CHAPTER 1 NUMBER SYSTEMS 1.1 Introduction In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1). Fig. 1.1 : The number line Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and numbers! Fig. 1.2 Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the numbers. Get a bag ready to store them! You might begin with picking up only natural numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. You know that this list goes on for ever. (Why is this true?) So, now your bag contains infinitely many natural numbers! Recall that we denote this collection by the symbol N. Now turn and walk all the way back, pick up zero and put it into the bag. You now have the collection of whole numbers which is denoted by the symbol W. Now, stretching in front of you are many, many negative integers. Put all the negative integers into your bag. What is your new collection? Recall that it is the collection of all integers, and it is denoted by the symbol Z. Are there some numbers still left on the line? Of course! There are numbers like 13 2005 , , or even . If you put all such numbers also into the bag, it will now be the24 2006 NUMBER SYSTEMS collection of rational numbers. The collection of rational numbers is denoted by Q. ‘Rational’ comes from the word ‘ratio’, and Q comes from the word ‘quotient’. You may recall the definition of rational numbers: A number ‘r’ is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form p q , where p and q are integers and q ≠ 0. (Why do we insist that q ≠ 0?) Notice that all the numbers now in the bag can be written in the form p , where pq 25 and q are integers and q ≠ 0. For example, –25 can be written as ; here p = –25 1 and q = 1. Therefore, the rational numbers also include the natural numbers, whole numbers and integers. You also know that the rational numbers do not have a unique representation in 1210 25pthe form , where p and q are integers and q ≠ 0. For example, = = = q 242050 47 = , and so on. These are equivalent rational numbers (or fractions). However, 94 when we say that p q is a rational number, or when we represent p q on the number line, we assume that q ≠ 0 and that p and q have no common factors other than 1 (that is, p and q are co-prime). So, on the number line, among the infinitely many 11 fractions equivalent to , we will choose to represent all of them.22Now, let us solve some examples about the different types of numbers, which you have studied in earlier classes. Example 1 : Are the following statements true or false? Give reasons for your answers. (i) Every whole number is a natural number. (ii) Every integer is a rational number. (iii) Every rational number is an integer. Solution : (i) False, because zero is a whole number but not a natural number. m (ii) True, because every integer m can be expressed in the form , and so it is a1 rational number. 3 (iii) False, because is not an integer. 5Example 2 : Find five rational numbers between 1 and 2. We can approach this problem in at least two ways. Solution 1 : Recall that to find a rational number between rand s, you can add rand rs 3sand divide the sum by 2, that is lies between rand s. So, is a number 2 2between 1 and 2. You can proceed in this manner to find four more rational numbers 51113 7 , , and .between 1 and 2. These four numbers are 488 4 Solution 2 : The other option is to find all the five rational numbers in one step. Since we want five numbers, we write 1 and 2 as rational numbers with denominator 5 + 1, and 6 12 7 8 9 10 11 i.e., 1 = 6 and 2 = 6 . Then you can check that 6 , 6 , 6 , 6 and 6 are all rational 743 5 11 numbers between 1 and 2. So, the five numbers are , , , . 6323 6 Remark : Notice that in Example 2, you were asked to find five rational numbers between 1 and 2. But, you must have realised that in fact there are infinitely many rational numbers between 1 and 2. In general, there are infinitely many rational numbers between any two given rational numbers. Let us take a look at the number line again. Have you picked up all the numbers? Not, yet. The fact is that there are infinitely many more numbers left on the number line! There are gaps in between the places of the numbers you picked up, and not just one or two but infinitely many. The amazing thing is that there are infinitely many numbers lying between any two of these gaps too! So we are left with the following questions: 1. What are the numbers, that are left on the number line, called? 2. How do we recognise them? That is, how do we distinguish them from the rationals (rational numbers)? These questions will be answered in the next section. NUMBER SYSTEMS EXERCISE 1.1 1. Is zero a rational number? Can you write it in the form p , where p and q are integersq and q ≠ 0? 2. Find six rational numbers between 3 and 4. 34 3. Find five rational numbers between and .4. State whether the following statements are true or false. Give reasons for your answers. (i) Every natural number is a whole number. (ii) Every integer is a whole number. 55 (iii) Every rational number is a whole number. 1.2 Irrational Numbers We saw, in the previous section, that there may be numbers on the number line that are not rationals. In this section, we are going to investigate these numbers. So far, all the numbers you have come across, are of the form p , where p and q are integersq and q ≠ 0. So, you may ask: are there numbers which are not of this form? There are indeed such numbers. The Pythagoreans in Greece, followers of the famous mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, were the first to discover the numbers which were not rationals, around 400 BC. These numbers are called irrational numbers (irrationals), because they cannot be written in the form of a ratio of integers. There are many myths surrounding the discovery of irrational numbers by the Pythagorean, Hippacus of Croton. In all the myths, Hippacus has an unfortunate end, either for discovering that 2 is irrational or for disclosing the secret about 2 to people outside the secret Pythagorean sect!Let us formally define these numbers. A number ‘s’ is called irrational, if it cannot be written in the form p , where p q and q are integers and q ≠ 0. You already know that there are infinitely many rationals. It turns out that there are infinitely many irrational numbers too. Some examples are: 15, π, 0.10110111011110... Remark : Recall that when we use the symbol , we assume that it is the positive square root of the number. So = 2, though both 2 and –2 are square roots of 4. Some of the irrational numbers listed above are familiar to you. For example, you have already come across many of the square roots listed above and the number π. The Pythagoreans proved that 2 is irrational. Later in approximately 425 BC, Theodorus of Cyrene showed that 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 are also irrationals. Proofs of irrationality of 2, 3, 5, etc., shall be discussed in Class X. As to π, it was known to various cultures for thousands of years, it was proved to be irrational by Lambert and Legendre only in the late 1700s. In the next section, we will discuss why 0.10110111011110... and π are irrational. Let us return to the questions raised at the end of the previous section. Remember the bag of rational numbers. If we now put all irrational numbers into the bag, will there be any number left on the number line? The answer is no! It turns out that the collection of all rational numbers and irrational numbers together make up what we call the collection of real numbers, which is denoted by R. Therefore, a real number is either rational or irrational. So, we can say that every real number is represented by a unique point on the number line. Also, every point on the number line represents a unique real number. This is why we call the number line, the real number line. In the 1870s two German mathematicians, Cantor and Dedekind, showed that : Corresponding to every real number, there is a point on the real number line, and corresponding to every point on the number line, there exists a unique real number. R. Dedekind (1831-1916) G. Cantor (1845-1918) Fig. 1.4 Fig. 1.5 NUMBER SYSTEMS Let us see how we can locate some of the irrational numbers on the number line. Example 3 : Locate 2 on the number line. Solution : It is easy to see how the Greeks might have discovered 2 . Consider a unit square OABC, with each side 1 unit in length (see Fig. 1.6). Then you can see by the Pythagoras theorem that Fig. 1.6OB = 12  12  2 . How do we represent 2 on the number line? This is easy. Transfer Fig. 1.6 onto the number line making sure that the vertex O coincides with zero (see Fig. 1.7). Fig. 1.7 We have just seen that OB = 2 . Using a compass with centre O and radius OB, draw an arc intersecting the number line at the point P. Then P corresponds to on2the number line. Example 4 : Locate 3 on the number line. Solution : Let us return to Fig. 1.7. Fig. 1.8 Construct BD of unit length perpendicular to OB (as in Fig. 1.8). Then using the Pythagoras theorem, we see that OD = . Using a compass, with centre O and radius OD, draw an arc which intersects the number line at the point Q. Then Q corresponds to In the same way, you can locate n for any positive integer n, after n 1 has been located. EXERCISE 1.2 1. State whether the following statements are true or false. Justify your answers. (i) Every irrational number is a real number. (ii) Every point on the number line is of the form m , where m is a natural number. (iii) Every real number is an irrational number. 