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Is the set of real numbers really uncountably infinite?

The proof that the set of real numbers is uncountably infinite is often concluded with a contradiction. In the following argument I use a similar proof by contradiction to show that the set of ...
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Showing $r\in\mathbb Q\setminus \{0\}\implies e^r\notin \mathbb Q$

For a given $n>0$, let $\displaystyle J_n:x\to \frac{1}{n!}\int_{-x}^x(x^2-t^2)^ne^tdt$ a. Prove that there exists $A_n,B_n\in \mathbb R_n[X]$ such that $\forall x\in \mathbb R^+, ...
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Is a non-repeating and non-terminating decimal always an irrational?

We can build $\frac{1}{33}$ like this, $.030303$ $\cdots$ ($03$ repeats). $.0303$ $\cdots$ tends to $\frac{1}{33}$. So,I was wondering this: In the decimal representation, if we start writing the ...
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Roots of a Cubic Polynomial with Elementary Symmetric Polynomial Coefficients

Let $R_n$ be a set of $n$ distinct nonzero rational numbers. Let $e_k$ be elementary symmetric polynomials over $R_n$---i.e. $e_0=1$, $e_1 = \sum_{1\le i\le n} r_i$, $e_2 = \sum_{1\le i<j\le n} r_i ...
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Question on rounding off rule

There is a specific rule(Banker's Rule I think) for rounding of numbers that end in 5. The rule is that we add 1 to the preceding digit of it's odd but keep it as it is if it's even. It's always ...
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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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Minimal $ab$ for Rational Number $a/b$ in an Interval

Given rational numbers $L$ and $U$, $0<L<U<1$, find rational number $M=a/b$ such that $L \le M<U$ and $(a\times b)$ is as small as possible---$a$ and $b$ are integers. For example, If ...
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Closed form of a sum of ratios of integers

I am computing in a program this sum (does it have a "name"): $$\sum_{\alpha=2}^{K} \frac{\alpha-1}{\alpha}$$ is there a way to avoid the sum, term by term, and use a more compact closed form ?
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Real numbers and rationals - Decimal Expansion

How would one endeavor to show that A real number is rational if and only if its decimal expression ends in recurring digits?
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What automorphisms exist on the abelian group of positive rationals under multiplication?

Consider the abelian group $(\mathbb{Q}_{>0}, \times)$. What automorphisms exist for this group? I can only think of the trivial one and of $\phi(q) = \frac{1}{q}$. If we relax the problem to ...
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Approximating non-rational roots by a rational roots for a quadratic equation

Let $a,b,c$ be integers and suppose the equation $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c=0$ has an irrational root $r$. Let $u=\frac p q$ be any rational number such that $|u-r|<1$. Prove that $\frac 1 {q^2} \leq |f(u)| ...
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Is every homeomorphism of $\mathbb{Q}$ monotone?

It is well known that every continuous injective map $\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is monotone. This statement is false for maps $\mathbb{Q}\rightarrow\mathbb{Q}$. (That is becaus $\mathbb{Q}$ is ...
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Prove that the square root of any irrational number is irrational.

The problem I'm having with this proof is that I'm not sure if my proof actually proves the theorem correct or if I'm using circular reasoning. Theorem: Prove that the square root of any irrational ...
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rational numbers as upper limit of a summation?

a quick question: Is it a legit way to use a fraction as the upper limit of a summation? Given is a frequency $f$ and a sample rate $f_s$. I want to use a sum like this: $\sum_{k=1}^{\frac{f_s}{2f}} ...
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Is it true that $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2+2an+b}\in \Bbb Q \iff \exists k\in \Bbb N^+\text{ such that } a^2-b=k^2 $?

This is a curiosity question: Question Given two positive integers $a$ and $b$ do we have the following equivalence: $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2+2an+b}\in \Bbb Q \iff \exists k\in \Bbb ...
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Compare density of rationals to the density of integers

Is is possible to somehow quantitatively compare the density of rational numbers to the density of integer numbers, ascribing to the both a number characterizing the density?
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How can the decimal expansion of this rational number not be periodic?

