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Find all rational values of $x$, at which $ \sqrt{x^2 + x + 3}$ is rational

How to find all rational values of $x$, at which $y = \sqrt{x^2 + x + 3}$ is rational?
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If $a$ and $b$ are rational, then $a + b{\sqrt{2}} \ne {\sqrt{3}} $

If $a,b\in\mathbb{Q}$ then demonstrate:$$a + b{\sqrt{2}} \ne {\sqrt{3}} $$ I raised and squared the equation but it didn't work.
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How to solve this Ratio problem

I am preparing for an olympiad and came across the following question in a workbook. There is answer but no explanation: The ratio between the number of passengers travelling by Ist and IInd class ...
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Experimental calculation and $\mathbb{Q}$

I have been reading this article and have a question about the first line of the second paragraph on the first page. It says: The basis for this suggestion is the simple fact that all experimental ...
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Proving the rationals are dense in R

I know this is a common proof. I'm following Rudin's proof and I'm following everything except for one step. Suppose $x, y \in \Bbb R$ and $x < y$. Then there exists an $n \in \Bbb N$ such that ...
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Does this equation have a rational point? (Elliptic curve?)

Can someone check pls if, $$852 + 3017 x - 1104 x^2 + 2009 x^3 - 3362 x^4=y^2$$ has a rational point? (This arose in an equal sums of like powers problem.) P.S. I've checked $x=p/q$ for ...
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Is this a rational or irrational number?

It is given that $$z=\sqrt\frac{\sqrt{3x+1}}{\sqrt{3x-1}}$$ How does one find whether $z$ is a rational or irrational number?
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Is the infinite table argument for the countability of Q unsound?

The first "proof" I learned for why the rationals are countably infinite relied on arranging the rational numbers in a two-dimensional array and using the well-known traversal shown below to construct ...
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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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A necessary and sufficient on the co-efficients of a quadratic to give an integer

Le $f(n) := an^2 + bn + c$ for all integers $n$, where $a$, $b$, $c$ are rational. What are the necessary and sufficient conditions on $a$, $b$, and $c$ such that $f(n)$ be an integer for all $n$?
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Finding Rational numbers

Please help with the following question: Find rational numbers a and b such that: $$\left(7 + 5\sqrt2\right)^{\frac13} = a + b \sqrt2$$ Thank you
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Analysis, Density of Rational Numbers

Suppose p/q and k/l are rational numbers with abs(p/q - k/l) < 1/ql. Prove p/q = k/l. Similarly, let p/q be a fixed rational number and suppose k/l is a rational number with 0 < abs(p/q - k/l) ...
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If a triangle has rational coordinates, does it have rational area?

Basically, the topic says it all. If a triangle has rational coordinates (say, in $\mathbb Q^2$), must it have rational area? I realize the side-lengths are usually irrational; that's fine. Heron's ...
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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 ...
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Do there exist an infinite number of 'rational' points in the equilateral triangle $ABC$?

Let's call a point $P$ which satisfies the following condition 'a rational point'. Condition: Each distance $PA, PB, PC$ from a point $P$ to three vertices $A, B, C$ of an equilateral triangle $ABC$ ...
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Linear order, Löwenheim-Skolem

LO is the theory of linear ordering. Suppose T a theory, which contains at least the symbol {<} in her language and T $\vDash$ LO. Suppose T has an infinite model. Prove that there's a model M for ...
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Hausdorff dimension of the set of rational numbers within a certain interval?

Intro: The Hausdorff dimension (also known as the Hausdorff–Besicovitch dimension) is an extended non-negative real number associated with any metric space. In general the Hausdorff dimension ...
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Generalization: $x=\text{sup}\{q\in \mathbb{Q}:q<x\}$

How do I prove that $x=\text{sup}\{q\in \mathbb{Q}:q<x\}$? Provided that $x\in\mathbb{R}$...
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Least Upper Bound: $\text{sup}\{r\in\mathbb{Q}:r<5\}$

What is $\text{sup}\{r\in\mathbb{Q}:r<5\}$ and why? I would suspect that no least upper bound is possible here, and hence no maximum is attainable either...
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What are the positive rational solutions of $x^{(x+y)} = (x+y)^y$?

I saw this problem in the Problem-Solving through Problems book by Larson (# 3.3.25b). I got to here: $$x \log(x) = y\log\left(1+ \frac yx\right)$$ But I can't seem to find a way to reduce this ...
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Is there any kind of irrational number wich does not contain digit 9?

At first we must prove that there is or is`t irrational numbers which does not contain digit 9! if there are many kind of such numbers, then there is another question: how to write down algebraic ...
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how to find out any digit of any irrational number?

We know that irrational number has not periodic digits of finite number as rational number. All this means that we can find out which digit exist in any position of rational number. But what about ...
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Question on compact metric space.

Is the set of rationals in $[0,1]$ compact? I seems like every open covering should have a finite sub-covering, yet I have read that compact metric spaces are complete...
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Algebraic structure of a set of Egyptian fractions of a positive rational?

It is said that every positive rational number can be represented by infinitely many Egyptian fractions (defined as the sum of distinct unit fractions). I am struggling to understand in a formal way, ...
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What is a suitable name for numbers like $a + b\sqrt{c}$

The motivation for this is to find a succinct name for a data type in a Python module. Suppose I choose an integer $c$ and I want to talk about the set of numbers of the form $a + b\sqrt{c}$, where ...
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set of terminating decimals

Let $T\subset\mathbb Q$ be the set of all positive rational numbers that can be represented by a terminating decimal (in base 10), that is, a decimal whose tail consists of an infinite sequence of ...
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Given a rational number $x$ and $x^2 < 2$, is there a general way to find another rational number $y$ that such that $x^2<y^2<2$?

