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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Characterizing the roots of rational numbers

I am trying to prove the statement: if $n \in \mathbb{Q}$ and $\sqrt[m]{n} \in \mathbb{Q}$ for all positive integers, then $n = 1$. In my work, I have done all the work given by the top answer to ...
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definition of rational powers of real numbers

Suppose that $b\gt1$ and x is a real number. Rudin defines $B(x)$ to be the set of all numbers $b^{t}$, where $t$ is a rational number and $t\le x$. I want to prove that if $r$ is a rational number ...
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Is the set $\Bbb Q$ a quotient set of $\Bbb Q^*$?

Let $\Bbb Q^*=\{\frac a b: a\in \Bbb Z, b\in \Bbb N\}$. From this definition we can see $c=\frac 2 3$ and $d=\frac 4 6$ are elements of $\Bbb Q^*$. Claim: $$\frac 2 3\neq \frac 4 6$$ Proof: ...
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Find an increasing sequence of rationals that converges to $\pi$

I am not sure how to construct a sequence that would convey convergence to $\pi$. Except maybe $a_n=\{\pi + 1/n\}$ but the terms would not be rational. Looking for an adequate way to show to satisfy ...
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Finding the next rational number

A rational number is one that can be written as $a/b$ where $a$ and $b$ are integers, $b\gt0$ ($a$ can take care of negative rationals), and I suppose $\gcd(a,b) = 1$. Given some $n\in\mathbb{Q}$ ...
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for what x, is $\frac{1}{\pi} \cdot cos^{-1}(x) \in \mathbb{Q}$

While solving a question, I met the next problem, for what x, is: $$ \frac{1}{\pi} \cdot cos^{-1}(x) \in \mathbb{Q} $$ I found in this paper that for $ 0 \leq r \leq 1, r \in \mathbb{Q} $, $$ ...
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How to show this cover of $\mathbb{Q}$ doesn't cover $\mathbb{R}$?

Let $\{q_n : n \in \mathbb{N}\}$ be an enumeration of $\mathbb{Q}$ and define $\mathcal{O} = \{I_n : n \in \mathbb{N}\}$ being $$I_n = \left(q_n - \frac{1}{2^n}, q_n + \frac{1}{2^n}\right).$$ It is ...
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Prove rational sum and product of two irrational numbers

I need to prove that $$\exists a,b \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q} : a + b, ab \in \mathbb{Q}$$ Any ideas? I, unfortunately, don't have one yet. The most obvious way with equations in integers ...
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Convert rational number in $\frac {p}{q}$ form

Convert rational number in $\frac {p}{q}$ form $0.40\bar 7$ (here bar is over $7$). solution: By solving I got the answer $367/900$ by multiplying by $10$ My friends are getting answer $4037/9900$ ...
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Simplifying Rational Expressions

Simplify the following rational expression: $5/(x+3) - 7x/(x-1)$ I came across this question in my homework and because it is a fraction, I decided that I needed to establish a common denominator ...
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Difference between $\mathbb{Q}$ and $\mathbb{R}$ - countability proof

We know $\mathbb{Q}$, the rational numbers, is countable; the real numbers is not. My professor in the course of real analysis proved the title by showing $\{0,1\}^{\mathbb{N}}$ is not countable, ...
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Is it possible to construct a maximal set with irrational distance between elements?

As part of my algebra homework a few weeks ago, I was asked to prove some things about the relation $R$, defined by $(x,y) \in R$ if $x - y \in \mathbb{Q}$. The homework problem itself wasn't ...
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How do I write the opposite of a rational number? [closed]

Write the opposite of each rational number A)$ 9$ B)$-17.6$ C) $6.12 $ D) $-7 \frac{5}{7 }$ Some one please help! I am not doing very good in Math I'm in grade 9 and I'm struggling I would ...
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What decimal is between 0.5 and 0.625 [closed]

I would really appreciate some help with this. I have been literally stumped with it for an hour. So if you know the answer please comment below! Thank you for your time:)
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The difference between two rational numbers always is a rational number [duplicate]

Claim: The difference between two rational numbers always is a rational number Proof: You have a/b - c/d with a,b,c,d being integers and b,d not equal to 0. Then: a/b - c/d ----> ad/bd - bc/bd ...
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Can reflection across a line segment be done using the rational field?

Assume that I have a point and a line segment, all specified using rational coordinates. Can I compute the reflection of the point across the line segment using only rational numbers? This previous ...
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Length of digits before the period in decimal expansion for rational numbers

I'm a newbie with number theory and I've been reading this page and trying to figure out how to calculate the length of the digits before the period and digits of the period of a rational number of ...
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How Can I calculate this expression?

