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The supremum of rationals that are less than a given number is equal to that number

I have the following theorem to prove. Given a real number $a$, define the set $S$ such that $S = \{x \in \mathbb Q: x < a\}$. Show that $a = \sup S$. My attempt at a proof is as follows ...
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Proving irrational number between two rational numbers. [duplicate]

Does this proof make sense? Show that between any two real numbers there is an irrational number. ∃ x,y ∈Q ∋:x Consider the number n/√2 where n is a natural number and n/√2>1/(y-x). This means ...
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$\mathbb{Q}$ can not be embedded in $\mathbb{Z}$

Show that $\mathbb{Q}$ can not be embedded in $\mathbb{Z}$ (where both has the subspace topology of $\mathbb{R}$) My attempt at a solution Since Z is discrete, {k} is open in $\mathbb{Z}$ with ...
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Additive group of rationals has no minimal generating set

In a comment to Arturo Magidin's answer to this question, Jack Schmidt says that the additive group of the rationals has no minimal generating set. Why does $(\mathbb{Q},+)$ have no minimal ...
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Smallest survey size algorithm

I was inspired to think of this problem when I saw a commercial saying "97.1% of audiences loved this movie!". After fiddling around with some numbers, I realised that at least 34 people must have ...
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Usage of decimal expansion

I learned about the rigorous construction of rationals as a set of equivalence classes of ordered integers with operations defined on this set. I understand that the decimal expansion is another way ...
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Verify if the following demonstration is correct

THEOREM: "There are $a, b$ irrationals, such that $a^b$ is rational." PROOF: " If $\sqrt{2} ^ \sqrt{2}$ is rational, $a = b = \sqrt{2}$, otherwise, $a = \sqrt{2} ^ \sqrt{2}$ and $b = \sqrt{2}$, so ...
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Given that $a>1$, show that the exponential function $a^x$ is increasing for $x\in\mathbb{Q}$

The assumption one can make here is that it is increasing for $x\in\mathbb{Z}$. I have tried to make a proof but I'm not sure if it is valid. Here it goes. Say $x,y\in\mathbb{Q}$. Then they can be ...
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Can rational numbers have decimals?

I had a question in my exam paper - Which of the following is not a rational number? a) $\sqrt{25}$ b) $\sqrt{45}$ c) $\sqrt\frac{256}{225}$ d) $\frac{3}{4}$ The answer to this is b. Now, ...
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How many rationals for a given $n \in \Bbb N \;\backslash \{1\}$?

Fix $n \in \Bbb N, n> 1$. Now choose a two digit base-$n$ number $ab $ say. There's $n^2$ choices for this. Consider the number $0.c_1 c_2 c_3 \ldots$ where the $c_i$ are defined recursively: ...
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What do rationals represent?

While learning about the construction of number systems, I realized that I had many misunderstandings of crucial concepts which I was learning intuitively. I recently learned about the construction of ...
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What is a class of equations? Which class would require the rational numbers to guarantee a solution?

What is a class of equations? Which class would require the rational numbers to guarantee a solution? The biggest problem I am having is that I am unsure what exactly a class of equations is. The ...
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Cantor diagonal argument; related number

I was reading another question on mse about cantors proof and I'm curious about a number that could be defined from it. Well there could be a whole heap of them, but one for now. Define $A=\Bbb{Q} ...
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Is a complex fraction considered part of the rationals?

I have always been taught that $\mathbb{Q}=\{ \frac{a}{b}|\,\,a,b\in \mathbb{Z},\, \,b\neq0\}$. Is this definition of the rationals limited? Could it also be true that a complex fraction, i.e. ...
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Correctness of proof that every positive rational with square $>2$ is an upper bound for those with square $<2$

I would like to know whether my proof makes sense or not, and if not where should it be corrected. Let $E=\{x \text{ is rational }: x>0 \text{ and } x^2<2\}.$ Claim: Every member of $F=\{x ...
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Correctness of the proof that the set $\{x \in \mathbb{Q} : x>0 \text{ and } x^2>2\}$ does not have a smallest element

Let $F=\{x \in \mathbb{Q} : x>0 \text{ and } x^2>2\}$. I am asked to show that $F$ does not have a smallest element. The hint is to simply prove the claim: 'If $p$ is a rational number in ...
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Why can't the reals be constructed from the infinitesimal?

If the infinitesimal gives an unlimited precision as 1/∞ --> 0 Which can be thought of as the decimal 0.000000.....00000... then Why can't the reals, which demands, simply, unlimited precision (this ...
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System of linear equations having a real solution has also a rational solution.

