q$ have no common factors. $$6 = \frac {p^2}{q^2}$$ $$6p^2 = q^2$$ So $q^2$ and therefore $q$ is divisible by $6$. $$p^2 = \frac {q^2}{6}$$ So $p^2$ ...
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Chinese estimate for $\pi$. Were they lucky?

The famous chinese estimate $\pi\approx\frac{355}{113}$ is good. I think that is too good. As a continued fraction: $$\pi=[3:7,15,1,292,\ldots]$$ That $292$ is a bit too big. Is there a reason for a ...
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Prove that $(4/5)^{\frac{4}{5}}$ is irrational

Prove that $(4/5)^{\frac{4}{5}}$ is irrational. My proof so far: Suppose for contradiction that $(4/5)^{\frac{4}{5}}$ is rational. Then $(4/5)^{\frac{4}{5}}$=$\dfrac{p}{q}$, where $p$,$q$ are ...
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Euclidean geometry and irrational numbers.

I was wondering, given a square that is $1 \times 1$, how can we know that the diagonal is an irrational length geometrically??? We could use the Pythagorean Theorem to see that the diagonal of a ...
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Looking for irrational Numbers Proof [duplicate]

$a,b,c,~$and $d$ are rational numbers. $b>0$ and $d>0$ the $\sqrt{b}$ and the $\sqrt{d}$ are both irrational. if $a+\sqrt{b}=c+\sqrt{d}$ show that $a = c$ and $b = d$. I know that a=c and ...
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Is it possible that $\pi$ is finite in other numerical bases?

In base $\pi$, the number $\pi$ is $1\cdot \pi^1 + 0\cdot \pi ^ 0 $, which is equal to $10$. So, is $\pi$ an irrational number in all bases or not?
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Is there any combination of numbers which upon division gives the exact number of P?

In other words, there are (probably) infinite combination of numbers/operations which leads to irrational numbers. So I wonder, if there is one which gives exact number representation of P(π)? Do we ...
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$\lim \{r^n\}$ exists, Is $r$ an integer?

$r\in\Bbb R$, $|r|\gt1$ and $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\{r^n\}$ exists. Can one conclude that $r$ is an integer? Here, $\{x\}=x-[x] $ is the fractional part of $x\in\Bbb R$ If $r\in\Bbb Q$, the ...
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Is Dirichlet's function enough to prove constants like $\gamma$ irrational?

This function appears without any reference in the book The Irrationals : $$\lim_{m\to\infty}\lim_{n\to\infty} \cos^{2n}(m!\pi x)=\left\{ \begin{array}{lr} 1 & : x \in \mathbb{Q}\\ ...
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If $\sum\frac1{a_n}$ is convergent, then irrational?

$\{a_n\}$ is a strictly increasing sequence of positive integers such that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{a_{n+1}}{ a_n}=1$$ If $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{a_n}$ is convergent, can one conclude ...
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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 $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{a_n}$ irrational?

$\{a_n\}$ is a strictly increasing sequence of positive integers such that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{a_{n+1}}{ a_n}=+\infty$$ Can one conclude that $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{a_n}$ is an ...
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$\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{a_n}$ is irrational

$\{a_n\}$ is a strictly increasing sequence of positive integers such that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{a_{n+1}}{a_1a_2\dotsb a_n}=+\infty$$ then $\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac1{a_n}$ is an irrational ...
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Help proving a theorem in my textbook

If $r \in \mathbb{N}$ is not a perfect square, then $\sqrt{r}$ is irrational. For reference, an integer $n$ is a perfect square if $n=m^2$ for some $m \in \mathbb{Z}$. Any help proving this ...
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Help with a proof my professor gave my class

Let $x,y \in \mathbb{R}$ with $x<y$. There exists an irrational number $z$ such that $x<z<y$. My proof so far: Let $x,y \in \mathbb{R}$ and assume $x<y$. Then, by Theorem 11.8 (in ...
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Irrationality of $\pi$ another proof

Proposition. Let $\alpha\in\mathbb{R}$. If there is a sequence of integers $a_n,b_n$ such that $0<|b_n\alpha-a_n|\longrightarrow 0^+$ as $n\longrightarrow \infty$, then $\alpha$ is irrational. ...
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Irrationality Measure $x\in \mathbb{Q} \Longleftrightarrow \mu(x)=1$

Let $x$ be a real number, and let $R$ be the set of positive real numbers $\mu$ for which $$0<|x-\frac{p}{q}|<\frac{1}{q^{\mu}}$$ has (at most) finitely many solutions $p/q$ for $p$ and $q$ ...
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Help with a proof that sequence of rational numbers $ a_n = \frac {a_{n-1} + \frac {2}{a_{n-1}}}{2}$ converges to an irrational, $\sqrt2$

I know that there are sequences of rational numbers with irrational limits. One in particular I've seen is $$ a_n = \frac {a_{n-1} + \frac {2}{a_{n-1}}}{2}$$ with $a_0 =1$, This is clearly rational ...
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Irrationality of e and farey fractions

How do we go about proving that $$[k! e] = k! \sum_{j=0 -> k} \frac{1}{j!}$$ I know that we could write $$e = \sum_{j=0 -> \infty} \frac{1}{j!}$$ But I don't see how that's going to help in ...
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How would you prove that $\sqrt[n]{2}$ is irrational?

