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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Infinite irrational number sequences?

Is an irrational number, such as $\pi$ or $\sqrt2$, guaranteed to contain every possible digit sequence somewhere within it? Is there no proof for this? Is there any clue as to whether this is so? It ...
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How uniform is the distribution of $n+sm$ for an irrational $s$?

It's not difficult to prove that for $s\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$ the set $S=\{n+ms\;|\;n\in\mathbb{Z},\;m\in\mathbb{N}\}$ is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. When trying to solve this question, I come ...
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Looking for name of theorem: “rational $\Leftrightarrow$ fractional part terminates or repeats”

I am looking for the name of the theorem that says that a number $x$ is rational if and only if its fractional part terminates or repeats (where "fractional part" refers to the representation of $x$ ...
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Irrational numbers, decimal representation

Can this even be proved? (Or disproved?) Any irrational number without a 0 (zero) in its decimal representation is transcendental. Not sure where to start on this one...
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A calculator's solution to irrational exponent

An irrational number cannot be represented by $\frac{p}{q}$ where $p$ and $q$ are integers. And when we encounter exponents with decimal points, it is a possible way and a rather simple one to turn ...
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For which $a$ is $n\lfloor a\rfloor+1\le \lfloor na\rfloor$ true for all sufficiently large $n$?

Inspired by this question I ask this. For which $a$ is $n\lfloor a\rfloor+1\le \lfloor na\rfloor$ true for all sufficiently large $n$? The original question concerned $a=e$, the usual ...
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Interesting question about irrational numbers

Find all solutions in un-ordered integers $(a,b)$ to $7-a-b=2\sqrt{10}-2\sqrt{ab}$. It would appear that the only solution to this is $a=2, b=5$. But how to prove this rigorously? Do irrational ...
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Is it possible to prove the positive root of the equation ${^4}x=2$, $x=1.4466014324…$ is irrational?

(somewhat related to my earlier question) Let ${^n}a$ denote tetration $\underbrace{a^{a^{.^{.^{.^a}}}}}_{n \text{ times}}$ (or, defined recursively, ${^1}a=a$, ${^{n+1}}a=a^{({^n}a)}$). The ...
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Is the positive root of the equation $x^{x^x}=2$, $x=1.47668433…$ a transcendental number?

I can prove using the Gelfond–Schneider theorem that the positive root of the equation $x^{x^x}=2$, $x=1.47668433...$ is an irrational number. Is it possible to prove it is transcendental?
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Show that there is no rational number $r=m/n$ such that $r^3=3$ [duplicate]

How do I solve this by prime factorization? I came across a similar problem on MSE just recently, but I can't find it and I thoroughly searched for it. If anyone can find it, please post it in the ...
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Prove the series $ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{(n!)^2}$ converges to an irrational number

How can one prove that the series $\displaystyle \sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{(n!)^2}$ converges to an irrational number? There's no need to use Taylor expansion, integrals or any ...
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Non-existence of irrational numbers?

I realize the title of my question will probably cause the raising of some eyebrows, so let me explain. Not sure whether to file this under "math" or "philosophy". This also might be able to be ...
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Can you raise a Matrix to a non integer number? [duplicate]

So I heard you can take a matrix A to the power 2, take it to a -3th power and multiply it by an irrational number. You can also do some other non-intuitive things like taking e to the power of a ...
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Prove that the Tangent of 75 degrees equals 2 plus the square-root of 3

My (very simple) question to a friend was how do I prove the following using basic trig principles: $\tan75^\circ = 2 + \sqrt{3}$ He gave this proof (via a text message!) $1. \tan75^\circ$ $2. = ...
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On comparing fractions , fraction with smaller difference between numerator and denominator is greater than the other

A text book proposed that "when comparing fractions ,if the compared fractions's are such that numerator is smaller than denominator ,then fraction with more difference(absolute) between numerator ...
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Mystery about irrational numbers

I'm new here as you can see. There is a mystery about $\pi$ that I heard before and want to check if its true. They told me that if I convert the digits of $\pi$ in letters eventually I could read ...
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The density — or otherwise — of $\{\{2^N\,\alpha\}:N\in\mathbb{N}\}$ for ALL irrational $\alpha$.

