Have you seen this argument? If sqrt(2) = p/q is in lowest terms, then also 2/1 = p^2/q^2 is in lowest terms. Since lowest terms is unique, p^2 = 2 and q^2 = 1. Thus sqrt(2) is the integer p. But 1^2 is too small, 2^2 is too big and all the resta re even bigger, so this is false. So sqrt(2) is not rational.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

does anyone have a shorter one?

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Irrationaltiy of sqrt(2)

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**