# 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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### Real number system

Is the set of rationals a subset of the irrationals? I always assumed it was, but given that irrationals are defined to be numbers that have an infinite, non-repeating decimal expansion, there cannot ...
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### About the continuity of $f(x) = \underset{q_k \leq x}{\sum_{k \in \mathbb{N}}} 2^{-k}$

Let $q: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{Q}$ be a bijection and denote the image of $k \in \mathbb{N}$ by $q_k$. Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to (0,1)$, $$f(x) = \underset{q_k \leq x}{\sum_{k \in \mathbb{N}}} 2^{-k}$$...
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### What's the value of tau?

I've seen $\tau$ on a title of a YouTube video and I need help knowing what the value is. I'm serious. I've never heard of the value. So, what is it? Also, is it rational or irrational (this part ...
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### Irrational numbers in between $n$ and $n+1$

Is the amount of irrationals numbers in between consecutive integers always the same? is this amount infinite?
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### A positive integer with is not a perfect square is a product of distinct prime factors

This was used as part of the explanation for the following question, but I don't see why it is true. How to understand Apostol's proof of the irrationality of $\sqrt{n}$ if $n$ is not a perfect ...
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### Cardinality of set of Dedekind cuts (elementary)

Under the Dedekind construction the irrationals are defined as those cuts $(A,B)$ where $B$ has no least element ($A$ not having a greatest element by definition), for example the $q^2=2$ case. I can ...
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### How do you solve a logarithm with a non-integer base?

How would one calculate the log of a number where the base isn't an integer (in particular, an irrational number)? For example: $$0.5^x = 8 \textrm{ (where } x = -3\textrm{)}$$ $$\log_{0.5}8 = -3$$ ...
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### Is $\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$ a union of countable family of closed sets?

Can we represent set of irrational numbers as union of countable family of closed sets?
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### square root of 2 irrational - alternative proof

I have found the following alternative proof online. It looks amazingly elegant but I wonder if it is correct. I mean: should it not state that $(\sqrt{2}-1)\cdot k \in \mathbb{N}$ to be able to ...
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### What type of numbers are roots of $x^{2} = -1$ themselves?

Are the roots $i, -i$ themselves irrational numbers or complex numbers or left auxiliary so that undefined?
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### Prove $\alpha \in\mathbb R$ is irrational, when $\cos(\alpha \pi) = \frac{1}{3}$

I am trying to prove: If $\cos(\pi\alpha) = \frac{1}{3}$ then $\alpha \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$ So far, I've tried making it into an exponential, since exponentials are easier to ...
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### How do I check if intervals can be nested?

Hi I'm in grade 10 and I'm doing nested intervals. Under my current circumstances I am unable to have a teacher, so I'm self teaching with the help of textbooks. I understand very, very basic ...