2. Are the square roots of all positive integers irrational? If not, give an example of the square root of a number that is a rational number. 3. Show how 5 can be represented on the number line. 4. Classroom activity (Constructing the ‘square root spiral’) : Take a large sheet of paper and construct the ‘square root spiral’ in the following fashion. Start with a point O and draw a line segment OP1 of unit length. Draw a line segment P1P2 perpendicular to OP1 of unit length (see Fig. 1.9). Now draw a line segment PP perpendicular to OP. Then draw a line232 Fig. 1.9 : Constructingsegment P3P4 perpendicular to OP3. Continuing in square root spiralthis manner, you can get the line segment Pn–1Pn by drawing a line segment of unit length perpendicular to OPn–1. In this manner, you will have created the points P2, P3,...., Pn,... ., and joined them to create a beautiful spiral depicting 2, 3, 4,... 1.3 Real Numbers and their Decimal Expansions In this section, we are going to study rational and irrational numbers from a different point of view. We will look at the decimal expansions of real numbers and see if we can use the expansions to distinguish between rationals and irrationals. We will also explain how to visualise the representation of real numbers on the number line using their decimal expansions. Since rationals are more familiar to us, let us start with 1071 them. Let us take three examples : ,,.387 Pay special attention to the remainders and see if you can find any pattern. NUMBER SYSTEMS 107 1Example 5 : Find the decimal expansions of , and . 387 Solution :8 7 0.875 7.0 64 60 56 40 40 0 0.142857... 1.0 7 30 28 20 14 60 56 40 35 50 49 1 Remainders : 1, 1, 1, 1, 1... Remainders : 6, 4, 0 Remainders : 3, 2, 6, 4, 5, 1, Divisor : 3 Divisor : 8 3, 2, 6, 4, 5, 1,... Divisor : 7 What have you noticed? You should have noticed at least three things: (i) The remainders either become 0 after a certain stage, or start repeating themselves. (ii) The number of entries in the repeating string of remainders is less than the divisor 1 1 (in 3 one number repeats itself and the divisor is 3, in 7 there are six entries 326451 in the repeating string of remainders and 7 is the divisor). (iii) If the remainders repeat, then we get a repeating block of digits in the quotient 11 (for , 3 repeats in the quotient and for , we get the repeating block 142857 in37 the quotient). Although we have noticed this pattern using only the examples above, it is true for all prationals of the form (q ≠ 0). On division of p by q, two main things happen – eitherqthe remainder becomes zero or never becomes zero and we get a repeating string of remainders. Let us look at each case separately. Case (i) : The remainder becomes zero 7 In the example of , we found that the remainder becomes zero after some steps and8 7 1 639 the decimal expansion of = 0.875. Other examples are = 0.5, = 2.556. In all 82250these cases, the decimal expansion terminates or ends after a finite number of steps. We call the decimal expansion of such numbers terminating. Case (ii) : The remainder never becomes zero 1 1 In the examples of 3 and 7 , we notice that the remainders repeat after a certain stage forcing the decimal expansion to go on for ever. In other words, we have a repeating block of digits in the quotient. We say that this expansion is non-terminating 11 recurring. For example, = 0.3333... and = 0.142857142857142857...371 The usual way of showing that 3 repeats in the quotient of is to write it as 0.3 . 3 1 1 Similarly, since the block of digits 142857 repeats in the quotient of 7 , we write 7 as 0.142857 , where the bar above the digits indicates the block of digits that repeats. Also 3.57272... can be written as 3.572 . So, all these examples give us non-terminating recurring (repeating) decimal expansions. Thus, we see that the decimal expansion of rational numbers have only two choices: either they are terminating or non-terminating recurring. Now suppose, on the other hand, on your walk on the number line, you come across a number like 3.142678 whose decimal expansion is terminating or a number like 1.272727... that is, 1.27 , whose decimal expansion is non-terminating recurring, can you conclude that it is a rational number? The answer is yes! NUMBER SYSTEMS We will not prove it but illustrate this fact with a few examples. The terminating cases are easy. Example 6 : Show that 3.142678 is a rational number. In other words, express 3.142678 pin the form , where p and q are integers and q ≠ 0. q 3142678 Solution : We have 3.142678 = , and hence is a rational number. 1000000 Now, let us consider the case when the decimal expansion is non-terminating recurring. Example 7 : Show that 0.3333... = 03. can be expressed in the form p , where p and q q are integers and q ≠ 0. Solution : Since we do not know what 03. is , let us call it ‘x’ and so x = 0.3333... Now here is where the trick comes in. Look at 10 x = 10 × (0.333...) = 3.333... Now, 3.3333... = 3 + x, since x = 0.3333... Therefore, 10 x =3+ x Solving for x, we get 1 9x = 3, i.e., x = 3 pExample 8 : Show that 1.272727... = 127. can be expressed in the form , where pq and q are integers and q ≠ 0. Solution : Let x = 1.272727... Since two digits are repeating, we multiply x by 100 to get 100 x = 127.2727... So, 100 x = 126 + 1.272727... = 126 + x Therefore, 100 x – x = 126, i.e., 99 x = 126 126 14 i.e., x =  99 11 14 You can check the reverse that = 127..11pExample 9 : Show that 0.2353535... = 0 235. can be expressed in the form , q where p and q are integers and q ≠ 0. Solution : Let x = 0 235. Over here, note that 2 does not repeat, but the block 35 . repeats. Since two digits are repeating, we multiply x by 100 to get 100 x = 23.53535... So, 100 x = 23.3 + 0.23535... = 23.3 + x Therefore, 99 x = 23.3 233 233 i.e., 99 x = , which gives x = 10 990 233 You can also check the reverse that = .0 235. 990So, every number with a non-terminating recurring decimal expansion can be expressed in the form p (q ≠ 0), where p and q are integers. Let us summarise our results in theqfollowing form : The decimal expansion of a rational number is either terminating or nonterminating recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is terminating or non-terminating recurring is rational. So, now we know what the decimal expansion of a rational number can be. What about the decimal expansion of irrational numbers? Because of the property above, we can conclude that their decimal expansions are non-terminating non-recurring. So, the property for irrational numbers, similar to the property stated above for rational numbers, is The decimal expansion of an irrational number is non-terminating non-recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is non-terminating non-recurring is irrational. NUMBER SYSTEMS Recall s = 0.10110111011110... from the previous section. Notice that it is nonterminating and non-recurring. Therefore, from the property above, it is irrational. Moreover, notice that you can generate infinitely many irrationals similar to s. What about the famous irrationals 2 and π? Here are their decimal expansions up to a certain stage. 2 = 1.4142135623730950488016887242096... π = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950... 22 22 (Note that, we often take as an approximate value for π, but π≠ .)77 Over the years, mathematicians have developed various techniques to produce more and more digits in the decimal expansions of irrational numbers. For example, you might have learnt to find digits in the decimal expansion of 2 by the division method. Interestingly, in the Sulbasutras (rules of chord), a mathematical treatise of the Vedic period (800 BC - 500 BC), you find an approximation of 2 as follows: 1 11  1 11  = 1    .1 4142156 2 3 43  3443  Notice that it is the same as the one given above for the first five decimal places. The history of the hunt for digits in the decimal expansion of π is very interesting. The Greek genius Archimedes was the first to compute digits in the decimal expansion of π. He showed 3.140845 < π < 3.142857. Aryabhatta (476 – 550 AD), the great Indian mathematician and astronomer, found the value of π correct to four decimal places (3.1416). Using high speed computers and advanced algorithms, π has been computed to over 1.24 trillion decimal places! Archimedes (287 BCE – 212 BCE) Fig. 1.10 Now, let us see how to obtain irrational numbers. 