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Question 03 (c) 

Let be the set of irrational numbers. That is . Determine whether the following statements are true or false  explain your answers ("true" or "false" is not sufficient). (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
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Hint 1 

The previous two parts should be really valuable here. 
Hint 2 

Try to rewrite each of these statements in English. For example, (i) For all irrational numbers x and y, we have that their sum must be irrational. Does this sentence sound correct? Can you use the previous two parts to help find counter examples? 
Hint 3 

For the other parts: (ii) For every irrational number x, there exists an irrational number y such that their sum is irrational. (iii) There exists an irrational number such that for all irrational numbers y, their sum is always irrational. (iv) There exists irrational numbers x and y such that their sum is irrational. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We proceed statement by statement using parts (a) and (b) (i) This is false. For example, pick any irrational number (say ) and then notice that if , then the sum is 0 which is a rational number. (ii) This is true. For any such x, just take y to be equal to x and by part b we see that (iii) This is false. No matter what value of x you choose, its negation is always irational and by the logic above for part (i), we see that this sum is 0, a rational number. (iv) This is true. Pick any irrational number (say ) and then let y equal x. Then use part (b) to show that . 