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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Hint for: Prove any terminating decimal can be represented as a rational number

I am currently working on a problem from Hardy and have been stuck trying to figure out what to do. I was wondering if someone could provide me with a hint that may help jump-start my thought process. ...
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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 one. Numerical computations, to my understanding, never ...
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Rational Irrational Numbers

I know that a rational number can always be expressed as a fraction, but can't we also say that it is a number that follows a definite pattern? Like one-third for example; it is never ending as a ...
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Find whether a given rational number has a terminating decimal expansion

Without actual division find whether the rational number $\dfrac{1323}{264600}$ is terminating or non terminating. I know that to solve this, we have to convert the denominator into the formula ...
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For each rational $q$ there is an integer $n$ such that $q+n=271$, and vice versa

For all $q \in \Bbb Q$ there exists $n \in \Bbb Z$ so that $q + n = 271$. This is true? Because both $q$ and $n$ are rational numbers and $271$ is an integer thus it's a rational number? Also, ...
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“Length” of rationals in an interval

For $x \in \mathbb{R}$, define $r(x)$ as follows: $$ r(x)= \begin{cases} 1 &\text{if $x$ is rational},\\ 0 &\text{if $x$ is irrational}. \end{cases} $$ Q. What is $\int_0^1 r(x) dx$ ? I ...
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Bounded Set for Rational Number

$$A = \{x \in \Bbb Q: x^2 < 11\}$$ I am looking for the upper and lower bounds of set $A$. I know they should be the greatest and the smallest rational number within $(- \sqrt{11}, \sqrt{11})$ ...
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Why is the $\mathbb Z$-module $\mathbb Q$ projective in category $\sigma[\mathbb Q]$?

We know that $\mathbb Q$ is not a projective $\mathbb Z$-module, but, I've read this paper and it says in Example 2.11 that it's easy to check that "$\mathbb Q$ as $\mathbb Z$-module is projective ...
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Why a decimal fraction is not expressing exactly what a rational number is in base 2?

I am currently using rational numbers to express currency and math operations with currency, while dealing with rational numbers has provided a great convenience in over coming the limitations of ...
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Why is 987654321/123456789 = 8.0000000729?

Many years ago, I noticed that $987654321/123456789 = 8.0000000729\ldots$. I sent it in to Martin Gardner at Scientific American and he published it in his column!!! My life has gone downhill since ...
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All sets of rational numbers are bigger than the set containing infinite integers - or are they?

Intro This started with me learning the different types of infinity. I like to call them types instead of sizes due to the fact, that infinite is defined by being endless or "not-finite" - meaning ...
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About subspaces of $\mathbb{R}$ as vector space over $\mathbb{Q}$.

In many texts is noted the analogy between the transcendence degree of a field extension and the dimension of a vector space, so I'm tempting to use such analogy to better understand the structure of ...
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Rational Zeros Theorem, get the possible solutions

In my book there is a section about rational numbers. The first example show that:6^(1/3) cannot represent a rational number. In the proof it says that the ...
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Natural bijection between $\mathbb{N}$ and algebraic numbers?

Q. Is there a canonical, explicit bijection between the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ and the algebraic numbers? The earlier MSE question, "Bijection for algebraic numbers," does not quite ...
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Characterization of the $x$ such that $\sin(x)$ is rational?

For $x \in [0,\pi/2]$, $\sin(x)$ ranges over $[0,1]$. So every rational number in $[0,1]$ is the sine of some $x \in [0,\pi/2]$. Q. Is there any characterization of the $x$ for which $\sin(x)$ is ...
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what's the difference between a rational number and an irrational number?

I tried to understand the difference between rational numbers and irrational numbers. I understand what is a rational number (a number that can be expressed as the ratio of two numbers p/q). what ...
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For each irrational number $b$, does there exist an irrational number $a$ such that $a^b$ is rational?

It is well known that there exist two irrational numbers $a$ and $b$ such that $a^b$ is rational. By the way, I've been interested in the following two propositions. Proposition 1 : For each ...
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Subtraction of two repeating decimals

When I was looking at the proof that every repeating decimal is rational, I came across this example: $x=5.33333333\ldots$ ($3$ repeat indefinitely) $10x=53.3333333\ldots$ ($3$ repeat indefinitely) ...
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Why must the decimal representation of a rational number in any base always either terminate or repeat?

Wikipedia makes the following statement about rational numbers. The decimal expansion of a rational number always either terminates after a finite number of digits or begins to repeat the same ...
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Determine whether the decimal expansion of a rational number is infinite

This may be a naive question but I would like to know whether we can determine if a fraction (say $1/3$) will produce a rational number with an infinite number of digits after the decimal when ...
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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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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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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 ...