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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Examining the nature of mapping of $f(x) = \frac{x}{x^2 - 2}$.

Let f: $\mathbb{Q} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $f(x) = \frac{x}{x^2 - 2}$, $x \in \mathbb{Q}$. Examine the nature of mapping Attempt: I think f(x) is not ...
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Interesting facts/ proofs about rational and irrational numbers

We got set some work to find some interesting facts or proofs regarding rational and irrational numbers. I wonder if anyone could offer some insight or recommend a good book/ website to look at.
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What Will Happen Without Decimal Expansion?

After a discussion on the complexity of decimal expansion (such as $0.\bar{9}=1$), some of my students (middle school) decided to throw away the decimal expansion of some numbers! Namely, the numbers ...
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Show that if m/n is a good approximation of $\sqrt{2}$ than $(m+2n)/(m+n)$ is better

Claim: If $m/n$ is a good approximation of $\sqrt{2}$ then $(m+2n)/(m+n)$ is better. My attempt at the proof: Let d be the distance between $\sqrt{2}$ and some estimate, s. So we have $d=s-\sqrt{...
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How many distinct equivalence classes does this equivalence on rationals have?

Let $$A = \{ r\in \mathbb Q \mid \exists p\in \mathbb Z,\text{ and $q\in \mathbb Z$, with $p$ even and $q$ odd, and $r = p/q$} \}$$ For example, $A$ contains such $2/9, 16/(-34)$, and $4$. $A$ does ...
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Intersection of union of crazy intervals in $\mathbb{R}$

I am looking at two sets $X:=[0,1]$ and $V:= X \cap \mathbb{Q}= \{v_1,v_2,...\}$. For each $n,k \in \mathbb{N}_{\ge1}$ I define an interval $I_{n,k}:= X \cap (v_n-2^{-(n+k)},v_n+2^{-(n+k)}) $. Now I ...
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Tautological line bundle over rational projective space

Is the tautological line bundle over $\mathbb{Q}P^{n}$ a non trivial bundle? Here, $\mathbb{Q}P^{n}$ has the natural topology induced from the standard topology of $\mathbb{Q}$ as a subset of $\...
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Proving that $x$ is irrational if $x-\lfloor x \rfloor + \frac1x - \left\lfloor \frac1x \right\rfloor = 1$

Prove : $$ \text{If } \; x-\lfloor x \rfloor + \frac{1}{x} - \left\lfloor \frac{1}{x} \right\rfloor = 1 \text{, then } x \text{ is irrational.}$$ I think the way to go here is to falsely assume that $...
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Continuity question: Show that $f(x)=0, \forall x\in\mathbb{R}$. [duplicate]

Assume $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$ and such that $f(r)=0$ for every rational number $r$. Show that $f(x)=0, \forall x\in\mathbb{R}$ using the $\varepsilon-\delta$ ...
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$\mathbb{Q}$: Unique operation s.t. $1\star q=q$ and right distributivity hold?

Given $\mathbb{Q}$ and the usual addition $+$ on it, do we have unicity of a binary operation $\star$ such that \begin{align*} \tag{1}1\star q&=q\\ \tag{2}(q+r)\star s&=q\star s+r\star s \...
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Log laws proof using only rational exponents [closed]

For all real $a>0$ and rational $b>0$, Show that $\ln(a^b)=b\ln(a)$
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Are there infinitely many natural numbers whose square root is rational?

True or false? There are infinitely many natural numbers $n$ for which $\sqrt{n}$ is rational. Is this statement true/false? And how can I construct a proof of its statement or negation?
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Smallest Rational Number Proof [duplicate]

Can anybody help me out with solving this mathematical proof? Prove the statement “There is no smallest rational number greater than 2” by contradiction. Contradiction: There is a smallest ...
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What is the value of $x$ in $(7+\sqrt{x}+\frac{1}{5-\sqrt{x}})$?

The value of $(7+\sqrt{x}+\frac{1}{5-\sqrt{x}})$ is rational for only one positive integer $x$ that is not a perfect square. What is the value of $x$? I tried $x=1$ and i get $$7+1+\frac{1}{4}=\...
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A group automorphism of real numbers that is not the identity

Is it possible to have a group automorphism of the additive group of the real numbers that fixes a subset of real numbers but is not the identity? The subset might be infinite. I'm thinking of using ...
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There is no smallest rational number greater than 2

I have a problem that I am seriously stuck on. I'm not sure what to do I've seen similar proofs online with the least positive rational number but this is apparently different and I'm not sure why. ...
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How to find the closest bounded rational approximation to a rational number?

Say I have a rational number $a/b$ and I want to find its closest rational approximation $x/y$ where $$x_- \leq x \leq x_+$$ $$y_- \leq y \leq y_+$$ for some constants $x_\pm$, $y_\pm$. How can I ...
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Number of ordered positive rationals (x,y,z) satisfying following conditions.

