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Pólya and Szegő, Part I, Ch. 4, 174.

The following is a problem proposed in Pólya and Szegő's book "Problems and Theorems in Analysis" Assume that $0<f(x)<x$ and $$f(x)=x-ax^k+bx^\ell+x^\ell \varepsilon(x),\,\;\;\;\lim_{x\to ...
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Higman group with 3 generators is trivial

The group $G$ generated by $x,y,z$ subject to the relations $[x,y]=y$, $[y,z]=z$, $[z,x]=x$ is trivial. This isn't the case for the corresponding group with 4 generators, which is the famous Higman ...
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A few standard results (on metrizability and relative separation strength) without choice?

I've been going back over some results from Munkres's Topology, and I'm curious about some things.... I know that Choice principles have some connection to the separation axioms (in ZF, at ...
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Finitely additive function on an infinite set, s.t., $m(A)=0$ for any finite set and $m(X)=1$ (constructive approach)

Other exercise which I found in Dudley's Analysis book: Show that there is a measure on a infinite set $X$, defined on $2^X$ s.t. is finitely additive, $m(A)=0$ for any finite set and $m(X)=1$. ...
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Elementary proof of irreducibility criterion

From ``Problems from the Book'' by Andreescu and Dospinescu, the following irreducibility criterion is presented: Let $f$ be a monic polynomial with integer coefficients and let $p$ be a prime. If ...
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Elementary proof that finite sums of square roots of primes is irrational

It is relatively easy to show that if $p_1$, $p_2$ and $p_3$ are distinct primes then $\sqrt{p_1}+\sqrt{p_2}$ and $\sqrt{p_1}+\sqrt{p_2}+\sqrt{p_3}$ are irrational, but the only proof I can find that ...
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Showing that only $(n+1)^{n-1}$ of all the possible $n^n$ choices assure a full car park

This exercise is taken from the site of Queen Mary University of London: A car park has $n$ spaces, numbered from $1$ to $n$, arranged in a row. $n$ drivers each independently choose a favourite ...
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A power of the characteristic polynomial

Let $A$ be a square matrix with real or complex coefficients of size $n$. Define its characteristic polynomial by $\chi_A(X) = \det(A-XI_n)$ (or $\det(XI_n-A)$ if you prefer). The question is : Prove ...
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Prove the FHHF theorem using as much abstract non-sense as possible

This is my second attempt to solve exercise 1.6H from Vakil: Assume $F$ is a covariant right-exact functor and show that we get a map $HF^i \rightarrow H^iF$. Attempt to a solution: Apply $F$ to the ...
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Monomorphisms of monoids are stable under coproducts

Let $M,N,K$ be three monoids (or even groups, if you like) and let $N \to K$ be an injective homomorphism. Then, the induced morphism $M \sqcup N \to M \sqcup K$ is also injective. This is easy to ...
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A real symmetric matrix $A$ positive definite if all its eigenvalues are positive

Let $A\in \mathbb R^{n \times n},\ A^T=A$ and the eigenvalues $\lambda_i>0$. Then $v^TAv>0$ for every nonzero vector $v$. I know how to prove the above statement by using the fact that if ...
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Complex 'mean-value-theorem'-like property implies quadratic

One of my friend asked me the following problem: Problem. Suppose that $f$ is a holomorphic function on a convex open set $U$ which satisfies the following property: For all distinct $z, w \in U$, ...
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Symmetric proof for the probability of real roots of a quadratic with exponentially distributed parameters

What is the probability that the polynomial has real roots? asked for the probability that the quadratic polynomial $ax^2+bx+c$ has real roots if the parameters $a,b,c$ are exponentially distributed ...
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$\operatorname{Ext}^n$: computation verification

I would like someone to verify my computation of $\operatorname{Ext}^n$. Problem: Let $p$ be a prime, $k$ a field of characteristic $p$, $G = \langle x \mid x^p = 1 \rangle$, $B = kG$, $S = k(1 ...
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How can one prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions to linear differential equations?

It is a theorem (I think) that the equation: $$\mathbf{x}'(t) = A(t)\mathbf{x}(t) + \mathbf{b}(t); \qquad \qquad \mathbf{x}(t_0) = \mathbf{x}_0$$ Has a unique global solution for any matrix ...
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Is it possible to find $\int \frac{1}{\sqrt[4]{1+x^4}} dx$ by parametrizing the curve $y^4-x^4=1$?

I found this integral in a handbook of integrals: $$\int \frac{1}{\sqrt[4]{1+x^4}} dx$$ I already have evaluated this integral by trigonometric substitutions and my answer agrees with that of the ...
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${n \choose r}=\frac {n!}{r!(n-r)!}$ without using the permutation approach.