Suppose I have a rational number $a$ and $a^2 < 2$. Can I find another rational number $B$ such that $a^2<B^2<2$? Based on the answer to this question, I thought of doing the following: ...
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Lower bound for the length of continued fraction

Define $\mathscr L: \mathbb Q \mapsto \mathbb N$ as the minimal number of terms in the continued fraction of a rational number. Example: the continued fraction of $\frac{5}{8}$ is ...
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Counting Real Numbers

Forgive me if this is a novice question. I'm not a mathematics student, but I'm interested in mathematical philosophy. Georg Cantor made an argument that the set of rational numbers is countable by ...
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Prove that ${\sqrt2}^{\sqrt2}$ is an irrational number without using a theorem.

Prove that ${\sqrt2}^{\sqrt2}$ is an irrational number without using the Gel'fond-Schneider's theorem. I'm interested in this problem because I knew that ${\sqrt2}^{\sqrt2}$ is a transcendental ...
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Ratio and Proportion.

A girl went to market to buy brinjal,onion and coconut.........she gives Rs 2 and buys 40 brianjals Rs 1 and buys 01 onion Rs 5 ...
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A sequence of rationals whose continued square roots are also rational

For a given sequence $A_n=\{a_1,a_2,\cdots\}$, let $$b_1=\sqrt{a_1},b_2=\sqrt{a_1+\sqrt{a_2}},\cdots,b_k=\sqrt{a_1+\sqrt{a_2+\sqrt{\cdots+\sqrt{a_k}}}},\cdots,b_0=\lim_{n\to \infty}b_n.$$ Do there ...
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If $q>1$ is not an integer, can $q^n$ be made arbitrarily close to integers?

This question arose when I heard about Mill's constant: the number $A$ such that $\lfloor A^{3^n} \rfloor$ is prime for all $n$. It made me wonder whether $A^{3^n}$ could be made arbitrarily close to ...
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How can I expand mathematical induction to rational numbers?

I know mathematical induction can be used to prove that a statements is true for all natural numbers (or those belonging to a certain subset of N). However, it is pretty obvious, unless I'm terribly ...
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What is a series expansion for $\zeta(s)$ valid iff $\operatorname{Re}(s)>\frac{1}{2}$?

Let $s$ be complex and $\zeta(s)$ the Riemann Zeta function. What is a series expansion for $\zeta(s)$ valid iff $\operatorname{Re}(s)>\frac{1}{2}$ ? I want a series expansion such that ...
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Predicting the number of decimal digits needed to express a rational number

The number $1/6$ can be expressed with only two digits (and a repeat sign denoted as $^\overline{}$), $$ \frac{1}{6} = \,.1\overline{6}$$ Meanwhile, it takes 49 digits to express the number $1/221$, ...
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Rational number to the power of irrational number = irrational number. True?

I suggested the following problem to my friend: prove that there exist irrational numbers $a$ and $b$ such that $a^b$ is rational. The problem seems to have been discussed in this question. Now, his ...
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What rational numbers have rational square roots?

All rational numbers have the fraction form $$\frac a b,$$ where a and b are integers($b\neq0$). My question is: for what $a$ and $b$ does the fraction have rational square root? The simple answer ...
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Positive rationals satisfying: $a^2+a^2=c^2$? [duplicate]

If there are none why not? Thanks in advance.
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Problem from Hardy's _Pure Mathematics_

If $a$, $b$, $x$, $y$ are rational numbers such that $$(ay-bx)^2+4(a-x)(b-y) = 0 $$ then either (i) $x = a, y = b$ or (ii) $1-ab$ and $1-xy$ are squares of rational numbers. (Math. Trip. 1903) ...
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What is a fraction in which the greatest common factor of the numerator and the denominator is 1?

What is this fraction: A fraction in which the greatest common factor of the numerator and the denominator is 1?
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Is a Whole Number A Rational Number

Is a Whole Number part of A Rational Number or a whole number??
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Are there infinitely many rational outputs for sin(x) and cos(x)?

I know this may be a dumb question but I know that it is possible for $\sin(x)$ to take on rational values like $0$, $1$, and $\frac {1}{2}$ and so forth, but can it equal any other rational values? ...
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How to solve a ratio question

Studying for the GRE. In the GRE guide, it says that If the ratio is $2x:5y$, and this equals the ratio $3:4$, what is the ratio of $x:y$? I tried cross multiplying but I don't get the answer. ...
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How would I compute a fractional exponent, such as $\bigl(\frac{9}{16}\bigr)^{3/2}$?

How would I determine $\left(\frac{9}{16}\right)^{\frac{3}{2}}$? I've never encountered an exponent that was a fraction, or a least never without a calculator. What steps would I take to simplify ...
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Proof that there are infinitely many positive rational numbers smaller than any given positive rational number.

I'm trying to prove this statement:- "Let $x$ be a positive rational number. There are infinitely many positive rational numbers less than $x$." This is my attempt of proving it:- Assume that ...
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Linear independence over rationals

I am trying to figure out for what values of $n$, the numbers $\sin\left(\frac{2\pi k}{n}\right)$, for $k = 1,\dots,n-1$, are linearly independent over the rationals. Any thoughts on how I may want ...
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Is there a math field that studies something like this?

I was having a blurry thinking of differences about rational and irrational numbers, then I had the idea of ploting them in a specific way: $$\frac{1}{2}=0.5$$ Getting that value, I've thought about ...
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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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Converting decimal ratio to a percentage

Note before; I have searched the site and can't find an answer to this question, so that I wouldn't make a duplicate. I couldn't find the answer already so I either didn't search properly, or this ...