Hi, I'm having trouble understanding some statements in this proof from my textbook:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

"Thus, 2 = s^2/t^2 and 2t^2 = s^2. Since s^2 and t^2 are squares, s^2 contains an even number of 2's as prime factors (This is our Q statement), and t^2 contains an even number of 2's.But then t^2 contains an odd number of 2's as factors. Since 2t^2 = s^2, s^2 has an odd number of 2's.(This is the statement ~Q.) This is a contradiction, because s2 cannot have both an even and an odd number of 2's asfactors. We conclude that sqrt(2) is irrational."

Why does he assume that t^2 contains an odd number of 2's all of a sudden? ... and even if it did, s^2 would still be even, because it is equal to 2t^2, not t^2.

**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!

# Square Root Of 2 Irrationality Proof

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