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Why proof about a rational on open interval (a,b) works…

For the case $0 < a < b$ which is what I'm interested in, there is a proof that there exists a rational number on the open interval which I've seen many times but I don't really understand it. ...
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Intuition for a proof that the rationals are incomplete. [duplicate]

Let A be a set of positive rationals $p$ such that $p^2<2$. Now this set contains no upper bound. To prove this, for every rational $p$, a number $p- \frac{p^2-2}{p+2}$ is associated. This ...
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Looking for a simple proof of why you can't mathematically tune a piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hqm0dYKUx4 Video states that a corollary of the Rational Root Theorem is that $\left(\frac{a}{b}\right)^n != 2$ for integers $a,b,n$, where $n \gt 1$. I'm simply ...
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How to prove that $y = 0,273273273…,$ is a rational number?

How to prove that $$y = 0.273273273...$$ is a rational number? I don't have any experience with proofs... Can I get your help and your advice?
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Neighbors of Irrational Numbers on Real Number Line

I was looking at a post on MathOverflow about "What is your favorite 'strange' function?" One of the answers mentioned Thomae's function claiming that the function was "continuous at all irrationals ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prove that the difference between two rational numbers is rational

This is a terribly simple question I'm sure, but I can't find a work-around in my proof. I must prove that the difference between two rational numbers is thus rational. Here is my attempt: Let $a$ ...
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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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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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Prove that $x\in\mathbb Q$

Let $a\in\mathbb Q$ and $a>\dfrac43$. Let $x\in\mathbb R$ and $x^2-ax,x^3-ax\in\mathbb Q$. Prove that $x\in\mathbb Q$. EDIT: Thsi is my attempt: Let $x^2-ax=b$ and $x^3-ax=q$ for some ...
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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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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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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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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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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 there a bijection between $\mathbb{Q}$ and $\mathbb{Q}_{>0}$?

Is there a bijection between $\mathbb{Q}$ and $\mathbb{Q}_{>0}$? For $\mathbb{R}$, we have the exponential function. Is there also a bijection $f: \mathbb{Q} \to \mathbb{Q}_{>0}$ or 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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Is a Whole Number A Rational Number [duplicate]

Is a Whole Number part of A Rational Number or a whole number??
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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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Dedekind cuts in Rudin's PMA

I'm working on Appendix to chapter I of Rudin's Principles of mathematical analysis and I have the following problem: Given a positive cut $\alpha$ and a rational $x>1,$ how can I prove that there ...
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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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Proof Involving Rational Numbers

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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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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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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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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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. ...