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Prove OR Disprove
Every irrational number can be expressed as (x)^y where x and y are rational numbers.
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Prove OR Disprove Every irrational number can be expressed as (x)^y where x and y are rational numbers.
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terenzreignzBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Am I allowed to assume that pi is transcendental?
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oldrin.batakuBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Any transcendental number disproves this.
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terenzreignzBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Suppose pi (which is irrational) can be expressed as (x)^y where x and y are rational. Then (x)^y can be expressed as \[\huge b^{\frac{p}{q}}\] Where p and q are integers and b is rational Then pi is a solution of \[\huge x  b^{\frac{p}{q}}=0\] \[\huge x = b^{\frac{p}{q}}\] \[\huge x^{q} = b^{p}\] \[\huge x^{q}  b^{p} = 0\]effectively contradicting the transcendentalness of pi XD
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
I'm guessing the point is to prove the existence transcendental numbers.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Or rather, to do the proof without assuming they exist.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Let's say \(x = m/n\) and \(y=a/b\) \[ x^{y} = \left( \frac{m}{n}\right)^{a/b} = \left( \frac{m^a}{n^a}\right)^{1/b} = \sqrt[b]{x^a} \]We know \(x^a\) is still rational so the question then just becomes "every irrational number can be expressed as an integer root of a rational number"
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
But this also means "Every irrational number q, when taken to some integer number n, results in a rational number"
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Probably should have noted earlier that if \(y\) is negative, then we can take the reciprocal of \(x\) which is still rational.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Anyway, I'm not sure where to continue from here, but I think: "Every irrational number q, when taken to some integer number n, results in a rational number" Is a bit easier of a thing to disprove. That's what my gut says.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
We could note that: \[ \Large \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{2}} \]Converges, and thus is an irrational number...and try to show that there is no way putting it to any integer power would give you a rational number?? I think...
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Oh wait! I got an idea, how about \[ \sqrt[\sqrt{2}]{2} \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
This is obviously an irrational number
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oldrin.batakuBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I don't see how that is relevant.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Anyway, if we take it to the \(n\)th power: \[ \sqrt[\sqrt{2}]{2}^n= \sqrt{2}^{n/\sqrt{2}} \]No matter what we set \(n\) to (it must be an integer), we are going to get and irational number to an irrational power. hmmmm
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
@oldrin.bataku What do you think then?
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Without the for sight of transcendental numbers, how would you disprove it?
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Hmmm, I think maybe a good way is to do a proof by contradiction. Suppose \[ \sqrt{2}^\sqrt{2} = x^y \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
We know the inverse of \(y\) is also rational, let's say \(z = 1/y\)
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
\[ \Large x = \sqrt{2}^{ \sqrt{2}z} \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
\[ \Large x = 2^{\sqrt{2}z/2} \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
\[ \Large x^2 = 2^{\sqrt{2}z} \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
Now if only I can show that \[ \Large 2^{\sqrt{2}z} \]is not rational....
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
I know that a rational number times an irrational number is irrational, but an integer to an irrational power...?
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oldrin.batakuBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
@wio the question states \(x,y\) are *rational*, so \(\sqrt2\) is no good here.
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oldrin.batakuBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
@wio ... that doesn't disprove the claim however, at all. The only relevance \(\sqrt2\) has is that it's an algebraic irrational number that works for our claim, i.e. \(2^\frac12\) where \(2,\frac12\) are rational.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2
We know that \(x^2\) is rational. If \(2^{\sqrt{2}z}\) isn't rational then it's a contradiction, that's where I was going.
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