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1 PART I. THE REAL NUMBERS This material assumes that you are already familiar with the real number system and the representation of the real numbers as points on the real line. I.1. THE NATURAL NUMBERS AND INDUCTION Let N denote the set of natural numbers (positive integers). Axiom: If S is a nonempty subset of N, then S has a least element. That is, there is an element m S such that m n for all n S. Note: A set which has the property that each non-empty subset has a least element is said to be well-ordered. Thus, the axiom tells us that the natural numbers are well-ordered. Mathematical Induction. Let S be a subset of N. If S has the following properties: 1. 1 S, and. k S implies k +1 S, then S = N. Proof: Suppose S N. Let T = N S. Then T. Let m be the least element in T. Then m 1 / T. Therefore, m 1 S which implies that (m 1) + 1 = m S, a contradiction. Corollary: Let S be a subset of N such that 1. m S.. If k m S, then k +1 S. Then, S = {n N : n m}. Example Prove that n 1 = n 1 for all n N. SOLUTION Let S be the set of integers for which the statement is true. Since 0 =1= 1 1, 1 S. Assume that the positive integer k S. Then k 1 + k = ( k 1) + k = k 1+ k = k 1= k+1 1. Thus, k +1 S. 1

2 We have shown that 1 S and that k S implies k +1 S. It follows that S contains all the positive integers. Exercises Prove that n = n(n +1) for all n N.. Prove that n n(n + 1)(n +1) = 6 3. Let r be a real number r 1. Prove that for all n N 4. Prove that 1 + n 3 n for all n N. 5. Prove that for all n N. 1+r + r + r r n = 1 rn+1 1 r n n for all n N. 6. Prove that (1 1 )(1 13 ) (1 1n ) = n +1 for all n. n 7. True or False: If S is a non-empty subset of N, then there exists an element m S such that m k for all k S. I.. ORDERED FIELDS Let R denote the set of real numbers. The set R, together with the operations of addition (+) and multiplication ( ), satisfies the following axioms: Addition: A1. For all x, y R, x+ y R (addition is a closed operation). A. For all x, y R, x+ y = y + x (addition is commutative) A3. For all x, y, z R, x+(y + z) =(x + y)+z (addition is associative). A4. There is a unique number 0 such that x+0 = 0+x for all x R. (0 is the additive identity.) A5. For each x R, there is a unique number x R such that x +( x) =0. ( x is the additive inverse of x.) Multiplication: M1. For all x, y R, x y R (multiplication is a closed operation).

3 M. For all x, y R, x y = y x (multiplication is commutative) M3. For all x, y, z R, x (y z) =(x y) (multiplication is associative). M4. There is a unique number 1 such that x 1=1 x for all x R. (1 is the multiplicative identity.) M5. For each x R, x 0, there is a unique number 1/x = x 1 R such that x (1/x) =1. (1/x is the multiplicative inverse of x.) Distributive Law: D. For all x, y, z R, x (y + z) =x y + x z. A non-empty set S together with two operations, addition and multiplication which satisfies A1-A5, M1-M5, and D is called a field. The set of real numbers with ordinary addition and multiplication is an example of a field. The set of rational numbers Q, together with ordinary addition and multiplication, is also a field, a sub-field of R. The set of complex numbers C is another example of a field. Order: There is a subset P of R that has the following properties: a If x, y P, then x + y P. b If x, y P, then x y P. c For each x R exactly one of the following holds: x P, x =0, x P. The set P is the set of positive numbers. Let x, y R. Then x<y (read x is less than y ) if y x P. x<y is equivalent to y>x (read y is greater than x ). P = {x R : x>0}. x y means either x<y or x = y; y x means either y>x or y = x. The relation < has the following properties: O1. For all x, y R, exactly one of the following holds: x < y, x = y, x > y. (Trichotomy Law) O. For all x, y, z R, if x < y and y < z, then x < z. O3. For all x, y, z R, if x<y, then x + z<y+ z. O4. For all x, y, z R, if x<y and z>0, then x z<y z. {R, +,, <} is an ordered field. Any mathematical system {S, +,, <} satisfying these 15 axioms is an ordered field. In particular, the set of rational numbers Q, together with ordinary addition, multiplication and less than, is an ordered field, a subfield of R. 3

