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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Minimizing rational solutions of $ x^3+y^3=9$

I´m trying to solve this problem: An old alchemist had two sphercial flasks, one with a circunference of 12 inches and the other with a circunference of 24 inches. He desired to transfer their ...
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If $\cos\pi\theta$ is algebraic and $\theta$ is irrational, what is the set of possible $\theta$?

I know that $a= \cos \pi \theta$ is an algebraic number ($\theta$ is rational). I want to prove that if $\cos\pi\theta$ is rational, then the possible only possible values of $\theta$ are $0,±1/2,±1$ ...
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'Almost rational' integrals with no known closed form?

I recently stumbled upon an 'almost rational' integral, namely: $$\int_0^{\pi/2} x \frac{\sqrt{\sin x}-\sqrt{\cos x}}{\sqrt{\cos x}+\sqrt{\sin x}} dx=0.231231222\dots \approx 0.231231231\dots= ...
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Why do metric spaces that produce the same topology have different number theoretical difficulties?

Consider finding a a point with rational distance to the corners of unit square. Under the Euclidean metric this is very hard. (unsolved) Under the "city block" or taxicab metric this is very easy ...
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For which $a,b\in \mathbb{N},$ is $\frac{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{a}}{\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{b}}$ is a rational number. [closed]

I found the following problem on a Olympiad question paper: For which $a,b\in \mathbb{N},$ is $$\frac{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{a}}{\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{b}}$$ a rational number. I am unable to solve it. Any help ...
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Rational Distance Problem triple — irrational point

Many points with rational coordinates are known with rational distances to three vertices of a unit square. For example, the following points are rational distances from $a=(0,0)$, $b=(1,0)$, and ...
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Proof that the union of rational and irrational numbers sets is a set of real numbers [duplicate]

I see it all the time but is there a nice way to show that this is true? Or is this just a definition? I know that $\mathbb{Q} \subset \mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{I} \subset \mathbb{R}$, but how do we ...
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Approximation of $\sqrt{2}$

I got the following problem in a chapter of approximations: If $\frac{m}{n}$ is an approximation to $\sqrt{2}$ then prove that $\frac{m}{2n}+\frac{n}{m}$ is a better approximation to ...
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If $a$ and $b$ are positive rational numbers with $a < b$, show that $\frac{1}{a} >\frac {1}{b}$

Since both $a,b\in \mathbb{Q}^+$ and $a<b$, then of course $\frac{1}{a}$ is greater than $\frac{1}{b}$. However, I don't know how to prove that. I suppose I could do the greater than property in an ...
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Field containing all square roots of rational numbers

What is the smallest field which contains all square roots of positive rational numbers? I guess I mean “smallest” in terms of set inclusion, i.e. the minimal one with regard to the “$\subseteq$” ...
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How do I write down a curve with exactly one rational point

Let $g\geq 1$. I would like to write down (for all $g$) a smooth projective geometrically connected curve $X$ over $\mathbf{Q}$ of genus $g$ with precisely one rational point. Is this possible? For ...
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Prove that the group of the rational points on the conic $u^2-Av^2=1$ is not finitely generated.

This is an exercise from Rational Points on Elliptic Curves by Silverman. Let $H$ be the conic $u^2-Av^2=1$ where $\sqrt{A}\notin \mathbb{Q}$. If $(u_1,v_1), (u_2,v_2)$ are two points in ...
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A proof that $\frac{(2\phi)^n-(-1)^n}{\phi^{2n}-(-1)^n}\cdot\left(2^n-\phi^n\right)\cdot\sqrt5\in\mathbb Q$ for all $n\in\mathbb Z$

During computation of some series (with help of a CAS), at an intermediate step I encountered an expression, that after dropping non-essential parts looks like this:$$\mathcal ...
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Let $H = \{2^m : m \in \mathbb{Z}\}$ & define a relation $R$ on the set $\mathbb{Q^{+}}$ of positive rationals by $a\mathbin{R}b$ iff $a/b \in H$.

Let $H = \{2^m : m \in \mathbb{Z}\}$ and define a relation $R$ on the set $\mathbb{Q^{+}}$ of positive rational numbers by $a\mathbin{R}b$ if and only if $a/b \in H$. Prove that $R$ is an equivalence ...
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Convert this into fractional number step by step?