How many ordered triples $(x,y,z)$ of positive rational numbers satisfy the conditions: $x+y+z$, $\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{y}+\frac{1}{z}$, and $xyz$ are all integers.
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proving $ \sqrt 2 + \sqrt 3 $ is irrational [duplicate]

I need to proof that $\sqrt{3} + \sqrt{2}$ is irrational, without using the fact that an irrational number plus a rational number equals irrational. also, i can't use the rational root theorem. that's ...
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Show that the curve $x^2+y^2-3=0$ has no rational points

Show that the curve $x^2+y^2-3=0$ has no rational points, that is, no points $(x,y)$ with $x,y\in \mathbb{Q}$. Update: Thanks for all the input! I've done my best to incorporate your suggestions and ...
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Exchangeability of union and intersection of open balls around all rational numbers in $[0,1]$

Let $X:=[0,1]$ and $V:= X \cap \mathbb{Q}= \{v_1,v_2,...\}$. For $n,k \ge1$ set $I_{n,k}:= X \cap (v_n-2^{-(n+k)},v_n+2^{-(n+k)}) $. Is it true that $$ \bigcup_{n\ge1} \bigcap_{k\ge1} I_{n,k} = \...
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Is there a mathematical definition for the “divisibility” of rational numbers?

The term divisibility usually refers to integer numbers only. I want to define the divisibility of a rational number $q$ by an integer number $z$ as follows: $q$ is divisible by $z$ if and only if $...
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Numerical polynomials by means of prime powers

Let $\mathbb{E}$ be the set of prime powers (except $1$). Let $f \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ be a rational polynomial with $f(\mathbb{E}) \subseteq \mathbb{Z}$. Does it follow that $f$ is numerical, i.e. ...
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Integral of rationals

Define $f(x)$ as $$f(x)=\begin{cases}0,&\text{if }x\in \mathbb{Q}\\ 1,&\text{if }x\notin \mathbb{Q}\;. \end{cases}$$ Considering the fact that there is a countable infinity of rationals yet an ...
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Prove that the product of an irrational number and a rational number is irrational.

If $x$ is an irrational number and $r$ is a rational number then $xr$ is an irrational number. Proof. Suppose that $xr$ is a rational number. By defintion of a rational number $xr= m/n$ where $m,n$ ...
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Odd divided by even is a fraction

How can we prove that an odd number divided by an even number is a fraction? I started with odd $=2m+1$ and even $=2n$ and get left with with $(m+2)/n$.
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Proof about rational neighbors

Two rational numbers $\frac{a}{b}$ < $\frac{c}{d}$ will be called neighbors if $\frac{c}{d}$ - $\frac{a}{b}$ = $\frac{bc-ad}{bd}$ = $\frac{1}{bd}$. Suppose $\frac{a}{b}$ and $\frac{c}{d}$ are ...
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In which way to prove that the set has the measure zero in R3?

I can understand this task in the way that we should prove that there are less numbers in the rational set compared to the numbers in the real set ? TO PROVE: The set A is described as follows: $A=\...
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prove or disprove if a number is irrational

Prove or disprove : I'm pretty sure this isn't true yet i can't find a counter example. Thanks in advance !
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If you apply the Distributive Property to a Rational and an Irrational number, which will your solution be?

Say that "A" and "B" are Rational, and C is irrational, would the solution to "A(B+C)" be Rational or Irrational? An example for clarification would be wonderful.
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Why rational numbers are dense?

So the books says that rational numbers are dense, meaning that for every two rational numbers there is another rational number in between them. Is it actually true? Why? It feels to me that there ...
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subtraction of two irrational numbers to get a rational [duplicate]

Say you have a number like $\pi$ or e. Is it possible to subtract another number from it and end up with a rational number? I mean I guess you could write an equation like $\pi-x=3$ But could there ...
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equivalence class of function, picking proper x

Defining R to be the relationship on real numbers given by xRy iff x-y is rational, I've been asked to find the equivalence class of $\sqrt2$. My instincts say that the equivalence class of $\sqrt2$ ...
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Prove that $x$ is rational iff $a=b=0$

So the question goes let $x = a\sqrt3 + b\sqrt 5$ where $a,b$ rational. Prove that $x$ is rational iff $a=b=0$. I think I can prove this but I'm not sure if my proof is correct or rigorous. Well ...
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Is there any basis transformation under which all irrational numbers are rationals and vice-versa?

For example, if you change the length of your "unit scale" or basis for numbers to $\sqrt{2}$, then you may represent all fractional multiples of $\sqrt{2}$ as "rational numbers" in the new basis ...
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determine the frontier

determine the frontier of the set R\Q (where R is the real numbers and Q is the rational numbers). I figured R\Q is the same as saying the real line minus all the rational numbers which would just ...
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A question of rationality of integral powers

Given $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}$, is $x$ from $a^x=b$ ever rational? More specifically, is $x$ in $2^x=3$ irrational?
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Prove rational nums

For all real number x : R(x) -> there exist two integers k, l such that x = k/l. (i.e. x is a rational number) Prove/Disprove: For all real number x : R(x) -> R(x+1) My answer: Let x be a real ...
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Does $\sin n$ have a maximum value for natural number $n$?

In formal, does there exist $k\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $\sin n\leq\sin k$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$?
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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 number (...
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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 $n\in\mathbb{Q}$ ...