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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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Looking for name of theorem: “rational $\Leftrightarrow$ fractional part terminates or repeats”

I am looking for the name of the theorem that says that a number $x$ is rational if and only if its fractional part terminates or repeats (where "fractional part" refers to the representation of $x$ ...
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length of period

Each rational number (fraction) can be written as decimal periodic number. Does exists a method or hint that show how long will be the period of arbitrary fraction. For example $1/3=0.3333...=0.(3)$ ...
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Defining $\Bbb{Q}$ without the axiom of infinity

(TL;DR version: I want a meaningful definition of $\Bbb{Q}$ without $\sf{Inf}$.) In the "conventional" construction of the rationals, we define $\Bbb{Q}$ as follows: $\omega$ is the first limit ...
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Every 10 years the population of a city is five-fourths of what it was 10 years before.

I am working through Serge Lang's "Basic mathematics", currently on chapter 1, Section 5 question 21. The part that troubles me is, when I asked someone I know how to solve this, they suggested ...
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“Rational grids” on manifolds.

Here is something which is bothering me a bit. You have rationals on a line. You can define a rational grid on R^n by taking points with all coordinates having rational values. Is there a ...
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Show that there is no rational number $r=m/n$ such that $r^3=3$ [duplicate]

How do I solve this by prime factorization? I came across a similar problem on MSE just recently, but I can't find it and I thoroughly searched for it. If anyone can find it, please post it in the ...
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Approximating Euclidean geometry, restricted to $\mathbb{Q}$

I'm having trouble putting this into a fully coherent question, so I'll give the broad question, then a few bullet points to give you a better idea of what I'm asking. I'm looking for a line of ...
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Understanding the boundary of a set

I try to understand the boundary of a set. I know the definition (Let $A \subseteq \mathbb{R} $: P is a point of the boundary, if for every small $\epsilon \in \mathbb{R}, \epsilon>0$ are points ...
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Doubt on rational and real numbers

I am going through the numbers system from an analysis book. It is written that: 1) there is no rational number $p \ ( > 0)$ which satisfies $p^2=2$. 2) The set $\{p: p^2 < 2\}$ does not have ...
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Finding minimal period of rational

I'm trying to find the decimal representation minimal period of $1/n$ where $n$ is an integer. I'll clarify colloquially because I'm very noob with math terms: $$1/3 = 0,(3)$$ $$DP(3) = 1$$ $$1/7 = ...
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Extending the rationals using exponentiation

The set of integers can be constructed as an equivalence relation over the natural numbers using the the binary operation of addition, and a similar process yields the rationals from integers and ...
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Defining piecewise summation of continued fractions and rationality of sums

Let $a=[a_1,a_2\dots]$ and $b=[b_1,b_2\dots]$ be two real numbers and their continued fraction representations. They may be infinite or finite. Let us define a thing $+^*$ so that ...
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Inverse rational numbers counting function

I have found next formula of counting all rational numbers (or integer pairs, from which rational numbers can be builded): $N(i,j) = ((i - j - 1)(i - j) - 2j - 1)(1 + j / |j|)/2 + ((i + j - 1)(i + j) ...
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Two quartic polynomials to be made a square?

Given two generally non-square quartic polynomials that are to be simultaneously made squares for particular values of $x$, $$c_1x^4+c_2x^3+c_3x^2+c_4x+c_5 = y_1^2$$ ...
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Limits as a representation of the Dirichlet function

I read that the Dirichlet function (1 if Rational, 0 else) can be written as: What is the proof of that? Are those limits commutative? Is there any other closed formula for Dirichlet function? (With ...
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Ratio and Proportion - IV

If $a,b,c,d$ are continued proportion : Prove that : $(\frac{a-b}{c}+\frac{a-c}{b})^2-(\frac{d-b}{c}+\frac{d-c}{b})^2=(a-d)(\frac{1}{c^2}-\frac{1}{b^2})^2$ After solving LH.S I got : ...
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Proof by contradiction - help!?

I need to prove that the set of rational numbers in the closed interval 0,1 has a supremum and infimum. I know that they exist and I also know that I need to use proof by contradiction but I don't ...
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Faster arithmetic with finite continued fractions

I was curious about different representations of rational numbers and came across the finite continued fraction (see wp:Finite_continued_fractions ). Note: I will refer to traditional rational ...
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Is there a proof that $\mathbb{R}$ is connected?

Is there a proof that the set $\mathbb{R}$ of all real numbers is connected? I've been assuming that $\mathbb{Q}$ is discrete, with a (very small) gap existing between any two elements ...
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finite field to rational fraction

Suppose I have a number $n\in\mathbb F_p$, i.e. an element of the finite field obtained by arithmetic modulo some (odd) prime $p$. I'm looking for a way to find a simple description of $n$ as a ...
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In what circumstances can $\dfrac{aA+b}{cA+d}$ be rational?

I am working on the chapter one practice problems in Hardy and cannot seem to figure it out. My attempt has actually left me with a result contrary to what the question is looking for. The Question ...