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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Solution of the equation $x^x=2$

Let $x$ be the solution of the equation $x^x=2$. Is $x$ irrational? How to prove this?
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Irrational numbers to irrational powers being rational?

So some of you may be familiar with the proof that some irrational numbers to irrational powers are rational, that is: if $A = \sqrt2^\sqrt{2}$ then it follows that $A^\sqrt{2} = 2$. So, I've found a ...
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Irrational diagonal length problem.

Premise 1: All straight lines have the value of length equal to the numerical value of the end point, provided the starting point of the line is assigned the numerical value zero. Premise 2: No ...
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Prove $\sqrt[5]{672}$ is irrational

How would you prove $\sqrt[5]{672}$ is irrational? I was trying proof by contradiction starting by saying: Suppose $\sqrt[5]{672}$ is rational ...
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How to simply this fraction with irrational denominators? [closed]

How to simplify? $\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{3}} + \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{5}} + \frac{1}{\sqrt{5}+\sqrt{7}} \frac{1}{\sqrt{7}+3}$
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Prove that $E_0$ is transcendental

Consider the non-negative natural numbers: $0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19\dots$ Encode the primes as $1$, the rest as $0$. $E = 0,0,1,1,0,1,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,1\dots$ ...
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Seeing the plane as a four (or more) dimensional vector space on $\mathbb Q$

As I was trying to answer a question about the enumeration of circuits one can build with a set of miniature train track elements, I realized that all plane positions that could be reached had ...
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How to compute a lot of digits of $\sqrt{2}$ manually and quickly?

After having read the answers to calculating $\pi$ manually, I realised that the two fast methods (Ramanujan and Gauss–Legendre) used $\sqrt{2}$. So, I wondered how to calculate $\sqrt{2}$ manually in ...
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When does the following construction generate a transcendental number?

Given $n\in[0,1]$ with base-b expansion $0.n_1n_2n_3\dots$, define $\Delta_b(n)$ to be the number with the following base-b expansion: $\huge{ 0.\underbrace{n_1}_{1^{st}\text{ ...
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What is the name of this irrational math constant and is there a compact way to write it? 0.10110111011110…

I think this number is a transcendental number and I've tried looking online to see who first made it, I'm not sure if it's a Liouville Number or if there is a more common or better name for it. Does ...
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Algorithm for eliminating irrationality in denominator

Good day. Suppose $a$ is rational number, $p$ is positive integer and $a^{1/p}$ is irrational. If we want to eliminate irrationality in the denominator of the fraction $\frac{1}{a^{1/p}}$, then there ...
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why is PI considered irrational if it can be expressed as ratio of circumference to diameter? [duplicate]

Pi = C / D (circumference / diameter) . I have read that if circumference can be expressed as an integer then diameter cannot and vice-versa, so that the ratio can never be expressed as a/b where both ...
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Prove the following based on number theory

$\log_5(2) \in \mathbb{R}\setminus \mathbb{Q}$ (irrational numbers). I know there is a question out there already for this but my problem is that I need to prove this using the fundamental ...
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Rational Number Density in a Square

It is well known that rational numbers are distributed on the number line everywhere compactly. If we consider a 'square' a parallelogram to be precise, formed by natural numbers p and q, i.e. ...
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Is there a way, in general, to tell whether the nth root of a integer is rational?

Is there a way, in general, to tell whether the $n^{th}$ root of a integer is rational? More explicitly, is it possible to elegantly determine whether the result of $k^{1/n}$ is rational for $k,n \in ...
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Methods for Improving Convergence of a sequence of Partial Sums

I have the following sum: $$\zeta(3)+\frac1{4}=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{2k^2+7k+7}{(k+1)^3(k+2)(k+3)}$$ Are there any methods that I can use to speed up the convergence of the sequence generated by ...
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Simplification of an expression involving nested square roots.

I was trying to simplify $\sqrt{14} - \sqrt{16 - 4 \sqrt{7}}$. Numerical evaluation suggested that the answer is $\sqrt{2}$ and it checked out when I substituted $\sqrt{2}$ in the equation $x= ...
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Is $\frac{\sqrt7}{\sqrt[3]15}$ rational or irrational.

