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Algebraic Numbers

Real numbers that can occur as roots of polynomial equations that have integer coefficients. For example, all rational numbers are algebraic. So are all surds such as , as well as numbers built from surds such as .

Note: Real numbers which are not algebraic are known as transcendental numbers.

 

 

 

See also

Irrational numbers, natural numbers, whole numbers, imaginary numbers, complex numbers

 


  this page updated 21-feb-16
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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