Los Angeles Math Circle

5/20 -- High School I: Algebraic Numbers

This week we'll be talking about algebraic numbers. Just like the real numbers are often thought of in terms of the rational and irrational, the real numbers can also be broken up into the algebraic numbers (which includes all of the rationals) and the non-algebraic (i.e. transcendental) numbers. This week we'll be talking about the former category, and learning more about the real number line than you ever wanted to know.