anonymous
  • anonymous
what is meant by real numbers?
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  • schrodinger
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  • Owlfred
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nowhereman
  • nowhereman
Do you know limits?
anonymous
  • anonymous
The field of all rational and irrational numbers is called the real numbers

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nowhereman
  • nowhereman
Can you explain irrational numbers other than saying they are the non-rational real numbers?
anonymous
  • anonymous
an irrational number is any real number which cannot be expressed as a fraction a/b...
nowhereman
  • nowhereman
Yeah, that does not explain, what real numbers are!
anonymous
  • anonymous
so u understand wt an irrational no is
nowhereman
  • nowhereman
I'm just saying, that the original question was, what a real number is, and you can't explain it by saying "A real number is a real number (which is rational or not).". But it seems sarav is not interested anymore.
anonymous
  • anonymous
if u do knw wt a rational and irrational no is...then it is quite simple to understand wt real no is.. then the question is do u knw wt a rational or irrational no is
nowhereman
  • nowhereman
That was the other point a made: You can not know what irrational numbers are, until you know what real numbers are. So there is no use in bringing them up when explaining real numbers in turn!
anonymous
  • anonymous
A real number is a number that holds a position on a number line from negative infinity to poitive infinity
anonymous
  • anonymous
actually this is a very deep question, and not at all easy to understand. if you are asking "what does my teacher mean when referring to real numbers? then it is pest thought of a points on a number line
anonymous
  • anonymous
if you are asking what "mathemeticians" mean when they talk about "the real numbers" then there is a lot to be said and learned. see for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_number
anonymous
  • anonymous
this question is used to trip up graduate students on oral exams. it is very hard to answer.
anonymous
  • anonymous
you can research dedikind cuts if you have the patience \http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedekind_cut
anonymous
  • anonymous
I'm not sure that questions are posed to trip up students it sort of implies the examining body wants the student to fail.
nowhereman
  • nowhereman
satellite73: That's why I asked the inquirer whether she understands limits, because otherwise you don't need to know the difference between real and rational numbers.
anonymous
  • anonymous
but if you are asking because you hear people say "real number" it is a synonym for "all numbers" and you can think of points along a number line.
anonymous
  • anonymous
gianfranco, i am sure of it.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Ok i respect your opinion.
anonymous
  • anonymous
a real number is a number that exists. it can be an integer, decimal, rational or irrational number.
nowhereman
  • nowhereman
I don't know a way to define "exists" other than saying, a line of that length can be constructed just with compass and straight-edge. Even if you allow other units, like length of curved lines, I'm quite sure not all real numbers can be constructed. Also this is a very impractical definition. In particular it makes it impossible to show that the real numbers are a complete topological space, which is what you really in mathematics. Fortunately mathematics doesn't rely on philosophical definitions.

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