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Can any two irrational numbers NOT of the form (m+A) and (n-A) be added to produce a rational number?

$m$ and $n$ being rational numbers, A being an irrational number. I was wondering if two irrational numbers when added always yield an irrational number. All the counter-examples I could find were of ...
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Proving irrational number between two rational numbers. [duplicate]

Does this proof make sense? Show that between any two real numbers there is an irrational number. ∃ x,y ∈Q ∋:x Consider the number n/√2 where n is a natural number and n/√2>1/(y-x). This means ...
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$\mathbb{Q}$ can not be embedded in $\mathbb{Z}$

Show that $\mathbb{Q}$ can not be embedded in $\mathbb{Z}$ (where both has the subspace topology of $\mathbb{R}$) My attempt at a solution Since Z is discrete, {k} is open in $\mathbb{Z}$ with ...
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The supremum of rationals that are less than a given number is equal to that number

I have the following theorem to prove. Given a real number $a$, define the set $S$ such that $S = \{x \in \mathbb Q: x < a\}$. Show that $a = \sup S$. My attempt at a proof is as follows ...
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Smallest survey size algorithm

I was inspired to think of this problem when I saw a commercial saying "97.1% of audiences loved this movie!". After fiddling around with some numbers, I realised that at least 34 people must have ...
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Usage of decimal expansion

I learned about the rigorous construction of rationals as a set of equivalence classes of ordered integers with operations defined on this set. I understand that the decimal expansion is another way ...
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Verify if the following demonstration is correct

THEOREM: "There are $a, b$ irrationals, such that $a^b$ is rational." PROOF: " If $\sqrt{2} ^ \sqrt{2}$ is rational, $a = b = \sqrt{2}$, otherwise, $a = \sqrt{2} ^ \sqrt{2}$ and $b = \sqrt{2}$, so ...
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Given that $a>1$, show that the exponential function $a^x$ is increasing for $x\in\mathbb{Q}$

The assumption one can make here is that it is increasing for $x\in\mathbb{Z}$. I have tried to make a proof but I'm not sure if it is valid. Here it goes. Say $x,y\in\mathbb{Q}$. Then they can be ...
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How many rationals for a given $n \in \Bbb N \;\backslash \{1\}$?

Fix $n \in \Bbb N, n> 1$. Now choose a two digit base-$n$ number $ab $ say. There's $n^2$ choices for this. Consider the number $0.c_1 c_2 c_3 \ldots$ where the $c_i$ are defined recursively: ...
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Can rational numbers have decimals?

I had a question in my exam paper - Which of the following is not a rational number? a) $\sqrt{25}$ b) $\sqrt{45}$ c) $\sqrt\frac{256}{225}$ d) $\frac{3}{4}$ The answer to this is b. Now, ...
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What do rationals represent?

While learning about the construction of number systems, I realized that I had many misunderstandings of crucial concepts which I was learning intuitively. I recently learned about the construction of ...
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What is a class of equations? Which class would require the rational numbers to guarantee a solution?

What is a class of equations? Which class would require the rational numbers to guarantee a solution? The biggest problem I am having is that I am unsure what exactly a class of equations is. The ...
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Is a complex fraction considered part of the rationals?

I have always been taught that $\mathbb{Q}=\{ \frac{a}{b}|\,\,a,b\in \mathbb{Z},\, \,b\neq0\}$. Is this definition of the rationals limited? Could it also be true that a complex fraction, i.e. ...
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Cantor diagonal argument; related number

I was reading another question on mse about cantors proof and I'm curious about a number that could be defined from it. Well there could be a whole heap of them, but one for now. Define $A=\Bbb{Q} ...
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Correctness of proof that every positive rational with square $>2$ is an upper bound for those with square $<2$

I would like to know whether my proof makes sense or not, and if not where should it be corrected. Let $E=\{x \text{ is rational }: x>0 \text{ and } x^2<2\}.$ Claim: Every member of $F=\{x ...
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Correctness of the proof that the set $\{x \in \mathbb{Q} : x>0 \text{ and } x^2>2\}$ does not have a smallest element

