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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Existence of rational sequence such that a polynomial is split over $\Bbb{Q}$

Does there exist a sequence $(a_n)_{n\in \Bbb{N}}$ of rationals such that for all $n\in \Bbb{N}$, $a_n\neq 0$ and the polynomial $a_0+a_1X+\cdots+a_nX^n$ is split over $\Bbb{Q}$? I was asked this ...
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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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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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Linear independence over rationals

I am trying to figure out for what values of $n$, the numbers $\sin\left(\frac{2\pi k}{n}\right)$, for $k = 1,\dots,n-1$, are linearly independent over the rationals. Any thoughts on how I may want ...
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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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Is a subset of $\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}$ that all variants of an exponentiation equation have answers in it, infinite?

Note that we have: $$A=\{(a,b)\in\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}~|~\text{Both equations}~a+x=b, b+y=a~\text{have answers in }~\mathbb{Q}\}=\mathbb{Q}\times\mathbb{Q}$$ ...
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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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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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If $\beta=0.{a_1}^{k}{a_2}^{k}{a_3}^{k}\cdots\in\mathbb Q$, then $\alpha=0.a_1a_2a_3\cdots\in\mathbb Q$?

Question : For every even $k\ge 4$, is the following $(\star)$ true? $$\begin{align}\text{If $\beta=0.{a_1}^{k}{a_2}^{k}{a_3}^{k}\cdots\in\mathbb Q$, then $\alpha=0.a_1a_2a_3\cdots\in\mathbb ...
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Rational multiples of $\pi/2$ whose sines are also rational

Let $f(x)=\sin(x\frac{\pi}{2})$. Let $R$ the set of $x$ such that : $0\le x\le 1$ $x \in \mathbb Q$ $f(x) \in \mathbb Q$ Hence, $0\in R$ as $f(0)=0$. $1\in R$ as f(1)=1. And $\frac{1}{3}\in R$ as ...
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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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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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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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Find all $\theta$ such that sin$\theta$ and cos$\theta$ are both rational number.

Find all $\theta$ such that sin$\theta$ and cos$\theta$ are both rational number. I thought this question might have been asked by someone else, but I couldn't find any. Currently I'm studying ...
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Properties of digit functions for numbers in $[0,1]$

Consider a function $g(n): \mathbb N \to \{0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9\}$, ie. $g$ maps the natural numbers to natural numbers between $0$ and $9$. Then, no matter what $g(n), \ n\in \mathbb N$ is, the sum ...
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Rational analysis

I found myself thinking about how much of real analysis that can also be developed within the rational numbers. Of course, $\Bbb Q$ is lacking what is perhaps the most important property of the real ...
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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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Must be rational number

Let $a$, $b$ positive rational number. Suppose that there exist two odd positive integers $p$, $q$ such that $\sqrt[p]{a}+\sqrt[q]{b}$ is rational. Prove that both $\sqrt[p]{a}$ and $\sqrt[q]{b}$ are ...
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Does the equation $\tan(x)=y$ have any non-zero rational solution?

Trivially $\tan(0)=0$ but it seems this is the "unique" solution of the equation $\tan(x)=y$ on rational numbers. In fact if we try to make $y$ rational we usually use irrational (transcendental) ...
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Digamma equation identification

I was messing around with the digamma function the other day, and I discovered this identity: $$\psi\left(\frac ...
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Approximating real vectors in the unit hypercube by rational vectors in the unit hypercube

I am currently looking for an error bound for an problem where I have to approximate a real vector in the unit hypercube using a rational vector in the unit hypercube. Specifically: given a ...
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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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Experimental calculation and $\mathbb{Q}$

I have been reading this article and have a question about the first line of the second paragraph on the first page. It says: The basis for this suggestion is the simple fact that all experimental ...
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Lower bound for the length of continued fraction

Define $\mathscr L: \mathbb Q \mapsto \mathbb N$ as the minimal number of terms in the continued fraction of a rational number. Example: the continued fraction of $\frac{5}{8}$ is ...
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Two quartic polynomials to be made a square?

Given two generally non-square quartic polynomials that are to be simultaneously made squares for particular values of $x$, $$c_1x^4+c_2x^3+c_3x^2+c_4x+c_5 = y_1^2$$ ...
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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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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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Rational number in form $(a^x+b^y)/(c^z+d^w)$

Find all positive integers $(x,y,z,w)$ such that for any positive rational number $r=p/q$, there exist positive integers $(a,b,c,d)$ for which $$r=\frac{a^x+b^y}{c^z+d^w}.$$ For instance, for ...
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Rationals in an interval $[a,b] \in \Bbb R$

(i) For which real values $a$ and $b$, ($a < b$), is the set $[a,b] \cap \Bbb Q$ open in $(\Bbb Q, d)$, (where $d(x,y)= \lvert x-y \rvert$)? (ii)For which real values $a,b$ is the set $[a,b] \cap ...
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Why rational numbers in stopping times for continuous time processes

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, (\mathcal{F}_t)_{\ge 0},P)$ be a filtered probability space. Let $X_t \in \mathbb{R}^n$ be a continuous stochastic process adapted to $\mathcal{F}_t$. Let $A \subset ...
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How many rationals for a given $n \in \Bbb N \;\backslash \{1\}$?

