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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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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Inequality with $\frac{1}{n}+\frac{1}{n+1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{2n}$

Inspired by this recent question, I suggest this. Let $n=2,3,4, \ldots .$ Then $$ \frac{7}{12} < \cfrac 1 {1 + \cfrac {1^2} {1 + \cfrac {2^2} {\ddots + \cfrac \vdots { 1 + \, {n^2} \,}}}} \leq ...
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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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Properties of lines in the Pixel + Zoom geometry

Problems Prove that in PZ geometry, every PZ line has an equation of the form ax+by=c, where a, b, c are all rational numbers and a and b are not both zero. Prove that every equation of the form ...
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Rational number, dense but measure zero

When calculating the measure of Q in real number interval [0, 1], an interval $ (q_n-\epsilon, q_n + \epsilon)$ around each rational number $ q_n $ is defined to show the measure of Q is zero. Is ...
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Rational analysis

I found myself thinking about how much of real analysis that can also be developed within the rational numbers. Of course, $\Bbb Q$ is lacking what is perhaps the most important property of the real ...
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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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Definition of Rational/ Irrational Numbers reguarding denominators

The definition of a Irrational number is "Irrational numbers don't include integers OR fractions. However, irrational numbers can have a decimal value that continues forever WITHOUT a pattern." So ...
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Finding rational points at rational distance in the plane

Take any point $p$ in the real plane. Does there always exist a rational point at a rational distance from $p$? (A rational point is a point $(q,r)$ where $q$ and $r$ are rational.)
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What is a rational number? What is the quotient of two integers?

How can we form an idea of the result of the operation of dividing a by b with a and b integers and b not equal to zero?
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Existence of rational sequence such that a polynomial is split over $\Bbb{Q}$

Does there exist a sequence $(a_n)_{n\in \Bbb{N}}$ of rationals such that for all $n\in \Bbb{N}$, $a_n\neq 0$ and the polynomial $a_0+a_1X+\cdots+a_nX^n$ is split over $\Bbb{Q}$? I was asked this ...
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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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Approximating real vectors in the unit hypercube by rational vectors in the unit hypercube

I am currently looking for an error bound for an problem where I have to approximate a real vector in the unit hypercube using a rational vector in the unit hypercube. Specifically: given a ...
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Help solve rational expression

I need help solving this rational expression. Divide $$\frac{4x^4 + 6x^3 + 3x - 1}{2x^2 + 1}$$ How do you solve this problem? Where do I start?
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Rationals over an interval

Suppose $I$ is an interval $[a,b]$. It is noted that $a$ and $b$ are real integers. Divide the interval into $n$ parts with step size $h=(b-a)/n$. Clearly all the points $a$, $a+h$, ...
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Is the fact that there are more irrational numbers than rational numbers useful?

Although it is known that the cardinality of the set of irrational numbers is greater than the cardinality of the set of rational numbers, is there any usefulness/applications of this fact outside of ...
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If $x$ is a rational number, then $1/x$ is a rational number

Why is this statement false? If $x$ is a rational number, i.e. $\frac{p}{q}$, then shouldn't it be obvious that $\frac{q}{p}$ is also a rational number, by definition of rational numbers?
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Zero vs Infinity relation type

I'm not sure it should be asked here or in philosophy. Bertrand Russell in his book "Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy" in chapter 7 when discussing rational numbers on page 66 says: "It will ...
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Prove that a number is rational if and only if it has a finite or periodic representation on every base

How do we go about proving: $q$ is rational $\iff$ $q$ has a finite or periodic representation on every natural base $n>1$? In other words, we need to prove each of the following statements: ...
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Differentiation of a function $f:\mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$(Rational Calculus)

Assume that $f:\mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$ is given such that $\forall a\in \mathbb{Q}$ the following limit, exists \begin{equation} \lim_{x\to a} \frac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}\in \mathbb{R} ...
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A question on the equation $^qx=2$