I have this repeating expression $5+\dfrac {6} {5+\dfrac {6} {5+..}}$ I saw a solution on a book. which is: $5+\dfrac {6} {5+\dfrac {6} {5+..}}=x$ $5+\dfrac {6} {x}=x$ $x^2-5x-6=0$ $x=6 $ or ...
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Find all cluster points for the sequence $x_{n}$ = The $n$-th rational number

Find all cluster points for the sequence $x_{n}$ = The $n$-th rational number Note: In this problem a labeling of rational numbers by positive integers is used. Such labellings do exist because ...
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How to express $15.3\dot{9}$ in fractional form

In the number $15.3\dot{9}$, $9$ is repeated forever. If the number is rational then it can be expressed as a fraction (i suppose it is rational since it's an exercise for me to find it's rational ...
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What are some of the implications of $\pi + e$ being rational?

Whether or not $\pi + e$ is rational is an open question. If it were rational, what would some of the implications be?
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What's an example of a number that is neither rational nor irrational?

Of course in regular logic, the answer is there aren't any. But in intuitionistic logic, there might be, as seen by this answer: http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1437130/49592. My question is, as per ...
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Why is $[0, 1] \cap \mathbb{Q}$ not compact in $\mathbb{Q}$?

Statement: $[a, b] \cap \mathbb{Q}$ in $\mathbb{Q}$ is not compact. Thus the interior of all compact subsets of $\mathbb{Q}$ is $\emptyset$. I am trying to understand the first sentence. I read ...
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Rationals $(\mathbb{Q},<)$ are isomorphic to a part of a finite partition

I believe the following statement is true but I can't find or figure out a proof: For any partition of the set $\mathbb{Q}$ of rationals into a finite number of parts, there is a part containing an ...
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The minimum cardinal of a geometrical set

Let $S$ be a set of points in a plane $P$, having the following property: for any point $X \in P$ there is at least one point $M \in S$ so that the distance $|XM|$ is rational. Find the minimum ...
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Is it known whether ${\sqrt{2}}^{\sqrt{2}}$ is irrational? [duplicate]

I know the famous proof that uses $x={\sqrt{2}}^{\sqrt{2}}$ to prove that there must exist an irrational to an irrational power that evaluates to a rational. But I don't know if $x$ itself is known to ...
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Coloring rational numbers

Here is my problem. Fix a color for the number $1$, for example yellow. Choose another color, for example green. Now, for a positive rational denoted $x$, there are two rules : $x$ and $1/x$ have ...
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Find the supremum and infimum of {x $\in$ [0,1]: x $\notin$ $\mathbb Q$}. Prove why your assertions are correct

Ok I am lost from this question. Does that mean $x$ can only be $0$ or $1$? And it can't be any rational?
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a dense set in (0,1)

Define for $\epsilon > 0 $ $$V_\epsilon = \left( \bigcup_{j \in \mathbb{N}} (x_n - \frac{\epsilon}{2^{n+1}} , x_n + \frac{\epsilon}{2^{n+1}}) \right) \ \bigcap \ (0,1)$$ where $x_n$ stems from ...
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Equivalence classes and rational numbers

We defined $\mathbb{Q}$ as the set of equivalence classes for the relation $\sim$. Tentatively define operations $+,\cdot:\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}\rightarrow\mathbb{Q}$ by $[(a,b)]+[(c,d)] = ...
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Given a rational number produce a larger rational number

Given Dedekind cuts $A|B$ and $C|D$ in $\mathbb{Q}$, let $E=\{a+c:a\in A,c\in C \}$ Prove that E has no largest element. If I understand the first statement $A|B$ and $C|D$ are real numbers, but ...
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Prove or give a counterexample If $a \in \Bbb R$\ $\Bbb Q$ exists $n \in \Bbb N$ such that $a^n \in \Bbb Q$

1)If $a \in \Bbb R$\ $\Bbb Q$ exists $n \in \Bbb N$ such that $a^n \in \Bbb Q$ 2)If $a \in \Bbb R$\ $\Bbb Q$ , $_n\sqrt a \in \Bbb R$ \ $\Bbb Q $ $\forall n \in \Bbb N$ For the second one: [by ...
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Is the sum of two rationals or two irrationals irrational?