Let $F=\{x \in \mathbb{Q} : x>0 \text{ and } x^2>2\}$. I am asked to show that $F$ does not have a smallest element. The hint is to simply prove the claim: 'If $p$ is a rational number in ...
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The topology generated by open intervals of rational numbers

Let $B = \{ \mathbb{R} \} \cup \{ (a,b) \cap\mathbb {Q} \ ,\ a\lt b \ ,\ a,b \in\mathbb{Q}\}$ Thus, a set $V \in B$ if it is either equal to $\mathbb{R}$ or if it is in the intersection of ...
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Rational values of $\sin(\log(x))$

Apart from the trivial solution $\sin(\log(1))=0$, is $$\sin(\log(x))$$ ever rational if $x$ is rational?
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Length of a rationals period in base $b$

Okay working in base $b$ we are given a fraction of form $\frac{p}{q}$ with $p$ and $q$ coprime. We also assume that $b$ and $q$ are coprime so $\frac{p}{q}$ is purely periodic in base $b$. The ...
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Prove that $x\in\mathbb Q$ [closed]

Let $a\in\mathbb Q$ and $a>\dfrac43$. Let $x\in\mathbb R$ and $x^2-ax,x^3-ax\in\mathbb Q$. Prove that $x\in\mathbb Q$.
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Is there a bijection from a bounded open interval of $\mathbb{Q}$ onto $\mathbb{Q}$?

It is easy to create a bijection between two bounded open intervals of $\mathbb{R}$, such as: $$ \begin{align} f : (a,b) &\to (\alpha,\beta) \\ x &\mapsto \alpha+(x-a)(\beta-\alpha). ...
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Comparing Fractional Numbers

Does a formula exist for comparing two fractional numbers, without resolving to using anything other than integers and fractions? (Thus not real numbers). In other words: given $\dfrac{a}{b}$ and ...
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Rational numbers imply reals?

I was solving an inequality today and I proved it for rational numbers (it was easier because I was able to "strengthen" by doing things like "$\frac{p}{q}>\frac{r}{s}\implies ps\ge qr+1$ since ...
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Show that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using integer root theorem

Show that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using integer root theorem. Let $P(x)=x^2-2$. Since $\sqrt{2}$ is a root of this polynomial, had it been a rational (suppose $\sqrt{2}=\frac{p}{q}$) no, by ...
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Inequality with $\frac{1}{n}+\frac{1}{n+1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{2n}$

Inspired by this recent question, I suggest this. Let $n=2,3,4, \ldots .$ Then $$ \frac{7}{12} < \cfrac 1 {1 + \cfrac {1^2} {1 + \cfrac {2^2} {\ddots + \cfrac \vdots { 1 + \, {n^2} \,}}}} \leq ...
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Why do we still do symbolic math?

I just read that most practical problems (algebraic equations, differential equations) do not have a symbolic solution, but only a numerical. Numerical computations, to my understanding, never deal ...
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Rational number, dense but measure zero

When calculating the measure of Q in real number interval [0, 1], an interval $ (q_n-\epsilon, q_n + \epsilon)$ around each rational number $ q_n $ is defined to show the measure of Q is zero. Is ...
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Rational analysis

I found myself thinking about how much of real analysis that can also be developed within the rational numbers. Of course, $\Bbb Q$ is lacking what is perhaps the most important property of the real ...
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Is it possible to find square root using only rational numbers and elementary arithmetic operators

Suppose I have a number a How can I find it's square root using only +, -, /, ...
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Definition of Rational/ Irrational Numbers reguarding denominators

The definition of a Irrational number is "Irrational numbers don't include integers OR fractions. However, irrational numbers can have a decimal value that continues forever WITHOUT a pattern." So ...
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Finding rational points at rational distance in the plane

Take any point $p$ in the real plane. Does there always exist a rational point at a rational distance from $p$? (A rational point is a point $(q,r)$ where $q$ and $r$ are rational.)
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Approximating real vectors in the unit hypercube by rational vectors in the unit hypercube

I am currently looking for an error bound for an problem where I have to approximate a real vector in the unit hypercube using a rational vector in the unit hypercube. Specifically: given a ...
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Existence of rational sequence such that a polynomial is split over $\Bbb{Q}$

