# Tagged Questions

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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### Intuitive explanation of the Dirichlet function and rationality

The Dirichlet function is defined by $f(x)=\begin{cases} c &\text{ if } x\in \mathbb{Q}\\d &\text{ if } x\notin \mathbb{Q}.\end{cases}, c\neq d$ See MathWorld's page for the full definition. ...
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### When can a set have an upper bound but no least upper bound?

So I'm taking real analysis and have noted that one of the benefits of the Dedekind cut is that 'if one of the sets made has an upper bound it also has a least upper bound'. I don't understand how a ...
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### Smallest number of workers in factory, Diophantine approximation

Q. In a factory, the percentage of male workers was $53.7802\%$ (rounding to nearest fourth decimal place) last year. What is the smallest number of female workers working there? Hint: Diophantine ...
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### Representing every positive rational number in the form of $(a^n+b^n)/(c^n+d^n)$

About a month ago, I got the following : For every positive rational number $r$, there exists a set of four positive integers $(a,b,c,d)$ such that ...
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### Enumerating the positive rationals without repetition

From Makarov's Selected problems in real analysis Let $r_n$ be defined as follows\begin{cases} r_1=1 & \\ r_{2k}=1+r_k \\ r_{2k+1}=\frac{1}{r_{2k}} & \end{cases} ...
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### If $x$ and $y$ are irrational but $x + y$ is rational then $x - y$ is irrational [closed]

Prove that if $x$ and $y$ are irrational but $x + y$ is rational then $x - y$ is irrational. I can understand how it works in my head, I don't know how to prove it though.
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### Prove that the quotient of a nonzero rational number and an irrational number is irrational

$0\neq a\in \mathbb Q, b\in \mathbb R \setminus\mathbb Q \text{ (b is irrational)}$ Prove that $\frac a b$ is irrational. From defintion $a=\frac m n$ such that $m,n\in \mathbb Z, n\neq 0$. ...
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### A simple question about rational numbers without a simple proof?

As in this question, study the quasigroup $(Q_+,/)$ of positive rational numbers under division. There are two obvious identities: $a/(b/c)=c/(b/a)$, for all $a,b,c\in Q_+$ $(a/b)/c=(a/c)/b$, for ...
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### Is this proof about the countability of $\Bbb Q \times \Bbb Q \times \cdots \times \Bbb Q$ sound?

If $\Bbb{Q}$ is countable, prove that the set $\Bbb{Q}^n$ for $n = 2,3,...$ is countable. Base case: $n = 2 \rightarrow \Bbb{Q}^2 = \Bbb{Q}\times\Bbb{Q}$ which, by Proposition 4.5 (see bottom of ...
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### division of fraction simplification

The expression is this: ${{y^2 - y} \over 1 {}} \div {{y^2 - 1} \over 3}$ The first step is to swap the second expression round to: ${{y^2 - y} \over 1 {}} \div {3 \over {y^2 - 1}}$ The answer ...
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### How to find all rational points on the elliptic curves like $y^2=x^3-2$

Reading the book by Diophantus, one may be led to consider the curves like: $y^2=x^3+1$, $y^2=x^3-1$, $y^2=x^3-2$, the first two of which are easy (after calculating some eight curves to be solved ...
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### Why does the elliptic curve for $a+b+c = abc = 6$ involve a solvable nonic?

The curve discussed in this OP's post, $$\color{brown}{-24a+36a^2-12a^3+a^4}=z^2\tag1$$ is birationally equivalent to an elliptic curve. Following E. Delanoy's post, let $G$ be the set of rational ...
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### Prove that if $x$ and $y$ are rational numbers and $y\ne 0$, then $x/y$ is a rational number [duplicate]

Prove that if $x$ and $y$ are rational numbers and $y\ne 0$, then $\frac{x}{y}$ is a rational number. How do I prove this, and also which proving method would I use? I'm confused between that and ...
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### Is $\Bbb Q^n$ dense in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for $n>1$? [closed]

It is well known that the rational numbers, $\mathbb{Q}$, are dense in $\mathbb{R}$. My question here :Is $\ \mathbb{Q}^n$ dense in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for $n>1$ ? Edit : I edited the question as it ...
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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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### Difference between ${2\over 9}$ and ${22\over 99}$? [closed]

The fractions ${2\over 9}$ and ${22\over 99}$ both have the same decimal value $0.22222\ldots$ But obviously they are not equal. What causes this situation? And also, what is the correct rational ...
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### What functions stem from Fourier Series with rational-only coefficients?

Given the Fourier series $$f(z) = \sum_{k=-\infty}^\infty c_k e^{ikz}$$ but with $c_k\in(\mathbb Q+ i\mathbb Q)$ instead of $\mathbb C$ (or even purely real), are the functions obtained this way in ...
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### Why is the remainder uniformly distributed when 1,2,3,… are divided by an irrational number?