1. I know this statement is false (if I am correct) but how to prove it's false? "The sum of two rational numbers is irrational." 2. I know this statement is true (if I am correct) but how to ...
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Deduce that $\mathbb Q^n$ is countable for any integer $n \in \mathbb N$ [duplicate]

How do I start this? Do I follow the same proof on why rational numbers are countable?
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Gaussian rationals with rational norm

Looking for information on Gaussian rationals with rational norm. A gaussian rational is a complex number of the form z = p + qi where p and q are rationals. Taking only those that have |z| = ...
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Solving $3x^{4}-7x^{3}+2x^{2}=950$ over the rationals

I am asked to find only rational solutions. Factoring by $x^{2}$, I get: $$x^{2}(3x^{2}-7x+2)=950$$ By applying the quadratic formula, I have: $$x^{2}(3x-1)(x-2)=950$$ I don't know how to proceed ...
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Condition implying rationality of $u^n+v^n$

$Given :\ u+v \ is \ rational, \ u^2 + v^2 =1 \ , prove \ v^n + u^n \ is \ rational$. What I have done so far is proving that $uv$ is rational by expanding $(u+v)^2$. I expanded $(u+v)^n$ using ...
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Is $\int_0 ^1 \frac{1-x^p}{1-x} $ ever rational for rational non-integer values of $p$?

It is well known that the $n$-th harmonic number $H_n$ has the integral representation $\int_0^1 \frac{1-x^n}{1-x}$. If we replace $n$ with rational non-integer $p$, do we ever get a rational outcome? ...
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Intuitive explanation of the Dirichlet function and rationality

The Dirichlet function is defined by $f(x)=\begin{cases} c &\text{ if } x\in \mathbb{Q}\\d &\text{ if } x\notin \mathbb{Q}.\end{cases}, c\neq d$ See MathWorld's page for the full definition. ...
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When can a set have an upper bound but no least upper bound?

So I'm taking real analysis and have noted that one of the benefits of the Dedekind cut is that 'if one of the sets made has an upper bound it also has a least upper bound'. I don't understand how a ...
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Smallest number of workers in factory, Diophantine approximation

Q. In a factory, the percentage of male workers was $53.7802\%$ (rounding to nearest fourth decimal place) last year. What is the smallest number of female workers working there? Hint: Diophantine ...
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Enumerating the positive rationals without repetition

From Makarov's Selected problems in real analysis Let $r_n$ be defined as follows\begin{cases} r_1=1 & \\ r_{2k}=1+r_k \\ r_{2k+1}=\frac{1}{r_{2k}} & \end{cases} ...
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A proof that $\frac{(2\phi)^n-(-1)^n}{\phi^{2n}-(-1)^n}\cdot\left(2^n-\phi^n\right)\cdot\sqrt5\in\mathbb Q$ for all $n\in\mathbb Z$

During computation of some series (with help of a CAS), at an intermediate step I encountered an expression, that after dropping non-essential parts looks like this:$$\mathcal ...
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using long division to find the oblique asymptote of rational function

To find the oblique asymptote of a rational function, the book I'm reading says to divide the denominator of a fraction into the numerator. The example rational function it gives is $$\frac{x^2 - 9} ...
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Is this proof about the countability of $\Bbb Q \times \Bbb Q \times \cdots \times \Bbb Q$ sound?

If $\Bbb{Q}$ is countable, prove that the set $\Bbb{Q}^n$ for $n = 2,3,...$ is countable. Base case: $n = 2 \rightarrow \Bbb{Q}^2 = \Bbb{Q}\times\Bbb{Q}$ which, by Proposition 4.5 (see bottom of ...
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division of fraction simplification

The expression is this: ${{y^2 - y} \over 1 {}} \div {{y^2 - 1} \over 3}$ The first step is to swap the second expression round to: ${{y^2 - y} \over 1 {}} \div {3 \over {y^2 - 1}}$ The answer ...
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Determine all functions satisfying $f\left ( f(x)^{2}y \right )=x^{3}f(xy)$

Denote by $\mathbb{Q}^{+} $ the set of all positive rational numbers. Determine all functions $f: \mathbb{Q}^{+} \rightarrow \mathbb{Q}^{+}$ which satisfy the following equation for all $x,y \in ...
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A simple question about rational numbers without a simple proof?

As in this question, study the quasigroup $(Q_+,/)$ of positive rational numbers under division. There are two obvious identities: $a/(b/c)=c/(b/a)$, for all $a,b,c\in Q_+$ $(a/b)/c=(a/c)/b$, for ...
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Why does the elliptic curve for $a+b+c = abc = 6$ involve a solvable nonic?

The curve discussed in this OP's post, $$\color{brown}{-24a+36a^2-12a^3+a^4}=z^2\tag1$$ is birationally equivalent to an elliptic curve. Following E. Delanoy's post, let $G$ be the set of rational ...
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Is $\Bbb Q^n$ dense in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for $n>1$? [closed]

It is well known that the rational numbers, $\mathbb{Q}$, are dense in $\mathbb{R}$. My question here :Is $\ \mathbb{Q}^n$ dense in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for $n>1$ ? Edit : I edited the question as it ...