Does there exist a sequence $(a_n)_{n\in \Bbb{N}}$ of rationals such that for all $n\in \Bbb{N}$, $a_n\neq 0$ and the polynomial $a_0+a_1X+\cdots+a_nX^n$ is split over $\Bbb{Q}$? I was asked this ...
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Help solve rational expression

I need help solving this rational expression. Divide $$\frac{4x^4 + 6x^3 + 3x - 1}{2x^2 + 1}$$ How do you solve this problem? Where do I start?
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Rationals over an interval

Suppose $I$ is an interval $[a,b]$. It is noted that $a$ and $b$ are real integers. Divide the interval into $n$ parts with step size $h=(b-a)/n$. Clearly all the points $a$, $a+h$, ...
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Is the fact that there are more irrational numbers than rational numbers useful?

Although it is known that the cardinality of the set of irrational numbers is greater than the cardinality of the set of rational numbers, is there any usefulness/applications of this fact outside of ...
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Zero vs Infinity relation type

I'm not sure it should be asked here or in philosophy. Bertrand Russell in his book "Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy" in chapter 7 when discussing rational numbers on page 66 says: "It will ...
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Prove that a number is rational if and only if it has a finite or periodic representation on every base

How do we go about proving: $q$ is rational $\iff$ $q$ has a finite or periodic representation on every natural base $n>1$? In other words, we need to prove each of the following statements: ...
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If $x$ is a rational number, then $1/x$ is a rational number

Why is this statement false? If $x$ is a rational number, i.e. $\frac{p}{q}$, then shouldn't it be obvious that $\frac{q}{p}$ is also a rational number, by definition of rational numbers?
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Differentiation of a function $f:\mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$(Rational Calculus)

Assume that $f:\mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$ is given such that $\forall a\in \mathbb{Q}$ the following limit, exists \begin{equation} \lim_{x\to a} \frac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}\in \mathbb{R} ...
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Question on rounding off rule

There is a specific rule(Banker's Rule I think) for rounding of numbers that end in 5. The rule is that we add 1 to the preceding digit of it's odd but keep it as it is if it's even. It's always ...
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Using LLL to get approximate rational representations of numbers

Does anyone understand how is the LLL algorithm implemented to obtained the values of $(x,y)$ for approximating $\pi$ in this portion of text?
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A question on the equation $^qx=2$

Given the equation $$^qx=2$$ with $q\gt3$ where $^qx$ means the 'tetration' operation on $x$, my question is: is it possible to find a value for $q$ for which the solution $x$ of the equation is a ...
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Question about the density of Q in R

So I was looking over a density that shows that the rational numbers are dense in the real numbers. If $0< a <b$, with with $a,b$ real numbers, then I understood why we can chose n such that: ...
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How to multiply two different numbers with different powers

How do you multiply and simplify: $\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^{1/6}\cdot 18^{1/3}$? Simplify in surd form.
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Related to $\pi$ and $\tau$ constants, are they transcendental, irrational, or rational numbers?

Below are three OEIS constant sequences and values. Are they transcendental, irrational, or rational numbers? Note: $\tau = 2*\pi$ and the last two values are in radians. A233700. Decimal ...
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How do I work out the aspect ratio from the resolution by hand?

For $1024 \times 768$ I can see that $768/1024 = 0.75$, i.e. $\frac34$, so $4:3$ makes sense. How do I do it for other resolutions like $1920 \times 1080$ though?
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Adding a natural number to a normalized fraction

I am currently writing yet another rational number class where the fraction should always be normalized. When adding a natural number to a normalized fraction, it possible to get a non-normalized ...
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Subfields of $\mathbb{Q}$

How to prove that $\mathbb{Q}$ doesn't have any proper subfields? I have no idea how to prove it.
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If $a^4+b^4\in\mathbb Q$ and $a^3+b^3\in\mathbb Q$ and $a^2+b^2\in\mathbb Q$, prove that $a+b\in\mathbb Q$ and $ab\in\mathbb Q$.

If $\begin{cases}a^4+b^4\in\mathbb Q\\ a^3+b^3\in\mathbb Q\\ a^2+b^2\in\mathbb Q\end{cases}$, prove that $a+b\in\mathbb Q$ and $ab\in\mathbb Q$. It is given that $a,b\in\mathbb R$. The proof of ...