1 2 Example 10 : Find an irrational number between 7 and 7 . Solution : We saw that 1 7 = 0142857. . So, you can easily calculate 2 7  0 285714 . . 1 2 To find an irrational number between and , we find a number which is77 non-terminating non-recurring lying between them. Of course, you can find infinitely many such numbers. An example of such a number is 0.150150015000150000... EXERCISE 1.3 1. Write the following in decimal form and say what kind of decimal expansion each has : (i) 36 100 (ii) 1 11 (iii) 14 8 (iv) 3 13 (v) 2 11 (vi) 329 400 1 23 .2. You know that = 0142857. Can you predict what the decimal expansions of 7, 7,745 6 , , are, without actually doing the long division? If so, how?77 71 [Hint : Study the remainders while finding the value of carefully.] 7p3. Express the following in the form , where p and q are integers and q ≠ 0. q (i) 06(ii) . 0001. 047(iii) . p4. Express 0.99999 .... in the form . Are you surprised by your answer? With your q teacher and classmates discuss why the answer makes sense. 5. What can the maximum number of digits be in the repeating block of digits in the 1 decimal expansion of ? Perform the division to check your answer. 17 6. Look at several examples of rational numbers in the form p (q ≠ 0), where p and q are qintegers with no common factors other than 1 and having terminating decimal representations (expansions). Can you guess what property q must satisfy? 7. Write three numbers whose decimal expansions are non-terminating non-recurring. 59 8. Find three different irrational numbers between the rational numbers and . 9. Classify the following numbers as rational or irrational : (i) 23 (ii) 225 (iii) 0.3796 (iv) 7.478478... (v) 1.101001000100001... 711 NUMBER SYSTEMS 1.4Representing Real Numbers on the Number Line In the previous section, you have seen that any real number has a decimal expansion. This helps us to represent it on the number line. Let us see how. Suppose we want to locate 2.665 on the number line. We know that this lies between 2 and 3. So, let us look closely at the portion of the number line between 2 and 3. Suppose we divide this into 10 equal parts and mark each point of Fig. 1.11 division as in Fig. 1.11 (i). Then the first mark to the right of 2 will represent 2.1, the second 2.2, and so on. You might be finding some difficulty in observing these points of division between 2 and 3 in Fig. 1.11 (i). To have a clear view of the same, you may take a magnifying glass and look at the portion between 2 and 3. It will look like what you see in Fig. 1.11 (ii). Now, 2.665 lies between 2.6 and 2.7. So, let us focus on the portion between 2.6 and 2.7 [See Fig. 1.12(i)]. We imagine to divide this again into ten equal parts. The first mark will represent 2.61, the next 2.62, and so on. To see this clearly, we magnify this as shown in Fig. 1.12 (ii). Fig. 1.12 Again, 2.665 lies between 2.66 and 2.67. So, let us focus on this portion of the number line [see Fig. 1.13(i)] and imagine to divide it again into ten equal parts. We magnify it to see it better, as in Fig. 1.13 (ii). The first mark represents 2.661, the next one represents 2.662, and so on. So, 2.665 is the 5th mark in these subdivisions. Fig. 1.13 We call this process of visualisation of representation of numbers on the number line, through a magnifying glass, as the process of successive magnification. So, we have seen that it is possible by sufficient successive magnifications to visualise the position (or representation) of a real number with a terminating decimal expansion on the number line. Let us now try and visualise the position (or representation) of a real number with a non-terminating recurring decimal expansion on the number line. We can look at appropriate intervals through a magnifying glass and by successive magnifications visualise the position of the number on the number line. Example 11 : Visualize the representation of 537 on the number line upto 5 decimal.places, that is, up to 5.37777. Solution : Once again we proceed by successive magnification, and successively decrease the lengths of the portions of the number line in which 537 is located. First,.we see that 537. is located between 5 and 6. In the next step, we locate 537. between 5.3 and 5.4. To get a more accurate visualization of the representation, we divide this portion of the number line into 10 equal parts and use a magnifying glass to visualize that 537 lies between 5.37 and 5.38. To visualize 537 more accurately, we ..again divide the portion between 5.37 and 5.38 into ten equal parts and use a magnifying glass to visualize that 537 lies between 5.377 and 5.378. Now to visualize 537 still..more accurately, we divide the portion between 5.377 an 5.378 into 10 equal parts, and NUMBER SYSTEMS visualize the representation of 537 as in Fig. 1.14 (iv). Notice that 537 is located..closer to 5.3778 than to 5.3777 [see Fig 1.14 (iv)]. Fig. 1.14 Remark :We can proceed endlessly in this manner, successively viewing through a magnifying glass and simultaneously imagining the decrease in the length of the portion of the number line in which 537 is located. The size of the portion of the line we.specify depends on the degree of accuracy we would like for the visualisation of the position of the number on the number line. You might have realised by now that the same procedure can be used to visualise a real number with a non-terminating non-recurring decimal expansion on the number line. In the light of the discussions above and visualisations, we can again say that every real number is represented by a unique point on the number line. Further, every point on the number line represents one and only one real number. EXERCISE 1.4 1. Visualise 3.765 on the number line, using successive magnification. 2. Visualise 426 on the number line, up to 4 decimal places..1.5 Operations on Real Numbers You have learnt, in earlier classes, that rational numbers satisfy the commutative, associative and distributive laws for addition and multiplication. Moreover, if we add, subtract, multiply or divide (except by zero) two rational numbers, we still get a rational number (that is, rational numbers are ‘closed’ with respect to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). It turns out that irrational numbers also satisfy the commutative, associative and distributive laws for addition and multiplication. However, the sum, difference, quotients and products of irrational numbers are not always 17 irrational. For example, 6 6 , 22 , 3 3 and are 17rationals. Let us look at what happens when we add and multiply a rational number with an irrational number. For example, 3 is irrational. What about 2  3 and 23 ? Since has a non-terminating non-recurring decimal expansion, the same is true for 2  3 and 23 . Therefore, both 2  3 and 23are also irrational numbers. 7 ,Example 12 : Check whether 75 , 2 21 , 2 are irrational numbers or 5 not. Solution : 5 = 2.236... , 2 = 1.4142..., π = 3.1415... NUMBER SYSTEMS 7 75 75 Then 75 = 15.652..., =  = 3.1304... 5555 2 + 21 = 22.4142..., π – 2 = 1.1415... All these are non-terminating non-recurring decimals. So, all these are irrational numbers. Now, let us see what generally happens if we add, subtract, multiply, divide, take square roots and even nth roots of these irrational numbers, where n is any natural number. Let us look at some examples. These examples may lead you to expect the following facts, which are true: (i) The sum or difference of a rational number and an irrational number is irrational. (ii) The product or quotient of a non-zero rational number with an irrational number is irrational. (iii) If we add, subtract, multiply or divide two irrationals, the result may be rational or irrational. We now turn our attention to the operation of taking square roots of real numbers. Recall that, if a is a natural number, then a  b means b2 = a and b > 0. The same definition can be extended for positive real numbers. Let a > 0 be a real number. Then a = b means b2 = a and b > 0. In Section 1.2, we saw how to represent n for any positive integer n on the number line. We now show how to find x for any given positive real number x geometrically. For example, let us find it for x = 3.5, i.e., we find 35. geometrically. Fig. 1.15 Mark the distance 3.5 units from a fixed point A on a given line to obtain a point B such that AB = 3.5 units (see Fig. 1.15). From B, mark a distance of 1 unit and mark the new point as C. Find the mid-point of AC and mark that point as O. Draw a semicircle with centre O and radius OC. Draw a line perpendicular to AC passing through B and intersecting the semicircle at D. Then, BD = 3.5 . More generally, to find x , for any positive real number x, we mark B so that AB = x units, and, as in Fig. 1.16, mark C so that BC = 1 unit. Then, as we have done for the case x = 3.5, we find BD = (see Fig. 1.16). We can prove this result using the Fig. 1.16Pythagoras Theorem. Notice that, in Fig. 1.16, Δ OBD is a right-angled triangle. Also, the radius of the circle x 1 is units.2 x 1 Therefore, OC = OD = OA = units. 