## College Algebra 7th Edition

(a) $\frac{a}{b}+\frac{c}{d}=\frac{ad}{bd}+\frac{cb}{db}=\frac{ad+cb}{db}$ Since a, b, c, and d are whole numbers, multiplying them keeps them whole. So the final fraction is also rational. Therefore, yes, two rational numbers add up to another rational number. (b) No, two irrational numbers can add up to a rational number. For example, $-\sqrt2+\sqrt2=0$, and $0$ is a rational number.