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Hello sir

Sir why irrational number cannot be expressed in the form of p/q, we can express any natural numbers in p/q form for eg 5=5/1 there is always 1 is present in deniminator,then irrational numbers also have nutural numbers inside the sign of root, the if 5 is expressed in the form of 5/1 , then why not root5 we can't express like root5/1.

Sir my second question, what does this root sign indicate, and why numbers which hare having root sign are called irrational.

Thankyou

Hi Apsara,

First and foremost, let's get the definition clear. An irrational number is a number that cannot be expressed in the form of p/q,

I'll answer your second question now. "What does this root sign indicate?" A square root represents the number such that, if we raised it to the power of 2, we would get the number inside the root. So if we see √5, the number is the [positive] solution the equation x²=5. Cube roots and higher roots work in a similar way.

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For the moment, it is okay to accept that a square root will be an irrational number, unless the number inside the root is a perfect square (or a perfect power, in the case of higher roots).

Now that we understand what square roots are, your first question should make more sense. √5 is not an integer, even though 5 is. So the fraction √5/1 is not an acceptable form of p/q. Hence √5 is irrational.

Thanks for asking,

Azeem

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