# Rationalize

Rationalize[x]

converts an approximate number x to a nearby rational with small denominator.

Rationalize[x,dx]

yields the rational number with smallest denominator that lies within dx of x.

# Details

• Rationalize[x,dx] works with exact numbers x.
• Rationalize[x] yields x unchanged if there is no rational number close enough to x to satisfy the condition , with chosen to be .
• Rationalize[x,0] converts any inexact number x to rational form. »

# Examples

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## Basic Examples(1)

Convert to a rational number:

## Scope(5)

Find rational approximations to within a given tolerance:

Rationalize works with exact numbers:

Rationalize all numbers in an expression:

No rational number is by default considered "close enough" to N[Pi]:

Force a rational approximation to be found:

## Applications(3)

Successive rational approximations to :

Plot the error in progressively better rational approximations to :

Plot the error in progressively better approximations to :

Create a polynomial with approximate numerical coefficients:

Find a rough approximation involving only rational numbers:

Factor the result:

## Properties & Relations(3)

If Rationalize returns a rational number , then :

When Rationalize[x] returns x unchanged, there is no rational number satisfying this:

Get the rational approximations with smallest denominator error dx through machine precision:

The residual of the inequality is positive for all of these rational approximations:

SetPrecision[x,] and Rationalize[x,0] both give rational approximations for real x:

Rationalize[x,0] gives a rational that is equivalent to x up to the precision of x:

SetPrecision[x,] gets a rational directly from the bitwise representation of x:

Rationalize and RootApproximant both give exact quantities approximating real x:

gives an algebraic number equivalent to x up to the precision of x:

Rationalize[x,0] gives a rational number equivalent to x up to the precision of x:

Wolfram Research (1988), Rationalize, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Rationalize.html (updated 1999).

#### Text

Wolfram Research (1988), Rationalize, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Rationalize.html (updated 1999).

#### CMS

Wolfram Language. 1988. "Rationalize." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 1999. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Rationalize.html.

#### APA

Wolfram Language. (1988). Rationalize. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Rationalize.html

#### BibTeX

@misc{reference.wolfram_2024_rationalize, author="Wolfram Research", title="{Rationalize}", year="1999", howpublished="\url{https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Rationalize.html}", note=[Accessed: 26-May-2024 ]}

#### BibLaTeX

@online{reference.wolfram_2024_rationalize, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={Rationalize}, year={1999}, url={https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Rationalize.html}, note=[Accessed: 26-May-2024 ]}