Interesting Egyptian Fraction Problem

Here is an interesting mathematical puzzle alike problem involving the use of Egyptian fractions, whose solution sufficiently uses the basic algebra. Problem Let a, b, c, d and e be five non-zero complex numbers, and; $ a + b + c + d + e = -1$ ... (i) $ a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2+e^2=15$ ...(ii) $ \dfrac{1}{a} + \dfrac{1}{b} +\dfrac{1}{c} +\dfrac{1}{d} +\dfrac{1}{e}= -1$ ...(iii) $ \dfrac{1}{a^2}+\dfrac{1}{b^2}+\dfrac{1}{c^2}+\dfrac{1}{d^2}+\dfrac{1}{e^2}=15$ ...(iv) $ abcde = -1 $ ...(v). Solve and find the values of a, b, c, d…

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Irrational Numbers and The Proofs of their Irrationality

"Irrational numbers are those real numbers which are not rational numbers!" Def.1: Rational Number A rational number is a real number which can be expressed in the form of where $ a$ and $ b$ are both integers relatively prime to each other and $ b$ being non-zero. Following two statements are equivalent to the definition 1. 1. $ x=\frac{a}{b}$ is rational if and only if $ a$ and $ b$ are integers relatively prime to each other and $…

On Ramanujan’s Nested Radicals

Ramanujan (1887-1920) discovered some formulas on algebraic nested radicals. This article is based on one of those formulas. The main aim of this article is to discuss and derive them intuitively. Nested radicals have many applications in Number Theory as well as in Numerical Methods . The simple binomial theorem of degree 2 can be written as: $ {(x+a)}^2=x^2+2xa+a^2 \ \ldots (1)$ Replacing $ a$ by $ (n+a)$ where $ x, n, a \in \mathbb{R}$ , we can have $…

Free Online Algebra and Topology Books

This is a brief list of free e-books on Algebra, Topology and Related Mathematics. I hope it will be very helpful to all students and teachers searching for high quality content. If any link is broken, please email me at gaurav(at)gauravtiwari.org. Abstract Algebra OnLine by Prof. Beachy This site contains many of the definitions and theorems from the area of mathematics generally called abstract algebra. It is intended for undergraduate students taking an abstract algebra class at the junior/senior level,…