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$\log_2 13$ is irrational.

$\log_2 13$ is irrational. Is it true? $x=\log_2 13$ $\implies 2^x=13$ So, it will be an irrational number, if not,$$x=\frac p q$$ and $$2^{\frac p q}=13$$ $$\implies 2^p=13^{q}$$ Since, $13$ is ...
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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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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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Largest rectangle bounded under a function

Let $f$ be a positive monotonically increasing real function in $[0,1]$. Let $F$ be the area under the curve of $f$ ($F=\int_0^1{f(x)dx}$) For every $x\in[0,1]$, let $G(x)=f(x)*(1-x)$ = the area of a ...
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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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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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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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Is $\int f=f-1\iff f(\cdot)=e^{\cdot}$ proved this way correct?

I saw this on math overflow and made me wonder, why does it work, is it rigorous, can we really factor like this, and where can we use similar tricks; Let $\int$ denote $\int_0^x$ Then solve $$\int ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heron's Formula; an Intuitive or Visual Proof

I've found several proofs for Heron's formula for the area of a triangle in term of its sides, but none of them is simple and intuitive enough to show WHY the formula works. Do you know an intuitive ...
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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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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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Using an automatic tool for checking geometric conjectures

I do a lot of research about squares, and I thought of using some automatic tool for proving / disproving some geometric conjectures. As a simple example, consider the following Square coloring ...
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Recursive formula: Probability that a ball is drawn from a jar [DBertsekas P56, 1.19]

Each of $k$ jars contains $w$ white and $b$ black balls. A ball is randomly chosen from jar 1 and transferred to jar 2, then a ball is randomly chosen from jar 2 and transferred to jar 3, etc. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Back-and-Forth Argument vs. “One-Way” Argument

The wikipedia article on the Back and Forth Argument claims at the end: If we iterated only step $(1)$, rather than going back and forth, then in some cases the resulting function from A to B ...
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The Heine-Borel Theorem for the real line

Hi everyone I'd like to know if the following argument is correct and also I'm very interested in a constructive approach for (2)$\Rightarrow$(1) (a link or a hint it will sufficient for me) I was ...
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How to prove that the inverse of a persymmetric matrix is also persymmetric?

An exercise in a textbook I'm using to brush up on my linear algebra asks to prove that the inverse of a persymmetric matrix is also persymmetric. I have a colleague's old notes in front of me with a ...
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Absolute Convergent Series Laws (Exercise)

Me again, I have troubles to understand the concept of absolute convergence in the general setting when the set can be uncountable. In the book what I read says: Definition: Let $X$ be a set ...
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Proof for the distributivity of multiplication over addition for a Binary Field

For the standard binary field $\mathbb{F}_{2} = \{0, 1\}$. Where the operations of addition and multiplication exist, and multiplication is equivalent to logical and, and addition is equivalent to ...
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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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e Online source for alternative proofs

I'm looking for some alternative proofs for various theorems. My goal is to compile a list of various proofs each relating to a specific theorem (such as the triangle inequality, Fermat's Little ...
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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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Gradient points in the direction of greatest change

Can anyone provide me with an alternative, possibly more intuitive proof of this proposition? I'm confused with where $cos\theta$ has come from?
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Verify why a thing of if this proof is right

I want to prove (convincing myself), why is this rght. In the proof of the lemma suppose $G$ is a finite abelian $p$-group, and let $C$ a cyclic subgroup of maximal order, then $G=C\oplus H$ for some ...
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Riemann-Stieltjes Integrals with $n$ discontinuities (Proof Review)

First of all is the proof legitimate? If so, then are there other methods to achieve the same result that are neater than mine? Let $\alpha : [a,b] \to \mathbb{R}$ be a step function with ...
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Abelian Group (Alternative Proof)

Is there an alternative method to prove $(ab)^{2}=a^{2}b^{2}$ for all elements $a,b \in G \implies$ $(ab)^{-1}=a^{-1}b^{-1}$ for all elements $a,b \in G$. then the one I give below? Let $G$ be ...
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Proof Verification/Alternative to Induction- Well ordering proof

This question grew out of Induction and Maximum Principle, which yours truly asked Sep 23, at 11:51. Due to Mauro Allegranza's suggest, I changed focus so as to first prove the equivalence of $(a)$ ...
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Exponential Function Limit Question

When I was first introduced to a derivation of the Taylor series representation of the exponential function here (pg 25): I noted the author, Dunham mentioning that the argument was non-rigorous. I ...
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Find similar estimate for complex numbers

According to Borwein, page 356 Prop. 2, $\left|\ln\left(\frac{4}{k}\right)-\operatorname{I}(1,k)\right|\leq 4k^2\left(8+\left|\ln k\right|\right)$ holds for $k\in\left(0,1\right]$. ...
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Proof of “Every vector space has a basis $\implies$ AC” without mentioning von Neumann hierarchy

I am writing a short (30-50 pages) report on AC for an exam. I really would like to include the proof that "Every vector space has a basis $\implies$ AC". Actually, every proof I could find proves ...
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Fourier Series of $f(x)=e^x$ on $[0,\pi)$ as a function of period $\pi$

Can you tell me what you get? I've tried computing it, I've got some result but I don't think it's right since I need to use it for something else and it doesn't work at all... What exactly I'm trying ...
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3-connectedness Expansion Lemma

The question is as follows: Prove that applying the expansion operation* to a 3-connected graph yields a 3-connected graph. *The expansion operation is as follows: you take two edges of a graph ...
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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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Dimension Theorem modification

The Dimension Theorem says $$ \dim(U+W) = \dim(U) + \dim(W) - \dim(U \cap W) $$ The proof of this theorem uses the bases of $U$, $W$, and $U\cap W$. Is it possible to prove this theorem with just ...
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Metric space, I would like to rewrite this proof, completeness and compactness

I am looking at metric spaces. For the metric space C(X,Y) the metric is: $\rho (f,g)=sup\{|f(x)-g(x)| :x \in X\}$ This is the proof I am reading about. I would like to do the proof without just ...
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Easier Solution? - Find plane perpendicular to another plane and through the intersection line of two planes [Stewart P803 12.5.38]

$38.$ Find an equation of the plane that's $\perp$ the plane $x + y - 2z = 1$ and passes through the line of intersection of the planes $x - z = 1$ and $y + 2z = 3$. $\bbox[3px,border:2px solid ...
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Sequential version of the Eberlein-Shmul'yan theorem

Theorem: A Banach space is $(i)$ reflexive iff $(ii)$ every bounded sequence possesses a weakly convergent subsequence; see e.g. Thm 3.18 and 3.19 in Brezis' 2010 book. The implication $(i) \implies ...