2  x  1  x  1 Now, OB = x    2  2 So, by the Pythagoras Theorem, we have  x  1 2  x  1 24x BD2 = OD2 – OB2 =     x . 2  2  4 This shows that BD = NUMBER SYSTEMS This construction gives us a visual, and geometric way of showing that exists forxall real numbers x > 0. If you want to know the position of x on the number line, then let us treat the line BC as the number line, with B as zero, C as 1, and so on. Draw an arc with centre B and radius BD, which intersects the number line in E (see Fig. 1.17). Then, E represents Fig. 1.17 We would like to now extend the idea of square roots to cube roots, fourth roots, and in general nth roots, where n is a positive integer. Recall your understanding of square roots and cube roots from earlier classes. What is 3 8 ? Well, we know it has to be some positive number whose cube is 8, and you must have guessed 3 8 = 2. Let us try 5 243 . Do you know some number b such that b5 = 243? The answer is 3. Therefore, From these examples, can you define na for a real number a > 0 and a positive integer n? naLet a > 0 be a real number and n be a positive integer. Then = b, if bn = a and nb > 0. Note that the symbol ‘ ’ used in 2, 38, a , etc. is called the radical sign. We now list some identities relating to square roots, which are useful in various ways. You are already familiar with some of these from your earlier classes. The remaining ones follow from the distributive law of multiplication over addition of real numbers, and from the identity (x + y) (x – y) = x2 – y2, for any real numbers x and y. Let a and b be positive real numbers. Then a (i) ab  ab (ii) b (iii)  a  b  a  b  a  b (iv) a  b  a  b  a 2  b (v)  a  b  c  d  ac  ad  bc  bd (vi)  a  b 2  a  2 ab  b Let us look at some particular cases of these identities. Example 16 : Simplify the following expressions: (i) 5  7  2  5  (ii) 5  5 5  5  (iii)  3  7 2 (iv)  11  7 11  7 Solution : (i) 5  7  2  5  10  55  27  35 2(ii) 5  55  5  5  5 2  25 – 5  20 (iii)  3  7 2  3 2  237  7 2  3  221  7  10  2 21 (iv)  11  7  11  7  11 2  7 2  11  7  4 Remark : Note that ‘simplify’ in the example above has been used to mean that the expression should be written as the sum of a rational and an irrational number. We end this section by considering the following problem. Look at 1  Can you tell2 where it shows up on the number line? You know that it is irrational. May be it is easier to handle if the denominator is a rational number. Let us see, if we can ‘rationalise’the denominator, that is, to make the denominator into a rational number. To do so, we need the identities involving square roots. Let us see how. 1 Example 17 : Rationalise the denominator of 1 Solution : We want to write as an equivalent expression in which the denominator2is a rational number. We know that 2 is rational. We also know that multiplying NUMBER SYSTEMS 1 2 2 by will give us an equivalent expression, since = 1. So, we put these two222facts together to get 11 22    2 222 1 In this form, it is easy to locate on the number line. It is half way between 0 and22! 1 Example 18 : Rationalise the denominator of 2  3 1 Solution : We use the Identity (iv) given earlier. Multiply and divide by2 3 12  32  3   2  32 3 to get .2  32  3 43 5 Example 19 : Rationalise the denominator of 3  5 Solution : Here we use the Identity (iii) given earlier. 53  55  5 5  3  5    3  5 So, = 3 5 3  53  5 35 2  1 Example 20 : Rationalise the denominator of 732 11  2  7  32  2 73 73   Solution :    2 49  18 3173 27  32  73  So, when the denominator of an expression contains a term with a square root (or a number under a radical sign), the process of converting it to an equivalent expression whose denominator is a rational number is called rationalising the denominator. EXERCISE 1.5 1. Classify the following numbers as rational or irrational: (i) 2  5 (ii) 3  23  23 (iii) 27 77 1 (iv) 2 (v) 2π 2. Simplify each of the following expressions: (i) 3   3 2  2 (ii) 3   3 3  3 (iii)  5  2 2 (iv)  5   2 5  2 3. Recall, π is defined as the ratio of the circumference (say c) of a circle to its diameter c (say d). That is, π =  This seems to contradict the fact that π is irrational. How will d you resolve this contradiction? 4. Represent .93 on the number line. 5. Rationalise the denominators of the following: 11 (i) (ii) 7  67 11 (iii) (iv)5  27  2 1.6 Laws of Exponents for Real Numbers Do you remember how to simplify the following? (i) 172 . 175 = (ii) (52)7 = 2310 (iii) 7 = (iv)73 . 93 = 23Did you get these answers? They are as follows: (i) 172 . 175 = 177 (ii) (52)7 = 514 2310 3(iii)  23 (iv)73 . 93 = 633 237 NUMBER SYSTEMS To get these answers, you would have used the following laws of exponents, which you have learnt in your earlier classes. (Here a, n and m are natural numbers. Remember, a is called the base and m and n are the exponents.) = am + n amn(i) am . an (ii) (am)n = m a mn(iii) n a ,m n (iv) ambm = (ab)m a What is (a)0? Yes, it is 1! So you have learnt that (a)0 = 1. So, using (iii), we can 1 nget n a . We can now extend the laws to negative exponents too. a So, for example : 2 –5 –3 2–7 –14 (i) 17 17 17 1 (ii) (5 ) 5173 –10 –17 –3–3 –3(iii) 23 7 23 (iv) (7) (9) (63) 23 Suppose we want to do the following computations: 21 14 (i) 23 23 (ii) 35  1 5 117 (iii) 1 (iv) 135 17 5 73 How would we go about it? It turns out that we can extend the laws of exponents that we have studied earlier, even when the base is a positive real number and the exponents are rational numbers. (Later you will study that it can further to be extended when the exponents are real numbers.) But before we state these laws, and to even 3 make sense of these laws, we need to first understand what, for example 42 is. So, we have some work to do! nIn Section 1.4, we defined a for a real number a > 0 as follows: nLet a > 0 be a real number and n a positive integer. Then a = b, if bn = a and b > 0. 1 1 In the language of exponents, we define na = an . So, in particular, 3 2 23 . 3 There are now two ways to look at 42 . 33 1 42 = 42  23 8  3 11 43 2242 = 64 8 Therefore, we have the following definition: Let a > 0 be a real number. Let m and n be integers such that m and n have no common factors other than 1, and n > 0. Then, m nmn nam = a a We now have the following extended laws of exponents: Let a > 0 be a real number and p and q be rational numbers. Then, we have (i) ap . aq = ap+q (ii) (ap)q = apq ap (iii) q apq (iv) apbp = (ab)p a You can now use these laws to answer the questions asked earlier. 21 14 33 35Example 21 : Simplify (i) 2 2 (ii)  1 5 117 (iii) 1 (iv) 135 175 73Solution : 421 21  3 1433 33  31 55(i) 22   22 3  2 2 (ii)  3  1 11  35 2 11 117 53  1515 55 55(iii) 51 77 7 (iv) 13 17  (13 17) 221 73 EXERCISE 1.6 1 1 1 1. Find : (i) 642 (ii) 325 (iii) 1253 3 2 3 1 2. Find : (i) 92 (ii) 325 (iii) 164 (iv) 125 3 1 3. Simplify : (i) 2 1 3225 (ii) 7 3 1 3      (iii) 2 1 11 (iv) 1 1 2782 411 NUMBER SYSTEMS 1.7Summary In this chapter, you have studied the following points: 1. A number r is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form p , where p and q are q integers and q ≠ 0. p2. A number s is called a irrational number, if it cannot be written in the form , where p and q q are integers and q ≠ 0. 3. The decimal expansion of a rational number is either terminating or non-terminating recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is terminating or non-terminating recurring is rational. 4. The decimal expansion of an irrational number is non-terminating non-recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is non-terminating non-recurring is irrational. 5. All the rational and irrational numbers make up the collection of real numbers. 6. There is a unique real number corresponding to every point on the number line. Also, corresponding to each real number, there is a unique point on the number line. r 7. If r is rational and s is irrational, thenr + s and r –s are irrational numbers, and rs and are sirrational numbers, r ≠ 0. 8. For positive real numbers a and b, the following identities hold: (i) ab  ab (ii) a  a bb 2(iii)  a  b  a  b a  b (iv) a  b a  b a  b (v)  a  b 2  a  2 ab  b 1 , a  b9. To rationalise the denominator of we multiply this by , where a and b are a  ba b integers. 10. Let a > 0 be a real number and p and q be rational numbers. Then pqp + q p)qpq(i) a . a = a(ii) (a = ap  q(iii) a qp  a (iv) apbp = (ab)p a

