Show that these statements about the real number x are equivalent: (i) x is rational, (ii) x/2 is rational, (iii) 3x-1 is rational.

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- Sep 28th 2010, 06:34 AMlm6485Statements about the real number x
Show that these statements about the real number x are equivalent: (i) x is rational, (ii) x/2 is rational, (iii) 3x-1 is rational.

- Sep 28th 2010, 08:40 AMemakarov
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Recall the definition: x is rational if there exist integers m and n such that n > 0 and ...

Try proving (i) => (ii). Assume that x is rational. Then there exist m and n such that ... I need to show that x / 2 is rational. This means proving that there exist integers m' and n' such that x / 2 = ... Can I come up with such m' and n'?