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Proof that every repeating decimal is rational

Wikipedia claims that every repeating decimal represents a rational number. According to the following definition, how can we prove that fact? Definition: A number is rational if it can be written ...
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Double limit of $\cos^{2n}(m! \pi x)$ at rationals and irrationals

I stumbled upon this "relation" (is the name correct?): $$ \lim_{m \to \infty} \lim_{n \to \infty} \cos^{2n}(m! \pi x) = \begin{cases} 1,&x\text{ is rational}\\ 0,&x\text{ is ...
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Why (directly!) does every number divide 9, 99, 999, … or 10, 100, 1000, …, or their product?

A curiosity that's been bugging me. More precisely: Given any integers $b\geq 1$ and $n\geq 2$, there exist integers $0\leq k, l\leq b-1$ such that $b$ divides $n^l(n^k - 1)$ exactly. The ...
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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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System of linear equations having a real solution has also a rational solution.

I saw this question Let $A ∈ M_{m\times n}(\mathbb{Q})$ and $b ∈ \mathbb{Q}^m$. Suppose that the system of linear equations $Ax = b$ has a solution in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Does it necessarily have ...
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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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Properties of homomorphisms of the additive group of rationals

Let $f : (\mathbb{Q},+) \longrightarrow (\mathbb{Q},+)$ be a non-zero homomorphism. Can we conclude that $f$ is bijective (or, if that fails, that $f$ is injective or surjective)? Context The ...
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Infinite number of rationals between any two reals.

Let $a$ and $b$ be reals with $a<b$. Show that there are infinitely many rationals $x$ such that $a<x<b$. My plan of action was to assume that $x$ is the smallest such rational and find ...
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Show that $X = \{ (x,y) \in\mathbb{R}^2\mid x \in \mathbb{Q}\text{ or }y \in \mathbb{Q}\}$ is path connected. [duplicate]

How do I show that $X = \left\{ (x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2 \mid x \in \mathbb{Q}\text{ or }y \in \mathbb{Q}\right\}$ is path connected? Note that $X$ is a topological space with subspace topology ...
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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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GCD of rationals

Disclaimer: I'm an engineer, not a mathematician Somebody claimed that $\gcd$ only is applicable for integers, but it seems I'm perfectly able to apply it to rationals also: $$ ...
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Additive group of rationals has no minimal generating set

In a comment to Arturo Magidin's answer to this question, Jack Schmidt says that the additive group of the rationals has no minimal generating set. Why does $(\mathbb{Q},+)$ have no minimal ...
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Predicting the number of decimal digits needed to express a rational number

The number $1/6$ can be expressed with only two digits (and a repeat sign denoted as $^\overline{}$), $$ \frac{1}{6} = \,.1\overline{6}$$ Meanwhile, it takes 49 digits to express the number $1/221$, ...
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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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Compute the period of a decimal number a priori [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Upper bound/exact length of decimal expansion of simple fraction I noticed that WolframAlpha given an operation like $\frac{n}{m},\;n,m \in N$ that result in a periodic ...
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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. Numerical computations, to my understanding, never deal ...
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A real number $x$ such that $x^n$ and $(x+1)^n$ are rational is itself rational

Let $x$ be a real number and let $n$ be a positive integer. It is known that both $x^n$ and $(x+1)^n$ are rational. Prove that $x$ is rational. What I have tried: Denote $x^n=r$ and $(x+1)^n=s$ ...
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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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What do the cosets of $\mathbb{R} / \mathbb{Q}$ look like?

$\newcommand{\R}{\Bbb R}\newcommand{\Q}{\Bbb Q}$ Looking at the group of real numbers under addition $(\R, +)$ it contains the (normal) subgroup of rational numbers $(\Q, +)$. I am wondering how to ...
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Is sin(x) necessarily irrational where x is rational?

My friend and I were discussing this and we couldn't figure out how to prove it one way or another. The only rational values I can figure out for $\sin(x)$ (or $\cos(x)$, etc...) come about when $x$ ...
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Prove that - for every positive $x \in \mathbb{Q}$, there exists positive $y \in \mathbb{Q}$ for which $y \lt x$

First my apologies if this question has been asked before. Exposition I'm new at learning how to prove theorems and among the given exercises from my reference material it is asked to prove the ...
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In every interval there is a rational and an irrational number.

When the interval is between two rational numbers it is easy. But things get complicated when the interval is between two irrational numbers. I couldn't prove that.
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Are there infinitely many rational outputs for sin(x) and cos(x)?

I know this may be a dumb question but I know that it is possible for $\sin(x)$ to take on rational values like $0$, $1$, and $\frac {1}{2}$ and so forth, but can it equal any other rational values? ...
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What is a suitable name for numbers like $a + b\sqrt{c}$

The motivation for this is to find a succinct name for a data type in a Python module. Suppose I choose an integer $c$ and I want to talk about the set of numbers of the form $a + b\sqrt{c}$, where ...
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Let a, b, c, d be rational numbers… [closed]

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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Modulo over rational numbers?

Consider two irreducible fractions: $r_1 = \frac{p_1}{q_1}$ $r_2 = \frac{p_2}{q_2}$ with $r_1 \ge 0$ and $r_2 \ge 0$. How the modulo $\%$ is defined over rational numbers (I think that is $r_3$ ...
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For what values of $b\in \mathbb R$ is $\pi-b\in \mathbb Q$ true?