4 THEOREM 1. Let x, y R. If x y + ɛ for every positive number ɛ, then x y. Proof: Suppose that x>y and choose ɛ = x y x<y+ ɛ = y + x y a contradiction. Therefore, x y.. Then = x + y < x + x = x, Definition 1. Let x R. The absolute value of x, denoted x, is given by { x, if x 0, x = x, if x<0. The properties of absolute value are: for any x, y R. (1) x 0, () xy = x y, (3) x + y x + y. Exercises True False. Justify your answer by citing a theorem, giving a proof, or giving a counterexample. (a) If x, y, z R and x < y, then xz < yz. (b) If x, y R and x < y + ɛ for every positive number ɛ, then x < y. (c) If x, y R, then x y x + y. (d) If x, y R, then x y x y.. Prove: If x y <ɛ for every ɛ>0, then x = y. 3. Suppose that x 1,x,..., x n are real numbers. Prove that x 1 + x + + x n x 1 + x + + x n. I.3. THE COMPLETENESS AXIOM R and Q are each ordered fields. What distinguishes R from Q is the completeness axiom. As you know, Q is a proper subset of R; i.e., there are real numbers which are not rational numbers. Such numbers are called irrational numbers. THEOREM. is not a rational number. In general, if p is a prime number, then p is not a rational number. 4

5 Proof: Suppose = p/q where p, q N. Without loss of generality, assume that p, q have no integral factors > 1. Now p =q,so p is even. p even implies p must be even, so p =k for some k N. Consequently, q =k and so q is even. Thus p and q have the common factor, a contradiction. Other examples of irrational numbers are m where m is any rational number which is not a 3 perfect square, m where m is any rational number which is not a perfect cube, etc. Also, the numbers π and e are irrational. Definition. Let S be a subset of R. A number u R is an upper bound of S if s u for all s S. An element w R is a lower bound of S if w s for all s S. If an upper bound u for S is an element of S, then u is called the maximum (or largest element) of S. Similarly, if a lower bound w for S is an element of S, then w is called the minimum (or smallest element) of S. Examples: Give some examples to illustrate upper bounds, lower bounds, maximum and minimum elements. Definition 3. A set S R is said to be bounded above if S has an upper bound; S is bounded below if it has a lower bound. A subset S of R is bounded if it has both an upper bound and a lower bound. Definition 4. Let S R be a set that is bounded above. A number u R is called the supremum (least upper bound) of S, denoted by sup S, if it satisfies the conditions 1. s u for all s S.. If v is an upper bound for S, then u v. THEOREM 3. Let S R be bounded above, and let u = sup S. Then, given any positive number ɛ, there is an element s ɛ S such that u ɛ<s ɛ u. Proof: Suppose there exists an ɛ > 0 such that the interval (u ɛ, u] contains no points of S. Then s u ɛ for all s S, which implies that u ɛ is an upper bound for S which is less than u, a contradiction. Definition 5. :LetS R be a set that is bounded below. A number u R is called the infimum (greatest lower bound ) of S and is denoted by inf S if it satisfies the conditions 1. u s for all s S.. If v is a lower bound for S, then v u. The Completeness Axiom Axiom Every nonempty subset S of R that is bounded above has a least upper bound. That is, if S is bounded above, then sup S exists and is a real number. 5