3.41287548754875... Convert the above number to a rational number? I was reviewing some pre calculus on my own but couldn't figure this out.
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Let $S = { r \in \mathbb{Q} : r \lt 2}$. Prove that $S$ does not have a largest element.

Let $S$ = $[{ r \in \mathbb{Q} : r \lt 2}]$. Prove that $S$ does not have a largest element. My method: Assume to the contrary that $S$ does have a largest element, where $S$ = $[{r \in \mathbb{Q} ...
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for what x, is $\frac{1}{\pi} \cdot c\cos^{-1}(x) \in \mathbb{Q}$

While solving a question, I met the next problem, for what x, is: $$ \frac{1}{\pi} \cdot \cos^{-1}(x) \in \mathbb{Q} $$ I found in this paper that for $ 0 \leq r \leq 1, r \in \mathbb{Q} $, $$ ...
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What exactly are those “two irrational numbers” $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is rational? [duplicate]

It's possible to prove nonconstructively that there exists irrational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is rational, but that proof only proves that such numbers exist and does not specify what they ...
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Complement of rationals has empty interior

This question refers to How to prove closure of $\mathbb{Q}$ is $\mathbb{R}$ I want to prove that the closure of $\mathbb{Q}$ is $\mathbb{R}$. I am trying to understand the accepted answer, but when ...
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Rational Question for $a + b$ and Irrationality of $a^2 + b^2$

I have looked into the question and need help. Find some $a,b$ ${\in}$ $\mathbb{R}$ such that $a + b$ ${\in}$ $\mathbb{Q}$, $a^2 + b^2 \not\in \mathbb{Q}$, and $\frac{a}{2} < b < a$. Or prove ...
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Is $\frac{1}{11}+\frac{1}{111}+\frac{1}{1111}+\cdots$ an irrational number?

Obviously: $$\frac{1}{10}+\frac{1}{100}+\frac{1}{1000}+\cdots=0.1111\dots=\frac{1}{9}$$ is a rational number. Now, if we make terms with demoninators in the form: $$q_n=\sum_{k=0}^{n} 10^k$$ Then ...
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Validity of certain arguments about the countability of infinite sets

I am trying to get an understanding, in layman's terms / on an intuitive level, why some arguments about the countability of infinite sets are valid, and some arguments which seem almost identical on ...
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Rational Expression equivalent form

EDIT: I know how to find the answer, but does anyone know why plugging in numbers for x does not work? The Question: If the rational expression $\frac {3x^2}{3x-1}$ is rewritten in the equivalent ...
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If x is a rational number expression

Can the expression $\dfrac{\sqrt{x+1}}{\sqrt{x-1}}$ be expressed with a rational denominator as $\dfrac{\sqrt{x^2-1}}{x-1}$ provided that $x$ is a rational number?
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If a series grows more slowly than any geometric series, can it ever converge to a rational?

I was reading a proof of $e$'s irrationality which, in some sense, uses the fact that the series $\sum \frac{1}{n!} = e$ grows slowly. This got me thinking: can we generalize this and say "oh, $\sum ...
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Proof by contradiction problem on rational numbers

Using proofs by contradiction, show that there is no smallest negative rational number and no largest positive rational number. Assume that there is a smallest negative rational number. Therefore, ...
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The dilemma of Pi [closed]

Is Pi rational or irrational ? Pi can be represented as 22/7 which is a rational number. Whereas 3.14 is a non terminating and non recurring number which is a irrational number
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Does an analytic $f$ need be polynomial to close $\mathbb{Q}$

If an analytic function $f : \mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ satisfies $f(\mathbb{Q}) \subseteq \mathbb{Q}$, can we conclude that $f$ is a polynomial?
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Creating a periodic sequence from a given subsequence

You are given the odd elements of an infinite binary sequence: $$ a_1, a_3, a_5, \dots $$ You have to add even elements $a_2,a_4,a_6,\dots$ such that the resulting sequence is periodic (i.e, a ...
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Function that maps the “pureness” of a rational number?

By pureness I mean a number that shows how much the numerator and denominator are small. E.g. $\frac{1}{1}$ is purest, $\frac{1}{2}$ is less pure (but the same as $\frac{2}{1}$), $\frac{2}{3}$ is ...
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Proof that 1/x + 1/y is distinct for distinct unordered pairs of (x,y), xy = k.

Take xy = k, for nonzero k. There are many (x,y) that can satisfy this. However, how do I prove that the sums of the members of any two distinct, unordered pairs, is distinct? (This is an equivalent ...
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Conditions under which $\frac{ax+b}{cx+d}$ will be rational.

