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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how much differential structure can we put on countable manifolds?

The motivation for this question is that I would like to formulate Lagrangian mechanics in a purely discrete setting (see also my older question at physics.se). Unfortunately several key pieces of ...
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How can I approximate a decimal with two fractions where denominator is less or equal to $d$

I was looking for a way to approximate a decimal number with a fraction, whose denominator is less or equal to $d$. Basically, having a decimal $X$, I want to find two fractions such that ...
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How to calculate this expression and get an integer number?

Hello there I don't have idea how to calculate this: $$\left[\frac {116690151}{427863887} \times \left(3+\frac 23\right)\right]^{-2} - \left[\frac{427863887}{116690151} \times \left(1-\frac ...
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Question in fraction [on hold]

I find it difficult to solve this. Please help me out.... At a party, the number of men was $\frac{2}{5}$ the number of women. After $144$ women left, the number of women become $1\frac{1}{2}$ ...
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Is a continuous function $f : \mathbb{Q}\to\mathbb{Q}$ always bounded on a closed interval?

Can a function $f : \mathbb{Q} \to \mathbb{Q}$ that is continuous on an interval $[a,b]$ not be bounded on $[a,b]$? I'm asking this because in Spivak's Calculus, the "Boundedness Theorem", which ...
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How to estimate the number of decimal places required for a division?

Given two decimal numbers, is it possible to estimate the number of decimal places required to fit the result of their division? Provided that the division yields a finite number of decimals, of ...
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Why do we switch the denominator and numerator when we divide fractions? [duplicate]

Why do we switch the denominator and numerator when we divide fractions? I've been trying to find out why and I've asked several people and checked many websites but none that give me a good answer. ...
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How to approximate $0.714286$ as a fraction of $\pi$?

I'm doing an exercise that tells me that the answer must be a multiple of pi, like $12\pi$ or $\dfrac23\pi$. I need to approximate $0.714286$ as a fraction of $\pi$. How do I achieve this?
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for which values of $\theta$.does this equation: $x_1^{\sin\theta}+\cdots+x_n^{\sin\theta}=1$ have rational solutions for all $n$?

I'd surprised if this equation:$$x_1^{\sin\theta}+\cdots+x_n^{\sin\theta}=1 $$ have rational solutions for all $n$ and for all values of $\theta$. My question here is: for which values of $\theta$ ...
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Multiplying and adding fractions

Why multiplying fractions is equal to multiply the tops, multiply the bottoms? $$\frac{a}{b}\times \frac{c}{d}=\frac{a\times c}{b \times d},$$ And why $$\frac{a}{b}\times \frac{c}{c}=\frac{a}{b},$$ ...
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Distributive property on fractions

I'm in seventh grade and my teacher wasn't able to explain this to me. why is $\frac{1}{a+b}$ not equal to $\frac 1b +\frac 1a$? I'm sorry if this is obvious. EDIT: thank you to everyone who ...
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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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How to get the given equality?

I have the following sum ($n\in \Bbb N)$: $$ \frac {1}{1 \times 4} + \frac {1}{4 \times 7} + \frac {1}{7 \times 10} +...+ \frac {1}{(3n - 2)(3n + 1)} \tag{1} $$ It can be proved that the sum is equal ...
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proof of rational numbers as repeating or terminating decimald

As an exercise in my conceptual algebra class we attempted to determine the reason why this theorem holds true in the forward direction. (Note we decided not to tackle the opposite direction) I wrote ...
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Is it possible to express $\Gamma\!\left(\tfrac{1}{50}\right)$ through values of the $\Gamma$-function at rational points with smaller denominators?

Sometimes it is possible to express a value of the $\Gamma$-function at a rational point through values of the $\Gamma$-function at rational points with smaller denominators, e.g. ...
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Wrong Answer - Rewrite Rational Number as a Fraction.

This number 2.962962 can be rational $$x=2.962962$$ $$10x=29.62962$$ $$100x=296.2962$$ $$1000x=2962.962$$ $$1000x-10x=\frac{990x}{990}=\frac{2933}{990}$$ why is this wrong? That way of getting the ...
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Why are there opposite rules for dividing positive numbers and negative numbers?

