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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Proving that the Calkin-Wilf tree enumerates the rationals.

The Calkin-Wilf tree is an infinite undirected graph (tree) which is constructed as follows: starting from the root at $\frac{1}{1}$, each node $\frac{a}{b}$ has two children: a left child $\frac{a}{...
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if $r,s$ are rational numbers, then $r+s\sqrt2$ is irrational unless $s=0$?

if $r,s$ are rational numbers, Prove $r+s\sqrt2$ is irrational unless $s=0$? I need to prove this simple question, but not sure if my method is acceptable I'm trying to prove it by contradiction, ...
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Why is it that for any rational numbers $a < b$, the interval $[a, b]$ in $\mathbb{Q}$ is not compact with respect to this metric?

Suppose $q$ is any nonzero rational number and $p$ is a fixed prime. If $q = p^k\frac{n}{m}$ for integers $n$ and $m$, neither of which has $p$ as a factor, then we define $|q|_p := p^{−k}$. We can ...
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Rational solutions for $\sin(n)$ in radians

This is completely for my own curiosity. Does $y = \sin(n)$ have rational solutions for $n$, an integer number of radians. I know that this is strange because usually integers are only used in ...
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$\sup$ and $\inf$ of $E=\{p/q\in\mathbb{Q}:p^2<5q^2 \text{ and } p, q > 0\}$

I'd appreciate if you could please check to see if my proof is valid. Find $\sup$ and $\inf$ of $E=\{p/q\in\mathbb{Q}:p^2<5q^2 \text{ and } p, q > 0\}$. Solution: $q^2 > p^2/5 \iff q > ...
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Is there a first order formula $\varphi[x]$ in $(\mathbb Q, +, \cdot, 0)$ such that $x≥0$ iff $\varphi[x]$?

In the first-order language $\mathscr L$ having $(+, \cdot, 0)$ as signature, it is easy to define a formula $\phi[x]$, namely $\exists y \; x = y^2$, satisfying : $$\text{for all } x \in \Bbb R, \...
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How can all of them be irrational ??

Assume that $\{x,y,x^2,y^2,xy\}$ are all irrational. Can it be true that all of $\{x-y,x+y,x^2-y^2,x^2+y^2\}$ are irrational? Details: $|x|\ne|y|$ and $x,y\in\mathbb R$. In the question ...
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Is a value that tends to infinity considered rational?

This really confused me. I know a rational number is any number that can be written in the form of ${a\over b} \space \space \forall a,b\in Z$. We also know all Integers are clearly Rational. But ...
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Rational mean of irrational numbers?

My teacher tells me that in the vicinity of any rational number, an irrational exists. To elucidate, I presume, he further went on to say, if a function, if defined to give 1 for every rational number ...
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For a.e. $x \in [0, 1]$, there are finitely many $p/q$ such that $\left| x - p/q \right| < 1 / \left( q \log q \right)^2$

I am stuck on a qualifying exam problem and was hoping to get some help. Show for a.e. $x \in [0, 1]$ that there are finitely many $p/q \in \mathbf{Q}$ in reduced form such that $q \geq 2$ and $\...
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Proving that there is no continuous function $f:\Bbb R\to\Bbb R$ satisfying $f(\Bbb Q)\subset\Bbb R-\Bbb Q$ and $f(\Bbb R-\Bbb Q) \subset\Bbb Q$. [duplicate]

How can I prove that there is no continuous function $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $f(\mathbb{Q}) \subset \mathbb{R}\backslash \mathbb{Q}$ and $f(\mathbb{R}\backslash \mathbb{Q} ) \subset \...
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Rational points on a line

This question is quite unique. Does there exist some point in the coordinate system such that any line passing through it has at most 2 rational points lying on it?
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How to generate primitive solutions to the equation $a^3 + b^3 = c^2$

The solution for this is that we are supposed to pick numbers x and y, then we can substitute them in the equation and obtain some z, which we then multiply the left side of the equation with to ...
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What are the Laws of Rational Exponents?

On Math SE, I've seen several questions which relate to the following. By abusing the laws of exponents for rational exponents, one can come up with any number of apparent paradoxes, in which a number ...
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Can I belive that : $e^{e^{e^{e^{\cdots}}}}$ is $\infty$? [closed]

Definetly this number : $e^{e^{e^{e^{\cdots}}}}$ is not an integer this implies that is not prime number or perfect number , now i would like to know really what is the nature of this number :$$e^{e^{...
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Is there a choice homomorphism?

Let $\pi : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}/ \mathbb{Q}$ be the canonical projection. With the axiom of choice we "know" that there are choice functions $\alpha : \mathbb{R}/ \mathbb{Q} \to \mathbb{R}$ with $...
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Is there a rational surjection $\Bbb N\to\Bbb Q$?

The question is in the title. Is there a one-dimensional rational function $f\in\Bbb R(X)$ which restricts to $\Bbb N\to\Bbb Q$, which is a surjection onto $\Bbb Q$? My guess is no. Expanding the ...
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Are $\frac{\pi}{e}$ or $\frac{e}{\pi}$ irrational?

Is it clear whether $\displaystyle \frac{\pi}{e}$ or $\displaystyle \frac{e}{\pi}$ are irrational or not? If not, then there would exist $q,p\in \mathbb{Z}$ such that $$p\cdot \pi = q\cdot e$$
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Is there an irrational number arbitrarily close to another irrational number?

I know that there is a rational number arbitrarily close to an irrational, due to the density of real number. But what about an irrational number? Thanks!
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Let a,b be rationals and x irrational. Show that if $\frac{x+a}{x+b}$ is rational, then $a=b$.

I'm trying to solve the following problems: Let $a$,$b$ be rationals and $x$ irrational. Show that if $\frac{x+a}{x+b}$ is rational, then $a=b$ Let $x$,$y$ be rationals such that $\frac{x^2+x+\sqrt{...
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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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Proving $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}] = \{f(\sqrt{2}): f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]\} = \{x+y\sqrt{2}:x,y\in\mathbb{Q}\}$

I need to prove that: $$\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}] = \{f(\sqrt{2}): f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]\} = \{x+y\sqrt{2}:x,y\in\mathbb{Q}\}$$ Well, $ \{f(\sqrt{2}): f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]\} $ is the set of $a_nx^n+\...
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Find the maximum number of rational points on the circle with center $(0,\sqrt3)$

Find the maximum number of rational points on the circle with center $(0,\sqrt3)$ Let the equation of the circle be $x^2+(y-\sqrt3)^2=r^2$ Let $(a,b)$ be any rational point on the circle $x^2+(y-\...
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How do I know if this will be rational or irrational? ($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 ...
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Proof: Is there a line in the xy plane that goes through only rational coordinates?

Question: Is there a line in the XY plane that has all rational coordinates. Prove your answer. Idea: There is most certainly not. I believe it can be shown that between any 2 rational points that ...
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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-...