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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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Do rational and irrational numbers flip-flop?

I have found out that between every 2 rational numbers there is an irrational number, and between every 2 irrational numbers, there is a rational number. Does this mean that the rational and ...
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question about rational expressions

i can't understand how to do this 5 question please help me ! Thank you
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Limit of function defined on the rational numbers

Let $f$ the function defined on $\mathbb Q$ by : $ f(n/m) = n $. I would like to know whether it is true that : $ \forall q\in \mathbb Q - \{ 0 \} \quad \forall R>0 \quad \exists \delta >0\quad ...
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Convergence almost everywhere

Let consider rational numbers $\{r_n\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$ on [0, 1]. How to prove, that such sum $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2|x-r_n|^{0.5}}$$ converges almost everywhere on [0, 1]. There are my ...
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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 two rationals, one greater and one smaller than a given irrational number.

Given an irrational number 0 < i < 1. Find two rational numbers a and b such that 0 < a < i < b < 1.
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Can every irrational number be written in terms of finitely many rational numbers?

Consider the irrational number $\sqrt{2}$. It can be written in terms, i.e., in a closed form expression, of two rational numbers as $2^{\frac{1}{2}}$. Does it hold in general that every irrational ...
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Irrational numbers to the power of other irrational numbers: A beautiful proof question

The following theorem has a very beautiful proof. Theorem: There exist two irrational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is rational. Proof: If $\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}}$ is rational then we ...
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Closure of divisibility in denumerator, under sum of fractions

I have to prove that for a fixed positive integer n, the subset A of Q consisting of rationals with denumerator that divide n under addition, forms a group under addition. I just did that it's ...
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Let a, b, c, d be rational numbers…

Let $a, b, c, d$ be rational numbers, where $\sqrt{b}$ and $\sqrt{d}$ exist and are irrational. If $a + \sqrt{b} = c + \sqrt{d}$, prove that $a=c$ and $b=d$.
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Confusing rational numbers

Question: If $$x = \frac{4\sqrt{2}}{\sqrt{2}+1}$$ Then find value of, $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}*(\frac{x+2}{x-2}+\frac{x+2\sqrt{2}}{x - 2\sqrt{2}})$$ My approach: I rationalized the value of $x$ to ...
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Equality of positive rational numbers.

I am reading the second article Rational Numbers of the book "A Treatise on Advanced Calculus" by Philip Franklin. I have mainly 3 questions regarding this article. I am writing all these $3$ ...
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The solutions to $x^2+y^2=5$ in $\mathbb{Q}$. [duplicate]

Consider the following equation: $$x^2+y^2=5.\tag{1}$$ What are the solutions to this equation if $x,y\in\mathbb{Q}$, where $\mathbb{Q}$ is the set of all rational numbers? My attempt: Because ...
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Logic verification: $x^3$ is irrational, then $x$ is also irrational

Prove, by contraposition, if $x^3$ is irrational, then $x$ is also irrational. Just a verification do I need to show that given $x$ is rational $x^3$ is also rational? Suppose $x \in \mathbb{Q}$ ...
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The solutions to $x^2+5=y^2$.

Consider the equation $$x^2+5=y^2.\tag{1}$$ If $x,y\in\mathbb{Z}$, what are solutions to (1)? If $x,y\in\mathbb{Q}$, what are solutions to (1)? Note: $\mathbb{Z}$ is the set of all integers and ...
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Distance between two points in the plane

my teacher asked in the class today the following question: There exists an infinite set M of points in the plane with the property that any three points are non-collinear and such that the distance ...
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Rational numbers - rationalization

Question: $$\frac{2\sqrt{6}}{\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{5}}$$ equals: My approach: I tried to rationalize the denominator by multiplying it by ...
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Cancelling out square roots gives 2?

Question: If $$N = \frac{\sqrt{\sqrt{5}+2}+\sqrt{\sqrt{5}-2}}{\sqrt{\sqrt{5}+1}}$$Find N (This is a subset of a larger question) My approach: After rationalizing the denominator, by ...
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Infinite primes and notation

While reading a book about algebraic number theory, the symbol for a rational prime $p$ $$p^\infty$$ often occurs and I was wondering, what the exact definition of this is. Also, what is the ...
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Multiplication of positive fractional numbers.

I am reading this answer. We know that multiplication of two positive rational number $\dfrac{a}{b}$ and $\dfrac{r}{s}$ respectivly is defined as follows: $\dfrac{a}{b}\times\dfrac{r}{s} = ...
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Is it possible to do elliptic curve cryptography over $\mathbb{Q}$ instead of a finite field?

Whenever I read about elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), the writer always works over a finite field. But as I understand it there is no group-theoretic reason not to use $\mathbb{Q}$ as the ...
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Equation with an infinite number of solutions

I have the following equation: $x^3+y^3=6xy$. I have two questions: 1. Does it have an infinite number of rational solutions? 2. Which are the solutions over the integers?($ x=3 $ and $ y=3 $ is one) ...
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Given a basis for $\mathbb{R}$, show that it constructs the standard topology on $\mathbb{R}$

Let $q_1, q_2, ...,$ be the rational numbers enumerated. Consider the countable collection $$\mathcal{B} = \{ B_{\frac{1}{n}}(q_i) \ | \ i,n \in \mathbb{N} \}$$ of open balls centered at rational ...
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Sequences of Rationals and Irrationals

Let $(x_n)$ be a sequence that converges to the irrational number $x$. Must it be the case that $x_1, x_2, \dots$ are all irrational? Let $(y_n)$ be a sequences that converges to the rational number ...
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Difference between density and measure

In terms of definition, I know the difference between the two. However, the set of rationals $\mathbb{Q}$ has measure zero but is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. Whenever I envision this, I see a set of ...
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Show that if S=a+b√2 : a,b are rational numbers and T=r+s√3 :r,s are rational numbers, then$S \cap T$ = rational

Someone please correct a formatting error in the problem [still a newbie] ; "S&T" (And = upside down U) Here's a bonus question that was on a test we received that I couldn't figure out. I'd ...
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Proof Involving Rational Numbers [duplicate]

I asked this same question last night and got some answers but still can't make sense of this, normally I'd move on but since I know how to do everything else for the test I'm going to try to get this ...
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Rational Number Proof [duplicate]

Stuck on a tutorial question trying to study for a test. The question is : Consider the following statement: "Between any two different rational numbers, there are at least two different rational ...
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What Will Happen Without Decimal Expansion?