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Mathematics-001

Chapter 1


Number Systems


1.1 Introduction

In your earlier classes, you have learnt about the number line and how to represent various types of numbers on it (see Fig. 1.1).


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Fig. 1.1 :The number line


Just imagine you start from zero and go on walking along this number line in the positive direction. As far as your eyes can see, there are numbers, numbers and numbers!


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Fig. 1.2


Now suppose you start walking along the number line, and collecting some of the numbers. Get a bag ready to store them!


697.pngYou might begin with picking up only natural numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. You know that this list goes on for ever. (Why is this true?) So, now your bag contains infinitely many natural numbers! Recall that we denote this collection by the symbol N

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Now turn and walk all the way back, pick up zero and put it into the bag. You now have the collection of whole numbers which is denoted by the symbol W.



Now, stretching in front of you are many, many negative integers. Put all the negative integers into your bag. What is your new collection? Recall that it is the collection of all integers, and it is denoted by the symbol Z.

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Are there some numbers still left on the line? Of course! There are numbers like 1277.png, or even 1282.png. If you put all such numbers also into the bag, it will now be the collection of rational numbers. The collection of rational numbers is denoted by Q. ‘Rational’ comes from the word ‘ratio’, and Q comes from the word ‘quotient’.

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You may recall the definition of rational numbers:

A number ‘r’ is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form 1287.png, where p and q are integers and q 0. (Why do we insist that q 0?)

Notice that all the numbers now in the bag can be written in the form 1292.png, where p and q are integers and q 0. For example, –25 can be written as 1297.png here p = –25 and q = 1. Therefore, the rational numbers also include the natural numbers, whole numbers and integers.

You also know that the rational numbers do not have a unique representation in the form 1302.png, where p and q are integers and q 0. For example, 1307.png = chap1img3 = 1317.png = 1322.png = 1327.png, and so on. These are equivalent rational numbers (or fractions). However, when we say that 1332.png is a rational number, or when we represent 1337.png on the number line, we assume that q 0 and that p and q have no common factors other than 1 (that is, p and q are co-prime). So, on the number line, among the infinitely many fractions equivalent to 1342.png, we will choose 1347.png to represent all of them.

Now, let us solve some examples about the different types of numbers, which you have studied in earlier classes.

Example 1 : Are the following statements true or false? Give reasons for your answers.

(i) Every whole number is a natural number.

(ii) Every integer is a rational number.

(iii) Every rational number is an integer.

Solution : (i) False, because zero is a whole number but not a natural number.

(ii) True, because every integer m can be expressed in the form 1352.png, and so it is a rational number.

(iii) False, because 1357.png is not an integer.


Example 2 : Find five rational numbers between 1 and 2.

We can approach this problem in at least two ways.

Solution 1 : Recall that to find a rational number between r and s, you can add r and s and divide the sum by 2, that is chap1img4 lies between r and s. So, 1367.png is a number between 1 and 2. You can proceed in this manner to find four more rational numbers between 1 and 2. These four numbers are 1372.png

Solution 2 : The other option is to find all the five rational numbers in one step. Since we want five numbers, we write 1 and 2 as rational numbers with denominator 5 + 1, i.e., 1 = 1378.png and 2 = 1383.png. Then you can check that 1388.png, 1393.png, 1398.png, chap1img5 and chap1img6 are all rational numbers between 1 and 2. So, the five numbers are 1413.png.


Remark: Notice that in Example 2, you were asked to find five rational numbers between 1 and 2. But, you must have realised that in fact there are infinitely many rational numbers between 1 and 2. In general, there are infinitely many rational numbers between any two given rational numbers.


Let us take a look at the number line again. Have you picked up all the numbers? Not, yet. The fact is that there are infinitely many more numbers left on the number line! There are gaps in between the places of the numbers you picked up, and not just one or two but infinitely many. The amazing thing is that there are infinitely many numbers lying between any two of these gaps too!

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So we are left with the following questions:

1. What are the numbers, that are left on the number line, called?

2. How do we recognise them? That is, how do we distinguish them from the rationals (rational numbers)?

These questions will be answered in the next section.




EXERCISE 1.1

1. Is zero a rational number? Can you write it in the form 1418.png, where p and q are integers and q 0?

2. Find six rational numbers between 3 and 4.

3. Find five rational numbers between 1423.png and 1429.png.

4. State whether the following statements are true or false. Give reasons for your answers.

(i) Every natural number is a whole number.

(ii) Every integer is a whole number.

(iii) Every rational number is a whole number.


1.2 Irrational Numbers

We saw, in the previous section, that there may be numbers on the number line that are not rationals. In this section, we are going to investigate these numbers. So far, all the numbers you have come across, are of the form 1434.png, where p and q are integers and q 0. So, you may ask: are there numbers which are not of this form? There are indeed such numbers.


The Pythagoreans in Greece, followers of the famous mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, were the first to discover the numbers which were not rationals, around 400 BC. These numbers are called irrational numbers (irrationals), because they cannot be written in the form of a ratio of integers. There are many myths surrounding the discovery of irrational numbers by the Pythagorean, Hippacus of Croton.

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Pythagoras (569 BCE – 479 BCE)

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In all the myths, Hippacus has an unfortunate end, either for discovering that chap1img7 is irrational or for disclosing the secret about chap1img7 to people outside the secret Pythagorean sect!


Let us formally define these numbers.

A number ‘s’ is called irrational, if it cannot be written in the form 1434.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

You already know that there are infinitely many rationals. It turns out that there are infinitely many irrational numbers too. Some examples are:

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Remark: Recall that when we use the symbol 1459.png, we assume that it is the positive square root of the number. So 1464.png = 2, though both 2 and –2 are square roots of 4.

Some of the irrational numbers listed above are familiar to you. For example, you have already come across many of the square roots listed above and the number π.

The Pythagoreans proved that 1469.png is irrational. Later in approximately 425 BC, Theodorus of Cyrene showed that

1474.png 1480.png and 1485.png are also irrationals. Proofs of irrationality of 1490.png, 1495.png, 1500.png, etc., shall be discussed in Class X. As to π, it was known to various cultures for thousands of years, it was proved to be irrational by Lambert and Legendre only in the late 1700s. In the next section, we will discuss why 0.10110111011110... and π are irrational.

832.pngLet us return to the questions raised at the end of the previous section. Remember the bag of rational numbers. If we now put all irrational numbers into the bag, will there be any number left on the number line? The answer is no! It turns out that the collection of all rational numbers and irrational numbers together make up what we call the collection of real numbers,

which is denoted by R. Therefore, a real number is either rational or irrational. So, we can say that every real number is represented by a unique point on the number line. Also, every point on the number line represents a unique real number. This is why we call the number line, the real number line.





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R. Dedekind (1831-1916)
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In the 1870s two German mathematicians, Cantor and Dedekind, showed that : Corresponding to every real number, there is a point on the real number line, and corresponding to every point on the number line, there exists a unique real number.

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G. Cantor (1845-1918)
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 Let us see how we can locate some of the irrational numbers on the number line.

Example 3 : Locate 1505.png on the number line.

Solution : It is easy to see how the Greeks might have discovered 1510.png. Consider a square OABC, with each side 1 unit in length (see Fig. 1.6). Then you can see by the Pythagoras theorem that
OB = 1515.png. How do we represent 1520.png on the number line?

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Fig. 1.6

This is easy. Transfer Fig. 1.6 onto the number line making sure that the vertex O coincides with zero (see Fig. 1.7).

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Fig. 1.7

We have just seen that OB = 1525.png. Using a compass with centre O and radius OB, draw an arc intersecting the number line at the point P. Then P corresponds to 1531.png on the number line.

Example 4 : Locate 1536.png on the number line.

Solution : Let us return to Fig. 1.7.

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Fig. 1.8

Construct BD of unit length perpendicular to OB (as in Fig. 1.8). Then using the Pythagoras theorem, we see that OD = 1541.png. Using a compass, with centre O and radius OD, draw an arc which intersects the number line at the point Q. Then Q corresponds to 1546.png.

