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1 Math Discrete Math 2.1 Direct Proofs and Counterexamples Notes Axiom: Proposition that is assumed to be true. Proof: A logical argument establishing the truth of the theorem given the truth of the axioms and any previously proven theorems. Theorem: Proposition that requires a proof. Lemma: Theorem that is not interesting on its own, but helps prove another theorem. Corollary: Theorem that follows directly from another theorem. The proof should be obvious. Theorems are usually of the form: x 1, x 2,..., x n, p(x 1, x 2,..., x n ) q(x 1, x 2,..., x n ). To prove this kind of statement directly (aka direct proof): (1) Assume x 1, x 2,..., x n are arbitrary in the domain of discourse. (2) Assume p(x 1, x 2,..., x n ) is true. (3) Show q(x 1, x 2,..., x n ) is true. 1
2 PROOF EXAMPLES... Consider these definitions: (1) An integer n is even if k Z such that n = 2k. (2) An integer n is odd if k Z such that n = 2k + 1. (3) An integer n is divisible by an integer k if m Z such that n = km. Prove the statement: m, n Z, if m, n are odd then then m + n is even. proof: Let m, n be odd integers. Then k 1, k 2 Z such that m = 2k and n = 2k Then m + n = (2k 1 + 1) + (2k 2 + 1) = 2k 1 + 2k = 2(k 1 + k 2 + 1). So m + n is even by definition since k 1 + k Z Prove the statement: m, n Z, if m, n are divisible by 3, then mn is divisible by 9. proof: Let m, n Z be divisible by 3. Then k 1, k 2 Z such that m = 3k 1 and n = 3k 2. Then mn = (3k 1 )(3k 2 ) = 9k 1 k 2. mn is divisible by 9 by definition since k 1 k 2 Z
3 Prove the statement: For all sets X, Y, Z prove that if X Y = X Z and X Y = X Z then Y = Z. proof: Let X, Y, Z be sets. Assume X Y = X Z and X Y = X Z. We need to show that Y and Z are subsets of each other: (Y is a subset of Z) Let y Y. Then y X Y. So y X Z. That means y X or y Z. If y Z there is nothing to show. Suppose y X. Then y X Y. So y X Z. Thus both cases in the disjunction lead to y Z. Hence Y Z. (Z is a subset of Y ) Reversing the argument should be obvious by symmetry. Therefore Y = Z. In this next example, the variables are real numbers: Prove the statement: ɛ > 0, M > 0 such that x > M 1 x 2 < ɛ. proof: Let ɛ > 0 be a real number. Set M = ɛ 1 2. Then x > M = 1 ɛ x < ɛ x 2 < ɛ. To disprove a universally quantified statement all that is needed is one counterexample. Disprove: For all sets X, Y we have that P(X Y ) P(X) P(Y ). Here is a counterexample. Let X = {1} and Y = {2}. Then X Y = {1, 2} P(X Y ). However, X Y P(X) and X Y P(Y ). Therefore X Y P(X) P(Y ).
4 Prove or disprove: For all sets X, Y we have that X Y = X Y. This statement is false. Lets find a counterexample. Let the universe for both X, Y be {1, 2} and thus U U contains (0, 0), (0, 1), (1, 0), (1, 1). Take both X and Y to be {1}. This gives us our counterexample. Prove or disprove: If two out of three integer terms in an equation are divisible by k N then the other term is as well. proof: Assume a and b are two of the three integer terms. By properties of equivalent equations, the equation can be solved for the third term. Then c, the third term equals a ± b or b ± a, which are both divisible by k using distribution. This is often called the 2 out of 3 principle. What about the following statement (ELFR): For all sets X, Y we have that X Y = (X Y ) (X Y ) (X Y ).