Suppose $x$ is an irrational number and $a,b,c,d$ are rational numbers. If we know that $$ \frac{(ax+b)}{(cx+d)} $$ is rational, then it follows that: a.) $a=c=0$, b.) $a=c$ and $b=d$, c.) $a+b = ...
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How can we find and categorize the subgroups of R?

$\newcommand{\R}{\Bbb R}\newcommand{\Q}{\Bbb Q}\newcommand{\Z}{\Bbb Z}$ What are all the subgroups of R = $(\R, +)$ and how can we categorize them? I started thinking about this question last night ...
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Bijection of positive rational numbers with the natural numbers

In what position does the number $\frac{14}{15}$ appear in the bijection of the positive rational numbers with the natural numbers? The first few terms of the bijection are: $\frac 11$, $\frac12$, ...
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What is the name of the set obtained by multiplying a given number by any rational?

Given a number, is there a name for the set where each element results of multiplying this number by a rational? For a given $ n \in \mathbb N $: $$ \{ r \cdot n \mid r \in \mathbb Q \} $$
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show that this statement is false (counterexample) if $a,b \in \mathbb R \backslash \mathbb Q $ then $a \cdot b \in \mathbb R \backslash \mathbb Q $

if $a,b \in \mathbb R \backslash \mathbb Q $ then $a \cdot b \in \mathbb R \backslash \mathbb Q $ Okay so the question asks to show, with a counter example, that the above statement is false. Here ...
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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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Show that $x=y+z$ for all $x \in S$

We are given a set $S$ as a subset of the rational numbers defined by: $0 \notin S$ If $s_1 , s_2 \in S$, then $\frac {s_1}{s_2} \in S$ There exists a nonzero rational number $q \notin S$ such ...
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$\pi \not\in \mathbb{Q}$?

I've taken this fact for granted; some thinking tells me that indeed, I cannot express it with fractions. So it's not rational. But well, if $p,q \in \mathbb{Q}$ then $p+q \in \mathbb{Q}$ since it is ...
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Rational numbers as angles - where do irrationals fit in?

If we make a rectangular grid with integer coordinates, it's possible to assign a unique angle to any rational number, using the definition $\tan \phi=y/x$ for $\phi \in (-\pi/2, \pi/2)$. For ...
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Square Root of Rational Number $\frac{A}{B}$

Here's the question: Let $x=\frac{A}{B}$ be a positive rational number in lowers terms (i.e., $A, B\in\mathbb{N}$ and $hcf(A,B)=1$). Prove that $\sqrt{x}$ is rational if and only if $A$ and $B$ are ...
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Proving the rationals are dense in R

I know this is a common proof. I'm following Rudin's proof and I'm following everything except for one step. Suppose $x, y \in \Bbb R$ and $x < y$. Then there exists an $n \in \Bbb N$ such that ...
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Position or rank of an arbitrary rational number

Rational numbers are countable as shown by the usual table here: https://aminsaied.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/diagonal-arguments/ So, counting in the zig-zag manner as shown in the table, $1/1$ is the ...
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Rational or Irrational number [closed]

we know that "$a$" is a Irrational number .But "$a^2+a$" is Rational. Can You find "$a$"? (more than one answer is available)
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Is it possible to calculate $ \sin(\alpha) $ (and other trigonometric functions) as a rational number? [duplicate]

I am creating a computer library for arbitrary-precision calculations, by expressing numbers as rationals (with an arbitrary-precision numerator and denominator). Now, I am exploring the possibility ...
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Irrational Numbers and their squares

If $s$ is irrational is $s^2$ irrational? Looking at example (a) $s= \sqrt 2$ then $s^2= 2$, which is rational but looking at example (b) $s= 5^{1/3}$, then $s^2= 5^{2/3}$ which is irrational or ...
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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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What subsets of rationals have been defined where each element equals the sum of a sequence of numbers?

In particular, I'm interested in the rationals that result from adding a finite sequence of consecutive integer powers of two. Has it been studied somewhere? Update This formalized example might ...
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Continuity - approximating an irrational number via rationals [duplicate]

If $x=p/q$, where $(p,q)=1$ are integers, then $f(x)=1/q$. If x is irrational then f(x)=0. Prove that: a) f is continuous for all irrationals b) f is not continuous for all rationals. I think ...