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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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} = ...
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Rational vs irrational

If two points on a number line is shown, are rational numbers between the two points is more or irrational number is more ? I have tried using probability , my collegue who was like my teacher also ...
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Dense sequence in $[0,1]$

There is the theorem proved by Liouville which states that if $x$ is irrational then there are infinitely many fractions $\frac{p}{q}$ such that $|x-\frac{p}{q}|<\frac{1}{q^2}$, i.e. ...
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Do rational and irrational numbers flip-flop?

I have found out that between every 2 rational numbers there is an irrational number, and between every 2 irrational numbers, there is a rational number. Does this mean that the rational and ...
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Irrationality of $\pi$ and circumference to diameter ratio.

How is $\pi$ actually defined? If it is defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter then from this definition itself either of the circumference and diameter has to be ...
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rational numbers

It is by the rule that a rational number can be expressed in P/Q form and an irrational number cannot be expressed in such form. It is even said that (in order to promote the P/Q form for expressing ...
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William Lowell Putnam Integral Problem [closed]

Prove That $$ \frac{22}{7}-\pi = \int_{0}^{1}\frac{x^{4}\left(1 - x\right)^{4}}{1 + x^{2}}\,{\rm d}x $$
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Rational vs Irrational distribution

Imagine I draw a number line, and I took two points. What's the distribution of rational and irrational numbers between them? If I put it in a diagram where I color rational with a color and ...
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Generalizations of the golden and silver ratios, and their significance

$\Phi$, or the golden ratio, is basically $\frac{a+b}{a}=\frac{a}{b}$. The silver ratio corresponds to a similar idea of: $\frac{2a+b}{a}=\frac{a}{b}$. I've read on Wikipedia that both of these ratios ...
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irrational, proving or finding counterexapmle [duplicate]

Prove or find a counterexample: For all real numbers x and y it holds that x + y is irrational if, and only if, both x and y are irrational. Can anyone give me a hint just about how to start cause i ...
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Prove or find a counterexample: For all real numbers x and y it holds that x + y is irrational if, and only if, both x and y are irrational.

The following is a Homework Question that I've been working on and I would like some feedback on my answer: Prove or find a counterexample: For all real numbers $x$ and $y$ it holds that $x + y$ is ...
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Can every irrational number be written in terms of finitely many rational numbers?

Consider the irrational number $\sqrt{2}$. It can be written in terms, i.e., in a closed form expression, of two rational numbers as $2^{\frac{1}{2}}$. Does it hold in general that every irrational ...
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Are there numbers that if proven rational (or irrational) will have important consequences to mathematics?

We see all the time conjectures and proofs that specific (real) numbers are (more often than not) irrational. I'm wondering that apart from the mathematical curiosity motivating such proof attempts, ...
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Let a, b, c, d be rational numbers… [closed]

Let $a, b, c, d$ be rational numbers, where $\sqrt{b}$ and $\sqrt{d}$ exist and are irrational. If $a + \sqrt{b} = c + \sqrt{d}$, prove that $a=c$ and $b=d$.
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Is $\log 2\pi$ rational?

Is it known whether $\log 2\pi$ is rational (where the base of the logarithm is $e$)? Or algebraic?
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Confusing rational numbers

Question: If $$x = \frac{4\sqrt{2}}{\sqrt{2}+1}$$ Then find value of, $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}*(\frac{x+2}{x-2}+\frac{x+2\sqrt{2}}{x - 2\sqrt{2}})$$ My approach: I rationalized the value of $x$ to ...
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Logic verification: $x^3$ is irrational, then $x$ is also irrational

Prove, by contraposition, if $x^3$ is irrational, then $x$ is also irrational. Just a verification do I need to show that given $x$ is rational $x^3$ is also rational? Suppose $x \in \mathbb{Q}$ ...
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Are there integers $a, b$ s.th. $\pi^a = e^b$?

Is $\log \pi $ a rational number? That is, are there non-zero integers $a, b$ s.th. $\pi^a = e^b$ ?
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A general method to efficiently calculate the floor of an element of $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}]$

I had to decide whether to post this question here on the Mathematics Stack Exchange or on Stack Overflow, but I decided that the question was essentially a mathematical one despite being inspired by ...
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How to study the irrational numbers with a high school math background?

Recently a friend posed the question "can the product of two irrational numbers be rational?" We the trivial answers like for example $\sqrt{2}\sqrt{8} = 4$. I have become somewhat obsessed with the ...
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why the occurrence of 4,5,6 and 9 in pi differs?

i´m playing around with pi, i have this document with the first 5million decimal numbers after comma. http://www.aip.de/~wasi/PI/Pibel/pibel_5mio.pdf and i build a script that i put in for example ...
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Cancelling out square roots gives 2?

Question: If $$N = \frac{\sqrt{\sqrt{5}+2}+\sqrt{\sqrt{5}-2}}{\sqrt{\sqrt{5}+1}}$$Find N (This is a subset of a larger question) My approach: After rationalizing the denominator, by ...
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Irrational numbers and series

Let $$f(x) = \prod_{n = 0}^\infty \left(1 + \frac{x}{2^n}\right)$$ According to an exercise in a packet of problems in elementary number theory, this function and all its derivatives are irrational ...
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Prove that e is irrational

Prove that e is an irrational number. Recall that e $=\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{n!},\,\,$ and assume $\mathrm{e}$ is rational. Then $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty \frac{1}{k!} = ...
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If $(n_k)$ is strictly increasing and $\lim_{n \to \infty} n_k^{1/2^k} = \infty$ show that $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} 1/n_k$ is irrational

Prove that for a strictly increasing natural sequence $(n_k) $ satisfying $\lim_{n \to \infty} n_k^{1/2^k}=\infty$, $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} 1/n_k$ is irrational. This is another problem "problems in ...
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Proving that a series converges to an irrational number.

