Questions about numbers expressible as the quotient of two integers. For questions on determining whether a number is rational, use the (rationality-testing) tag instead.

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If $ f(x \cdot f(y) + f(x)) = y \cdot f(x) + x $, then $f(x)=x$

Let $ f : \mathbb{Q} \rightarrow \mathbb{Q} $ be a function which has the following property: $$ f(x \cdot f(y) + f(x)) = y \cdot f(x) + x \;,\; \forall \; x, y \in \mathbb{Q} $$ Prove that $ f(x) = ...
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Dedekind Cut Roots

I was studying Dedekind Cuts in my history of math class and was looking at the following formulas for the multiplication of Dedekind Cuts: $L_\sqrt2 = \{ r \in \mathbb{Q} : r^2 < 2 $ and $ r>0 ...
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How can I prove that all rational numbers are either terminally real or repeating real numbers?

I am trying to figure out how to prove that all rational numbers are either terminally real or repeating real numbers, but I am having a great difficulty in doing so. Any help will be greatly ...
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Set theory proof question on rational numbers

I was assigned a problem by my Discrete Mathematics professor that goes as follows: Prove that on $\mathbb{Q}$ (the set of all rational numbers), the relation "$<$" satisfies " $< \circ <~ = ...
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How many elements are in the following set?

The set is $$\{ x \in Q:x^2 =64/25 \} $$ I thought the answer was $\{ \frac{8}{5}, -\frac{8}{5} \}$ but I am told there are in fact 4 distinct elements: $$\{ \frac{8}{5}, \frac{8}{-5}, \frac{-8}{5}, ...
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Set in $\mathbb{R}^2$ that contains no (non-null) measurable rectangles [closed]

From Torchinsky's Real Variables text, presented in a chapter on abstract Fubini's Theorem. Define the following set: $$E := \mathbb{R}^2 \setminus \{(x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2: x-y \in \mathbb{Q}\}.$$ ...
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Dedekind cuts in Rudin's PMA

I'm working on Appendix to chapter I of Rudin's Principles of mathematical analysis and I have the following problem: Given a positive cut $\alpha$ and a rational $x>1,$ how can I prove that there ...
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Limit of sequences and integers

If $a$ is a non zero real number , $x \ge 1$ is a rational number and $(r_n)$ is a sequence of positive integers such that $\lim _{n \to \infty}ax^n-r_n=0$ , then is it true that $x$ is an integer ?
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Find rational points on $x^2 + y^2 = 3$ and on $x^2 + y^2 = 17$

$(a)$ Find all rational points on the circle $x^2 + y^2 = 3$, if there are any. If there is none, prove so. $(b)$ Find all rational points on the circle $x^2 + y^2 = 17$, if there are any. If there ...
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Irrational numbers to irrational powers being rational?

So some of you may be familiar with the proof that some irrational numbers to irrational powers are rational, that is: if $A = \sqrt2^\sqrt{2}$ then it follows that $A^\sqrt{2} = 2$. So, I've found a ...
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Rational number in form $(a^x+b^y)/(c^z+d^w)$

Find all positive integers $(x,y,z,w)$ such that for any positive rational number $r=p/q$, there exist positive integers $(a,b,c,d)$ for which $$r=\frac{a^x+b^y}{c^z+d^w}.$$ For instance, for ...
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Is a subset of $\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}$ that all variants of an exponentiation equation have answers in it, infinite?

Note that we have: $$A=\{(a,b)\in\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}~|~\text{Both equations}~a+x=b, b+y=a~\text{have answers in }~\mathbb{Q}\}=\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}$$ ...
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Seeing the plane as a four (or more) dimensional vector space on $\mathbb Q$

As I was trying to answer a question about the enumeration of circuits one can build with a set of miniature train track elements, I realized that all plane positions that could be reached had ...
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Proof Involving Rational Numbers

I asked this same question last night and got some answers but still can't make sense of this, normally I'd move on but since I know how to do everything else for the test I'm going to try to get this ...
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When is an Integer a Rational Number, and are All Ratios Rational, Even $\frac{\sqrt{7}}{2}$?

$$\Bbb{Q} = \left\{\frac ab \mid \text{$a$ and $b$ are integers and $b \ne 0$} \right\}$$ In other words, a rational number is a number that can be written as one integer over another. ...
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Proof that every repeating decimal is rational

Wikipedia claims that every repeating decimal represents a rational number. According to the following definition, how can we prove that fact? Definition: A number is rational if it can be written ...
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Not including rational number in inequality

If you have a linear inequality like $x < 7$ where $x$ belongs to rational numbers. Then on graphing it on a number line, a unfilled circle is used to denote that $7$ is not included. But that ...
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There does not exist rational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is a positive integer and $y^x$ is a negative integer

I want to prove or disprove: There does not exist rational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is a positive integer and $y^x$ is a negative integer. For the integers $-3$ and $4$, $(-3)^4 = 81$ ...
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Prove that the numbers of the form $a+b\sqrt{2}$, where $a$ and $b$ are rational numbers, form a subfield of $\mathbb{C}$.