I just noticed that dividing $1 \div 998$ gives me the apparently non-periodic $$0.001002004008016032064\ldots ,$$ which is $$10^{-3} + 2\times 10^{-6} + 4\times10^{-9} + 8\times 10^{-12} + \cdots = ...
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Hint for: Prove any terminating decimal can be represented as a rational number

I am currently working on a problem from Hardy and have been stuck trying to figure out what to do. I was wondering if someone could provide me with a hint that may help jump-start my thought process. ...
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What rational numbers have rational square roots?

All rational numbers have the fraction form $$\frac a b,$$ where a and b are integers($b\neq0$). My question is: for what $a$ and $b$ does the fraction have rational square root? The simple answer ...
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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 one. Numerical computations, to my understanding, never ...
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Rational Irrational Numbers

I know that a rational number can always be expressed as a fraction, but can't we also say that it is a number that follows a definite pattern? Like one-third for example; it is never ending as a ...
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Find whether a given rational number has a terminating decimal expansion

Without actual division find whether the rational number $\dfrac{1323}{264600}$ is terminating or non terminating. I know that to solve this, we have to convert the denominator into the formula ...
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For each rational $q$ there is an integer $n$ such that $q+n=271$, and vice versa

For all $q \in \Bbb Q$ there exists $n \in \Bbb Z$ so that $q + n = 271$. This is true? Because both $q$ and $n$ are rational numbers and $271$ is an integer thus it's a rational number? Also, ...
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“Length” of rationals in an interval

For $x \in \mathbb{R}$, define $r(x)$ as follows: $$ r(x)= \begin{cases} 1 &\text{if $x$ is rational},\\ 0 &\text{if $x$ is irrational}. \end{cases} $$ Q. What is $\int_0^1 r(x) dx$ ? I ...
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Bounded Set for Rational Number

$$A = \{x \in \Bbb Q: x^2 < 11\}$$ I am looking for the upper and lower bounds of set $A$. I know they should be the greatest and the smallest rational number within $(- \sqrt{11}, \sqrt{11})$ ...
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Closeness of $n! \ x$ to integers for irrational $x$

This question came up in the comments to another question. Is there an irrational number $x$ such that, for sufficiently large $n$, the product $$ n! \ x $$ is arbitrarily close to an integer? More ...
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Why is the $\mathbb Z$-module $\mathbb Q$ projective in category $\sigma[\mathbb Q]$?

We know that $\mathbb Q$ is not a projective $\mathbb Z$-module, but, I've read this paper and it says in Example 2.11 that it's easy to check that "$\mathbb Q$ as $\mathbb Z$-module is projective ...
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Determining if a rational number has a terminating decimal expansion (proof)

Theorem: $x=\frac pq$ is any given rational number, $n$ and $m$ are any whole numbers (including zero) which you can choose. a) If $q=2^n5^m$ is possible, $x$ has a terminating decimal expansion. ...
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Why a decimal fraction is not expressing exactly what a rational number is in base 2?

I am currently using rational numbers to express currency and math operations with currency, while dealing with rational numbers has provided a great convenience in over coming the limitations of ...
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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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All sets of rational numbers are bigger than the set containing infinite integers - or are they?

Intro This started with me learning the different types of infinity. I like to call them types instead of sizes due to the fact, that infinite is defined by being endless or "not-finite" - meaning ...
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About subspaces of $\mathbb{R}$ as vector space over $\mathbb{Q}$.

In many texts is noted the analogy between the transcendence degree of a field extension and the dimension of a vector space, so I'm tempting to use such analogy to better understand the structure of ...
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Rational Zeros Theorem, get the possible solutions

In my book there is a section about rational numbers. The first example show that:6^(1/3) cannot represent a rational number. In the proof it says that the ...
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Natural bijection between $\mathbb{N}$ and algebraic numbers?

