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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Square root of the product of consecutive natural numbers is irrational

Prove that for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$ the number $\sqrt{n(n+1)}$ is irrational. My first move would be: Let's assume that it's not, that it $\sqrt{n(n+1)} = \frac{a}{b}$, where $a,b\in\mathbb{N}$ and ...
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For what numbers $n$ is $\sqrt{n}$ irrational?

I would say it has something to do with the numbers that can be expressed as a factor of different prime numbers, but when I get to $8$, that can be changed to $2^3$, which goes against this. Is there ...
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Is it true that $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}) \cap \mathbb{Q}(i) = \mathbb{Q}$?

Is it true that $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}) \cap \mathbb{Q}(i) = \mathbb{Q}$? I know that \begin{align*} \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2}) &= \{a+b\sqrt{2} \mid a,b \in \mathbb{Q}\}, \\ \mathbb{Q}(i) &= ...
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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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$x^J = y$, $J = 2.455\ldots$ What's the rest of $J$?

I have a problem where I need to know what J is. I do x^J and get y. For example, if I do 5^J, I would want to get 55 as y. Same with 4^J = 30. When J is 2.455, it works up to 4 only! I need for ...
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Why are surds put on the numerator in the final answer when it is a fraction. [duplicate]

I have learnt that a fraction with a surd in its most simplest form should have the surd in the numerator and not the denominator? Why is it convention not to leave the surd on the denominator? Is it ...
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Is $\sqrt[2]{(2/7)}$ irrational?

I have to show that the $\sqrt(2/7)$ is irrational. Here is my work.
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Proof of irrationality of $\zeta(2)$ without explicitly calculating it

Question is pretty much the title. It is pretty easy to show that $\zeta(2n)$ is irrational for all $n$ once you know that $\zeta(2n)$ is a rational multiple of $\pi^{2n}$ (and then also use the fact ...
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Is there an irrational number $a$ such that $a^a$ is rational?

It can be proved that there are two irrational numbers $a$ and $b$ such that $a^b$ is rational (see Can an irrational number raised to an irrational power be rational?) and that for each 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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$\sup$ and $\inf$ of $E=\{p/q\in\mathbb{Q}:p^2<5q^2 \text{ and } p, q > 0\}$

I'd appreciate if you could please check to see if my proof is valid. Find $\sup$ and $\inf$ of $E=\{p/q\in\mathbb{Q}:p^2<5q^2 \text{ and } p, q > 0\}$. Solution: $q^2 > p^2/5 \iff q > ...
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Is $x$ irrational when $2^{x}+3^{x}=6$?

Is $x$ rational or irrational when $2^{x}+3^{x}=6$. How to show that?
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Is the Riemann Hypothesis incorrect? [closed]

See the attached image I would like to know your opinion about if the zeros shown in this picture can be considered as the zeros mentioned by Riemann in his Z function. I think yes and that his ...
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How do you find the intersection of the rational numbers, and in interval of irrational numbers?

Take for example $Q ∩ [ - \sqrt(2) , \sqrt (2)]$? Would it be $[ - \sqrt(2) , \sqrt (2)]$ or is this untrue since they are not in $Q$?
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Is $0.\overline{0}1$ a valid repeating decimal? [duplicate]

Surprisingly, I never came across a repeating decimal, which did not include the last digit, so I'm wondering if this would even be a valid notation? $$0.\overline{0}1$$ So the following statement ...
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How can all of them be irrational ??

Assume that $\{x,y,x^2,y^2,xy\}$ are all irrational. Can it be true that all of $\{x-y,x+y,x^2-y^2,x^2+y^2\}$ are irrational? Details: $|x|\ne|y|$ and $x,y\in\mathbb R$. In the ...
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How can we show the inequality?

Let $h_1,h_2:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be continuous functions. How can we show that $h_1(x)\leq h_2(x)$ for each $x\in [0,1]$, given that $h_1(x) \leq h_2(x)$ for each $x\in \mathbb{Q}\cap ...
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Are there integers $a, b$ such that $\pi^a = e^b$?

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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Rational mean of irrational numbers?

