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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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The set of rational numbers has continuum many subsets that are order-wise inequivalent

How to show that there are continuum many subsets of $\mathbb Q$, no two of which are similar? Two sets are called similar if there is an order-preserving bijection between them.
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Is this proof correct? Show $\mathbb{Q}$ is dense in $\mathbb{R}$

I like proof by contradictions in showing that $\mathbb{Q}$ is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. But I can't understand this one> https://math.dartmouth.edu/archive/m54x12/public_html/m54densitynote.pdf ...
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When $\frac{\pi ^{x}}{\zeta (x)}$ is rational?

When $n$ is a positive integer, we know $$\zeta (2n)=\frac{(-1)^{n+1}B_{2n}(2\pi )^{2n}}{2(2n)!}$$ Now let's say $x>1$ is a real number. Can we say if $\frac{\pi ^{x}}{\zeta (x)}$ is a rational ...
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Property of a sequence being an enumeration of the rationals.

Let $(r_n)$ be an enumeration of the rationals and $x\in\mathbb{R}$. Is it possible to find out whether the set $\left\{n\in\mathbb{N}:\left|x-r_n\right|<\frac{1}{2^n}\right\}$ is finite or ...
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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) &= \{a+...
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Do all rational numbers repeat in Fibonacci coding?

In a regular, positional number system (like our decimal numbers), every rational number ends in a repeating sequence (even if it's just 0). For example, 1/3 in base 10 is 0.33333..., in base 5 it's ...
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How to prove that $\bar{\mathbb{Q}}=\mathbb{R}$?

How to proof that $\bar{\mathbb{Q}}=\mathbb{R}$, where $\bar{\mathbb{Q}}=\mathbb{Q}\cup\mathbb{Q}^{\prime}$ and $\mathbb{Q}^{\prime}$ are the limit points of $\mathbb{Q}$?
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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 ...
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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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Determine all positive rational numbers $r \neq 1$ such that $r^{\frac{1}{r-1}}$ is rational?

Here's what I've got so far: Let $r = \frac{a}{b}$, where $a$ and $b$ are integers. We then have $$r^{\frac{1}{r-1}} = \frac{a^{\frac{b}{a-b}}}{b^{\frac{b}{a-b}}}$$ Clearly, $a-b=1$ and $a-b=-1$ ...
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How do I know if this will be rational or irrational? ($a^b$)

Usually, when I have $a^b$ when $a$ and $b$ are both irrational, I assume that it will be irrational. But that is not always true, I assume, so when is the result irrational? How will I know? Take ...
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How many sequences of rational numbers converging to 1 are there?

I have a problem with this exercise: How many sequences of rational numbers converging to 1 are there? I know that the number of all sequences of rational numbers is $\mathfrak{c}$. But here ...
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A rational orbit that's provably dense in the reals?

Iterating the map $\ \ x\ \mapsto\ x-\frac{1}{x},\ \$ the orbit of initial point $2$ is "probably" dense in $\mathbb{R}$. Is there an explicit rational mapping together with an initial rational ...
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Why is $\{p \in \mathbb{Q},:p<1\} | \{p \in \mathbb{Q}: p \geq 1\}$ a real number?

A basic example of a Dedekind cut is: $A|B$ = $\{p \in \mathbb{Q}:p<1\} | \{p \in \mathbb{Q}: p \geq 1\}$ This is very confusing because what we have here is a pair of subsets of $\mathbb{Q}$ ...
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Given any two real numbers $x<y$, there is a rational $q$ with $x<q<y$

I am trying to prove the following statement: Given any two real numbers $x,y$ with $x<y$, there exists a rational number $q$ that satisfies $x<q<y$. I got stuck at one point of the proof, ...
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What is known about rational points on the ideal of relations / syzygy ideal?

What is known about rational points on the ideal of relations / syzygy ideal? Let $G$ be a finite group, with $|G|=n$. Then $G$ acts on $\mathbb{Q}[x_1,\cdots,x_n]$ through the regular representation (...
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show the existence of a real number

Let $a_n > 0$ be any sequence. I want to show that there is a real number $r \in \mathbb R$ such that $0 < | r - m/n | < a_n$ for infinitely many points $(m,n ) \in \mathbb N ^2$. I don'...
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Why is epsilon not a rational number?

I was wondering why epsilon, the smallest positive number, isn't a rational number. I was watching a video a few days ago about surreal numbers, and I've learned that, in the field of surreal numbers, ...
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$({\mathbb{Q}},+)$ is not finitely generated

I'm trying to prove that $G = ({\mathbb{Q}},+)$ is not finitely generated. I have come up with the following, and would like to check it is correct: $G$ is generated by $\{1/n | n \in \mathbb{N}\}$...
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How to proof that a field is complete order field?

I know what an ordered field is but how to actually proof that a field, for example $Q$ (rational numbers), is an ordered field?
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Solve for Rationals $p,q,r$ Satisfying $\frac{2p}{1+2p-p^2}+\frac{2q}{1+2q-q^2}+\frac{2r}{1+2r-r^2}=1$.

Find all rational solutions $(p,q,r)$ to the Diophantine equation $$\frac{2p}{1+2p-p^2}+\frac{2q}{1+2q-q^2}+\frac{2r}{1+2r-r^2}=1\,.$$ At least, determine an infinite family of $(p,q,r)\in\mathbb{Q}^3$...
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Describe the rational points on $3x^2 + y^2 = 4$

Apart from $(x, y) = (0, 2)$ and $(1, 1)$, are there any nonzero rational points on the curve $3x^2 + y^2 = 4$ ?
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Proof that $M \;$is a field [duplicate]

Let $\; p,d \,$ be prime numbers I wanna proof that $\; M:=\{a_o+a_1\sqrt p +a_2\sqrt d +a_3\sqrt {pd}:a_o,a_1,a_2,a_3 \in \mathbb Q \}\;$ is a field. The only thing I am having trouble with is ...
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Irreducibility of $f(x)=x^4+3x^3-9x^2+7x+27$

Question at hand is: Is $x^4+3x^3-9x^2+7x+27$ irreducible in $\Bbb Q$ and/or $\Bbb Z$. This is for an exam, reasoning is trivial, but no calculators in hand. Clearly, if there is a rational root,...
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Infinite Sets (real rational integers) [duplicate]

How can the real, integer, and rational number sets be infinite, yet, they aren't all the same size?
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Show that the set of polynomials with rational coefficients is countable.

Problem: Show that the set of polynomials with rational coefficients is countable. Idea: We know that the set of rational numbers is denumerable. This implies that the set of rational numbers is ...
Prove that $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt[3]{3}$ is irrational [duplicate]
$\sqrt{2} + \sqrt[3]{3}$ is irrational ? These are my steps - $\sqrt{2} + \sqrt[3]{3} = a$ $3 = (a-\sqrt{2})^{3}$ $3 = a^{3} -3a^{2}\sqrt{2} + 6a -2\sqrt{2}$ \$3a^{2}\sqrt{2}+2\sqrt{2} = a^{3}+6a-...