#### Prove that the following numbers are irrational:

(i) 5 +√2

(ii) 3 – 5√3

(iii) 2√3 – 7

(iv) √2 +√5

**Solution:**

(i) 5 +√2

Now, let us assume 5 + √2 be a rational number, ‘r’

So, 5 + √2 = r

r – 5 = √2

We know that, ‘r’ is rational, ‘r – 5’ is rational, so ‘√2’ is also rational.

This contradicts the statement that √2 is irrational.

So, 5 + √2 is irrational number.

(ii) 3 – 5√3

Now, let us assume 3 – 5√3 be a rational number, ‘r’

So, 3 – 5√3 = r

3 – r = 5√3

(3 – r)/5 = √3

We know that, ‘r’ is rational, ‘(3 – r)/5’ is rational, so ‘√3’ is also rational.

This contradicts the statement that √3 is irrational.

So, 3 – 5√3 is irrational number.

(iii) 2√3 – 7

Now, let us assume 2√3 – 7 be a rational number, ‘r’

So, 2√3 – 7 = r

2√3 = r + 7

√3 = (r + 7)/2

We know that, ‘r’ is rational, ‘(r + 7)/2’ is rational, so ‘√3’ is also rational.

This contradicts the statement that √3 is irrational.

So, 2√3 – 7 is irrational number.

(iv) √2 +√5

Now, let us assume √2 +√5 be a rational number, ‘r’

So, √2 +√5 = r

√5 = r – √2

Square on both sides,

(√5)^{2} = (r – √2)^{2}

5 = r^{2} + (√2)^{2} – 2r√2

5 = r^{2} + 2 – 2√2r

5 – 2 = r^{2} – 2√2r

r^{2} – 3 = 2√2r

(r^{2} – 3)/2r = √2

We know that, ‘r’ is rational, ‘(r^{2} – 3)/2r’ is rational, so ‘√2’ is also rational.

This contradicts the statement that √2 is irrational.

So, √2 +√5 is irrational number.

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