6 The set of real numbers R is a complete, ordered, field. The set of rational numbers Q, although an ordered field, is not complete. For example, the set T = {r Q: r< } is bounded above, but T does not have a rational least upper bound. The Archimedean Property THEOREM 4. (The Archimedean Property) The set N of natural numbers is unbounded above. Proof: Suppose N is bounded above. Let m = sup N. By Theorem 3 there exists a positive integer k such that m 1 <k m. But then k + 1 is a positive integer and k +1>m, a contradiction. THEOREM 5. The following are equivalent: (a) The Archimedean Property. (b) For each z R, there exists an n N such that n>z. (c) For each x>0 and for each y R, there exists an n N such that nx > y. (d) For each x>0, there exists an n N such that 0 < 1/n<x. Proof: (a) (b). Suppose there exists a real number r such n r for all n N. Then N is bounded above by r, contradicting (a). (b) (c). Let z = y/x. Then, by (b), there exists n N such that n>y/x which implies nx > y. (c) (d). By (c) there exists n N such that n > 1/x which implies 1/n < x. Since n>0, 1/n > 0. Thus, 0 < 1/n < x. (d) (a). Suppose N is bounded above. Let m = sup N. Then n m for all n N which implies 1/m 1/n for all n N contradicting (d). THEOREM 6. There exists a real number x such that x =. In general, if p is a prime number, then there exists a real number y such that y = p. There is a technical proof which could be given here, but this result is an easy consequence of the Intermediate-Value Theorem in Part III. The Density of the Rational Numbers and the Irrational Numbers Lemma: Let y be a positive number. Then there exists an m N such that m 1 y<m. Proof: Let K = {n N : n>y}. By Theorem 5 (b), K is not empty. By the well-ordering axiom, K has a least element m. It follows that m 1 y<m. THEOREM 7. If x and y are real numbers, x<y, then there exists a rational number r such that x<r<y. 6

7 Proof: Assume first that x > 0. There exists a positive integer n such that n > 1/(y x), which implies nx +1<ny. By the lemma, there exists a positive integer m such that m 1 nx < m. Therefore, m nx +1<ny. We now have Take r = m/n. nx < m < ny which implies x< m n <y. For x 0, choose a positive integer k such that x + k>0 and apply the result above to find a rational number q such that x + k < q < y + k. Then r = q k satisfies x < r < y. THEOREM 8. If x and y are real numbers, x<y, then there exists an irrational number z such that x<z<y. Exercises True False. Justify your answer by citing a theorem, giving a proof, or giving a counterexample. (a) If a non-empty subset of R has a infimum, then it is bounded. (b) Every non-empty bounded subset of R has a maximum and a minimum. (c) If v is an upper bound for S u < v, then u is not an upper bound for S. (d) If w = inf S and z < w, then z is a lower bound for S. (e) Every nonempty subset of N has a minimum. (f) Every nonempty subset of N has a maximum.. True False. Justify your answer by citing a theorem, giving a proof, or giving a counterexample. (a) If x and y are irrational, then xy is irrational. (b) Between any two distinct rational numbers, there is an irrational number. (c) Between any two distinct irrational numbers, there is a rational number. (d) The rational and irrational numbers alternate. 3. Let S R be non-empty and bounded above and let u = sup S. Prove that u S if and only if u = max S. 4. (a) Let S R be non-empty and bounded above and let u = sup S. Prove that u is unique. (b) Prove that if each of m and n is a maximum of S, then m = n. 5. Let S R and suppose that v = inf S. Prove that for any positive number ɛ, there is an element s ɛ S such that v s ɛ <v+ ɛ. 6. Prove that if x and y are real numbers with x<y, then there are infinitely rational numbers in the interval [x, y]. 7

8 I.4. TOPOLOGY OF THE REALS Definition 6. Let S R. The set S c = {x R : x/ S} is called the complement of S. Definition 7. Let x R and let ɛ > 0. An ɛ-neighborhood of x (often shortened to neighborhood of x ) is the set The number ɛ is called the radius of N(x, ɛ). N(x, ɛ) ={y R : y x <ɛ}. Note that an ɛ-neighborhood of a point x is the open interval (x ɛ, x + ɛ) centered at x with radius ɛ. Definition 8. Let x R and let ɛ > 0. A deleted ɛ-neighborhood of x (often shortened to deleted neighborhood of x ) is the set N (x, ɛ) ={y R :0< y x <ɛ}. A deleted ɛ-neighborhood of x is an ɛ-neighborhood of x with the point x removed; N (x, ɛ)=(x ɛ, x) (x, x + ɛ). Definition 9. Let S R. A point x S is an interior point of S if there exists a neighborhood N of x such that N S. The set of all interior points of S is denoted by int S and is called the interior of S. Examples Make up some examples to illustrate interior point and interior of S. Definition 10. Let S R. A point z R is a boundary point of S if N S and N S c for every neighborhood N of z. The set of all boundary points of S is denoted by bd S and is called the boundary of S. Examples Make up some examples to illustrate boundary point and boundary of S. Open Sets and Closed Sets Definition 11. Let S R. S is open if every point of S is an interior point. That is, S is open if and only if S =ints. S is closed if and only if S c is open. Examples: A neighborhood N of a point x is an open set; an open interval (a, b) is an open set; R is an open set. A closed interval [a, b] is a closed set. THEOREM 9. Let S R. S is closed if and only if bd S S. Proof: Suppose S is closed. Let x S c. Since S c is open, there is a neighborhood N of x such that N S =. Therefore x is not a boundary point of S. Therefore bd S S. Now suppose bd S S. Let x S c. Then x / S and x / bd S. Therefore there is a neighborhood N of x such that N S =. This implies that S c is open and S is closed. 8