I had an idea that would be to first prove Pascal's Rule, $${n \choose r} = {n-1 \choose r-1} + {n-1 \choose r},$$ which can be proved combinatorically whether one particular element (among the $n$) ...
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Irrational numbers to the power of other irrational numbers: A beautiful proof question

The following theorem has a very beautiful proof. Theorem: There exist two irrational numbers $x$ and $y$ such that $x^y$ is rational. Proof: If $\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}}$ is rational then we ...
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Sign of some permutation.

I trying to find the sign of this permutation: $\left(\begin{array}{cccccccccc} 1 & 2 & 3 & \cdots & \cdots & \cdots & \cdots & \cdots & n-1 & n\\ 2 & 4 & ...
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Why matrix representation of convolution cannot explain the convolution theorem?

A record saying that Convolution Theorem is trivial since it is identical to the statement that convolution, as Toeplitz operator, has fourier eigenbasis and, therefore, is diagonal in it, has ...
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Equivalence of Brouwers fixed point theorem and Sperner's lemma

I'm looking for a proof that Brouwer's fixed point theorem implies Sperner's lemma. All proof I've found just prove that there must be at least one completely colored n-simplex, not that there must be ...
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Proof that 10 lines pass through the centroid of a triangle

Let $A$, $B$, $C$, $D$, and $E$ be points on a circle. For any three points, we draw the line going through the centroid of the triangle formed by these three points that is perpendicular to the line ...
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Are there less trivial necessary and sufficient conditions?

Given an infinite set $X$ with the finite-complement topology, find a necessary and sufficient condition for a map $f:X\to X$ to be continuous. I came up with the condition that $\lvert ...
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Should a certain entire function be a polynomial?

Assume $f$ is an entire function such that $$\lim_{z\to\infty}\frac{|f'(z)|}{1+|f(z)|^2}=0,$$ then should $f$ be a polynomial? Picard's Theorem proves this instantly; which states: Let $f$ be a ...
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A Theorem On Compact Connected Metric Spaces by Stadje

I recently came across a surprising theorem, due to Wolfgang Stadje, a special case of which states that: Let $(X,d)$ be a compact connected metric space. Then there exists a unique real number ...
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Topological proof for this set theory statement

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an algebra of set (in a space $X$), such that any subcollection of disjoint sets in $\mathcal{A}$ is finite. Prove that $\mathcal{A}$ is finite. I already found a boring brute ...
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Proving a simple claim concerning order without using LaGrange's Theorem

For whatever reason, I am having trouble proving the following claim without using LaGrange's Theorem. Claim: Let $G$ be a group of order $n < \infty$. Then, $x^{n}=1$, where $1$ is the identity, ...
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Banach Alaoglu different proofs

While trying to prove Banach-Alaoglu theorem I noticed the differrent equivalent definitions of compactness. When I tried to find a proof of Banach-Alaoglu I found a proof in Pedersen Analysis Now and ...
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A question on mathematical writing.

One of the problems I am grading this week is as follows: Given a simply connected bounded domain $\Omega$ on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$, prove that there exist a line that separates it into two parts of equal ...
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Proof for a summation-procedure using the matrix of Eulerian numbers?

I've discussed a procedure for divergent summation using the matrix of Eulerian numbers occasionally in the last years (initially here, and here in MSE and MO but not in that generality and thus(?) ...
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Proof $f(x,y)=x_1+e^{x_{2}}$ is strictly convex

I am trying to show that $f(x,y)=x_1+e^{x_2}$ is strictly convex. I can show this using the Hessian Matrix which is positive definite. However for some reason i can not put it together using algebra ...
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Assumptions needed for proof of the Pythagorean Theorem from examples

There are lots of geometric dissection and reassembling proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem (PT). I want to know what are the necessary ideas to allow a proof using discrete instances. For example, we ...
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Shouldn't this be the standard way to prove that if $p>1$ then $p^n \to +\infty$?

Proposition: Let $p>1$. We have $$ \lim_{n\to +\infty} p^n = +\infty.$$ My professor proved this setting $p=1+\varepsilon$ for some $\varepsilon>0$ and then using Bernoulli's inequality and the ...
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(ZF - Foundation) proves that $\log_2$ can't be infinitely iterated: Alternative proof

I think I solved Ex. (12) in Chapter I of Kunen's book. It states that ZF sans Foundation proves: For every set $X$, $$ \aleph(X) < \aleph(\mathcal{P}^3(X)), $$ where $\aleph(X):= \sup\{\alpha \in ...
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Hypercenter is the intersection of normalizers of Sylow subgroups.