I'm in confusion from some time about division of negative numbers. When we divide a positive number with a positive number, for example $$5/3 = 1.66 $$ we see what is biggest multiple of 3 which is ...
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Math trigonometry transformation

Hi, I haven't done math in a while, and stumbled upon this thing. The angle ($\arccos 7/25) is given, and i have to calculate the cosine of it's half. I've used the basic formula for cosine of an ...
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Fixed Points of Function from Rationals to Reals

Consider a function $f$ from the positive rationals to the reals such that $f(x)f(y)\ge f(xy)$ and $f(x+y)\ge f(x)+f(y)$. Further assume this function has a fixed point greater than $1$. Prove this ...
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I was wondering, shouldn't the fraction $\frac {-2}{-1}$ be less than 1?

Because technically, the numerator is smaller than the denominator as $-2 < -1$ I know it's an extremely stupid question. I mean I know that I can just multiply $-1$ to the numerator and the ...
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Another (in)dependence over the nonzero rationals question

About one hour ago I asked a question which at first sight looked non-trivial to me but it is really trivial. Shame on me, whether I want it or not. Now I have, solely for fun, another question which ...
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Linear (in)dependence of roots over the nonzero rational numbers

I was reading some question on this site and stream of thought led me to the creation of another question that could be trivial for someone but I am unable even to start solving it. I wanna share this ...
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Recurring duodecimals fractions [closed]

I get the idea about duodecimals from what I read till I reach the fractions point where: $\frac{1}{8}=0.16$ instead of $0.15$ $\frac{1}{9}=0.14$ instead of $0.13333333$ ...
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Find the sum of reciprocals of divisors given the sum of divisors

Let $d_1, d_2, \cdots d_k$ be all the factors of a positive integer '$n$' including $1$ and $n$. Suppose $d_1 + d_2 + d_3+\cdots+d_k = 72$. Then find the value of $\frac{1}{d_1}+\frac{1}{d_2}+\cdots + ...
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Online math question didn't do a square of a square root properly?

I'm currently taking an online college math course, and I recently came across something that I can't make any sense out of. $(\frac{5x \cdot \sqrt{3}}{6})^2 = \frac{25x^2}{12}$ It looks like ...
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Differential equation - fractions, circular answer?

Hi this might seem like a really stupid question but then hopefully someone can asnswer it quite easily :) I have function $P{_t}$$=(E{_t}$ $(P{_t}{_+}{_1}+$ $δ{_t}{_+}{_1}$$ )-γΩx$${^*})/$$(1+rf+ψ_t ...
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How to find the limit $\lim_{x\to0}\frac{x\tan x-x\sin x}{x\sin^2x/\cos x}$ [closed]

Here is the limit I'm struggling with: $$\lim_{x\to0}\cfrac{x\tan x-x\sin x}{x\sin^2x/\cos x}.$$ Worked so hard to find it, but couldn't.
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Simplifying $\frac{1/(\frac{1}{z_1}(1-t)+\frac{1}{z_2}t) - z_1}{(z_2 - z_1)}$

This drives me mad! I am not very good in math but thought I could at least do basic things like this one, but can't figure it out and I spent a day on it. I am trying to simplify: ...
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Express 99 2/3% as a fraction? No calculator

My 9-year-old daughter is stuck on this question and normally I can help her, but I am also stuck on this! I have looked everywhere to find out how to do this but to no avail so any help/guidance is ...
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How Many Rational Slopes?

Given an $N$ by $M$ grid with integer coordinates (e.g. like pixels in an image), how many slopes are defined by the set of lines passing through the each grid point pair? Note that because the ...
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How is N^2/3 equivalent to 1/(N^1/3)?

I've tried to look for similar things on StackExchange and elsewhere on the net, but can't seem to find anything, so thought I'd just ask for some help on here... Someone has kindly helped me with a ...
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Representing rational numbers on a number line

Though the cardinality of the set of natural numbers is the same as the cardinality of the set of rational numbers, when one looks at a number line this fact seems counterintuitive, since between ...
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why doesn't proof of sum of two rational number is rational not proving the irreducibility of fraction $\frac{ad+bc}{bd}$?

When I was comparing proof for $\sqrt{2}$ and sum of two rational numbers, I found that the proof of two rational number did not mention anything about common factor in the ratio. one proof I found ...
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How do I simplify $\frac{\sqrt{21}-5}{2} + \frac{2}{\sqrt{21} - 5}$?