Problem Is there an irrational $\alpha\in\mathbb{R}\backslash\mathbb{Q}$ such that the set $S= \{\,\{2^N\alpha\} :N\,\in\mathbb{N}\}$ is not dense in $[0,1]$. Here $\{x\}=x-\lfloor x\rfloor$ is the ...
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Do irrational number contain infinite/every patterns of sequences?

I guess the question is "does an 'infinite' number of patterns imply 'every' number of patterns?" For instance, if you could quickly calculate the decimal sequence of π, could you not (in ...
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rational fractions and the negative sign

Say we have the expression $$\frac{a}{b}=\frac{a+3}{b-8}$$ When we cross-multiply the terms we end up with $$a(b-8)=b(a+3)$$ If we try $a=-3$ and $b=8$ in the previous expression we get ...
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Extending the rationals using exponentiation

The set of integers can be constructed as an equivalence relation over the natural numbers using the the binary operation of addition, and a similar process yields the rationals from integers and ...
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Is there a proof that $\mathbb{R}$ is connected?

Is there a proof that the set $\mathbb{R}$ of all real numbers is connected? I've been assuming that $\mathbb{Q}$ is discrete, with a (very small) gap existing between any two elements ...
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Is the Copeland–Erdős constant a random number? How is it normal?

The Champernowne constant is not random. Is the Copeland–Erdős constant random? Also if Copeland–Erdős number is normal, then shouldnt the number of $5$s and even digits be low because they cannot ...
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Type of periodicity in champernowne constant.

Digits of Champernowne constant are aperiodic, else it will be rational. Fine! But it is not random because I can write a program which will give me the position of every digit. E.g. I can calculate ...
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Formula to reverse digits

Is there a formula that can be used to reverse the digits in a number, given a certain base b? E.G., $$F_{10}(32) = .23$$ $$F_{10}(123.456) = 654.321$$ If not, how can you write this out to show ...
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When a prime number p divides $ab$ then we have either p divides a or p divides b.Prove that $\sqrt {p} $ is not rational for any prime number p.

When a prime number $p$ divides $ ab $ then we have either $p$ divides $a$ or $p$ divides $b$. Prove that $ \sqrt p $ is not rational for any prime number $p$.
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Does every sequence of rationals, whose sum is irrational, have a subsequence whose sum is rational

Assume we have a sequence of rational numbers $a=(a_n)$. Assume we have a summation function $S: \mathscr {L}^1 \mapsto \mathbb R, \ \ S(a)=\sum a_n$ ($\mathscr {L}^1$ is the sequence space whose sums ...
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Surds - Finding square roots.

To find square root of surd like this : $a+\sqrt{b}+\sqrt{c}+\sqrt{d} $ We put it equal to $\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}+\sqrt{z}$ To find the square root of : $21-4\sqrt{5}+8\sqrt{3}-4\sqrt{15} $ can we put ...
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Proof by contradiction that irrational numbers conform to $f(x)=x^2$

I am having some difficulty with this proof for my Real Variables class. I know that $f(x)$ is a continuous function defined on $R^1$, and $f(x)=x^2$ for any rational $x$. I also have the definition ...
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Computationally complex irrational numbers

Are there irrational numbers for which we know that computing its nth digit would take (at least) linear/polynomial/exponential/superexponential time (wrt to length of n and with "big enough" n)?
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Critiques on proof showing $\sqrt{12}$ is irrational.

My only exposure to proofs was in a math logic class I took in University. I was wondering if my attempt at proving that $\sqrt{12}$ is irrational is OK. $$\Big(\frac{m}{n}\Big)^2 = 12$$ ...
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Does $\sin(x)=y$ have a solution in $\mathbb{Q}$ beside $x=y=0$

Is there a way to show, that the only solution of $$\sin(x)=y$$ is $x=y=0$ with $x,y\in \mathbb{Q}$. I am seaching a way to prove it with the things you learn in linear algebra and analysis 1+2 ...
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Can an irrational number have a finite number of a certain digit?

This question came up because I was wondering the following: If the digits of PI are placed in ascending order, what is the <insert-large-finite-number-here>th digit? I believe that the answer ...
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Is sin(x) necessarily irrational where x is rational?