In the same way, you can locate 1551.png for any positive integer n, after 1556.png has been located.


EXERCISE 1.2

1. State whether the following statements are true or false. Justify your answers.

(i) Every irrational number is a real number.

(ii) Every point on the number line is of the form 1561.png, where m is a natural number.

(iii) Every real number is an irrational number.

2. Are the square roots of all positive integers irrational? If not, give an example of the square root of a number that is a rational number.

3. Show how 1566.png can be represented on the number line.

4. Classroom activity (Constructing the ‘square root spiral’) : Take a large sheet of paper and construct the ‘square root spiral’ in the following fashion. Start with a point O and draw a line segment OP1 of unit length. Draw a line segment P1P2 perpendicular to OP1 of unit length (see Fig. 1.9). Now draw a line segment P2P3 perpendicular to OP2. Then draw a line segment P3P4 perpendicular to OP3. Continuing in this manner, you can get the line segment Pn–1Pn by drawing a line segment of unit length perpendicular to OPn–1. In this manner, you will have created the points P2, P3,...., Pn,... ., and joined them to create a beautiful spiral depicting 1571.png...

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Fig. 1.9 : Constructing square root spiral


1.3 Real Numbers and their Decimal Expansions

In this section, we are going to study rational and irrational numbers from a different point of view. We will look at the decimal expansions of real numbers and see if we can use the expansions to distinguish between rationals and irrationals. We will also explain how to visualise the representation of real numbers on the number line using their decimal expansions. Since rationals are more familiar to us, let us start with them. Let us take three examples : 1576.png.

Pay special attention to the remainders and see if you can find any pattern.

Example 5 : Find the decimal expansions of,1582.png 1587.png and 1592.png.

Solution :

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What have you noticed? You should have noticed at least three things:

(i) The remainders either become 0 after a certain stage, or start repeating themselves.

(ii) The number of entries in the repeating string of remainders is less than the divisor (in Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-15-08 one number repeats itself and the divisor is 3, in 1602.png there are six entries 326451 in the repeating string of remainders and 7 is the divisor).

(iii) If the remainders repeat, then we get a repeating block of digits in the quotient (for Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-15-08, 3 repeats in the quotient and for 1612.png, we get the repeating block 142857 in the quotient).

Although we have noticed this pattern using only the examples above, it is true for all rationals of the form 1617.png (q 0). On division of p by q, two main things happen – either the remainder becomes zero or never becomes zero and we get a repeating string of remainders. Let us look at each case separately.

Case (i) : The remainder becomes zero

In the example of 1622.png, we found that the remainder becomes zero after some steps and the decimal expansion of 1627.png = 0.875. Other examples are 1633.png = 0.5, 1638.png = 2.556. In all these cases, the decimal expansion terminates or ends after a finite number of steps. We call the decimal expansion of such numbers terminating.

Case (ii) : The remainder never becomes zero

In the examples of Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-15-08 and 1648.png, we notice that the remainders repeat after a certain stage forcing the decimal expansion to go on for ever. In other words, we have a repeating block of digits in the quotient. We say that this expansion is non-terminating recurring. For example, Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-15-08 = 0.3333... and 1658.png = 0.142857142857142857...

The usual way of showing that 3 repeats in the quotient of Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-15-08 is to write it as 1668.png. Similarly, since the block of digits 142857 repeats in the quotient of 1673.png, we write 1678.png as 1684.png, where the bar above the digits indicates the block of digits that repeats. Also 3.57272... can be written as 1689.png. So, all these examples give us non-terminating recurring (repeating) decimal expansions.

Thus, we see that the decimal expansion of rational numbers have only two choices: either they are terminating or non-terminating recurring.

Now suppose, on the other hand, on your walk on the number line, you come across a number like 3.142678 whose decimal expansion is terminating or a number like 1.272727... that is, 1694.png, whose decimal expansion is non-terminating recurring, can you conclude that it is a rational number? The answer is yes!

We will not prove it but illustrate this fact with a few examples. The terminating cases are easy.

Example 6 : Show that 3.142678 is a rational number. In other words, express 3.142678 in the form 1434.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

Solution : We have 3.142678 = 1704.png, and hence is a rational number.

Now, let us consider the case when the decimal expansion is non-terminating recurring.

Example 7 : Show that 0.3333... = 1709.png can be expressed in the form 1434.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

Solution : Since we do not know what 1709.png is , let us call it ‘x’ and so

x = 0.3333...

Now here is where the trick comes in. Look at

10 x = 10 × (0.333...) = 3.333...

Now, 3.3333... = 3 + x, since x = 0.3333...

Therefore, 10 x = 3 + x

Solving for x, we get

9x = 3, i.e., x = 1724.png

Example 8 : Show that 1.272727... = 1729.png can be expressed in the form 1434.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

Solution : Let x = 1.272727... Since two digits are repeating, we multiply x by 100 to get

100 x = 127.2727...

So, 100 x = 126 + 1.272727... = 126 + x

Therefore, 100 xx = 126, i.e., 99 x = 126

i.e., x = 1740.png

You can check the reverse that 1745.png = 1750.png.

Example 9 : Show that 0.2353535... = 1755.png can be expressed in the form 1760.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

Solution : Let x = 1755.png. Over here, note that 2 does not repeat, but the block 35 repeats. Since two digits are repeating, we multiply x by 100 to get

100 x = 23.53535...

So, 100 x = 23.3 + 0.23535... = 23.3 + x

Therefore, 99 x = 23.3

i.e., 99 x = 1770.png, which gives x = 1775.png

You can also check the reverse that 1775.png = 1786.png.

So, every number with a non-terminating recurring decimal expansion can be expressed in the form 1791.png (q 0), where p and q are integers. Let us summarise our results in the following form :

The decimal expansion of a rational number is either terminating or non-terminating recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is terminating or non-terminating recurring is rational.

So, now we know what the decimal expansion of a rational number can be. What about the decimal expansion of irrational numbers? Because of the property above, we can conclude that their decimal expansions are non-terminating non-recurring.

So, the property for irrational numbers, similar to the property stated above for rational numbers, is

The decimal expansion of an irrational number is non-terminating non-recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is non-terminating non-recurring is irrational.

Recall s = 0.10110111011110... from the previous section. Notice that it is non-terminating and non-recurring. Therefore, from the property above, it is irrational. Moreover, notice that you can generate infinitely many irrationals similar to s.

What about the famous irrationals 1796.png and π? Here are their decimal expansions up to a certain stage.

1801.png = 1.4142135623730950488016887242096...

π = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950...

(Note that, we often take 1806.png as an approximate value for π, but π 1811.png.)

Over the years, mathematicians have developed various techniques to produce more and more digits in the decimal expansions of irrational numbers. For example, you might have learnt to find digits in the decimal expansion of 1816.png by the division method. Interestingly, in the Sulbasutras (rules of chord), a mathematical treatise of the Vedic period (800 BC - 500 BC), you find an approximation of 1821.png as follows:

1826.png = 1831.png

Notice that it is the same as the one given above for the first five decimal places. The history of the hunt for digits in the decimal expansion of π is very interesting.


The Greek genius Archimedes was the first to compute digits in the decimal expansion of π. He showed 3.140845 < π < 3.142857. Aryabhatta (476 – 550 AD), the great Indian mathematician and astronomer, found the value of π correct to four decimal places (3.1416). Using high speed computers and advanced algorithms, π has been computed to over 1.24 trillion decimal places!

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Archimedes (287 BCE – 212 BCE)

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Now, let us see how to obtain irrational numbers.

Example 10 : Find an irrational number between 1837.png and 1842.png.

Solution : We saw that 1847.png = 1852.png. So, you can easily calculate 1857.png. To find an irrational number between 1862.png and 1867.png, we find a number which is
non-terminating non-recurring lying between them. Of course, you can find infinitely many such numbers.

An example of such a number is 0.150150015000150000...