I am taking honors Calculus II and have been doing reasonably well in the course until the current problem set which is due tomorrow. One exercise that is really giving me trouble is this: Prove ...
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Proving either $x^2$ or $x^3$ is irrational if $x$ is irrational

I had a test today in discrete mathematics and I am dubious whether or not my proof is correct. Suppose $x$ is an irrational number. Prove that either $x^2$ or $x^3$ is irrational. My Answer: ...
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Polynomials with Integer Coefficients and irrational roots

Is there a polynomial with integer coefficients which has √2 +√7  as a root?
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Irrational numbers to the power of other irrational numbers: A beautiful proof question

The following theorem has a very beautiful proof. Theorem: There exist two irrational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is rational. Proof: If $\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}}$ is rational then we ...
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Finding set of non recurring non terminating decimals

I need to find a set of two Integers P and Q such that ...
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Rational and trascendental numbers: $\pi$, $e$ and $\pi+e$ [duplicate]

The numbers $\pi,e$ are trascendentals, but if consider: $\pi+e$ then is rational, trascendental? Thanks
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Consecutive zeros in decimal expansion of $\pi$ [duplicate]

Is it known whether or not there exist arbitrarily long sequences of consecutive zeros in the decimal expansion of $\pi$?
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Prove that if $a$ is irrational then $\sqrt a$ is irrational

Just hints but solution thx. Any hints for me? I simply suppose that $a = \dfrac mn$ then $\sqrt a = \sqrt{\dfrac mn}$ But this does not make sense ..
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Sequences of Rationals and Irrationals

Let $(x_n)$ be a sequence that converges to the irrational number $x$. Must it be the case that $x_1, x_2, \dots$ are all irrational? Let $(y_n)$ be a sequences that converges to the rational number ...
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Cardinality of Irrational Numbers

I know and I have proved more than once that the set of irrational numbers ($\mathbb{I}$) is uncountable, but now I'm given to solve this problem: Show that $|\mathbb{I}|=|\mathbb{R}|$, How can I ...
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Filling up space with irrational fractional parts [duplicate]

While trying to generalise a mechanics exercise with a friend, we came up with this question, in an attempt to understand wether sine curves with irrational period defined inside an annulus will end ...
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Enough Dedekind cuts to define all irrationals?

Assuming that there are uncountably infinitely many irrationals between any two consecutive rationals, how can the Dedekind cuts (defined on the countably infinite rationals) define all the ...
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Difference between density and measure

In terms of definition, I know the difference between the two. However, the set of rationals $\mathbb{Q}$ has measure zero but is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. Whenever I envision this, I see a set of ...
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Does $\lfloor(4+\sqrt{11})^{n}\rfloor \pmod {100}$ repeat every $20$ cycles of $n$?

I recently came across a post on SO, asking to calculate the least two decimal digits of the integer part of $(4+\sqrt{11})^{n}$, for any integer $n \geq 2$ (see here). The author presented a Java ...
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How to understand Apostol's proof of the irrationality of $\sqrt{n}$ if $n$ is not a perfect square?

Recently I am reading the textbook of Apostol, Mathematical Analysis, Second Edition. On page 7, there is a theorem 1.10: If $n$ is a positive integer with is not a perfect square, then $\sqrt{n}$ is ...
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Prove that there is no rational number solution for an equation.

Prove that there is no rational number solution to the equation $x^2-3x+1=0$. (Note, we do not assume that we know all the solutions of $x^2-3x+1=0$ are given by quadratic formula)
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Sum of two periodic functions is periodic?

I have following paragraph taken from the Stanford's study material. Question: Is the sum of two periodic functions periodic? Answer: I guess the answer is no if you are Mathematician, yes ...
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What Will Happen Without Decimal Expansion?

After a discussion on the complexity of decimal expansion (such as $0.\bar{9}=1$), some of my students (middle school) decided to throw away the decimal expansion of some numbers! Namely, the numbers ...
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A good site documenting approximations of irrationals

I'm thinking of Sloane here but I believe that only takes sequences/series into account. Basically I've derived an interesting, appealing formula for e and want to know if it's already been ...
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Irrationality of $\sum_{p\in\mathbb{P}} \frac{1}{2^{p}}$

Let $\mathbb{P}$ be the set of prime numbers, and consider $m=\displaystyle\sum_{p\in\mathbb{P}} \frac{1}{2^{p}}$. Is $m$ irrational? In the following paper, the author recalls several sufficient ...
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How do you prove $\sqrt{n}$ is an integer or it is irrational? [duplicate]

I have tried this problem five times but I keep getting stuck. I keep following the proof for $\sqrt{2}$. I know that I have to prove that the set is nonempty. Which I do by induction. $2^1 > 1$ ...
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Why are $e$ and $\pi$ so common as results of seemingly unrelated fields?

I'm sure this gets asked all the time but I swear I googled with no useful result. What I'm looking for is a reasonably intuitive answer. Those two constants have some pretty interesting properties. ...