Just a simple short question. I'm looking for values $b$ such that $\pi-b$ is a rational number. Obviously $\pi$ is such a number, but are there more? Edit: $b$ is in $\mathbb R$
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About the continuity of $f(x) = \underset{q_k \leq x}{\sum_{k \in \mathbb{N}}} 2^{-k}$

Let $q: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{Q}$ be a bijection and denote the image of $k \in \mathbb{N}$ by $q_k$. Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to (0,1)$, $$ f(x) = \underset{q_k \leq x}{\sum_{k \in \mathbb{N}}} 2^{-k} ...
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Finding Rational numbers

Please help with the following question: Find rational numbers a and b such that: $$\left(7 + 5\sqrt2\right)^{\frac13} = a + b \sqrt2$$ Thank you
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How can I explain $0.999\ldots=1$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does .99999… = 1? I have to explain $0.999\ldots=1$ to people who don't know limit. How can I explain $0.999\ldots=1$? The common procedure is as follows ...
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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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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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Is there a bijection $f: \mathbb{Q} \to \mathbb{Q}_{>0}$?

For $\mathbb{R}$, we have the exponential function. Is there also a bijection $f: \mathbb{Q} \to \mathbb{Q}_{>0}$ or to $\mathbb{Q}_{\geq 0}$?
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Axiomatic characterization of the rational numbers

We have the well-known Peano axioms for the natural numbers and the real numbers can be characterized by demanding them to be a Dedekind-complete, totally ordered field (or some variation of this). ...
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Solutions of $q=\frac{x}{y} +\frac{y}{z} + \frac{z}{x}$ s.t. $q \geq 3$

Is it true that for every rational $q \geq 3$ , the following equation has a solution over $\mathbb N$ ? $$q=\frac{x}{y} +\frac{y}{z} + \frac{z}{x}$$
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For what algebraic curves do rational points form a group?

For what real algebraic curves do rational points form a group ? How does this relate to Jacobian Varieties ?
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Why is $x^3-5x$ injective on the rationals?

I've found the statement on the internet that the polynomial $x^3-5x$ is injective on the rational numbers, but without any comments on how to prove it. I think it means it must be easy, but I don't ...
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How to obtain all the rational numbers without repetitions?

Some days ago I've seen Cantor's diagonal argument, and it presented a table similar to the following one: $$\begin{matrix} ...
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Is $\frac{\zeta (m+n)}{\zeta (m)\zeta (n)}$ a rational number for $m,n\ge 2\in\mathbb N$?

Question : Is $$\frac{\zeta (m+n)}{\zeta (m)\zeta (n)}$$ a rational number for $m,n\ge 2\in\mathbb N$ where $\zeta (s)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^s}$? Motivation : We know that $$\zeta ...
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Order preserving bijection from $\mathbb Q\times \mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$

Do you have a simple example of order preserving bijection from $\mathbb Q\times \mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$? On $\mathbb Q$, I use the usual order and on $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$, I define the ...
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What are the positive rational solutions of $x^{(x+y)} = (x+y)^y$?

I saw this problem in the Problem-Solving through Problems book by Larson (# 3.3.25b). I got to here: $$x \log(x) = y\log\left(1+ \frac yx\right)$$ But I can't seem to find a way to reduce this ...
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Is there always a telescopic series associated with a rational number?

Here is something I thought up while I was bored and my, erm, fish were busy: Given a rational number $p\in(0,1)$, are there always positive integers $n$, $c_m$, and $w_m$ such that ...
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Proof that there are infinitely many positive rational numbers smaller than any given positive rational number.

I'm trying to prove this statement:- "Let $x$ be a positive rational number. There are infinitely many positive rational numbers less than $x$." This is my attempt of proving it:- Assume that ...
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Is the number 0.2343434343434.. rational? [duplicate]

Consider the following number: $$x=0.23434343434\dots$$ My question is whether this number is rational or irrational, and how can I make sure that a specific number is rational if it was written in ...
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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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Equality of positive rational numbers, Part-2

I am reading this answer. I have some doubts which I want to clarify. Question 1. The author defines a rational number $\dfrac ab$ as, $$b\times\left(\dfrac{a}{b}\right) = a$$ He presumes that ...
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Given a rational number $x$ and $x^2 < 2$, is there a general way to find another rational number $y$ that such that $x^2<y^2<2$?

Suppose I have a rational number $a$ and $a^2 < 2$. Can I find another rational number $B$ such that $a^2<B^2<2$? Based on the answer to this question, I thought of doing the following: ...
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Determine if $(p/q)^{a/b}$ is rational

I know, in general, that it isn't true. ${\frac{2}{1}}^{1/2}$ is irrational. I'm only interested in this where $\frac{p}{q}$ and $\frac{a}{b}$ are positive, but to make this even simpler, lets just ...
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How can I expand mathematical induction to rational numbers?

I know mathematical induction can be used to prove that a statements is true for all natural numbers (or those belonging to a certain subset of N). However, it is pretty obvious, unless I'm terribly ...
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Prove that given any rational number there exists another greater than or equal to it that differs by less than $\frac 1n$

I am currently attempting to prove a claim in Hardy's Course of Pure Mathematics and am currently stuck. I was hoping that someone would be able to provide some assistance on how to go about this. ...