5 2.2 More Methods of Proof A proof by contradiction establishes that p is true by assuming that p is false and arriving at a contradiction, which is any proposition of the form r r. Formally, this indirect proof method is justified by the logical equivalence: p (( p) (r r)). Prove for all integers n, if n 2 is divisible by 5 then so is n. proof: Let n be an integer with n 2 divisible by 5. Assume that n is not divisible by 5. Then k Z and r {1, 2, 3, 4}, n = 5k + r. Then n 2 = 25k kr + r 2 and since r 2 is not divisible by 5 neither is n 2. This contradicts that n 2 is divisible by 5. Therefore n must be divisible by 5.. Prove that 5 is irrational. proof: Suppose 5 is rational. Then there exists integers a and b 0 such that 5 = a b is reduced. That is, a and b do not share any common factors apart from 1. Then 5b 2 = a 2. Thus a 2 is divisible by 5. That this implies a is divisible by 5. Therefore, a = 5k for some integer k. Then 5b 2 = (5k) 2 = 25k 2 b 2 = 5k 2. That implies that b 2 and therefore b is divisible by 5. But then a, b share the factor 5. This is a contradiction. Therefore, 5 is irrational. Prove the real numbers are uncountable. proof: It suffices to show that (0, 1) is uncountable. Lets prove it by contradiction. Suppose the real numbers are countable, which means there is a correspondence with the natural numbers. In particular, that means the decimal expansion of every real number in (0, 1) can be put into rows of an infinite matrix where the first column represents the tenths, the second column represents the hundredths, and so it goes. But then consider the following real number: Take the diagonal entries and add one modulo 10 to each entry. This represents a real number not found in any row of the matrix because in particular it does not match on the diagonal entry. That contradicts that the real number are countable. Therefore they are uncountable.
6 Prove there are infinitely many prime numbers. proof: Assume otherwise. Then n N such that p 1,..., p n N are a complete list of primes. Then q = p 1 p 2 p n + 1 cannot be divisible by any of the primes p i, which is a contradiction. A proof by contraposition occurs when one proves q p to justify the equivalent p q. It is often interchanged for a proof by contradiction. Prove: For all real numbers a, b if the product ab is an irrational number, then either a or b must be an irrational number. proof: Assume it is not the case that either a or b is irrational. Then a and b are both rational. That implies ab is rational, which means not irrational. This concludes the proof by contraposition. Prove: For any integers a and b, a + b 15 implies that a 8 or b 8. proof: Assume it is not the case that either a 8 or b 8. Then a and b are 7 or smaller, which makes a + b 14. This concludes the proof by contraposition.
7 A proof by cases is used when a hypothesis naturally divides itself into different cases. Prove: For real numbers a, b, a + b a + b. proof: Lets begin with the case where both a, b are nonnegative. Then a = a, b = b and a + b = a + b so we have equality. Now assume a 0 and b < 0. Then a = a and b = b. Also, (a b) b a + b < a b implies a + b a b = a + b. The proof is similar for a < 0 and b 0. Now assume a < 0 and b < 0. Then a = a, b = b and a+b = (a + b) = a + ( b) so we have equality. Prove: For every integer n prove n 2 n is even. proof: Case 1: n = 2m for some integer m. Then clearly n 2 n is even. Case 2: n = 2m + 1 for some integer m. Then n 2 n = n(n 1) is divisible by 2 since n 1 = 2m.
8 To prove p q, just prove both directions: p q and q p. To prove p q r (or more), just prove p q, q r, and r p. Prove the equivalence of the following three statements for sets A, B and C. Let U be the universal set. (1) A B = U, (2) A B =, (3) A B. proof: (1) (2) : Take the complement of both sides to get A B = U =. This implies, using DeMorgan s laws, A B =. (2) (3) : Let x A. Since A B =, we have that x B. Hence, x B = B. (3) (1) : Let x U. If x A then x A B. Suppose x A. Then x A implies x B. Then x A B. Hence A B = U. An existence proof provides a proof to the statement x, P (x), by exhibiting one element x in the domain of discourse for which P (x) can be shown to be true. An existence proof is constructive if it exhibits the element x that satisfies P (x) explicitly during the proof. Otherwise it is called nonconstructive.
9 Prove that there exists two irrational numbers a and b such that a b is rational. proof: Let x = y = 2. If x y is rational then we are done since 2 is irrational. Otherwise, x y is irrational. Then by setting a = x y and b = 2 we have that a b = (x y ) b = x by = ( 2) 2 2 = ( 2) 2 = 2, which is rational. Note that this proof is nonconstructive because it does not explicitly give an example of an irrational raised to an irrational being rational, but rather just argues the existence of such an exponential, by cases on the rationality of ( 2) 2.