Is $\frac{\sqrt7}{\sqrt[3]15}$ rational or irrational? Prove it. I am having a hard time with this question. So far what I did was say, assume it's rational, then ...
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Show that $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt{3} +\sqrt{5}$ is an irrational number. [closed]

Show that $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt{3} +\sqrt{5}$ is an irrational number.
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Need a help to show $x<1$

Now I am proving the number $$ \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{9}{10^{\frac{k(k+1)}{2}}}=0.90900900090... $$ is irrational. Here I use a similar method to the proof of e is irrational by Joseph Fourier. My ...
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How are first digits of $\pi$ found?

Since Pi or $\pi$ is an irrational number, its digits do not repeat. And there is no way to actually find out the digits of $\pi$ ($\frac{22}{7}$ is just a rough estimate but it's not accurate). I am ...
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Roots of $z^r=1,r\notin\mathbb{Q}$

If $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}$, and $\frac a b$ is in lowest terms, then $$z^{\frac a b}=1\\\implies z=\exp\left(\frac{2\pi in b}{a}\right)\forall n\in\mathbb{Z}$$ This means that $z$ has exactly $a$ distinct ...
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Representation of irrationals as $\sum_{n\ge 2}\frac{x_n}{n!}$

Prove that every $x\in(0,1)\setminus\mathbb{Q}$ has a unique representation as $x = \sum_{n\ge 2}\frac{x_n}{n!}$, where $x_n\in\mathbb{Z}_n = \{0,1,2,\ldots,n-1\}$. Probably this is well known, I'd ...
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Trascendental numbers permutation

Let $x_n$ be the infinite sequence of decimal digits of a fixed irrational/trascendental number. Can I obtain any other irrational/trascendental number's sequence of decimal digits through a ...
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Proof that the square root of 5 is not a natural number

I am a student and I want to know if this proof is correct. Please help me. Thanks in advance! Proof. If square root of 5 is a natural number, it should be even or odd. If it would be even, we could ...
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Constructive proof that algebraic numbers form a field

We know that the set $\mathbb{A}$ of algebraic numbers is a field. But there is a constructive proof of this statement? I.e. : given a sum (or a product) of numbers of the form $\sqrt[n]{q}$ with $ q ...
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$\sqrt{m_1}+\sqrt{m_2}+ \cdots + \sqrt{m_n}$ is Irrational

If $m_1 , m_2, \cdots m_n$ are natural numbers where at least one of them is not a perfect square, then how do I prove that the sum $$\sqrt{m_1}+\sqrt{m_2}+ \cdots + \sqrt{m_n}$$ is irrational? I'm ...
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$0\neq a\in \mathbb Q, b\in \mathbb R \setminus\mathbb Q \text{ (b is irrational)}$ Prove that $\frac a b$ is irrational.

$0\neq a\in \mathbb Q, b\in \mathbb R \setminus\mathbb Q \text{ (b is irrational)}$ Prove that $\frac a b$ is irrational. From defintion $a=\frac m n$ such that $m,n\in \mathbb Z, n\neq 0$. Take ...
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“Multivariable” version of this lemma about showing analytically that a number is irrational.

Lemma: let $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}^+$ and $p_1,p_2,\dots, q_1, q_2, \ldots \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $\left|\alpha q_n - p_n \right| \neq 0$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and $$ \lim_{n ...
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Proving that an infinite sum of irrationals is irrational

First of all, I know this question may be closed because it is off topic, but I do have a valid question. Problem: Is is possible to prove that an infinite sum of distinct and different irrational ...
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Is this attempt of showing the square root of two is irrational valid?

Any odd integer squared is always odd, and likewise, any even integer squared is always even. Therefore, the square root of an odd number must be odd and the square root of an even number must be ...
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Rationality of $e + \pi$

I found just one question similar to this, but it had been edited, so hopefully this isn't asked too often. Given the formulas via infinite sums for expressing $e$ and $\pi$... $$ e = ...
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power e irrational number [closed]

I have a question and it will be appreciated that you tell me some more details. Here is the question. For an arbitrary natural integer n, prove for any $n$, $e^n$ is irrational.
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Is there a systematic method of knowing if $n = \sqrt a $ is or is not a rational number?

Consider $$n = \sqrt a $$ where $a$ is any integer. Is there a rigorous, systematic method of figuring out if $n$ will or will not be a rational number?
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Can we deduce that $⌊r^{n}α⌋≃r^{n}α$ when $r→∞$?