I'm trying to prove that the intersection of the normalizers of the Sylow subgroups of a [finite] group $G$ is equal to its hypercenter, i.e., $$Z_\infty(G)=\bigcap\limits_{S\in ...
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proof about triangles with sides in arithmetic progression

$\require{cancel}$ The sides of a triangle are in an arithmetic progression with $k>0$ and $a>b>c$. Prove that ...
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The proof of the integral test using the contradiction method.

I am currently writing a short note about the proof techniques. I found a random theorem and wanted to write a proof by contradiction as an example. The theorem says The integral ...
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Proof Verification for Putnam Problem [Alternate Solution] 1997 A4

I have come across an interesting problem from the Putnam 1997 test, question A4: Problem: Let $G$ be a group with identity $e$ and $\phi: G \to G$ a mapping such that $\phi(g_1)\phi(g_2)\phi(g_3) = ...
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Clever proofs that prove one identity is equal to another, without going through the original identity?

In a previous question I attempted to formalize the argument of going from one proof of an identity to another, which turned out to be harder than I thought. The thing is, while it may be impossible ...
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Union of infinite broom and topologist's sine, connectednes, locally connectednes properties…

I'd like to know if my answer of the following exercise is correct. I really appreciate any suggestion you can provide to improve my argument or corrections in case I made a mistake :) Let ...
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Let $p\gt 3$ be a prime number and: $\sum_{j=1}^{p-1}\frac{(-1)^{j}}{j} \binom{p-1}{j} =\frac{a}{b}\Rightarrow p^2\mid a$

I want to prove the following statement: Let $p\gt 3$ be a prime number and let: $$\sum_{j=1}^{p-1}\frac{(-1)^{j}}{j} \binom{p-1}{j} =\frac{a}{b}$$ Which $a,b\in \mathbb Z$ and $\gcd(a,b)=1$. ...
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Product Spaces: Tube Lemma

The book I am using for my Introduction of Topology course is Principles of Topology by Fred H. Croom. My professor asked to prove the following Lemma. The Tube Lemma: Let $K$ be a compact ...
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Alternative proof that Harmonic sum is not an integer

In the post “Is there an elementary proof that ∑k=1/k is never an integer?” there is a simple and elegant proof by Bill Dubuque, who uses the prime 2 as a basis for his proof. I wondered whether a ...
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Prove that the maximum in absolute value of any monic real polynomial of n-th degree on [-1, 1] is not less than $\frac{1}{2^{n-1}}$

One solution is: Note that equality holds for a multiple of the n-th Chebyshev polynomial $T_{n}(X)$ The leading coefficient of $T_{n}$ equals $2^{n-1}$, so $C_{n}(X) = \frac{1}{2^{n-1}}T_{n}(X)$ is ...
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Alternative proof of de l'Hospital theorem

I see that the usual proof of de l'Hospital theorem involves the mean value theorem and is carried on in a case-by-case fashion. Could you point out some other proofs of de l'Hospital that are ...
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What more can i do to this infinite sum?

This question sprung out from another post of mine that was in part by Semiclassical, he Proved the Following: $$ \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} {}_2F_1(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1-n}{2};\frac{3}{2};1)/n! = 2\pi ...
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Is this irrationality proof correct?

Consider a non-square integer $n$. If its square root was rational, then we would have $$\sqrt n=\frac{a}{b}$$ for some $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}$ and so $a^2=nb^2$. But this is impossible, because $n$ is ...
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bounding the sum of squares of lengths of a quadrilateral inscribed in a unit square

Consider this nice little problem: if $ABCD$ is a quadrilateral inscribed in a unit square, then $$2\leq AB^2+BC^2+CD^2+DA^2\leq4$$ (Evidently this is problem 1 on paper 1 of the 1989 Irish ...
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Proving $d_E$ is a Metric on $\Bbb R^n$

This question rather then wanting help w.r.t (M3) (The Triangle Inequality ) with can be done by using the Cauchy–Schwarz inequality. I would like advice regarding (M1): $d_E(\mathbf {q,p}) = 0 \iff ...
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Alternative Proof for “Roots of Mertens Function-Farey Sequence-Cosines Relations”

You can write Merten's function as $$ M(n)= \sum_{a\in \mathcal{F}_n} e^{2\pi i a} , $$ where $\mathcal{F}_n$ is the Farey sequence of order $n$. The sum may be split into imaginary and real ...