# Thread: Irrational numbers

1. ## Irrational numbers

Say whether the following are true or false, backing up with examples, if $\alpha \in R$ is rational, and $\beta \in R$ is irrational:

$\alpha + \beta$ is irrational
$\alpha \beta$ is irrational

2. With having fifty postings, you should understand that this is not a homework service nor is it a tutorial service. Please either post some of your own work on these problems or explain what you do not understand about the question.

3. Sorry dude but I am posting the aspects of the course I am having trouble with before the exam (tomorrow).

These are exam questions from the Further discrete maths exam past papers.

The question is I dont know how to work out the answer?

You have to show whether or not they are irrational.

i know rational means it can be expressed as m/n, both integers. I think both are true that both are irrational? but I dont know how to prove it?

I had a little think about the first one using my brain and I think its a proof by contradiction, by writing m/n + b = p/q, so b= p/q - m/n = pn - mq/qn which is rational so if a + b is rational b is rational too. but the product i am not too sure?

4. ## Re: Irrational numbers

Originally Posted by TeaWithoutMussolini
Say whether the following are true or false, backing up with examples, if $\alpha \in R$ is rational, and $\beta \in R$ is irrational:

$\alpha + \beta$ is irrational
$\alpha \beta$ is irrational
Plato, he called you a dude...

$\alpha + \beta$

$\alpha =\frac{a}{b}$

Now assume that $\frac{a}{b}+\beta=\frac{c}{d}$, why this is a contradiction?

Try the second one alone?

5. ## Re: Irrational numbers

Originally Posted by TeaWithoutMussolini
I had a little think about the first one using my brain and I think its a proof by contradiction, by writing m/n + b = p/q, so b= p/q - m/n = (pn - mq)/qn which is rational so if a + b is rational b is rational too.
Correct.

but the product i am not too sure?
Similarly, assume that $\alpha=m/n$ and $\alpha\beta=p/q$ for some integer m, n, p, q and isolate $\beta$.

6. ## Re: Irrational numbers

suppose that a+b rational

thats mean a+b = n/m
so b = n/m - a and you that the rational numbers is closed under addition so b is rational contradiction
the other is same