From: dmoews@xraysgi.ims.uconn.edu (David Moews)
Newsgroups: sci.math
Subject: Re: Questions about R^2
Date: 10 Sep 1998 20:20:09 -0700
In article <6t9q30$ngq@sjx-ixn5.ix.netcom.com>,
Daniel Giaimo wrote:
| Is there an infinite non-colinear subset A of R^2 such that if a,b are in
|A then dist(a,b) is in Q? Is there such a subset A that is dense? What about
|the general question for R^n?
If we identify R^2 with the complex plane, we can take A to be
{(a+ib)^2|a,b rational, a^2+b^2=1}. This A is a subset of the unit circle.
Whether a set with all distances rational can be dense in the plane is given
as an open problem in Guy, UNSOLVED PROBLEMS IN NUMBER THEORY; see entry D20.
According to the entry, it is also open whether there exist 7 points in the
plane with rational distances, no 3 points collinear, and no 4 concyclic.
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David Moews dmoews@xraysgi.ims.uconn.edu