My friend and I were discussing this and we couldn't figure out how to prove it one way or another. The only rational values I can figure out for $\sin(x)$ (or $\cos(x)$, etc...) come about when $x$ ...
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Exponentiation when the exponent is irrational

I am just curious about what inference we can draw when we calculate something like $$\text{base}^\text{exponent}$$ where base = rational or irrational number and exponent = irrational number
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Irrationality of $\pi$ from the spigot algorithm?

The spigot algorithm for BPP formula gives hexadecimal digits of $\pi$ one at a time. Is it possible to prove directly that this algorithm cannot be computed with bounded-memory? (From R J Lipton It ...
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Field containing all square roots of rational numbers

What is the smallest field which contains all square roots of positive rational numbers? I guess I mean “smallest” in terms of set inclusion, i.e. the minimal one with regard to the “$\subseteq$” ...
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Algorithms for “solving” $\sqrt{2}$

The very first words out of my mouth need to be this... "Solving" is the wrong term since I am speaking about irrational numbers. I just don't know which word is the correct word... So that can be ...
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Is a non-repeating and non-terminating decimal always an irrational?

We can build $\frac{1}{33}$ like this, $.030303$ $\cdots$ ($03$ repeats). $.0303$ $\cdots$ tends to $\frac{1}{33}$. So,I was wondering this: In the decimal representation, if we start writing the ...
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Will we get all real numbers if we add all limits?

Consider a set of all rational numbers from 0 to 1 inclusive. If we add to this set all limits of all convergent sequences of these numbers, will we obtain a set of all real numbers from 0 to 1?
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Difference between irrational numbers with and without a pattern.

I'm not sure how to talk about what I want to talk about, so I'll give some examples. The number $\pi$ is irrational and has no repeating pattern, but is computable by an easy rule; divide the ...
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Must be rational number

Let $a$, $b$ positive rational number. Suppose that there exist two odd positive integers $p$, $q$ such that $\sqrt[p]{a}+\sqrt[q]{b}$ is rational. Prove that both $\sqrt[p]{a}$ and $\sqrt[q]{b}$ are ...
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Irrationality of reciprocal Fibonacci constant

I read that it was proved that reciprocal Fibonacci constant $$\sum_{n} \frac{1}{F_n} = \frac{1}{1} + \frac{1}{1} + \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{5} + \frac{1}{8} + \frac{1}{13} + \frac{1}{21} ...
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Irrational root of a function

DISCLAIMER: I apologize in advance if this question is naive. Every suggestion on how to approach the following problem will be very much appreciated. I'm interested in the root of the following ...
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Irrationality proof by fast converging series?

I read here http://www.mathpages.com/home/kmath455.htm that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{d_n}$ is irrational if $d_{n+1} > d_{n}^2$ for all $n > N_0$. Can we prove $\pi$, $e$ or some other ...
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How does one prove that $\zeta(3)$ is irrational?

How does one prove that $\zeta(3)$ is irrational ? I would like to know how Apery did it. In particular how a recursion gives rise to irrationality !?
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If $a+b$ is an irrational number, is $a-b$ an irrational number, too?

Question 1: If $a+b$ is an irrational number. Is $a-b$ an irrational number, too? Question 2: If $\cos(a)-\sin(a)$ is irrational, Is $\sin(a)-\cos(a)$ irrational, too?
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Are these numbers $h_{r,s}$ irrational?

I came across these numbers in my work some time ago. This type of expressions do not exist in closed form (not to confuse with Vandermonde convolution), I already know that. To simplify I denote ...
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Proof $ \sqrt{1 + \sqrt[3]{2}} $ is irrational using the theorem about rational roots of a polynomial

I'm having trouble with this specific problem at the moment. The theorem states that if $n/m$ is a rational root of a polynomial with integer coefficients, the leading coefficient is divisible by m ...
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Irrational Numbers Containing Other Irrational Numbers

Does $ \sqrt{2} $ contain all the digits of $ \pi $ in order? Does it contain all the digits of $ \pi $ in order an infinite number of times? Does $ \pi $ contain all the digits of $ \sqrt{2} $ in ...
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Multiples of an irrational number forming a dense subset

Say you picked your favorite irrational number $q$ and looking at $S = \{nq: n\in \mathbb{Z} \}$ in $\mathbb{R}$, you chopped off everything but the decimal of $nq$, leaving you with a number in ...