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Homework Help: Determining the irrationality of a quotient

  1. Mar 8, 2013 #1
    Determine whether (7)1/2/(15)1/3 is either rational or irrational and prove your answer is correct.

    So I know that (7)1/2 is irrational from previous theorems since it is a prime, I also split up (15)1/3 into (5)1/3 times (3)1/3. I previously had shown that (5)1/3 is also irrational. Doing this question I showed that (3)1/3 is irrational by the uniqueness of prime factorization.

    But my problem lies in showing that this whole quotient is irrational. I don't know where to start. Maybe assume that the quotient is rational and obtain a contradiction? If so how could I start it?
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  3. Mar 8, 2013 #2


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    Yes, assume it's equal to a rational and assume its in lowest terms. Then take the sixth power of both sides. Then make the usual sort of arguments about prime divisibility.
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