Let remainder $r$ be defined as $$r = n - pq$$ where $n \in \mathbb{N}$ is the dividend , $q \in \mathbb{R}$ is the divisor, and $p = \mathrm{floor}(n/q)$. I calculated the remainders by dividing ...
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### Simplified rational distance problem

① Is there a point on a square with sides of rational length that is a rational distance from each vertex? Note that this is a very specific case of the Rational Distance Problem, which can be ...
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### $0.333333$ - a recurring or non-terminating decimal?

I have read like, 1.All terminating and recurring decimals are RATIONAL NUMBERS. 2.All non-terminating and non recurring decimals are IRRATIONAL NUMBERS. if the statements are right, then here ...
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### Integrating the normal distribution over rational numbers?

Is it possible to integrate the normal distribution over rational numbers? What is the value of such integral? Is it $\pi$ minus the integral over irrational numbers?
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### Why do the integers, rationals and any countable set have zero measure?

There is an exercise in my text that tells me to prove the "obvious and easy to see" fact that $\mathbb{Z}$ and $\mathbb{Q}$ have measure zero. Er...here is what I know so far. If I have an interval, ...
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### Rational vs Irrational distribution

Imagine I draw a number line, and I took two points. What's the distribution of rational and irrational numbers between them? If I put it in a diagram where I color rational with a color and ...
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### Find all functions $f:\mathbb{Q}^+\rightarrow\mathbb{Q}^+$ such that $f(x)+f(y)+2xyf(xy)=\frac{f(xy)}{f(x+y)}$

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{Q}^+\rightarrow\mathbb{Q}^+$ such that $$f(x)+f(y)+2xyf(xy)=\frac{f(xy)}{f(x+y)}$$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb{Q}^+$. Before this problem, I have solved few similar ...
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### If $a \in \mathbb{I}$ , how is $\overline{\mathbb{Z}+ a\mathbb{Z}}=\mathbb{R}$

If $a \in \mathbb{I}$ , how is $$\overline{\mathbb{Z}+ a\mathbb{Z}}=\mathbb{R}$$ It says in my notebook that this set in dense in $\mathbb{R}.$ How do I prove this density? With say $\mathbb{Q}$ and ...
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### H0w t0 prove that periodic decimal numbers are rational? $a_1…a_k(b_1b_2..b_l)={m \over n}$

Given $a_1...a_k(b_1b_2..b_l)={m \over n}$ how can I prove that periodic decimal numbers are rational? Where do I even begin?
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### Can a non-rational polynomial be rational at all integers?

Is there a polynomial $f \in \mathbb{R}[X]$ such that for every $x \in \mathbb Z,\>\> f(x)$ is rational but at least one of the coefficients of $f$ is irrational?
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### What is the Best Introduction to Dedekind Cuts?

I'm looking for a clear, thorough, and easy-to-follow introduction to Dedekind cuts that is specifically geared towards those with an interest in foundational issues. So far, the discussions that I ...
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### (Ir)rationality of Real Numbers

I am working on this proof and this is what I got so far, can someone help me verify if what I have done is right? For all real numbers $x$ and $y$, if $x+y$ is rational and $x-y$ is irrational ...
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### Prove $\log(x)$ is transcendental

What is a proof that $\ln(\alpha)$ is transcendental for $\alpha$. I believe I heard somewhere that the natural logarithm of any rational number is transcendental. Do you guys have any proofs of that ...
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### Prove that rational numbers (not just positive) are countable without using axiom of choice.

Prove that rational numbers (not just positive) are countable without using axiom of choice(since it is controversial). I have seen proofs that use the fact that union of countable sets is countable, ...
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### Can set of integers form a vector space over field of rationals?

As field of reals $\mathbb{R}$ can be made a vector space over field of complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$ but not in the usual way. In the same way can we make the ring of integers $\mathbb{Z}$ as a ...
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### Procedure converting decimals to rationals.

Suppose I have been given a rational number in decimal format (since decimals of rationals repeat, finite precision presentation suffices), what is the most effective way to write it in form of ratio ...
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### Length of period of decimal expansion of a fraction

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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### IMC 2008 first problem first day. Finding continuous functions so $x-y\in \mathbb Q \implies f(x)-f(y)\in \mathbb Q$

I would like an alternate solution and proof verification for the following problem: Find all continuous functions $f:\mathbb R \rightarrow \mathbb R$ so that if $x-y$ is rational then $f(x)-f(y)$ is ...
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### Are $x,y$ rational if $x+y$ is rational and $x-y$ is rational? [closed]

Are $x,y$ rational if $x+y$ is rational and $x-y$ is rational? This question was given in maths class, and I don't know where to start. I would be happy if the answer was included in the proof.
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