**Exercise 1.3 Page: 14**(Chapter 1 Real Numbers)

**1. Prove that √**5 **is irrational.**

**Solutions: **Let us assume, that **√**5 is rational number.

i.e. **√**5 = x/y (where, x and y are co-primes)

y**√**5= x

Squaring both the sides, we get,

(y**√**5)^{2} = x^{2}

⇒5y^{2} = x^{2}……………………………….. (1)

Thus, x^{2} is divisible by 5, so x is also divisible by 5.

Let us say, x = 5k, for some value of k and substituting the value of x in equation (1), we get,

5y^{2} = (5k)^{2}

⇒y^{2} = 5k^{2}

is divisible by 5 it means y is divisible by 5.

Therefore, x and y are co-primes. Since, our assumption about is rational is incorrect.

Hence, **√**5 is irrational number.

**2. Prove that 3 + 2√5 + is irrational.**

**Solutions: **Let us assume 3 + 2**√**5 is rational.

Then we can find co-prime x and y (y ≠ 0) such that 3 + 2√5 = x/y

Rearranging, we get,

Since, x and y are integers, thus,

is a rational number.

Therefore, **√**5 is also a rational number. But this contradicts the fact that **√**5 is irrational.

So, we conclude that 3 + 2**√**5 is irrational.

**3. Prove that the following are irrationals:**

**(i) 1/√2**

**(ii) 7√5**

**(iii) 6 + **√**2**

**Solutions:**

**(i) 1/**√**2**

Let us assume 1/√2 is rational.

Then we can find co-prime x and y (y ≠ 0) such that 1/√2 = x/y

Rearranging, we get,

√2 = y/x

Since, x and y are integers, thus, √2 is a rational number, which contradicts the fact that √2 is irrational.

Hence, we can conclude that 1/√2 is irrational.

**(ii) 7**√**5**

Let us assume 7√5 is a rational number.

Then we can find co-prime a and b (b ≠ 0) such that 7√5 = x/y

Rearranging, we get,

√5 = x/7y

Since, x and y are integers, thus, √5 is a rational number, which contradicts the fact that √5 is irrational.

Hence, we can conclude that 7√5 is irrational.

**(iii) 6 +**√**2**

Let us assume 6 +√2 is a rational number.

Then we can find co-primes x and y (y ≠ 0) such that 6 +√2 = x/y⋅

Rearranging, we get,

√2 = (x/y) – 6

Since, x and y are integers, thus (x/y) – 6 is a rational number and therefore, √2 is rational. This contradicts the fact that √2 is an irrational number.

Hence, we can conclude that 6 +√2 is irrational.