EXERCISE 1.3

1. Write the following in decimal form and say what kind of decimal expansion each has :

(i) 1872.png (ii) 1877.png (iii) 1882.png

(iv) 1888.png (v) 1893.png (vi) 1898.png

2. You know that 1903.png = 1908.png. Can you predict what the decimal expansions of 1913.png, 1918.png, 1923.png, 1928.png, 1933.png are, without actually doing the long division? If so, how?

[Hint : Study the remainders while finding the value of 1939.png carefully.]

3. Express the following in the form 1944.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

(i) 1949.png (ii) 1954.png (iii) 1959.png

4. Express 0.99999 .... in the form 1964.png. Are you surprised by your answer? With your teacher and classmates discuss why the answer makes sense.

5. What can the maximum number of digits be in the repeating block of digits in the decimal expansion of 1969.png? Perform the division to check your answer.

6. Look at several examples of rational numbers in the form 1974.png (q 0), where p and q are integers with no common factors other than 1 and having terminating decimal representations (expansions). Can you guess what property q must satisfy?

7. Write three numbers whose decimal expansions are non-terminating non-recurring.

8. Find three different irrational numbers between the rational numbers 1979.png and 1984.png.

9. Classify the following numbers as rational or irrational :

(i) 1990.png (ii) 1995.png (iii) 0.3796

(iv) 7.478478... (v) 1.101001000100001...


1.4 Representing Real Numbers on the Number Line

In the previous section, you have seen that any real number has a decimal expansion. This helps us to represent it on the number line. Let us see how.

Suppose we want to locate 2.665 on the number line. We know that this lies between 2 and 3.

So, let us look closely at the portion of the number line between 2 and 3. Suppose we divide this into 10 equal parts and mark each point of division as in Fig. 1.11 (i). Then the first mark to the right of 2 will represent 2.1, the second 2.2, and so on. You might be finding some difficulty in observing these points of division between 2 and 3 in Fig. 1.11 (i). 

1037.png

Fig. 1.11

To have a clear view of the same, you may take a magnifying glass and look at the portion between 2 and 3. It will look like what you see in Fig. 1.11 (ii). Now, 2.665 lies between 2.6 and 2.7. So, let us focus on the portion between 2.6 and 2.7 [See Fig. 1.12(i)]. We imagine to divide this again into ten equal parts. The first mark will represent 2.61, the next 2.62, and so on. To see this clearly, we magnify this as shown in Fig. 1.12 (ii).

1051.png

Fig. 1.12

Again, 2.665 lies between 2.66 and 2.67. So, let us focus on this portion of the number line [see Fig. 1.13(i)] and imagine to divide it again into ten equal parts. We magnify it to see it better, as in Fig. 1.13 (ii). The first mark represents 2.661, the next one represents 2.662, and so on. So, 2.665 is the 5th mark in these subdivisions.

1086.png

Fig. 1.13

We call this process of visualisation of representation of numbers on the number line, through a magnifying glass, as the process of successive magnification.

So, we have seen that it is possible by sufficient successive magnifications to visualise the position (or representation) of a real number with a terminating decimal expansion on the number line.

Let us now try and visualise the position (or representation) of a real number with a non-terminating recurring decimal expansion on the number line. We can look at appropriate intervals through a magnifying glass and by successive magnifications visualise the position of the number on the number line.

Example 11 : Visualize the representation of 2000.png on the number line upto 5 decimal places, that is, up to 5.37777.

Solution : Once again we proceed by successive magnification, and successively decrease the lengths of the portions of the number line in which 2005.png is located. First, we see that 2010.png is located between 5 and 6. In the next step, we locate 2015.png between 5.3 and 5.4. To get a more accurate visualization of the representation, we divide this portion of the number line into 10 equal parts and use a magnifying glass to visualize that 2020.png lies between 5.37 and 5.38. To visualize 2025.png more accurately, we again divide the portion between 5.37 and 5.38 into ten equal parts and use a magnifying glass to visualize that 2030.png lies between 5.377 and 5.378. Now to visualize 2035.png still more accurately, we divide the portion between 5.377 an 5.378 into 10 equal parts, and visualize the representation of 2041.png as in Fig. 1.14 (iv). Notice that 2046.png is located closer to 5.3778 than to 5.3777 [see Fig 1.14 (iv)].

1096.pngs

Fig. 1.14


Remark: We can proceed endlessly in this manner, successively viewing through a magnifying glass and simultaneously imagining the decrease in the length of the portion of the number line in which 2051.png is located. The size of the portion of the line we specify depends on the degree of accuracy we would like for the visualisation of the position of the number on the number line.

You might have realised by now that the same procedure can be used to visualise a real number with a non-terminating non-recurring decimal expansion on the number line.

In the light of the discussions above and visualisations, we can again say that every real number is represented by a unique point on the number line. Further, every point on the number line represents one and only one real number.


EXERCISE 1.4

1. Visualise 3.765 on the number line, using successive magnification.

2. Visualise 2056.png on the number line, up to 4 decimal places.


1.5 Operations on Real Numbers

You have learnt, in earlier classes, that rational numbers satisfy the commutative, associative and distributive laws for addition and multiplication. Moreover, if we add, subtract, multiply or divide (except by zero) two rational numbers, we still get a rational number (that is, rational numbers are ‘closed’ with respect to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). It turns out that irrational numbers also satisfy the commutative, associative and distributive laws for addition and multiplication. However, the sum, difference, quotients and products of irrational numbers are not always irrational. For example, 2061.png,2066.png and 2071.png are rationals.

Let us look at what happens when we add and multiply a rational number with an irrational number. For example, 2076.png is irrational. What about2081.png and 2086.png? Since 2092.png has a non-terminating non-recurring decimal expansion, the same is true for 2097.png and 2102.png. Therefore, both 2107.png and 2112.png are also irrational numbers.

Example 12 : Check whether 2117.png, 2122.png are irrational numbers or not.

Solution : 2127.png = 2.236... , 2132.png = 1.4142..., π = 3.1415...

Then 2137.png = 15.652..., 2143.png = 2148.png = 3.1304...

2153.png + 21 = 22.4142..., π – 2 = 1.1415...

All these are non-terminating non-recurring decimals. So, all these are irrational numbers.

Now, let us see what generally happens if we add, subtract, multiply, divide, take square roots and even nth roots of these irrational numbers, where n is any natural number. Let us look at some examples.

Example 13 : Add 2158.png and 2163.png.

Solution : 2168.png = 2173.png

= 2178.png


Example 14 : Multiply 2183.png by 2188.png.

Solution : 2194.png × 2199.png = 6 × 2 × 2204.png × 2209.png = 12 × 5 = 60


Example 15 : Divide 2214.png by 2219.png.

Solution : 2224.png


These examples may lead you to expect the following facts, which are true:

(i) The sum or difference of a rational number and an irrational number is irrational.

(ii) The product or quotient of a non-zero rational number with an irrational number is irrational.

(iii) If we add, subtract, multiply or divide two irrationals, the result may be rational or irrational.

sWe now turn our attention to the operation of taking square roots of real numbers. Recall that, if a is a natural number, then 2229.png means b2 = a and b > 0. The same definition can be extended for positive real numbers.

Let a > 0 be a real number. Then 2234.png = b means b2 = a and b > 0.

In Section 1.2, we saw how to represent 2239.png for any positive integer n on the number line. We now show how to find 2245.png for any given positive real number x geometrically. For example, let us find it for x = 3.5, i.e., we find 2250.png geometrically.

1161.png

Fig. 1.15


Mark the distance 3.5 units from a fixed point A on a given line to obtain a point B such that AB = 3.5 units (see Fig. 1.15). From B, mark a distance of 1 unit and mark the new point as C. Find the mid-point of AC and mark that point as O. Draw a semicircle with centre O and radius OC. Draw a line perpendicular to AC passing through B and intersecting the semicircle at D. Then, BD = 2255.png.

More generally, to find 2260.png, for any positive real number x, we mark B so that AB = x units, and, as in Fig. 1.16, mark C so that BC = 1 unit. Then, as we have done for the case x = 3.5, we find BD = 2265.png (see Fig. 1.16). We can prove this result using the Pythagoras Theorem.

