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Sequences of Rationals and Irrationals

Let $(x_n)$ be a sequence that converges to the irrational number $x$. Must it be the case that $x_1, x_2, \dots$ are all irrational? Let $(y_n)$ be a sequences that converges to the rational number ...
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Difference between density and measure

In terms of definition, I know the difference between the two. However, the set of rationals $\mathbb{Q}$ has measure zero but is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. Whenever I envision this, I see a set of ...
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Show that if S=a+b√2 : a,b are rational numbers and T=r+s√3 :r,s are rational numbers, then$S \cap T$ = rational

Someone please correct a formatting error in the problem [still a newbie] ; "S&T" (And = upside down U) Here's a bonus question that was on a test we received that I couldn't figure out. I'd ...
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Proof Involving Rational Numbers [duplicate]

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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Rational Number Proof [duplicate]

Stuck on a tutorial question trying to study for a test. The question is : Consider the following statement: "Between any two different rational numbers, there are at least two different rational ...
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What Will Happen Without Decimal Expansion?

After a discussion on the complexity of decimal expansion (such as $0.\bar{9}=1$), some of my students (middle school) decided to throw away the decimal expansion of some numbers! Namely, the numbers ...
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Is a cube root of a prime number rational?

The question is: if $P$ is prime is $P^{1/3}$ rational? I have been able to prove that if $P$ is prime then the square root of $P$ isn't rational (by contradiction) how would I go about the cube ...
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I am trying to prove this problem by induction, how can can i prove the following?

I am given $$ F_n = \frac{\varphi^n - \psi^n}{\sqrt{5}} $$ where, $\varphi = \frac{1 + \sqrt{5}}{2}$ and $\psi = \frac{1 - \sqrt{5}}{2}$ The textbook states that it's equal to the n-th Fibonacci ...
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Can the rational numbers be specified as an ordered field with <order property>?

In other words, (the opposite of my question is) does there exist an ordered field which is isomorphic as (as an ordered SET) to $\mathbb{Q}$? If not, does there exist an order property which ...
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Can integers be defined in the first-order theory of the rationals?

Can integers be defined in the first-order theory of the rationals with addition, multiplication, and order?
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Is there a polynomial $f\in \mathbb Q[x]$ such that $f(x)^2=g(x)^2(x^2+1)$

I was asked the following question: $g\in \mathbb Q[x]$ is a polynomial (not the zero polynomial). Find $f \in \mathbb Q[x]$ such that $f(x)^2=g(x)^2(x^2+1)$ or show that such an $f$ does not exist. ...
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How to prove this is a rational number

I'm not sure how to prove this is a rational number $\frac{q}{m}$, can some one show me? $$\frac{q}{m}=\frac{(\frac{1+\sqrt5}{2})^n - (\frac{1-\sqrt5}{2})^n}{\sqrt5}$$
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representation of rational field

I want to know how is represented general form of rational field, for example definition of ${\mathbb Q}(\sqrt{2})$ is represented as $p+q \sqrt{2}$, where $p$ and $q$ are rational numbers, for ...
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simplify this expression 2-√(2+√3)/√(2+√3)

2-√(2+√3)/√(2+√3) I need to simplify this. Can I multiplay with 2-√3 the numerator and dominator? I need your help.
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How to find simple rational numbers close to the decimal representation

It is a simple practical question. I am reverse-engineering poorly documented calculations made by someone else. I frequently find a mysterious number 0.0329. I'm quite certain it is some kind of ...
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equivalence classes and cardinality

I need to prove that every equivalence class created by the equivalnce relation $\sim$ on $\mathbb{R}$, that is defined by: $a\sim b \Leftrightarrow (a-b) \in \mathbb{Q}$, is $\aleph_0$. Furthermore, ...
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Prove that the Rationals are Countably Infinite [duplicate]

I was assigned to Prove that $\mathbb{Q}$ is countably infinite I did the following: We define $\mathbb{Q}= \lbrace \frac{a}{b} \mid a, b \in \mathbb{Z}_{>0} \rbrace$. Also define $\mathbb{Q} ...
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How to contruct such a sequence of rational?