My teacher tells me that in the vicinity of any rational number, an irrational exists. To elucidate, I presume, he further went on to say, if a function, if defined to give 1 for every rational number ...
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Proving that there is no continuous function $f:\Bbb R\to\Bbb R$ satisfying $f(\Bbb Q)\subset\Bbb R-\Bbb Q$ and $f(\Bbb R-\Bbb Q) \subset\Bbb Q$. [duplicate]

How can I prove that there is no continuous function $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $f(\mathbb{Q}) \subset \mathbb{R}\backslash \mathbb{Q}$ and $f(\mathbb{R}\backslash \mathbb{Q} ) \subset ...
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Find the third rational point on the curve: $y^2 = x^3 + 8$

I am trying to find a third rational point on the curve $y^2 = x^3 + 8$ According to the my professor's solution, the idea is to find two rational points then solve for the third point. These are ...
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What are irrational real numbers?

I was given a question saying: "One can show that the union of two countable sets is countable. Is the set of irrational real numbers countable?" I don't know what irrational real numbers ...
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Is $\sum_{p}\frac{1}{p!}=\frac{1}{2!}+\frac{1}{3!}+\frac{1}{5!}+…$ irrational?

Is there known way to determine whether the infinite sum below is rational or not? $$\sum_{p}\frac{1}{p!}=\frac{1}{2!}+\frac{1}{3!}+\frac{1}{5!}+...$$
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How to find irrational numbers between rationals. (And is my method correct?)

I have a question from an A-level revision book: Find an irrational number which lies between $\frac34$ and $\frac78$. What is the correct method for doing this? Here is my method: Square ...
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Find all rational points where $x^2 - y^2 = 1$ (need help simplifying quadratic formula) [duplicate]

The original problem is to find all rational points where $x^2 - y^2 = 1$ I know how to go about the problem, but whenever I get to the point of simplifying my equation, I keep having problems. This ...
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Is there a rational way to conceptualize an irrational number? [closed]

This is a request for help, not an attempt to challenge anything. Since $\pi$ is irrational, this tells me that it's impossible to express the distance around a circle in terms of the distance ...
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Tricky proof involving limit points [duplicate]

Show that for each irrational number $x$ the set of limit points of the sequence $(a_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}=nx-[nx]$ is the interval $[0,1]$. ($[x]$ is the largest integer $\leq x$) Any ideas how to ...
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Cluster points of multiples of the fractional part of an irrational number.

Would anyone like to help me complete this proof? I need some help understanding where to go next. The book is giving me hints and I am trying to follow along, but I am getting confused about how to ...
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Cluster points of the sequence $a_n(x):=nx-\lfloor nx \rfloor$

I have $a_n(x):=nx-\lfloor nx \rfloor$ where $x$ is real. I want to show that if $x$ is rational, then $a_n(x)$ has finitely many cluster points, if $x$ is irrational, then every real $a$ with $0\leq ...
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Density of positive multiples of an irrational number

Let $x$ be irrational. Use $\{r\}$ to denote the fractional part of $r$: $\{r\} = r - \lfloor r \rfloor$. I know how to prove that the following set is dense in $[0,1]$: $$\{\{nx\} : n \in ...
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Find a formula for all the points on the hyperbola $x^2 - y^2 = 1$? whose coordinates are rational numbers.

So, I know that we first need to have an initial point. The answers I have say it's $(-1, 0)$ which makes sense because it satisfies the equation. But for example $(1, 0)$ satisfies it too. Why did we ...
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Approximation of $\pi$ using Brahmagupta's Identity

Brahmagupta, an ancient Indian Mathematician, gave an pretty efficient algorithm for finding integer solutions to the famous Pell's Equation, far before Fermat propounded this before the European ...
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Is $\sum \frac{n+1}{b_{n+1}}$ irrational, when $b_1=2$ and $b_{k+1}=2^kb_k(b_k-1)+1$, $k\geq 1$?

Let the sequences of positive integers $$a_n=n$$ when $n\geq 1$, and $$b_{n+1}=2^nb_n(b_n-1)+1$$ for $n\geq 1$ taking $b_1=2$. I've computed with previous sequences to assert that satisfy the ...
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Is the ratio of two natural logarithms irrational or rational?

Is there any way to prove that the ratio of two natural logarithms is rational or irrational? Take the natural logarithms of $a = 25$ and $b = 6$, for example. Can you prove $\ln(a)/\ln(b)$ rational ...
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Are $\frac{\pi}{e}$ or $\frac{e}{\pi}$ irrational?