1175.png

Fig. 1.16


Notice that, in Fig. 1.16, OBD is a right-angled triangle. Also, the radius of the circle is 2270.png units.

Therefore, OC = OD = OA = 2275.png units.

Now, OB = 2280.png

So, by the Pythagoras Theorem, we have

BD2 = OD2 – OB2 = 2285.png.

This shows that BD = 2290.png.

This construction gives us a visual, and geometric way of showing that 2296.png exists for all real numbers x > 0. If you want to know the position of 2301.png on the number line, then let us treat the line BC as the number line, with B as zero, C as 1, and so on. Draw an arc with centre B and radius BD, which intersects the number line in E
(see Fig. 1.17). Then, E represents 2306.png.

1190.png

Fig. 1.17


We would like to now extend the idea of square roots to cube roots, fourth roots, and in general nth roots, where n is a positive integer. Recall your understanding of square roots and cube roots from earlier classes.

What is 2311.png? Well, we know it has to be some positive number whose cube is 8, and you must have guessed 2316.png = 2. Let us try 2321.png. Do you know some number b such that b5 = 243? The answer is 3. Therefore, 2326.png = 3.

From these examples, can you define 2331.png for a real number a > 0 and a positive integer n?

Let a > 0 be a real number and n be a positive integer. Then 2336.png = b, if bn = a and
b
> 0. Note that the symbol ‘2341.png’ used in 2347.png, etc. is called the radical sign.

We now list some identities relating to square roots, which are useful in various ways. You are already familiar with some of these from your earlier classes. The remaining ones follow from the distributive law of multiplication over addition of real numbers, and from the identity (x + y) (xy) = x2y2, for any real numbers x and y.

Let a and b be positive real numbers. Then

(i) 2352.png (ii) 2357.png

(iii) 2362.png (iv) 2367.png

(v) 2372.png

(vi) 2377.png

Let us look at some particular cases of these identities.

Example 16 : Simplify the following expressions:

(i) 2382.png (ii) 2387.png

(iii) 2392.png (iv) 2398.png

Solution : (i) 2403.png

(ii) 2408.png

(iii) 2413.png

(iv) 2418.png

Remark : Note that ‘simplify’ in the example above has been used to mean that the expression should be written as the sum of a rational and an irrational number.

We end this section by considering the following problem. Look at 2423.png Can you tell where it shows up on the number line? You know that it is irrational. May be it is easier to handle if the denominator is a rational number. Let us see, if we can ‘rationalise’ the denominator, that is, to make the denominator into a rational number. To do so, we need the identities involving square roots. Let us see how.

Example 17 : Rationalise the denominator of 2428.png

Solution : We want to write 2433.png as an equivalent expression in which the denominator is a rational number. We know that 2438.png.2443.png is rational. We also know that multiplying 2449.png by 2454.png will give us an equivalent expression, since 2459.png = 1. So, we put these two facts together to get

2464.png

In this form, it is easy to locate 2469.png on the number line. It is half way between 0 and 2474.png.

Example 18 : Rationalise the denominator of Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-25-14

Solution : We use the Identity (iv) given earlier. Multiply and divide 2484.png by 2489.png to get  Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-26-40.

Example 19 : Rationalise the denominator of 2500.png

Solution : Here we use the Identity (iii) given earlier.

So, Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-25-36

Example 20 : Rationalise the denominator of 2515.png

Solution : Screenshot from 2018-05-23 17-25-47

So, when the denominator of an expression contains a term with a square root (or a number under a radical sign), the process of converting it to an equivalent expression whose denominator is a rational number is called rationalising the denominator.


EXERCISE 1.5

1. Classify the following numbers as rational or irrational:

(i) 2525.png (ii) 2530.png (iii) 2535.png

(iv) 2540.png (v) 2π

2. Simplify each of the following expressions:

(i) 2545.png (ii) 2551.png

(iii) 2556.png (iv) 2561.png

3. Recall, π is defined as the ratio of the circumference (say c) of a circle to its diameter (say d). That is, π = 2566.png This seems to contradict the fact that π is irrational. How will you resolve this contradiction?

4. Represent 2571.png on the number line.

5. Rationalise the denominators of the following:

(i) 2576.png (ii) 2581.png

(iii) 2586.png (iv) 2591.png


1.6 Laws of Exponents for Real Numbers

Do you remember how to simplify the following?

(i) 172 . 175 = (ii) (52)7 =

(iii) 2596.png = (iv) 73 . 93 =

Did you get these answers? They are as follows:

(i) 172 . 175 = 177 (ii) (52)7 = 514

(iii) 2602.png (iv) 73 . 93 = 633

To get these answers, you would have used the following laws of exponents, which you have learnt in your earlier classes. (Here a, n and m are natural numbers. Remember, a is called the base and m and n are the exponents.)

(i) am . an = am + n (ii) (am)n = amn

(iii) 2607.png (iv) ambm = (ab)m

What is (a)0? Yes, it is 1! So you have learnt that (a)0 = 1. So, using (iii), we can get 2612.png We can now extend the laws to negative exponents too.

So, for example :

(i) 2617.png (ii) 2622.png

(iii) 2627.png (iv) 2632.png

Suppose we want to do the following computations:

(i) 2637.png (ii) 2642.png

(iii) 2647.png (iv) 2653.png


How would we go about it? It turns out that we can extend the laws of exponents that we have studied earlier, even when the base is a positive real number and the exponents are rational numbers. (Later you will study that it can further to be extended when the exponents are real numbers.) But before we state these laws, and to even make sense of these laws, we need to first understand what, for example 2658.png is. So, we have some work to do!

In Section 1.4, we defined 2663.png for a real number a > 0 as follows:

Let a > 0 be a real number and n a positive integer. Then 2668.png = b, if bn = a and
b > 0.

In the language of exponents, we define 2673.png = 2678.png. So, in particular, 2683.png. There are now two ways to look at 2658.png.

2693.png = 2698.png

2704.png = 2709.png

Therefore, we have the following definition:

Let a > 0 be a real number. Let m and n be integers such that m and n have no common factors other than 1, and n > 0. Then,

2714.png = 2719.png

We now have the following extended laws of exponents:

Let a > 0 be a real number and p and q be rational numbers. Then, we have

(i) ap . aq = ap+q (ii) (ap)q = apq

(iii) 2724.png (iv) apbp = (ab)p

You can now use these laws to answer the questions asked earlier.

Example 21 : Simplify (i) 2729.png (ii) 2734.png

(iii) 2739.png (iv) 2744.png

Solution :

(i) 2749.png (ii) 2755.png

(iii) 2760.png 

(iv) 2765.png


EXERCISE 1.6

1. Find : (i) 2770.png (ii) 2775.png (iii) 2780.png

2. Find : (i) 2785.png (ii) 2790.png (iii) 2795.png (iv) 2800.png

3. Simplify : (i) 2806.png (ii) 2811.png (iii) 2816.png (iv) 2821.png



1.7 Summary

In this chapter, you have studied the following points:

1. A number r is called a rational number, if it can be written in the form 2826.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

2. A number s is called a irrational number, if it cannot be written in the form 2831.png, where p and q are integers and q 0.

3. The decimal expansion of a rational number is either terminating or non-terminating recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is terminating or non-terminating recurring is rational.

4. The decimal expansion of an irrational number is non-terminating non-recurring. Moreover, a number whose decimal expansion is non-terminating non-recurring is irrational.

5. All the rational and irrational numbers make up the collection of real numbers.

6. There is a unique real number corresponding to every point on the number line. Also, corresponding to each real number, there is a unique point on the number line.

7. If r is rational and s is irrational, then r + s and rs are irrational numbers, and rs and 2836.png are irrational numbers, r 0.

8. For positive real numbers a and b, the following identities hold:

(i) 2841.png (ii) 2846.png

(iii) 2851.png 

(iv) 2857.png

(v) 2862.png

9. To rationalise the denominator of 2867.png we multiply this by 2872.png where a and b are integers.

10. Let a > 0 be a real number and p and q be rational numbers. Then

(i) ap . aq = ap + q (ii) (ap)q = apq

(iii) 2877.png (iv) apbp = (ab)p

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