# $\delta$-$\varepsilon$ limit, proof help [closed]

Help me out here, people. I have a proof that I, for some reason, can not figure out.

Let $x_1$ and $x_2$ be any numbers that both satisfy $0<|x-a|<\delta$. Show that $|f(x_1) – f(x_2)|< \varepsilon$. I think that I have to use the triangle inequality, but I am not exactly sure.

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 Are we allowed to choose the function $f$? – Siminore Sep 27 '12 at 13:30 As Siminore implies, this is wrong for arbitrary $f$ (take, for example, the step function: $f(x) = 0$ for $x \le 0$, and $f(x) = 1$ for $x > 0$). On the other hand, it's trivial for $f(x) = x$ (just choose $\epsilon = \delta$). So, which $f$ are you talking about? Edit: Actually, your condition is trivial. Choose any numbers $x_1, x_2$. The condition $0 < |x-a|<\delta$ doesn't mention either, so we can disregard it here. Now, choose $\epsilon = 2 |f(x_1) - f(x_2)|$, et voila... – Johannes Kloos Sep 27 '12 at 13:32 I am just being asked to solve a theorem. They idea comes from if the limit of a function, lim┬(x→a)⁡f(x)=L, exists, and x1 and x2 are extremely close to a, both f(x1) and f(x2) must be "approximately" L. That is, |f(x1)-f(x2)| – user42864 Sep 27 '12 at 13:44 Hint: You can make $|f(x_1) - f(a)|$ and $|f(x_2) - f(a)|$ small. – Serkan Sep 27 '12 at 13:50

## closed as not a real question by Ayman Hourieh, Jasper Loy, BenjaLim, Thomas, MJDSep 28 '12 at 1:55

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It's not true. Let $$f(x) = \begin{cases} 0 & x \leq 0 \\ 1 & x > 0 \end{cases}$$ Let $\varepsilon \in (0,1)$ and let $a = 0$, $x_1 = \frac1n$, $x_2 = - \frac1n$. Then $|x - a| \leq \frac1n$ can be made arbitrarily small yet $|f(x_1) - f(x_2)| = 1$.