How to order all rational numbers from $(0,1)$ in a sequence $(x_n)_{n=1}^\infty$ in such a way that $$|x_n-x_k| \geq \frac{1}{(n+1)^2}$$ for $k<n$ ?
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Is there a rational number between any two irrationals?

Suppose $i_1$ and $i_2$ are distinct irrational numbers with $i_1 < i_2$. Is it necessarily the case that there is a rational number $r$ in the interval $[i_1, i_2]$? How would you construct such ...
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Build the function by its values. Only combination of +, -, *, abs() allowed for this function.

I've decided to open a new, more common question about the simplest function f(1)=-1; f(2)=0; f(3)=1; f(4)=0.. So, here is the question. Let's say we have some function $y=f(x)$ we'd like to find by ...
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the simplest function f(1)=-1; f(2)=0; f(3)=1; f(4)=0.

I'm looking for a function that gives f(1)=-1; f(2)=0; f(3)=1; f(4)=0. The other values are undefined and I don't pay any attention on them. The prefered ...
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Epsilon Neighborhoods of the Rationals

What is meant when someone discusses an epsilon neighborhood of $\mathbb{Q}$?. Naturally the rationals are dense in $[0,1]$, so what is the epsilon neighborhood? More importantly, what does the ...
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Decimal to fraction conversion

We write software for managing recipes and are working on moving from an approximation based decimal to fraction conversion, for example, anything between 0.03125 and 0.09375 becomes 1/16 to a math ...
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How can we prove that every rational number has a terminating or periodic decimal form? [duplicate]

The title says it all. I'm aware of the proof of the converse of my statement, but how do I go on about proving this. Any help would be appreciated.
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Prove that $\sqrt[3]{5-\sqrt{2}}$ is not a rational number

My attempt: Consider the polynomial $ (x^3-5)^2 - 2 = x^6 -10x^3 + 23 = 0 $. By the rational zeros theorem, we can conclude that $ \pm 1$ and $ \pm 23 $ are the only possible rational solutions*. ...
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How to obtain all the rational numbers without repetitions?

Some days ago I've seen Cantor's diagonal argument, and it presented a table similar to the following one: $$\begin{matrix} ...
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When proving that there is not rational number $m/n$ equal to $\sqrt{2}$, why does $m$ and $n$ must be not both even?

I've read this on Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis: 1.1 Example We now show that the equation $$p^2=2$$ is not satisfied by any rational $p$. If there were such a $p$, we ...
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Modulo over rational numbers?

Consider two irreducible fractions: $r_1 = \frac{p_1}{q_1}$ $r_2 = \frac{p_2}{q_2}$ with $r_1 \ge 0$ and $r_2 \ge 0$. How the modulo $\%$ is defined over rational numbers (I think that is $r_3$ ...
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Irreducibility of gcd/lcm or lcm/gcd

Consider two irreducible fractions: $r_{1} = \frac{p_{1}}{q_{1}}$ $r_{2} = \frac{p_{2}}{q_{2}}$ Are these two fractions: $r_{3} = \frac{\text{gcd}\left(p_{1}, p_{2}\right)}{\text{lcm}\left(q_{1}, ...
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Evaluate the expression

Evaluate the expression $$\frac{1^2}{1^2-10+50}+\frac{2^2}{2^2-20+50}+\cdots+\frac{80^2}{80^2-80+50}$$ What should I do after that ? $\sum\frac{n^2}{n^2-10n+50}$ I'm not seeing anything to find ...
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What is the ratio of rational to irrational real numbers?

There exists an infinite amount of rational and irrational numbers. But is there more irrational numbers than rational? And if so can a ratio of one to the other be calculated?
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Finding non-zero rational numbers to fit $a^2+b^2=C$

This is a question on my homework. Specifically, find non-zero rationals $a,b$ such that $a^2+b^2=9$. I think that this is related to work that Diophantus did, but I'm not really sure and I just don't ...
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For what values of $b\in \mathbb R$ is $\pi-b\in \mathbb Q$ true?

