Solve quadratic equations and use continued fractions to find rational approximations to irrational numbers.

Given that a, b and c are natural numbers show that if sqrt a+sqrt b is rational then it is a natural number. Extend this to 3 variables.

In this article we show that every whole number can be written as a continued fraction of the form k/(1+k/(1+k/...)).

Challenge Level

Prove that there is no arithmetic progression containing all three of $\sqrt{2}$, $\sqrt{3}$ and $\sqrt{5}$.

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