Given the equation $$^qx=2$$ with $q\gt3$ where $^qx$ means the 'tetration' operation on $x$, my question is: is it possible to find a value for $q$ for which the solution $x$ of the equation is a ...
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Question about the density of Q in R

So I was looking over a density that shows that the rational numbers are dense in the real numbers. If $0< a <b$, with with $a,b$ real numbers, then I understood why we can chose n such that: ...
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How to multiply two different numbers with different powers

How do you multiply and simplify: $\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^{1/6}\cdot 18^{1/3}$? Simplify in surd form.
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How do I work out the aspect ratio from the resolution by hand?

For $1024 \times 768$ I can see that $768/1024 = 0.75$, i.e. $\frac34$, so $4:3$ makes sense. How do I do it for other resolutions like $1920 \times 1080$ though?
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If $a^4+b^4\in\mathbb Q$ and $a^3+b^3\in\mathbb Q$ and $a^2+b^2\in\mathbb Q$, prove that $a+b\in\mathbb Q$ and $ab\in\mathbb Q$.

If $\begin{cases}a^4+b^4\in\mathbb Q\\ a^3+b^3\in\mathbb Q\\ a^2+b^2\in\mathbb Q\end{cases}$, prove that $a+b\in\mathbb Q$ and $ab\in\mathbb Q$. It is given that $a,b\in\mathbb R$. The proof of ...
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Subfields of $\mathbb{Q}$

How to prove that $\mathbb{Q}$ doesn't have any proper subfields? I have no idea how to prove it.
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Rational approximation bound for real numbers in (0,1)

I am working on a problem that related to rational approximation of real numbers. I am looking for a bound of the form: Given a positive real number, $\alpha \in (0,1)$, there exist positive ...
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Integers, rationals and reals as sets? [duplicate]

Natural numbers can be represented as pure sets by defining them to contain every number that is smaller than them. Arithmetic can be performed on them using the Peano axioms. Are there any similar ...
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How to solve this inequality question without manual checking?

Question: Find the maximum integral value which satisfies: $$\frac{x-2}{x^2-9}<0$$ I know that this means either of the following: #1. $x-2<0$ and $x^2-9>0$. Implies that $x \in (3, ...
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Isn't this wrong?

This worksheet This question: $$w^2 - w \leq 0$$ This answer: $$(-\infty, -1] \cup [0, 1]$$ Isn't this wrong ? At $w = -2$, it becomes: $(-2)^2 - (-2)$, which is $4 + 2$, which is $\geq 0$. But ...
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Which is greater: $1000^{1000}$ or $1001^{999}$

Question: Find the greater number: $1000^{1000}$ or $1001^{999}$ My Attempt: I know that: $(a+b)^n \geq a^n + a^{n-1}bn$. Thus, $(1+999)^{1000} \geq 999001$ And $(1+1000)^{999} \geq ...
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Converting Repeating Decimal Numbers to Fractions

Is it possible to write any decimal number, with a repeating decimal part, and be able to convert it into the form n/d (where both n and d are natural numbers)? I know rational numbers that are ...
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Inequalities giving incorrect solution

Question: Find the solution set for:$$\frac{|x|-1}{|x|-2} \geq 0$$ $x\not=\pm2$ My attempt: Let $|x| = y$, then inequality becomes $(y-1)(y-2)>=0$ Implies that: #1. $y-1\geq0$ and ...
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A triangle has to find its third side.

Problem: (Euclid had a triangle in mind - I am including this line so that future googles come across this question) The triangles longest side is $20$ and another side is $10$. Its area is $80$. ...
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Non-trivial solutions for $(x;\sin{x})\in\mathbb{Q}^2$? [duplicate]

Is it possible? For $\cos{x}$ were analogous solutions also okay. $$(x;\sin{x})\in\mathbb{Q}^2$$
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Proving congruency of triangles

Question: Given $AB$ is diameter, $C$ and $D$ lie on circumference, $AB = 15cm$, $AC = 12cm$, $BD = 9cm$, find area of quadrilateral ABCD. Note that the points $O$ and $Q$ were not in the ...
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Horses grazing in a circle.