9 THEOREM 10. (a) The union of any collection of open sets is open. (b) The intersection of any finite collection of open sets is open. Proof: (a) Let G be a collection of open sets and let x G G G. Then x G for some G G. Since G is open, there is a neighborhood N of x such that N G. Since N G, N G G G. Therefore G G G is open. (b) Let G 1,G,...,G n be a (finite) collection of open sets, and let x G i. Since x G 1 and G 1 is open, there is an ɛ 1 -neighborhood N 1 of x such that N 1 G 1 ; since x G and G is open, there is an ɛ -neighborhood N of x such that N G ;...; since x G n and G n is open, there is an ɛ n -neighborhood N n of x such that N n G n. Let ɛ = min {ɛ 1,ɛ,...,ɛ n } and let N = N(x, ɛ). Now, N N i for i =1,,...,n which implies N G i for i =1,,...,n, and so N G i. Note: The restriction finite in( Theorem 10(b) is necessary. For example, the intersection of the (infinite) collection of open sets 1 n, 1+ 1 ), n =1,, 3,... is the closed interval [0, 1]. n COROLLARY (a) The intersection of any collection of closed sets is closed. (b) The union of any finite collection of closed sets is closed. The Corollary follows directly from the Theorem by means of De Morgan s Laws : Let {S α },α A be a collection of sets. Then 1. ( α A S α ) c = α A S c α. ( α A S α ) c = α A S c α Accumulation Points Definition 1. Let S R. A point x R is an accumulation point of S if every deleted neighborhood N of x contains a point of S. The set of accumulation points of S is denoted by S.If x S and x is not an accumulation point of S, then x is an isolated point of S. Examples Make up some examples to illustrate accumulation point and isolated point. Note: An accumulation point of S may or may not be a point of S. Definition 13. Let S R. The closure of S, denoted by S, is the set S = S S. THEOREM 11. Let S R. Then (a) S is closed if and only if S contains all its accumulation points. 9

10 (b) S is a closed set. Proof: (a) Suppose S is closed. Let x be an accumulation point of S and suppose x/ S. Then x S c, an open set. Therefore, there is a neighborhood N of x such that N S c. Now, N S = which implies x is not an accumulation point of S, a contradiction. Now suppose that S contains all its accumulation points. Let x S c. Then x/ S and x is not an accumulation point of S. Therefore, there is a neighborhood N of x such that N S = so N S c. This implies that S c is open and S is closed. (b) Let y be an accumulation point of S and let N be a neighborhood of y. Then N contains a point x S, x y. Therefore x is in S or x is an accumulation point of S. Suppose x is an accumulation point of S. Since N is an open set, there is a neighborhood N x of x such that N x N, and since x is an accumulation point of S, N x contains a point z of S, z x (we also choose N x such that z y). Thus, each neighborhood of N of y contains a point of S. Therefore y is an accumulation point of S so y S. Since S contains all its accumulation points, it is closed. Exercises True False. Justify your answer by citing a theorem, giving a proof, or giving a counterexample. (a) int S bd S =. (b) bd S S. (c) S is closed if and only if S =bds. (d) If x S, then x int S or x bd S. (e) bd S =bds c. (f) bd S S c.. True False. Justify your answer by citing a theorem, giving a proof, or giving a counterexample. (a) A neighborhood is an open set. (b) The union of any collection of open sets is open. (c) The union of any collection of closed sets is closed. (d) The intersection of any collection of open sets is open. (e) The intersection of any collection of closed sets is closed. (f) R is neither open nor closed. 3. Classify each set as open, closed, neither, or both. (a) N (b) Q { } 1 (c) n : n N 10