Fix $n \in \Bbb N, n> 1$. Now choose a two digit base-$n$ number $ab $ say. There's $n^2$ choices for this. Consider the number $0.c_1 c_2 c_3 \ldots$ where the $c_i$ are defined recursively: ...
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The topology generated by open intervals of rational numbers

Let $B = \{ \mathbb{R} \} \cup \{ (a,b) \cap\mathbb {Q} \ ,\ a\lt b \ ,\ a,b \in\mathbb{Q}\}$ Thus, a set $V \in B$ if it is either equal to $\mathbb{R}$ or if it is in the intersection of ...
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Rational numbers imply reals?

I was solving an inequality today and I proved it for rational numbers (it was easier because I was able to "strengthen" by doing things like "$\frac{p}{q}>\frac{r}{s}\implies ps\ge qr+1$ since ...
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Rational approximation bound for real numbers in (0,1)

I am working on a problem that related to rational approximation of real numbers. I am looking for a bound of the form: Given a positive real number, $\alpha \in (0,1)$, there exist positive ...
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Rational exponentiation?

Consider the following operation: $\left(\frac{a}{b}\right)^\frac{n}{m}$ where $a, n\in\mathbb{Z}$ and $b, m\in\mathbb{N^*}$. My question is: when the result is a rational number, how (formula or ...
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“Rational grids” on manifolds.

Here is something which is bothering me a bit. You have rationals on a line. You can define a rational grid on R^n by taking points with all coordinates having rational values. Is there a ...
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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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Irrational numbers to irrational powers being rational?

So some of you may be familiar with the proof that some irrational numbers to irrational powers are rational, that is: if $A = \sqrt2^\sqrt{2}$ then it follows that $A^\sqrt{2} = 2$. So, I've found a ...
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Not including rational number in inequality

If you have a linear inequality like $x < 7$ where $x$ belongs to rational numbers. Then on graphing it on a number line, a unfilled circle is used to denote that $7$ is not included. But that ...
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How do you calculate certain variables of two or more events that occur simultaneously compared to the same events happening subsequently.

Say you have two hoses, A and B, that fill up a pool of equal size at different rates. Hose A fills up a pool in 10 mins, hose B in 20 mins. Thus A = 1p/10m, B = 1p/20m. Lets say that Hose A filling ...
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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 " $< \circ <~ = ...
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$\{p\in\mathbb Q:p^2<2\}$ having no large element and beyond

In Baby Rudin, the proof of $\{p\in\mathbb Q:p^2<2\}$ having no largest element, a number $q$ larger than $p$ in this set is defined as: $$ q=p-\frac{p^2-2}{p+2}=\frac{2p+2}{p+2} $$ and $$ ...
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How do I prove that as 2 integers p, s tend to infinity, p/s tends to x?

Forgive me for asking such a broad question, but I really do have very little knowledge on how to do this and it came up in a problem that I have been working on for some time now, so any help would ...
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The cube of at least one irrational number is rational

I am supposed to prove the statement above. Here is what I have so far Suppose that the cube of at least one irrational number $n$, is rational. By definition of rational, there exists ...
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How many are there triangles with different rational sides, rational area, bisectrixes and 1 rational median?

I've been searching triangles with all elements being rational numbers. However, I've found somewhere on Internet proof that it's not possible. Then, I was searching triangles with maximal possible ...
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Given conditions on the fraction, can we find a 'best rational approximation'

Just something I thought of and I'm curious about. Say I tell you I want to approximate $\pi$ using a rational number. However, I am going to tell you that the numerator is to be at most $m$ ...
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What is a class of equations? Which class would require the rational numbers to guarantee a solution?

What is a class of equations? Which class would require the rational numbers to guarantee a solution? The biggest problem I am having is that I am unsure what exactly a class of equations is. The ...
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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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Limits as a representation of the Dirichlet function

I read that the Dirichlet function (1 if Rational, 0 else) can be written as: What is the proof of that? Are those limits commutative? Is there any other closed formula for Dirichlet function? (With ...
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Question on passing from rational to exponet

it's not a question itself, but I'd like to check if am I doing this passage from rational numbers to the exponent form right: From: $\sqrt{a\sqrt{a}}$ Evaluete to: $\sqrt{a*a^{\frac{1}{2}}}$ = ...