Question: Diagram: Note that The circle with center $C$ is touching the arc of semi-circle $AB$ also; I couldn't draw it. The figure wasn't drawn on cartesian planes; so, though it may seem ...
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Prove that if $a$ is a rational number and $a^2$ is an integer then $a$ is an integer.

Question on a proof's review: Proof by contradiction: Suppose $a$ is not an integer. Then $a=p/q$ where $p$ and $q$ are coprime, $q$ is not 0, and $q$ is not 1. Then $a^2 = p^2/q^2$. This is ...
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Solving this equation

Question: Solve: $$3^{2x^2}-2\cdot3^{x^2+x+6}+3^{2(x+6)}=0$$ I thought that we can take $a=3^{x^2}$ and $b = 3^{x+6}$. Then equation becomes $a^2-2ab+b^2=0$, which obviously means $a-b=0$. ...
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Which of the following is the highest value?

Question: Find the highest value among $12^9$, $10^{11}$ and $11^{10}$. I have seen problems like this, but they had surds, these are integers. Also, the LCM of $10$, $11$, $9$ $(990)$ is fairly ...
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Confusing sum of fractions

Question is to find the sum of: $$(\frac{1}{2^2-1})+(\frac{1}{4^2-1})+(\frac{1}{6^2-1})+(\frac{1}{20^2-1})$$ I know that $a^2-b^2=(a+b)(a-b)$, and that with this I can find the LCM to be 1995, ...
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Rational Numbers and farey fractions

How can I go about proving the following problem: Prove that a number a is rational if and only if there exists a positive integer k such that $[ka]=ka$. Prove that a number is rational if and only ...
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Show that two field extensions are the same

Can you help me with showing that these two field extensions are the same: $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{3}, \sqrt[3]{5})$ $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{3} + b\sqrt[3]{5})$, where $b\neq0$ is any rational number. Thanks ...
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show that if $|x-\frac{m}{n}| \leq \epsilon$ then $n$ is very large

I am working on my calculus homework currently, and in order to solve a question, I need to prove this more simple statement: if $|x-\frac{m}{n}| \leq \epsilon$ for all $\epsilon>0$ then $n$ has ...
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Rational doubt ( doubt in rational number) [duplicate]

If there is a prime number x, if we reciprocate it we will get 1/x. Reciprocal of prime number will be a rational number , Except 1/2 and 1/5 , every number which is reciprocal of prime number is a ...
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Is the Nested Radical Constant rational or irrational?

Given the sequence $A_n=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{3+\sqrt{\dots+\sqrt{n}}}}}$: Are there any known rational elements in $A_n$, or has it been proved that all are irrational? Is there any proof for ...
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number between 17 and 18, and has a rational square root

"number between 17 and 18, and has a rational square root" Is there even one? They all keep coming up irrational for me
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Prove that if $t \in T$ and $q \in Q$, but $q \neq 0$ then $qt \in T$ (where $T$ = transcendental numbers)

Question: Prove that if $t \in T$ and $q \in Q$, but $q \neq 0$ then $qt \in T$. This is Exercise 2.7.13(a) from Mark E. Watkins, Jeffrey L. Meyer: Passage to Abstract Mathematics. I'm currently ...
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Prove $\forall u,v,x,y,z,w \in \mathbf{R}^+, \frac{u}{v} < \frac{x}{y} \wedge \frac{x}{y} < \frac{z}{w} \implies \frac{u + z}{v+w} < \frac{z}{w}$

This is a question from a past exam that I can't seem to figure out. Any tips or hints? Prove $$\forall u,v,x,y,z,w \in \mathbf{R}^+, \frac{u}{v} < \frac{x}{y} \wedge \frac{x}{y} < \frac{z}{w} ...