## Introduction to Diophantine ApproximationsThe aim of this book is to illustrate by significant special examples three aspects of the theory of Diophantine approximations: the formal relationships that exist between counting processes and the functions entering the theory; the determination of these functions for numbers given as classical numbers; and certain asymptotic estimates holding almost everywhere. Each chapter works out a special case of a much broader general theory, as yet unknown. Indications for this are given throughout the book, together with reference to current publications. The book may be used in a course in number theory, whose students will thus be put in contact with interesting but accessible problems on the ground floor of mathematics. |

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### Contents

General Formalism | 1 |

2 The Continued Fraction of a Real Number | 6 |

3 Equivalent Numbers | 11 |

4Intermediate Convergents | 15 |

Asymptotic Approximations | 20 |

2 Numbers of Constant Type | 23 |

3 Asymtotic Approximations | 25 |

4 Relation with Continued Fractions | 32 |

Quadratic Irrationalities | 50 |

2 Units and Continued Fractions | 55 |

3 The Basic Asymptotic Estimate | 61 |

The Exponential Function | 69 |

2 The Continued Fraction for e | 72 |

3 The Basic Asymptotic Estimate | 73 |

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Some Computations in Diophantine Approximations | 81 |

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absolute value algebraic integer algebraic numbers an+2 Assume best approximation bounded Chapter classical numbers computations conclude condition constant type continued fraction expansion Corollary define determine Diophantine Approximations discriminant divergence theorem equal equivalence relation equivalent error term exists a constant exponential sums finite number follows Fourier coefficients Fourier series fraction p/q Frequency Counts Hence increasing sequence induction inequality qa integers q intermediate convergents inverse function irrational number ISBN Lemma logB Math multiply n-th Ng(N number of integers number of solutions numbers of constant obtain partial quotients pjqn polynomial positive function positive integer positive units principal convergents principal cotype proves our theorem purely periodic quadratic equation quadratic irrational quadratic numbers rational number real numbers reduced relatively prime integers result Root of x3 SERGE LANG set of numbers specific numbers strictly increasing sufficiently large Suppose Table I continued thereby proving trivially whence write