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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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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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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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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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Ratio GRE question

Cashews cost 4.75 per pound and hazelnuts cost 4.50 per pound. What is larger, the number of pounds of cashews in a mixture of cashews and hazelnuts that costs $5.50 per pound, or 1.25? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How many points can you find on $y=x^2$, for $x \geq 0$, such that each pair of points has rational distance?

Open problem in Geometry/Number Theory. The real question here is: Is there an infinite family of points on $y=x^2$, for $x \geq 0$, such that the distance between each pair is rational? The ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Show that a rational number has no good rational approximations

This is homework question. The teacher proved that if $a$ is irrational, there are infinitely many rational numbers $\frac{x}{y}$ such that $|\frac{x}{y} - a|<\frac{1}{y^2}$. What we need to ...
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How well do we need to do in the remaining months to meet an annual percentage goal?

I am required to have a employment team meet a yearly percentage rate of 50% for a process. The team is currently short of the goal with a rate of 43%. My boss wants to know what percentage is ...
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Let $f(\frac ab)=ab$, where $\frac ab$ is irreducible, in $\mathbb Q^+$. What is $\sum_{x\in\mathbb Q^+}\frac 1{f(x)^2}$?

Let $f(\frac ab)=ab$, where $\frac ab$ is irreducible, in $\mathbb Q^+$. What is $\sum_{x\in\mathbb Q^+}\frac 1{f(x)^2}$? Club challenge problem. I don't think it's possible to do with only high ...
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Order type of the real algebraic numbers

As a countable, everywhere-dense, totally ordered set without minimal or maximal elements, $\Bbb{A}$, the set of real algebraic numbers, must be order isomorphic to $\Bbb{Q}$. I'm wondering how "nice" ...
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Rationals and irrationals on the real number line [closed]

Could you prove that there is a rational between every irrational on R?
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Order automorphisms of rationals

Is it right that all order automorphisms of rational numbers have form $~~f(r) = ar+b; ~~ a,b\in \mathbb{Q}; ~~ a>0$? As i know all order automorphisms have form $f(n) = n +k; ~~ k \in \mathbb{Z}$ ...
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On comparing fractions , fraction with smaller difference between numerator and denominator is greater than the other

A text book proposed that "when comparing fractions ,if the compared fractions's are such that numerator is smaller than denominator ,then fraction with more difference(absolute) between numerator ...
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Is there a non-constant smooth function mapping $\mathbb{R}$ into $\mathbb{Q}$

I cannot think of a non-constant smooth function which maps all real numbers into rational numbers. Can anyone give a simple example ? The simpler, the better !
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Which sets of positive rationals are closed under addition?

This question evolved because I was interested in generalizing power series so the exponents were rational numbers instead of integers, i.e., $\sum_{i=1}^{\infty} a_n x^{r_n}$, with the $a_i$ real and ...
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which parameters always make this rational equation evenly divisible?

Hi guys I have the following equation: $$x = \dfrac{a + b \times c - b}{c}$$ This is what I know about each variable: $$a \ge 64$$ $$b \ge 0$$ $$8 \le c \le a$$ My questions is there a concise way ...
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Drawing a triangle in a unit circle

This is a question that I derived for a long time ago. It asks if we draw a triangle in a unit circle does all arc lengths $(\alpha ,\beta ,\theta)$ and sides of triangle $(a,b,c)$ can be rational ...
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True or false statements

Two of the following statements are true and one is false a) For all rational numbers $q$, there exists an integer $n$ so that $q+n=271$. b) For all integers $n$, there exists a rational ...
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Why must we distinguish between rational and irrational numbers?

The difference between rational and irrational numbers is always stated as: rational numbers can be written as the ratio of two integers, and irrational numbers can't. However, why do mathematicians ...
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Are all integer fractions rational?

Any repeating decimal can be written as a fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a$ and $b$ are integers. But is the reverse true. Will any fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a$ and $b$ are integers produce a ...
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Why is 987654321/123456789 = 8.0000000729?

Many years ago, I noticed that $987654321/123456789 = 8.0000000729\ldots$. I sent it in to Martin Gardner at Scientific American and he published it in his column!!! My life has gone downhill since ...
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I'm just curious, what exactly is $\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$? [duplicate]

What exactly is $\mathbb{R}\setminus\mathbb{Q}$? How many different kinds of things live in this place? For $n>1$ how does $$ q_1x_1+\cdots+q_nx_n=p $$ have a solution for $q_i,p\in \mathbb{Q}$ ...
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What would be the value of $a$ and $b$ in following rational expression?

If $(5 + 2\sqrt{3})/(7 + \sqrt{3}) = (a - \sqrt{3b})$, How do I find the value of $a$ and $b$ where $a$ and $b$ are rational numbers?
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How do I evaluate the following expression?

How to evaluate the following expression: $\displaystyle \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}+1}+ \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{4}+\sqrt{3}} +\cdots +\frac{1}{\sqrt{9}+\sqrt{8}}$
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real numbers a vector space over rational numbers? [duplicate]

Let $V$ be set of real numbers and $K$ the field of rational numbers. Is $V$ a vector space over $K$, with ordinary addition of real numbers and multiplication by rational numbers?
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Definition(s) of rational numbers

The definitions of rational numbers are somewhat confusing for me. The definition of rational numbers on wikipedia and most other sites is: In mathematics, a rational number is any number that ...
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Can someone clarify Example I.I.2 from Hardy's Course of Pure Mathematics?

"If $\lambda, m,$ and $n$ are positive rational numbers, and $m > n$, then $\lambda(m^2 − n^2), 2\lambda mn$, and $\lambda(m^2 + n^2)$ are positive rational numbers. Hence show how to determine any ...
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Proof f(x) is continuous given $x$ rational and irrational.

How can I resolve the task below: Given $f(x)= \begin{cases} x, &x\in \mathbb{Q}\text{ }\\ 1-x, &x\notin \mathbb{Q}\text{ (irrational)} \end{cases}$, $0 \leq x \leq 1$. Show $f(x)$ is ...
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Continuous variable defined over Rational numbers only?

Let $x(t)$ be a solution of some first order ODE, which is continuous over $t$. In this case, is the continuous $x(t)$ defined only over Rational numbers? what is the reason behind this? Please ...
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Can all possible angles on a rational triangle be represented as a rational multiplied by Pi?

The reason I ask: I was wondering if it was possible to find the angle of a rational triangle by only using the lengths of its sides and knowledge of $\pi$ (that is, no inverse trig functions). So, ...
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Can you produce a number like 1.01010101… by just addition and subtraction?

I'm working on a program in C# where a Decimal variable can hold negative and positive values including 0 and those values can only change by addition and subtraction. I have a conditional where if ...
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