How do I simplify the following equation? $$\frac{\sqrt{21}-5}{2} + \frac{2}{\sqrt{21} - 5}$$ I have no idea where to start. If I multiply either fraction by its denominator I will still end ...
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“Least trivial” function preserving rationality

Is there a "non-trivial" function $f(x,y)$ such that $$f(x,y) \in \mathbb{Q} \iff x,y\in \mathbb{Q}?$$ An example of a "trivial" function would be $$f(x,y) = \begin{cases} 0 & x,y\in ...
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How to simplify a diabolical expression involving radicals

A friend and I have been working on this problem for hours - how can the following expression be simplified analytically? It equals $\frac{1}{2},$ and we have tried the following to no avail: ...
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If the decimal expansion of $a/b$ contains “$7143$” then $b>1250$

I recently stumbled upon this really interesting problem: If we have a fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a,b \in \mathbb{N}$ and we know that the decimal fraction of $\frac{a}{b}$ has the numerical ...
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How do I show that the equivalence relation defining the rational numbers is transitive?

I apologize if this is a super easy question, but there is something fishy about my proof. I was to show: $$(p,q) \sim (m,n) \wedge (m,n) \sim (a,b) \implies (p,q) \sim (a,b) $$ under the ...
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What is known about this well-ordering of the rationals in a finite interval?

Given any interval $I=(a,b) \subset \mathbb R^+$, we may order the rationals in $I$ with a denominator-first lexicographic order, as follows: First, we list, in increasing order of numerator, all $q ...
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Why does $\frac{49}{64}\cos^2 \theta + \cos^2 \theta$ equal $\frac{113}{64}\cos^2 \theta $?

I have an example: $$ \frac{49}{64}\cos^2 \theta + \cos^2 \theta = 1 $$ Then what happens next: $$ \frac{113}{64}\cos^2 \theta = 1 $$ Where has the other cosine disappeared to? What operation ...
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For which values of $\theta $ does this claim true?

According to the conjecture of , L. J. Lander, T. R. Parkin, and John Selfridge (1967):I suppose this claim : claim :let : $$\sum_{i=1}^n a^{\cos\theta}_i =\sum_{j=1}^m b^{\cos\theta}_j ,$$ for ...
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Presentation of the additive group of the rational numbers

We know that $\mathbb{Q}\cong\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{Z}/\sim$, where the isomorphism is a ring isomorphism and the equivalence relation is defined as $$(a,b)\sim(c,d)\Longleftrightarrow ad=bc$$ Then ...
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Rational number with rational exponent becomes rational

I'm looking for a proof to show when $p^q$ for $p,q \in \mathbb{Q}$ is again in $\mathbb{Q}$, without factoring. I'm not sure, if it's possible, given these two numbers to say if the result is again ...
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Get rid of the square roots of the denominator: $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{7}-2\sqrt{5}+\sqrt{3}}$

How to get rid of the square roots of the denominator: $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{7}-2\sqrt{5}+\sqrt{3}}$? I squared the whole denominator, but that didn't help. Also I searched for a propriety or ...
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When we can change the sign of denominator

Suppose $z=\frac{-x_1}{x_2-x_3}$, find $-z$. Which one is correct $$-z=\frac{x_1}{x_2-x_3}\ \ \ \text{or}\ \ \ -z=\frac{x_1}{-x_2+x_3}$$
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Adding a natural number to a normalized fraction

I am currently writing yet another rational number class where the fraction should always be normalized. When adding a natural number to a normalized fraction, it possible to get a non-normalized ...
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proof of $\sum\nolimits_{i = 1}^{n } {\prod\nolimits_{\substack{j = 1\\j \ne i}}^{n } {\frac{{x_i }}{{x_i - x_j }}} } = 1$ [duplicate]

i found a equation that holds for any natural number of n and any $x_i \ne x_j$ as follows: $$\sum\limits_{i = 1}^{n } {\prod\limits_{\substack{j = 1\\j \ne i}}^{n } {\frac{{x_i }}{{x_i - x_j }}} } ...
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SAT math problem about solute and solution

There are two solutions $P$ and $Q$. There are $50 g$ of $P$, which has $30\%$ benzene by mass, and $200 g$ of $Q$, which has $70\%$ benzene by mass. If $20 g$ of solution $P$ is added to $20 g$ of ...
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Find five positive integers whose reciprocals sum to $1$

Find a positive integer solution $(x,y,z,a,b)$ for which $$\frac{1}{x}+ \frac{1}{y} + \frac{1}{z} + \frac{1}{a} + \frac{1}{b} = 1\;.$$ Is your answer the only solution? If so, show why. I was ...
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decimal to fractions

When being asked how to solve the Arithmetic Means of 8, 7, 7, 5, 3, 2, and 2, I understand that adding these numbers then dividing by 7 (the amount of numbers) gives me the decimal 4.85714... But ...