Prove that if x is rational and y irrational then 3y-x is irrational. (Hint: use contra-diction!?

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    Suppose 3y - x is rational, = p/q say. So 3y = x + p/q = a/b + p/q (setting x = a/b) = (aq + bp)/(pq) = integer/integer → y = integer/(3 x integer) = integer/integer = rational number. Contradicts hypothesis that y is irrathional. Thus our supposition that 3x - y is rational is false and 3x - y is irrational.

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