11 (d) n=1 ( 0, 1 ) n (e) {x : x > 0} (f) {x : x 3} 4. Let S be a bounded infinite set and let u = sup S. (a) Prove that if u/ S, then u S. (b) True or false: if u S, then u/ S? 5. Prove that if x is an accumulation point of S, then every neighborhood of x contains infinitely many points of S. I.5. COMPACT SETS Definition 14. Let S R. A collection G of open sets such that S G G G is called an open cover of S. A subcollection F of G which also covers S is called a subcover of S. Examples Make up some examples to illustrate open cover and subcover. Definition 15. A set S R is compact if and only if every open cover G of S contains a finite subcover. That is, S is compact if for every open cover G of S there is a finite collection of open sets G 1, G,... G n in G such that S n k=1 G k. Examples The interval (0, 1] is not compact; the open intervals (1/n, 1 + 1/n), n= 1,, 3,... form an open cover with no finite subcover. The interval [0, ) is not compact; the open intervals ( 1/n, n), n =1,, 3,... form an open cover with no finite subcover. THEOREM 1. If S R is non-empty, closed and bounded, then S has a maximum and a minimum. Proof: Since S is bounded, S has a least upper bound m and a greatest lower bound k. Since m is the least upper bound for S, given any ɛ>0, m ɛ is not an upper bound for S. Ifm/ S, then there exists an x S such that m ɛ < x < m which implies that m is an accumulation point of S. Since S is closed, m S and m = max S. A similar argument holds for k. THEOREM 13. (Heine-Borel Theorem) A subset S of R is compact if and only if it is closed and bounded. Proof: Suppose S is compact. Let G be the collection of open intervals I n =( n, n), n=1,,... Then G is an open cover of S. Since S is compact, G contains a finite subcover I n1,i n,..., I nk. Let m = max n i. Then S I m, and for all x S, x m. Therefore S is bounded. To show that S is closed, we must show that S contains all its accumulation points. Suppose that p is an accumulation point of S and suppose p / S. For each positive integer n, let G n =[p 1/n, p +1/n] c. Since the complement of a closed interval is an open set, G n is an open 11

12 for all n. Since p/ S, S G n. That is, the sets G n, n =1,, 3... form an open cover of S. Since S is compact, this open cover has a finite subcover, G n1,g n,..., G nk. Let m = max n i. Then the neighborhood N of p of radius 1/m contains no points of S contradicting the assumption that p is an accumulation point of S. We omit the proof that S closed and bounded implies that S is compact. THEOREM 14. (Bolzano-Weierstrass Theorem) If S R is a bounded infinite set, then S has at least one accumulation point. Proof: Let S be a bounded infinite set and suppose that S has no accumulation points. Then S is closed (vacuously), and S is compact. For each x S, let N x be a neighborhood of x such that S N x = {x}. The set of neighborhoods N x, x S is an open cover of S. Since S is compact, this open cover has a finite subcover N x1, N x,..., N xk. But S [N x1 N x... N xk ]= {x 1,x,...,x k } which implies that S is finite, a contradiction. Exercises True False. Justify your answer by citing a theorem, giving a proof, or giving a counterexample. (a) Every finite set is compact. (b) No infinite set is compact. (c) If a set is compact, then it has a maximum and a minimum. (d) If a set has a maximum and a minimum, then it is compact. (e) If S R is compact, then there is at least one point x R such that x is an accumulation point of S. (f) If S R is compact and x is an accumulation point of S, then x S.. Show that each of the following subsets S of R is not compact by giving an open cover of S that has no finite subcover. (a) S =[0, 1) (b) S = N (c) S = {1/n : n N} 3. Prove that the intersection of any collection of compact sets is compact. 4. Prove that if S R is compact and T is a closed subset of S, then T is compact. 1

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