Let $α∈(0,1)$ be an irrational number and let $n≥1$ be a fixed positive integer. For any $r>4$ we define the positive integer $$k=⌊r^{n}α⌋$$ where $⌊.⌋$ denotes the floor function. My question is: ...
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What do we mean when we say an irrational number can't be expressed as a fraction?

An irrational number is one such that it cannot be expressed by a fraction, but consider the definition of the Golden Ratio. Two line segments, call one a and the other b, are said to be of the ...
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Proof that at most one of $e\pi$ and $e+\pi$ can be rational

$e$ and $\pi$ are rather peculiar numbers. It turns out that, in addition to being irrational numbers, they are also transcendental numbers. Basically, a number is transcendental if there are no ...
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Is a prime to the power of a fraction always irrational?

Let $p$ be a prime number and let $x$ be a faction, i.e. $x \in \mathbb{Q} - \mathbb{N}$. It seems to be the case that $p^x$ is always irrational. How do I prove this?
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$e^{\pi\sqrt N}$ is very close to an integer for some smallish $N$s. What about $\pi^{e\sqrt N}$?

Heegner numbers (1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 19, 43, 67, 163 - let's use symbol $H_n$) are know for peculiar property that $e^{\pi\sqrt{H_n}}$ are almost integers: $$e^{\pi \sqrt{19}} \approx 96^3+744-0.22$$ ...
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On $p^{\log_q n}$, where $p$ and $q$ are distinct primes

Let $p,q$ be distinct primes, $n>1$ an integer with $\log_q n $ irrational. It was, and probably still is, a conjecture that $p^{\log_q n}$ is non-integer. What progress has been made towards it?
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How to evaluate a sum which contains limit variables?

For example: $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{n-1}n\frac{1+i(n-1)}n $$ And would the result necessarily be rational, because each term appears to be the multiplication of two rational fractions? ...
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Rational summation of irrational numbers

Is the sum of all irrational numbers between any two integer constants rational? I think it should be, because every irrational number should have another irrational with which it would sum to a ...
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Irrationals forming rationals

Can we obtain every rational number from the multiplication of two irrational numbers? If not, which ones can we not obtain?
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If $a$ is irrational, does there exist a natural number $n$ such that $na$ is rational?

For some irrational $a$, does there exist an $na$ which is contained within the rational numbers for some natural $n$?
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Transcendental a infinitely close to rationals?

Apologies that this question is rather vague, but I do not know how to state it more precisely. Is, say pi, infinitely "close" to some rational number? More importantly, are all transcendental numbers ...
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Rational and irrational numbers

Consider $x$ a rational number. Let $\epsilon \geq 0$ be the minimal value such that $x + \epsilon$ is irrational, and let also $\gamma > 0$ be the minimal value such that $x+\gamma$ is rational. ...
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Different types of transcendental numbers based on continued-fraction representation

I've been reading Wikipedia's article on continued fractions. A few examples are given for the continued-fraction representation of irrational numbers: $\sqrt{19}=[4;2,1,3,1,2,8,2,1,3,1,2,8,\dots]$ ...
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Does ${\frac{k}{2\left(1-H\right)}} + \frac{1}{H}\in Z$ when $H$ is irrational and $k \in Z^{+}$?

While working on something, I have stumbled across the following expression $$\frac{\Gamma \left({\frac{k}{2\left(1-H\right)}} + \frac{1}{2H}\right)}{\Gamma \left(\frac{1}{2H}\right)}$$ where $0 < ...
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Find $(1+i)^i$ in simpler terms, without imaginary exponents. [duplicate]

I was asked to find $(1+i)^i$, I don't know what to do when there is an imaginary component in the exponent. since $1+i=\sqrt{2}e^{-\frac{1}{4}i \pi}$ then $(1+i)^i = \sqrt{2}^i e^{\frac{1}{4} \pi}$ ...
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Simple proof that $\pi$ is irrational - using prime factors of denominator

Simple proof that $\pi$ is irrational Consider the Gregory - Leibniz series for $\pi/4$: $$\frac \pi 4 = 1 - \frac 1 3 + \frac 1 5 + \cdots $$ Let $A_n/B_n$ be the irreducible fraction given by ...