I'm having trouble proving that a multiplicative inverse exists in the following problem: Prove that the numbers of the form $a+b\sqrt{2}$, where $a$ and $b$ are rational numbers, form a subfield of ...
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$a, b, x \in \mathbb{Q}$ with $a \neq 0$. Is the $\frac{b}{a}$ the only possible value for x in $a \cdot x = b$

I have an exercise in my last assignment for calculus which is the following: Let $a, b, x \in \mathbb{Q}$ with $a \neq 0$. Use only the field axioms and the properties which we showed in class ...
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$x$ positive, rational but not an integer. $x^x$ irrational.

Let $x$ be positive, rational, but not an integer. That means $x$ can be written as $\frac{p}{q}$ with $p,q$ coprime, $p,q \neq 0$ and $q \neq 1$. Is $x^x$ always irrational? I think that this has to ...
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How do you calculate certain variables of two or more events that occur simultaneously compared to the same events happening subsequently.

Say you have two hoses, A and B, that fill up a pool of equal size at different rates. Hose A fills up a pool in 10 mins, hose B in 20 mins. Thus A = 1p/10m, B = 1p/20m. Lets say that Hose A filling ...
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Show using ordering axioms that $x^2 < y^2$ for $x, y \in \mathbb{Q}$, with $0 < x < y$

I have an exercise in my last assignment of calculus: Show using ordering axioms that $$x^2 < y^2$$ for $x, y \in > \mathbb{Q}$, with $0 < x < y$ This is my solution: We have that ...
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Are there any bases which represent all rationals in a finite number of digits?

In base 10, 1/3 cannot be represented in a finite number of digits. Examples exist in many other bases (notably base 2, as it's relevant to computing). I'm wondering: does there exist any base in ...
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for $p$ given, $\zeta_p$ a primitive root of unity, fow which $d\in \mathbb{Z}$ does $\zeta_p \in \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{d})$?

Here is a question that I am trying to answer: Let $p$ be a prime greater than $2$. For which $d \in \mathbb{Z}$ contains $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{d})$ a primitive root of power $p$? What I did If ...
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Algebraic number with bounded coefficients

How many algebraic numbers $z$ are there satisfying $P(z)=0$ where $P(z)$ is some polynomial with integer coefficients of degree less than or equal to $n$ such that the absolute value of every ...
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Finding a sequence of sets whose intersection is a null set

Find a sequence of sets $I_n=\{r:r \in \mathbb{Q}, a_n\le r \le b_n\} $ in $\mathbb{Q}$, where $a_n, b_n \in\mathbb{Q}$ such that $$I_{n+1} \subset I_n\forall n\in\mathbb{N}$$ $\lim_{n \to ...
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A Elementary fact but proof needed

Let $n,q\in\mathbb{N}$, $r\in\mathbb{R}$ and $m,p\in\mathbb{Z}$ such that $\frac{m}{n}<r<\frac{m+1}{n}$ and $|\frac{p}{q}-r|<\min(r-\frac{m}{n};\frac{m+1}{n}-r)$. It does seem obvious that we ...
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Find the functions

Find all the functions $ f : \mathbb{Q} \rightarrow \mathbb{Q} $ with the following property: $$ f(x + 3f(y)) = f(x) + f(y) + 2y, \: \forall x, y \in \mathbb{Q} $$
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Proof for number of rational ordered pairs on a line

It is given that the function $y=ax+b,\; a \neq 0$ has an ordered pair $(x,y)=( \sqrt{2}, 0)$. Prove that $y=ax+b$ does not have two or more rational ordered pairs. From the above I know that ...
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Let $S=\{x\in\mathbb Q\mid x>2\}$. Prove $\inf S = 2$.

Okay, so I think I kind of get this one already. Since 2 is the lowest rational number in the set that's less than $x$, then $\inf S = 2$. But is there is any other way to explain this? I feel like ...
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Given dividend and divisor, can we know the length of nonrepeating part and repeating part?

$13/92=0.14\overline{1304347826086956521739}$ In this example, the length of nonrepeating part is $3$. The length of repeating part (repeating period) is $21$. I collected some properties related to ...
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Is $\Bbb Q$ homeomorphic to $\Bbb Q^2$? [duplicate]

It's an easy excercise in set theory to exhibit a bijection $\Bbb Q \cong \Bbb Q\times \Bbb Q$. However, none of the bijections I'm aware of respect the topologies on $\Bbb Q$ and $\Bbb Q^2$, ...
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Image of ring homomorphism $\phi : \mathbb{Z}[t] \to \mathbb{Q}$?

