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INDEFINITE, NUMBER. A number which may be increased or diminished at pleasure.
     2. When a corporation is composed of an indefinite number of persons, any number of them consisting of a majority of those present may do any act unless it be otherwise regulated by the charter or by-laws. See Definite number.

NUMBER. A collection of units.
     2. In pleading, numbers must be stated truly, when alleged in the recital of a record, written instrument, or express contract. Lawes' PI. 48; 4 T. R. 314; Cro. Car. 262; Dougl. 669; 2 Bl. Rep. 1104. But in other cases, it is not in general requisite that they should be truly stated, because they are not required to be strictly proved. If, for example, in an action of trespass the plaintiff proves the wrongful taking away of any part of the goods duly described in his declaration, he is entitled to recover pro tanto. Bac. Ab. Trespass, I 2 Lawes' PI. 48.
     3. And sometimes, when the subject to be described is supposed to comprehend a multiplicity of particulars, a general description is sufficient. A declaration in trover alleging the conversion of "a library of books"' without stating their number, titles, or quality, was held 'to be sufficiently certain; 3 Bulst. 31; Carth. 110; Bac. Ab. Trover, F 1; and in an action for the loss of goods, by burning the plaintiff's house, the articles may be described by the simple denomination of "goods" or "divers goods." 1 Keb. 825; Plowd. 85, 118, 123; Cro. Eliz. 837; 1 H. Bl. 284.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(iv) We give in fact in the next proposition a much stronger result stating that almost no rational numbers belong to the set L.
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Let me ask you a question: If I assume [square root of 2] to be a rational number, let us say [square root of 2]=p/q for integer p and q, and if somehow I reach a contradiction, what would your conclusion be?
Rational numbers: Toward a semantic analysis--Emphasis on the operation construct.
A number of studies have focused on the children's understanding of number sense (Mack, 1990; Markovits & Sowder, 1991; Reys, Resys, Nohda & Emori, 1995; Reys & Yang, 1998; Yang, 1997), but few focus on the teacher's understanding of rational numbers. Simon and Blume (1992) have targeted learning about the teaching of the how and why of rational number concepts.
Learning rational numbers with understanding: The case of informal knowledge.
In Clough and Myerson 1985, scales with MP were constructed by taking integral parts of a rational number. The infinite binary sequences generated here by an irrational number still have MP.
The ratio between any two co-additive, infinite standard sequences falls between tw sets of rational numbers. Letting R ([S.sub.b]+,[S.sub.a]+) denote the ratio between [S.sub.b]+ and [S.sub.a]+, it is at least as great as any rational number in the set
The square root of 2 is therefore not a rational number. It is an irrational number, and as it turns out, there are an infinite number of such irrationals.
Since it was established that the current exiting the output of a normalized network is [square root] N and that this current is the sum of only rational magnitude currents, it is essential to show that the sum of any rational numbers will only yield another rational number.