How would you prove that $\sqrt[n]{2}$ is irrational?, where $n \in \{2, 3, 4, \ldots\}$.
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Prove that if $n$ is a positive integer then $\sqrt{n}+ \sqrt{2}$ is irrational.

The sum of a rational and irrational number is always irrational, that much I know - thus, if n is a perfect square, we are finished. However, is it not possible that the sum of two irrational numbers ...
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Understanding proof that $\pi$ is irrational

Reading this: Simple proof that $\pi$ is irrational, I fail to understand the following part: Since $n!f(x)$ has integral coefficients and terms in $x$ of degree not less than $n$, $f(x)$ and ...
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Farey sequence problem with irrational numbers

If an irrational number $\theta$ lies between two consecutive terms $a/b$ and $c/d$ of the Farey sequence of order n, prove that at least one of the following holds: $|\theta- a/b| < 1/2b^2$ or ...
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Check that $\sqrt{7}(\sqrt[3]{5} - \sqrt[5]{3})$ is not rational

How to prove that $\sqrt{7}(\sqrt[3]{5} - \sqrt[5]{3})$ is not rational. I will appreciate any proof, but I had such exercise during lecture in field theory. Thanks.
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How to prove that: $\sqrt{25!+3} \in \mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$

How can I prove that: $$\sqrt{25!+3} \in \mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}?$$ Thanks!
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Prove the irrationality of $0.235711131719…$

How can I prove that the number formed by concatenating the primes in order i.e. $0.235711131719...$ is irrational. I know I have to demonstrate that it has no period, but I'll be so thankful if ...
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Cantor's proof on uncountability of irrationals

I have a question regarding Cantor's proof that the set of irrational numbers is uncountable. As far as I know, to prove this, Cantor proves that there exists a mapping between irrationals and ...
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Is the Nested Radical Constant rational or irrational?

Given the sequence $A_n=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{3+\sqrt{\dots+\sqrt{n}}}}}$: Are there any known rational elements in $A_n$, or has it been proved that all are irrational? Is there any proof for ...
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Irrational fractional parts - patterns

Some fractional-part list plots are: $\text{listplot of }|[\pi x]-\pi x|\text{, for }x \in \mathbb{Z} \text{ and } \text{listplot of }|[ex]-ex|\text{, for }x \in \mathbb{Z}$ $\text{listplot of ...
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How to represent an algebraic number in algorithm

I'm studying the problem of computing $n$th digit of given (irrational) algebraic number. Is there some canonical way to represent an algebraic number as a string I could use in computing? Basically ...
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Question about $e^{e^{e^e}}$

Is there a proof that the power tower of length $4$ of $e$ is irrational? Is it known whether or not $$e^{e^{e^e}}$$ is transcendental?
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Is $\ \Large\pi^e$ rational?

Is the number $\ \Large\pi^e$ rational?
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Let $a,b \in R$ where $ a < b$. Prove that there exist a rational number $c$ and an irrational number $d$ such that $ a <c<b$ and $ a<d<b$.

Question : Let $a,b \in R$ where $ a < b$. Prove that there exist a rational number $c$ and an irrational number $d$ such that $ a <c<b$ and $ a<d<b$. Hint: consider decimal expansions ...
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Prove that if $y,z \in\Bbb Q$ then $y^z \in\Bbb A$

Question : Prove that if $y,z \in\Bbb Q$ then $y^z \in\Bbb A$. My attempt: Definition 2.7.8 states that a number $s$ is an algebraic number when there exists some $p \in\Bbb Z[x]$ such that ...
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How can you proof that the sum of three roots is irrational?

I would like to know how to prove that $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt{5} + \sqrt{7}$ is an irrational number. I know how to do the proof for a sum of two roots. Can I just define $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt{5} :=c$ and then ...
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$\sqrt[3]{2}$ is not the root of a quadratic with rational coefficients?

How can one show that $\sqrt[3]{2}$ is not a root of a quadratic with rational coefficients? It is clear that if $\sqrt[3]{2}$ is the root of such a quadratic, then it is also the root of a quadratic ...
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2.71828. And then another 1828.

This may qualify as the silliest math.SE question ever, but am I really the first person ever to worry about this? The decimal expansion of $e$ has a 2. And then a 7. And then a 1828. And...well, then ...
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Values $nx - [nx]$ are distinct for an irrational number

When reading the proof for Dirichlet's Approximation Theorem, I came across the following statement: If $x$ is irrational, then $nx - [nx]$ are distinct for all $n \in \mathbb{Z}$. I don't ...
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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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If $\frac1\alpha+\frac1\beta=1$, irrational, then $\{\lfloor n\alpha\rfloor:n\in\Bbb N\}\uplus\{\lfloor n\beta\rfloor:n\in\Bbb N\}=\Bbb N$

Let $\alpha,\beta\in\Bbb R\setminus\Bbb Q$ such that $\frac1\alpha+\frac1\beta=1$, and define $S(x)=\{\lfloor nx\rfloor:n\in\Bbb N\}$. (Note that my convention takes $0\notin\Bbb N$.) The claim is ...
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How to understand “Union of balls centered at rational numbers is way less than $\mathbb{R}$

A few month ago I had to prove $\lambda(\mathbb{Q}) = 0$ (where $\lambda$ is the one-dimensional Lebesgue measure). The idea: Let $\varepsilon \gt 0, r_n := \frac{\varepsilon}{2^n}$ and $\mathbb{Q} = ...