After a discussion on the complexity of decimal expansion (such as $0.\bar{9}=1$), some of my students (middle school) decided to throw away the decimal expansion of some numbers! Namely, the numbers ...
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Is a cube root of a prime number rational?

The question is: if $P$ is prime is $P^{1/3}$ rational? I have been able to prove that if $P$ is prime then the square root of $P$ isn't rational (by contradiction) how would I go about the cube ...
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I am trying to prove this problem by induction, how can can i prove the following?

I am given $$ F_n = \frac{\varphi^n - \psi^n}{\sqrt{5}} $$ where, $\varphi = \frac{1 + \sqrt{5}}{2}$ and $\psi = \frac{1 - \sqrt{5}}{2}$ The textbook states that it's equal to the n-th Fibonacci ...
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Can the rational numbers be specified as an ordered field with <order property>?

In other words, (the opposite of my question is) does there exist an ordered field which is isomorphic as (as an ordered SET) to $\mathbb{Q}$? If not, does there exist an order property which ...
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Can integers be defined in the first-order theory of the rationals?

Can integers be defined in the first-order theory of the rationals with addition, multiplication, and order?
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Is there a polynomial $f\in \mathbb Q[x]$ such that $f(x)^2=g(x)^2(x^2+1)$

I was asked the following question: $g\in \mathbb Q[x]$ is a polynomial (not the zero polynomial). Find $f \in \mathbb Q[x]$ such that $f(x)^2=g(x)^2(x^2+1)$ or show that such an $f$ does not exist. ...
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How to prove this is a rational number

I'm not sure how to prove this is a rational number $\frac{q}{m}$, can some one show me? $$\frac{q}{m}=\frac{(\frac{1+\sqrt5}{2})^n - (\frac{1-\sqrt5}{2})^n}{\sqrt5}$$
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representation of rational field

I want to know how is represented general form of rational field, for example definition of ${\mathbb Q}(\sqrt{2})$ is represented as $p+q \sqrt{2}$, where $p$ and $q$ are rational numbers, for ...
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simplify this expression 2-√(2+√3)/√(2+√3)

2-√(2+√3)/√(2+√3) I need to simplify this. Can I multiplay with 2-√3 the numerator and dominator? I need your help.
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How to find simple rational numbers close to the decimal representation

It is a simple practical question. I am reverse-engineering poorly documented calculations made by someone else. I frequently find a mysterious number 0.0329. I'm quite certain it is some kind of ...
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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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equivalence classes and cardinality

I need to prove that every equivalence class created by the equivalnce relation $\sim$ on $\mathbb{R}$, that is defined by: $a\sim b \Leftrightarrow (a-b) \in \mathbb{Q}$, is $\aleph_0$. Furthermore, ...
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Prove that the Rationals are Countably Infinite [duplicate]

I was assigned to Prove that $\mathbb{Q}$ is countably infinite I did the following: We define $\mathbb{Q}= \lbrace \frac{a}{b} \mid a, b \in \mathbb{Z}_{>0} \rbrace$. Also define $\mathbb{Q} ...
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How to contruct such a sequence of rational?

How to order all rational numbers from $(0,1)$ in a sequence $(x_n)_{n=1}^\infty$ in such a way that $$|x_n-x_k| \geq \frac{1}{(n+1)^2}$$ for $k<n$ ?
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Is there a rational number between any two irrationals?

Suppose $i_1$ and $i_2$ are distinct irrational numbers with $i_1 < i_2$. Is it necessarily the case that there is a rational number $r$ in the interval $[i_1, i_2]$? How would you construct such ...
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Build the function by its values. Only combination of +, -, *, abs() allowed for this function.

I've decided to open a new, more common question about the simplest function f(1)=-1; f(2)=0; f(3)=1; f(4)=0.. So, here is the question. Let's say we have some function $y=f(x)$ we'd like to find by ...
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the simplest function f(1)=-1; f(2)=0; f(3)=1; f(4)=0.

I'm looking for a function that gives f(1)=-1; f(2)=0; f(3)=1; f(4)=0. The other values are undefined and I don't pay any attention on them. The prefered ...
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Epsilon Neighborhoods of the Rationals

What is meant when someone discusses an epsilon neighborhood of $\mathbb{Q}$?. Naturally the rationals are dense in $[0,1]$, so what is the epsilon neighborhood? More importantly, what does the ...
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Decimal to fraction conversion

We write software for managing recipes and are working on moving from an approximation based decimal to fraction conversion, for example, anything between 0.03125 and 0.09375 becomes 1/16 to a math ...
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How can we prove that every rational number has a terminating or periodic decimal form? [duplicate]

The title says it all. I'm aware of the proof of the converse of my statement, but how do I go on about proving this. Any help would be appreciated.
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Prove that $\sqrt[3]{5-\sqrt{2}}$ is not a rational number

My attempt: Consider the polynomial $ (x^3-5)^2 - 2 = x^6 -10x^3 + 23 = 0 $. By the rational zeros theorem, we can conclude that $ \pm 1$ and $ \pm 23 $ are the only possible rational solutions*. ...