Is it clear whether $\displaystyle \frac{\pi}{e}$ or $\displaystyle \frac{e}{\pi}$ are irrational or not? If not, then there would exist $q,p\in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $$p\cdot \pi = q\cdot e$$
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Is there an irrational number arbitrarily close to another irrational number?

I know that there is a rational number arbitrarily close to an irrational, due to the density of real number. But what about an irrational number? Thanks!
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if $|f(x)-f(y)|\le |x-y|^{\sqrt 2}$ then is $f$ a constant function?

if $f: \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ satisfies $$|f(x)-f(y)|\le |x-y|^{\sqrt{2}}$$ for all $x,y\in \mathbb{R}$ ,then is f increasing ,decreasing or constant? in my view ,it is clear that $|f(x)-f(y)|$ is ...
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Prove that $\sqrt{6}-\sqrt{2}$ $> 1$.

I'm trying to prove that $\sqrt{6}-\sqrt{2}$ $> 1$. I need to admit that I'm completely new to proof writing and I have completely no experience in answering that kind of questions. However, I came ...
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Let a,b be rationals and x irrational. Show that if $\frac{x+a}{x+b}$ is rational, then $a=b$.

I'm trying to solve the following problems: Let $a$,$b$ be rationals and $x$ irrational. Show that if $\frac{x+a}{x+b}$ is rational, then $a=b$ Let $x$,$y$ be rationals such that ...
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Is there any attempt to explain irrational numbers from a geometrical point of view?

I'm trying to understand irrational numbers as the result of comparing different referential symmetries, and I'd like to know if there have been any attempt to explain irrationality from any ...
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Is there a fixed integer $n$ for which ${\pi}^{n}$ is prime number?

I would like to know the relationship between $\pi$ and prime numbers distribution ,then I would like to ask if there is a fixed integer for which ${\pi}^{n}$ can be prime or how do i disproof that ...
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Continuity - approximating an irrational number via rationals [duplicate]

If $x=p/q$, where $(p,q)=1$ are integers, then $f(x)=1/q$. If x is irrational then f(x)=0. Prove that a) f is continuous for all irrationals b) f is not continuous for all rationals. I think I ...
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What's an example of a number that is neither rational nor irrational?

Of course in regular logic, the answer is there aren't any. But in intuitionistic logic, there might be, as seen by this answer: http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1437130/49592. My question is, as per ...
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How can a Cauchy sequence converge to an irrational number?

I am a physics major and would like to clear a confusion regarding complete metric spaces. I am quoting the definition of a Cauchy sequence from wikipedia below Formally, given a metric space $(X, ...
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Prove that all real numbers can be formed

Prove the following statement: If $r_1$ and $r_2$ are real numbers whose quotient is irrational, then any real number $x$ can be approximated arbitrarily well by numbers of the form $z_{k_1,k_2}= ...
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Is there a pythagorean triple such that all angles of the corresponding triangle are simple fractions of $\pi$?

Obviously, the most interesting pythagorean triple $(a, b, c)$ would be one for which the corresponding triangle (with integer side lengths $a, b, c$) has angles 90°, 60° and 30° ($\frac{\pi}{2}, ...
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Is $\sum_{n \ge 1}{\frac{p_n}{n!}}$ irrational?

Is $\sum_{n \ge 1}{\frac{p_n}{n!}}$ irrational, where $p_n$ is the $n^{\text{th}}$ prime number? This question is spurred by the comment thread on this question where I presented a rough idea of a ...
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Proving that $z_{k_1,k_2}= k_1r_1+ k_2r_2, k_1, k_2$ is a generator for the real numbers

Prove the following statement: If $r_1$ and $r_2$ are real numbers whose quotient is irrational, then any real number $x$ can be approximated arbitrarily well by numbers of the form $z_{k_1,k_2}= ...
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What exactly are those “two irrational numbers” x and y such that x^y is rational? [duplicate]

It's possible to prove nonconstructively that there exists irrational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is rational, but that proof only proves that such numbers exist and does not specify what they ...
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Paper of Paul Erdös

I'm trying to understand On Arithmetical Properties of Lambert Series by Erdös, but am stuck on the first page. He states: Put $k=\left[(\log n)^{1/10}\right]$ and let $p_1,p_2,\ldots$ be the ...