Just a simple short question. I'm looking for values $b$ such that $\pi-b$ is a rational number. Obviously $\pi$ is such a number, but are there more? Edit: $b$ is in $\mathbb R$
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Need help with proving that group is not finitely-generated [duplicate]

I need to prove that $(\mathbb{Q}^*, \times)$ (i.e rationals, zero excluded, under multiplication) is not finitely generated. So, suppose that G is finitely-generated. That means there exist a ...
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Dimension of the rationals over the integers

What is the dimension of the $Q$, when they are seen as a vector space over the integers $Z$ (with the usual definitions of addition and multiplication)? Initially I thought that the dimension ought ...
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An example of a group operation on the rationals, which is not isomorphic to the additive group

I'm looking for an example of a group operation on the rationals, which is not isomorphic to the rational additive group. Can you find such an example?
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Do irrational numbers really exist?

Isn't it possible that an irrational number is in reality the quotient of two infinitely long integers that even if there were repeating sections in it, it would take infinite digits to find the first ...
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Order preserving bijection from $\mathbb Q\times \mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$

Do you have a simple example of order preserving bijection from $\mathbb Q\times \mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$? On $\mathbb Q$, I use the usual order and on $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$, I define the ...
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Is every injective rational function $f:\mathbb Q\to\mathbb Q$ a polynomial?

I thought this might be quite easy to show, and then realized that the tools I know from real analysis aren't going to help here. Suppose we have a rational function: $$ f(X)=\frac{P(X)}{Q(X)} $$ ...
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Is there a function that gives the same result for a number and its reciprocal?

Is there a (non-piecewise, non-trivial) function where $f(x) = f(\frac{1}{x})$? Why? It would be nice to compare ratios without worrying about the ordering of numerator and denominator. For example, ...
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Odd divided by even is a fraction

How can we prove that an odd number divided by an even number is a fraction? I started with odd $=2m+1$ and even $=2n$ and get left with with $(m+2)/n$.
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Complex Numbers, Complicated Powers

We know there are two non-real imaginary numbers like $a$, $b$ such that the power $a^{b}$ is a real number. For example we have $i^{i}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{e^{\pi}}}$. Question: Are there two non-real ...
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Rational numbers in base 6

Express the fractions , for several small values of , in base 6. Determine which rational numbers have terminating expressions in base 6. I am unsure how to reduce fractions in base 6. For example, ...
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How can I explain $0.999\ldots=1$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does .99999… = 1? I have to explain $0.999\ldots=1$ to people who don't know limit. How can I explain $0.999\ldots=1$? The common procedure is as follows ...
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Existence of five real numbers satisfying a given condition.

Let $a_1,\dots,a_5$ be five distinct non-zero real numbers. Suppose that for $i\neq j$ either $a_i+a_j$ or $a_ia_j$ or both are rational numbers, does it implies that $a_i^2$ are rational numbers for ...
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subring of rational numbers and its ideal

Let $p$ be a prime number. For any $p$ the subring $\mathbb{Q}_p$ of of the field of rational numbers is defined: $\mathbb{Q}_p=\{\frac{a}{b}|a,b\mbox{ are integers, $p$ does not divide $b$}\}$ Let ...
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Rational solutions of $x^3+y^3=2$

I came along the problem of finding three perfect cubes that are consecutive numbers of an arithmetic progression, i.e: $a^3-b^3=b^3-c^3$, where $a>b>c$ (to avoid trivial solutions). Clearly it ...
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Find all $\theta$ such that sin$\theta$ and cos$\theta$ are both rational number.

Find all $\theta$ such that sin$\theta$ and cos$\theta$ are both rational number. I thought this question might have been asked by someone else, but I couldn't find any. Currently I'm studying ...
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Additive group of rationals has no minimal generating set

In a comment to Arturo Magidin's answer to this question, Jack Schmidt says that the additive group of the rationals has no minimal generating set. Why does $(\mathbb{Q},+)$ have no minimal ...