Here is a problem I face practicing the theory of rings: Define $\phi : \mathbb{Z}[t] \to \mathbb{Q}$, a ring homomorphism (it does map $1$ to $1$). I'm trying to show that if $\phi(t)=\frac{u}{v}$ ...
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Why is $\mathbb Q $ (rational numbers) countable? [duplicate]

By definition, a set $S$ is called countable if there exists an bijective function $f$ from $S$ to the natural numbers $N$. If we take a function $g\colon\mathbb{Z\times N\to Q}$ given by $g(m, n) = ...
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Rational number in $\mathbb{Z}[\omega]$ should be integer.

Let $\omega = \cos \frac{2\pi}{p} + i \sin \frac{2\pi}{p}$ for some prime number $p > 2$. Then how to prove that if $q \in \mathbb{Q} \cap \mathbb{Z}[\omega]$, $q$ must be integer.
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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 $x\in\mathbb Q$. EDIT: Thsi is my attempt: Let $x^2-ax=b$ and $x^3-ax=q$ for some ...
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Relationship of basis vectors of the complex plane

I am working on learning more about the connection of complex numbers and rotations in the context of rational geometry. Thanks ahead of time for any corrections on my best assertions. Let $B$ ...
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Rationals in an interval $[a,b] \in \Bbb R$

(i) For which real values $a$ and $b$, ($a < b$), is the set $[a,b] \cap \Bbb Q$ open in $(\Bbb Q, d)$, (where $d(x,y)= \lvert x-y \rvert$)? (ii)For which real values $a,b$ is the set $[a,b] \cap ...
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$0\neq a\in \mathbb Q, b\in \mathbb R \setminus\mathbb Q \text{ (b is irrational)}$ Prove that $\frac a b$ is irrational.

$0\neq a\in \mathbb Q, b\in \mathbb R \setminus\mathbb Q \text{ (b is irrational)}$ Prove that $\frac a b$ is irrational. From defintion $a=\frac m n$ such that $m,n\in \mathbb Z, n\neq 0$. Take ...
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Why rational numbers in stopping times for continuous time processes

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, (\mathcal{F}_t)_{\ge 0},P)$ be a filtered probability space. Let $X_t \in \mathbb{R}^n$ be a continuous stochastic process adapted to $\mathcal{F}_t$. Let $A \subset ...
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$\{p\in\mathbb Q:p^2<2\}$ having no large element and beyond

In Baby Rudin, the proof of $\{p\in\mathbb Q:p^2<2\}$ having no largest element, a number $q$ larger than $p$ in this set is defined as: $$ q=p-\frac{p^2-2}{p+2}=\frac{2p+2}{p+2} $$ and $$ ...
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Infinite number of rationals between any two reals.

Let $a$ and $b$ be reals with $a<b$. Show that there are infinitely many rationals $x$ such that $a<x<b$. My plan of action was to assume that $x$ is the smallest such rational and find ...
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Proving that rational numbers are dense

I am trying to show that for any real number a, there exist infinitely many rational numbers m/n with $ |a - m/n| < 1 /n^{2} $. I've tried to attempt the question by assuming there are finite ...
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Problem with the rational root theorem

Consider this polynomial: $f(x)=(2x+5)(x-3)(x+8/3)=0$. Then $f(x)=2x^3+...+(-40)$ Here is a list of all factors of $40$ and $2$: $40$: $±1$, $±2$, $±4$, $±5$, $±8$, $±10$, $±20$ $2$: $±2$, $±1$ ...
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Equality of positive rational numbers, Part-2

I am reading this answer. I have some doubts which I want to clarify. Question 1. The author defines a rational number $\dfrac ab$ as, $$b\times\left(\dfrac{a}{b}\right) = a$$ He presumes that ...
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What is a fraction in which the greatest common factor of the numerator and the denominator is 1?

What is this fraction: A fraction in which the greatest common factor of the numerator and the denominator is 1?
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Rationality of $e + \pi$

I found just one question similar to this, but it had been edited, so hopefully this isn't asked too often. Given the formulas via infinite sums for expressing $e$ and $\pi$... $$ e = ...
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Repeated averaging of rational numbers to get zero

I have a set of rational numbers, and the only allowed operation is calculating the mean of a subset and adding it to the set. The goal is to generate zero. I tried brute-forcing this problem with S ...
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How do I prove that as 2 integers p, s tend to infinity, p/s tends to x?

Forgive me for asking such a broad question, but I really do have very little knowledge on how to do this and it came up in a problem that I have been working on for some time now, so any help would ...