I saw this question Let $A ∈ M_{m\times n}(\mathbb{Q})$ and $b ∈ \mathbb{Q}^m$. Suppose that the system of linear equations $Ax = b$ has a solution in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Does it necessarily have ...
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The topology generated by open intervals of rational numbers

Let $B = \{ \mathbb{R} \} \cup \{ (a,b) \cap\mathbb {Q} \ ,\ a\lt b \ ,\ a,b \in\mathbb{Q}\}$ Thus, a set $V \in B$ if it is either equal to $\mathbb{R}$ or if it is in the intersection of ...
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Length of a rationals period in base $b$

Okay working in base $b$ we are given a fraction of form $\frac{p}{q}$ with $p$ and $q$ coprime. We also assume that $b$ and $q$ are coprime so $\frac{p}{q}$ is purely periodic in base $b$. The ...
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Rational values of $\sin(\log(x))$

Apart from the trivial solution $\sin(\log(1))=0$, is $$\sin(\log(x))$$ ever rational if $x$ is rational?
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How do I get the integer part of a number by using basic arithmetic?

While it is trivial to simply remove the fractional part of an irrational or rational number, and in programming I could just use the floor() or ...
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Do there exist an infinite number of 'rational' points in the equilateral triangle $ABC$?

Let's call a point $P$ which satisfies the following condition 'a rational point'. Condition: Each distance $PA, PB, PC$ from a point $P$ to three vertices $A, B, C$ of an equilateral triangle $ABC$ ...
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Prove that $x\in\mathbb Q$ [closed]

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 $x\in\mathbb Q$.
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Why do we still do symbolic math?

I just read that most practical problems (algebraic equations, differential equations) do not have a symbolic solution, but only a numerical. Numerical computations, to my understanding, never deal ...
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Is there a bijection from a bounded open interval of $\mathbb{Q}$ onto $\mathbb{Q}$?

It is easy to create a bijection between two bounded open intervals of $\mathbb{R}$, such as: $$ \begin{align} f : (a,b) &\to (\alpha,\beta) \\ x &\mapsto \alpha+(x-a)(\beta-\alpha). ...
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Properties of homomorphisms of the additive group of rationals

Let $f : (\mathbb{Q},+) \longrightarrow (\mathbb{Q},+)$ be a non-zero homomorphism. Can we conclude that $f$ is bijective (or, if that fails, that $f$ is injective or surjective)? Context The ...
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Prove that if $y,z \in\Bbb Q$ then $y^z \in\Bbb A$

Question : Prove that if $y,z \in\Bbb Q$ then $y^z \in\Bbb A$. My attempt: Definition 2.7.8 states that a number $s$ is an algebraic number when there exists some $p \in\Bbb Z[x]$ such that ...
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Comparing Fractional Numbers

Does a formula exist for comparing two fractional numbers, without resolving to using anything other than integers and fractions? (Thus not real numbers). In other words: given $\dfrac{a}{b}$ and ...
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If $\beta=0.{a_1}^{k}{a_2}^{k}{a_3}^{k}\cdots\in\mathbb Q$, then $\alpha=0.a_1a_2a_3\cdots\in\mathbb Q$?

Question : For every even $k\ge 4$, is the following $(\star)$ true? $$\begin{align}\text{If $\beta=0.{a_1}^{k}{a_2}^{k}{a_3}^{k}\cdots\in\mathbb Q$, then $\alpha=0.a_1a_2a_3\cdots\in\mathbb ...
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irrational, proving or finding counterexapmle [duplicate]

Prove or find a counterexample: For all real numbers x and y it holds that x + y is irrational if, and only if, both x and y are irrational. Can anyone give me a hint just about how to start cause i ...
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Rational numbers imply reals?

I was solving an inequality today and I proved it for rational numbers (it was easier because I was able to "strengthen" by doing things like "$\frac{p}{q}>\frac{r}{s}\implies ps\ge qr+1$ since ...
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Show that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using integer root theorem

Show that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using integer root theorem. Let $P(x)=x^2-2$. Since $\sqrt{2}$ is a root of this polynomial, had it been a rational (suppose $\sqrt{2}=\frac{p}{q}$) no, by ...
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How to represent the square root of 90 as a fraction?

How to represent the square root of 90 as a fraction? I can usually do this with a calculator but it's not wanting to play nice. I need it to find the distance between two points but, ...
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Prove $k!(e-s_k)$ is irrational.

Given that $\frac{p}{q} = e = 1 + \frac{1}{1!} + \frac{1}{2!} + ... + \frac{1}{k!} + \frac{e^{z}}{(k+1)!}$ for some $z$ in $[0,1]$ (using Taylor's theorem), and that $s_k = 1 + \frac{1}{1!} + ...
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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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Is it possible to find square root using only rational numbers and elementary arithmetic operators

Suppose I have a number a How can I find it's square root using only +, -, /, ...
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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?