# Tagged Questions

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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### Riemann integral of a non continuous function

We have a function $f : I=[0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined as: $$f(x)=\begin{cases} 1 &\text{if }x\in \mathbb{Q} \\ 0 &\text{if }x\in \mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q} \end{cases}$$ a) Show ...
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### Transcendence of $\Gamma(1/3), \Gamma(1/4)$

Wikipedia mentions that the transcendence of $\Gamma(1/3), \Gamma(1/4)$ was proved by G. V. Chudnovsky. Does anyone have a reference to that proof? Or maybe some details on the essential ideas ...
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### Very simple proof that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational.

I came across a nice-looking proof that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational here. It somehow seems to good to be true. What are the assumptions being made in the proof and if this proof is indeed correct, why is ...
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### Do the second-last-digits of the primes $\ge 11$ form a transcendental number?

Suppose, the number $x$ is constructed from the second-last-digits from the primes $\ge 11$ The first $1996$ digits of $x\ =\ 0.11112...$ after the decimal point are : ...
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### The irrationality of rapidly converging series

I recently saw a pretty elegant proof of the irrationality of $e$, namely: Let $s_n:=\sum_{k=0}^{n}{\frac{1}{k!}}$ such that $e=\lim_{n\to\infty} s_n$. We obviously have $s_n<e$ and furthermore ...
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### Unknown Possible Irrational Number Determination

I have a particular sequence, the coefficients determined by the generating function: $$\frac{2e^x}{e^{2x}+1+2x}=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\varepsilon_n\frac{x^n}{n!}$$ The first few numbers are ...
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### The product of xy of two real numbers x and y is irrational then at least one of the x or y must be irrational. [duplicate]

Prove if true or find a counterexample.... The product of $x y$ of two real numbers $x$ and $y$ is irrational then at least one of the $x$ or $y$ must be irrational.
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### why doesn't proof of sum of two rational number is rational not proving the irreducibility of fraction $\frac{ad+bc}{bd}$?

When I was comparing proof for $\sqrt{2}$ and sum of two rational numbers, I found that the proof of two rational number did not mention anything about common factor in the ratio. one proof I found ...
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### Why the set of irrational numbers is represented as $\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$ instead of $\mathbb{R}-\mathbb{Q}$?

What does the "\" symbol means in this context? I have seen it used for quotient sets like $X /{\sim}$ where $X$ is a set and $\sim$ is an equivalence relation but I don't know what it means applied ...
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### What is the most unusual proof you know that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational?

What is the most unusual proof you know that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational? Here is my favorite: Theorem: $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational. Proof: $3^2-2\cdot 2^2 = 1$. (That's it) That is a ...
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### Finding $n$th root of 2 is irrational using given polynomial

The polynomial $f(x)$ is defined by $f(x)=x^n + a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+ \cdots + a_{2}x^2+a_1x+a_0$ where $n \geq 2$ and the coefficients $a_0, \cdots, a_{n-1}$ are integers, with $a_0 \neq 0$. ...
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### On Diophantine approximation and irrationality proofs

This question is an offshoot from this previous MSE post. I have a ratio of two numbers $a$ and $b$ (presumably both positive integers), where $a$ and $b$ are determined by some arithmetic / ...
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### How to find the limit points of the set $\{\ a+\alpha\ b \mid a,b \in \mathbb Z, \ \alpha\ \text{is a fixed irrational number} \}$

How to find the limit points of the set $\{\ a+\alpha\ b \mid a,b \in \mathbb Z, \ \alpha\ \text{is a fixed irrational number} \}$ limit point: A point $x$ is said to be a limit point of a non empty ...
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### Is an irrational number odd or even?

My sister just asked this question to me: "Is an irrational number odd or even?" I told her that decimals are not odd or even and that does imply that not recurring and non repeating decimals will ...
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### Several values of irrational exponentiation

When talking about a number to a rational exponent, there are as many answers as the denominator of the exponent. Like the question: Is $9^{1/2}$ equal to $3$ or $-3$. However when we have an ...