### All GED Math Resources

## Example Questions

### Example Question #21 : Numbers And Operations

The set of real numbers is divided into several subsets including positive numbers and negative numbers, prime numbers and composite number, rational numbers and irrational numbers, etc. For the following questions, select the answer that is a member of the stated subset.

Which number is composite?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

A composite number is any number that isn't prime.

The remaining numbers are prime.

### Example Question #21 : Numbers

The set of real numbers is divided into several subsets including positive numbers and negative numbers, prime numbers and composite number, rational numbers and irrational numbers, etc. For the following questions, select the answer that is a member of the stated subset.

Which number is prime?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Finding just one factor eliminates a number from the set of prime numbers. For a large number , begin with the smallest prime and exhaust all possible prime factors , , , , , etc.

with remaining

with remaining

with remaining

with remaining

with remaining

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For bonus points, explain why it is only necessary to test prime factors up to and including .

and so .

with remaining.

For any number , with remaining .

Thus, for a number to be a factor of , it must pair with another factor .

However, we have already exhausted all of the prime numbers so no prime factor exists.

### Example Question #21 : Ged Math

The set of real numbers is divided into several subsets including positive numbers and negative numbers, prime numbers and composite number, rational numbers and irrational numbers, etc. For the following questions, select the answer that is a member of the stated subset.

Which expression is both rational and real?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

which is the only rational number listed.

is real but not rational, that is, it cannot be expressed in the form where is the set of all integers and .

and are complex numbers and therefore not real. A complex number is any number that contains the expression or .

### Example Question #21 : Ged Math

Which number is prime?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

A prime number is a number with with no integer divisors, or factors, other than and the number itself. The prime factors of are and . (For technical reasons, is not considered prime and the number itself is not considered a factor.) The prime factors of are and . The prime factor of is . , however, cannot be divided evenly by any integer other than and thus is prime.

### Example Question #21 : Types Of Numbers And Number Theory

Which number is irrational?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

A rational number is any number that can be expressed in the form where and are integers.

The bar notation over the indicates that it is an infinitely repeating sequence of s. is rational, is rational, is rational, but any infinitely repeating decimal must be irrational.

### Example Question #21 : Ged Math

Which number is positive?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

A positive number is any number that is greater than zero. is a negative decimal, is a negative quotient, is non-negative but it is not strictly to the right of zero on the number line.

, or pi, is a mathematical symbol for the ratio of a circle's circumference divided by twice its radius or

and, though irrational, is the only number listed that is strictly greater than zero. Irrational numbers are defined more rigorously later in the problem set.

### Example Question #22 : Types Of Numbers And Number Theory

Which number is irrational?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

This is a bit of a trick question. is an irrational number and the incorrect answers listed are all approximations of . However, every number listed can be expressed as a quotient of integers except . The square root of two is irrational as is the square root of any prime number.

### Example Question #23 : Ged Math

Which number is both rational and real?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

A rational number is a number that can be expressed in the form where both and are integers.

which is not only rational but an integer.

. Any square root of a prime number, the number 2 here, is irrational.

Finally, any square root of a negative number is complex and not real.

### Example Question #22 : Ged Math

Which expression is a positive, real number?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Remember that and that any number that includes either or is complex and therefore not real.

which is real but negative.

The other numbers evaluate as

,

, and

.

Only is a positive, real number.

### Example Question #24 : Ged Math

The set of real numbers is divided into several subsets including positive numbers and negative numbers, prime numbers and composite number, rational numbers and irrational numbers, etc. For the following questions, select the function with the specified range.

Which expression is complex? Specifically, which number cannot be written as a real number?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

All of the numbers given are complicated, but only one is complex in the mathematical sense. A complex number is a number expressed in the form where and are real numbers (the formal, mathematical expression for this is ) and .

so and is complex.