10 2.4 Induction Principle of Mathematical induction: Suppose S(n) is a propositional function with domain of discourse equal to integers greater or equal to n 0. Suppose that (1) S(n 0 ) is true; (2) For all n n 0, if S(n) is true, then S(n + 1) is true. Then S(n) is true for every n n 0. Prove: For r 1, i=0 r i = 1 rn+1 1 r. proof: If n = 1 then 1 i=0 r i = 1 + r = 1 r2 1 r by factoring and canceling 1 r 0. Assume that Consider i=0 ( n+1 ) r i = r i i=0 = 1 rn+1 1 r i=0 r i = 1 rn+1 1 r. + r n+1 = 1 rn+1 1 r + r n+1 = + r n+1 1 r 1 r = 1 rn+1 + rn+1 r n+2 1 r 1 r = 1 rn+2 1 r
11 Prove: The sum of the first n odd natural numbers is n 2. proof: Base case is clear. 1 = 1 2. Assume Then (2i 1) = n 2. i=1 ( n+1 ) (2i 1) = (2i 1) + 2(n + 1) 1 = n 2 + 2n + 1 = (n + 1) 2. i=1 i=1 Define H k = k. Prove: H 2 n 1 + n 2. proof: If n = 1 then H 2 = 1.5 and 1 + n 2 = 1.5. Assume H 2 n 1 + n 2. Then H 2 n+1 = H 2 n n n n + 2 n 1 + n n n n + 2 n 1 + n n n n+1 = 1 + n n 2 = 1 + n + 1. n+1 2
12 (ELFRs) Prove that i = i=1 n(n + 1), 2 that i 2 = i=1 n(n + 1)(2n + 1), 6 and that ( ) 2 n(n + 1) i 3 =. 2 i=1
13 2.5 Strong Form of Induction and Well Ordering Property The strong form of induction is actually equivalent, so it is an alternate form of induction (nothing actually stronger): Strong Form of Mathematical induction: Suppose S(n) is a propositional function with domain of discourse equal to integers greater or equal to n 0. Suppose that (1) S(n 0 ) is true; (2) For all n n 0, if S(k) is true for all k, n 0 k < n then S(n) is true. Then S(n) is true for every integer n n 0. A chocolate bar consists of a number of squares (say, n) arranged in a rectangular pattern. You split the bar into small squares always breaking along the lines between the squares. What is the minimum number of breaks to separate the chocolate bar into its pieces? Claim: n 1 breaks. Base case: A bar made of two pieces takes 1 break. Assume for 2 k < n, a chocolate bar with k squares takes k 1 breaks. Consider a bar with n squares. Break it. Then you have two bars consisting of less than n squares each, say n 1 and n 2 squares respectively. Then those take n 1 1 and n 2 1 breaks respectively to separate into individual pieces. All told there are 1 + (n 1 1) + (n 2 1) = n 1 breaks Every amount of postage that is at least 12 cents can be made from 4cent and 5cent stamps. Base cases: 12 cents can be made from three 4cent stamps. 13 cents can be made from two 4cent stamps and a 5cent stamp. 14cents can be made from two 5cent stamps and a 4cent stamp. 15 cents can be made with three 5cent stamps. Let n N and n > 15. Assume for all natural numbers k such that 11 < k < n, k cents can be made with 4cent and 5cent stamps. Since 11 < n 4 < n, by induction n 4 cents can be made with 4cent and 5cent stamps. Hence n = 4 + (n 4) can too!
14 WellOrdering Property: Every nonempty set of nonnegative integers has a least element. This property is equivalent to the two forms of induction. QuotientRemainder Theorem: If d and n are integers, d > 0, then there exist unique integers q and r such that n = dq + r and 0 r < d. proof: Let X = {n dk n dk 0, k Z}. By selecting k Z so that k < n (integers d are unbounded) we have dk < n and therefore, n dk X. Thus X is nonempty. By the wellordering property, let r X be the smallest element. In particular r 0. Label by q the integer that satisfies n dq = r. Then n = dq + r. Now suppose r d. Then r d 0 and hence, n d(q + 1) = r d X and r d < r. But this contradicts that r is the smallest element of X. Thus 0 r < d. Now for uniqueness. Suppose r 1, r 2, q 1, q 2 Z and n = dq 1 + r 1 and 0 r 1 < d. n = dq 2 + r 2 and 0 r 2 < d. Then 0 = n n = d(q 1 q 2 ) + (r 1 r 2 ) d(q 1 q 2 ) = (r 2 r 1 ). But then d divides r 2 r 1 and since 0 r 1, r 2 < d, Then d(q 1 q 2 ) = 0 q 1 = q 2. d < r 2 r 1 < d r 1 = r 2.
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