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0.9999 = 1
0 to 0 power
n to 0 power
0! = 1
dividing by 0
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- Proof Involving mod 5 [10/27/2002]
Prove n^2 mod 5 = 1 or 4 when n is an integer not divisible by 5.
- Proof of Lagrange's Theorem [11/23/2000]
I am looking for a proof of Lagrange's Theorem, which states that any
positive integer can be expressed as the sum of 4 square numbers.
- Proof of the Infinite Series That Calculates 'e' [02/04/2004]
Is there a proof about this infinite series that gives the value of e:
1 + 1/1! + 1/2! + 1/3! + 1/4! + . . . + 1/n! where n goes to infinity?
- Proof of the Rational Root Theorem [11/13/2000]
How can I prove the Rational Root theorem?
- Proof Regarding LCM [12/05/2001]
Is there a proof of the equation: given integers a and b, a*b = GCF(a,b)
- Proofs that Every Natural Number Factors into Only One Unique Product of Primes [03/15/2012]
How do we know that every natural number has one, unique factorization? After
identifying this as the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic and mentioning a proof by
Euclid, Doctor Jacques sets up a simpler proof that relies on contradiction.
- Proof That 0/0 = 1 Based on x^0 Equaling 1? [02/02/2006]
I know the reason x^0 = 1 is because 1 = (x^3)/(x^3) = x^(3-3) = x^0.
I also know that 0/0 doesn't make sense, but following a similar
argument for 0^0 gives 1 = (0^3)/(0^3) = 0^(3-3) = 0^0. But since
(0^3) = 0, haven't I just shown that 0/0 = 1?
- Proof That 2 Does Equal 1! [03/24/1997]
I came up with a proof that 1 = 2. Where does my math go wrong?
- Proof that an Even Number Squared is Even [06/02/1999]
How do you prove that any even number squared is even and any odd number
squared is odd?
- Proof That Equation Has No Integer Roots [05/09/2000]
How can I prove that if p is a prime number, then the equation x^5 - px^4
+ (p^2-p)x^3 + px^2 - (p^3+p^2)x - p^2 = 0 has no integer roots?
- Proof That Product is Irrational [03/28/2001]
How can I prove that the product of a non-zero rational number and an
irrational number is irrational without using specific examples?
- Proof That sin(5) is Irrational [04/24/2001]
How do you prove that sin(5) is an irrational number?
- Proof that Sqrt(3) is Irrational [08/14/1997]
How does one prove that sqrt(3) is irrational? or others? Is there a
general algorithm? How about just for primes?
- Proof That the Cube Root of 3 is Irrational [05/22/2000]
How can I show that the cube root of 3 is irrational?
- Proof with Pigeonhole Principle [09/20/2001]
Prove that among five points selected inside an equilateral triangle with
sides of length 2, there always exists a pair at a distance not greater
- Proof with Powers of 2 and a Product [10/22/2008]
Prove that starting with any power of 2 there is a number such that
the product of those two numbers will contain only the digits 1 and 2.
For example, 4*3 = 12, 8 * 14 = 112, 64*33 = 2112.
- Properties of the Phi Function [01/19/1999]
What are some properties of the phi function? What about the phi function
and prime numbers?
- Prove 101 the Only Prime [12/14/2002]
In this sequence of integers, all in base 10: 101, 10101, 1010101,
101010101, 10101010101, .......,,,, etc., prove that 101 is the only
prime in the sequence.
- Prove a and b are Perfect Squares [12/28/2001]
Let a and b be positive integers such that (a,b) = 1 and ab is a perfect
square. Prove that a and b are perfect squares.
- Prove a = b = c [01/27/2002]
When a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = ab + bc + ca and abc does not equal 0, prove that
a = b = c.
- Prove that 7 + 17*sqrt(17) is Irrational [09/22/2002]
I need to prove that 7 + 17*sqrt(17) is irrational. I know to set it
equal to a/b, and have already proven that any square root of a prime
number is irrational.
- Prove That an Expression is a Multiple of 10 [12/19/2002]
If a and b are positive integers, prove that (a^5)*(b) - (a)*(b^5) is
a multiple of 10.
- Prove that Log A is Irrational [06/14/1998]
Can you help me prove that a common log of a number (not powers of 10) is
- Prove that n^3 + 2n is Divisible by 3 [04/15/2001]
Prove by mathematical induction that n^3 + 2n is divisible by 3 for all
- Prove Twin Primes Greater Than 3 Divisible by 12 [10/08/2002]
Prove that if p and q are twin primes, each greater than 3, then p+q
is divisible by 12.
- Prove x^2+y^2 Not Divisible by 4 [09/20/2001]
Prove that if x and y are odd, then x^2 + y^2 is even but not divisible
- Proving a Number is Prime [10/13/2004]
How do you really prove that 2 or some other number is a prime number?
- Proving a^x = a^y iff x = y [12/13/2000]
How can I prove that a^x = a^y iff y = x for all real numbers x and y?
- Proving De Moivre's Theorem [12/03/1997]
Prove De Moivres theorem: - (cos(x)+isin(x))^n = cos(nx) + isin(nx) .
- Proving Divisibility [04/30/2002]
Prove that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by 15.
- Proving Divisibility [09/11/2003]
Prove that (n^2 - n) is divisible by 2 for every integer n; that
(n^3 - n) is divisible by 6; and that n^5 - n is divisible by 30.
- Proving e is Irrational [11/19/1997]
My professor suggested using a proof by contradiction, but I don't
understand how to do it.
- Proving Fermat's Last Theorem for N = 4 [05/18/2000]
How can you prove Fermat's Last Theorem for the specific case n = 4?
- Proving O(n) [01/23/2001]
How would you prove that an equation is of order n, or n squared?
- Proving Perfect Squares [07/05/1998]
Suppose a, b, and c are positive integers, with no factor in common,
where 1/a + 1/b = 1/c. Prove that a+b, a-c, and b-c are all perfect
- Proving Phi(m) Is Even [04/22/1998]
Explain why phi(m) is always even for m greater than 2...
- Proving the Associative Property [02/24/2001]
How can I prove that a binary operation is associative, if all I am given
is a table for the operation?
- Proving the Properties of Natural Numbers [03/08/2000]
How can you prove or derive the commutative, associative, and
distributive properties of numbers?
- Proving the Square Root of 2 is Irrational [02/04/2004]
How can you prove that the square root of 2 is irrational using the
Rational Root Theorem?
- Proving the Square Root of a Prime is Irrational [07/15/1998]
How do you prove that if p is prime, the square root of p is irrational?