Q. Is there a canonical, explicit bijection between the natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ and the algebraic numbers? The earlier MSE question, "Bijection for algebraic numbers," does not quite ...
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Characterization of the $x$ such that $\sin(x)$ is rational?

For $x \in [0,\pi/2]$, $\sin(x)$ ranges over $[0,1]$. So every rational number in $[0,1]$ is the sine of some $x \in [0,\pi/2]$. Q. Is there any characterization of the $x$ for which $\sin(x)$ is ...
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what's the difference between a rational number and an irrational number?

I tried to understand the difference between rational numbers and irrational numbers. I understand what is a rational number (a number that can be expressed as the ratio of two numbers p/q). what ...
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For each irrational number $b$, does there exist an irrational number $a$ such that $a^b$ is rational?

It is well known that there exist two irrational numbers $a$ and $b$ such that $a^b$ is rational. By the way, I've been interested in the following two propositions. Proposition 1 : For each ...
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Subtraction of two repeating decimals

When I was looking at the proof that every repeating decimal is rational, I came across this example: $x=5.33333333\ldots$ ($3$ repeat indefinitely) $10x=53.3333333\ldots$ ($3$ repeat indefinitely) ...
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Why must the decimal representation of a rational number in any base always either terminate or repeat?

Wikipedia makes the following statement about rational numbers. The decimal expansion of a rational number always either terminates after a finite number of digits or begins to repeat the same ...
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Determine whether the decimal expansion of a rational number is infinite

This may be a naive question but I would like to know whether we can determine if a fraction (say $1/3$) will produce a rational number with an infinite number of digits after the decimal when ...
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If $ f(x \cdot f(y) + f(x)) = y \cdot f(x) + x $, then $f(x)=x$

Let $ f : \mathbb{Q} \rightarrow \mathbb{Q} $ be a function which has the following property: $$ f(x \cdot f(y) + f(x)) = y \cdot f(x) + x \;,\; \forall \; x, y \in \mathbb{Q} $$ Prove that $ f(x) = ...
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Dedekind Cut Roots

I was studying Dedekind Cuts in my history of math class and was looking at the following formulas for the multiplication of Dedekind Cuts: $L_\sqrt2 = \{ r \in \mathbb{Q} : r^2 < 2 $ and $ r>0 ...
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How can I prove that all rational numbers are either terminally real or repeating real numbers?

I am trying to figure out how to prove that all rational numbers are either terminally real or repeating real numbers, but I am having a great difficulty in doing so. Any help will be greatly ...
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Set theory proof question on rational numbers

I was assigned a problem by my Discrete Mathematics professor that goes as follows: Prove that on $\mathbb{Q}$ (the set of all rational numbers), the relation "$<$" satisfies " $< \circ <~ = ...
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How many elements are in the following set?

The set is $$\{ x \in Q:x^2 =64/25 \} $$ I thought the answer was $\{ \frac{8}{5}, -\frac{8}{5} \}$ but I am told there are in fact 4 distinct elements: $$\{ \frac{8}{5}, \frac{8}{-5}, \frac{-8}{5}, ...
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Set in $\mathbb{R}^2$ that contains no (non-null) measurable rectangles [closed]

From Torchinsky's Real Variables text, presented in a chapter on abstract Fubini's Theorem. Define the following set: $$E := \mathbb{R}^2 \setminus \{(x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2: x-y \in \mathbb{Q}\}.$$ ...
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Dedekind cuts in Rudin's PMA

I'm working on Appendix to chapter I of Rudin's Principles of mathematical analysis and I have the following problem: Given a positive cut $\alpha$ and a rational $x>1,$ how can I prove that there ...
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Limit of sequences and integers

If $a$ is a non zero real number , $x \ge 1$ is a rational number and $(r_n)$ is a sequence of positive integers such that $\lim _{n \to \infty}ax^n-r_n=0$ , then is it true that $x$ is an integer ?
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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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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 ...