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How to show that $f(x)=x^2$ is continuous at $x=1$?

How to show that $f(x)=x^2$ is continuous at $x=1$?
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No continuous function switches $\mathbb{Q}$ and the irrationals

Is there a way to prove the following result using connectedness? Result: Let $J=\mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$ denote the set of irrational numbers. There is no continuous map $f: \mathbb{R} ...
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How do I show that all continuous periodic functions are bounded and uniform continuous?

A function $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is periodic if there exits $p>0$ such that $f(x+P)=f(x)$ for all $x\in \mathbb{R}$. Show that every continuous periodic function is bounded and uniformly ...
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A map is continuous if and only if for every set, the image of closure is contained in the closure of image

As a part of self study, I am trying to prove the following statement: Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are topological spaces and $f: X \rightarrow Y$ is a map. Then $f$ is continuous if and only if ...
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Prove that the function$\ f(x)=\sin(x^2)$ is not uniformly continuous on the domain $\mathbb{R}$.

If I want to prove that the function$\ f(x)=\sin(x^2)$ is not uniformly continuous on the domain $\mathbb{R}$, I need to show that: $\exists\epsilon>0$ $\forall\delta>0$ ...
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Continuity of $L^1$ functions with respect to translation

Let $f\in L^1$, consider the map $t\mapsto f_t=f(x-t)$, then how can one show that $t\mapsto f_t$ is continuous? More explicitly one wants to show that $\lim_{h\to 0}|f_{t+h}-f_t|_{L^1}=0$. I tried to ...
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Continuity $\Rightarrow$ Intermediate Value Property. Why is the opposite not true?

Continuity $\Rightarrow$ Intermediate Value Property. Why is the opposite not true? It seems to me like they are equal definitions in a way. Can you give me a counter-example? Thanks
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Why did mathematicians introduce the concept of uniform continuity?

I have solved many problems regarding uniform continuity, but still I can't understand the following: Is there any practical application of this concept, or it is just a theoretical concept? Is there ...
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Every uniformly continuous real function has at most linear growth at infinity

Assuming $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R $ be an uniform continuous function, how to prove $$\exists a,b\in \mathbb R^+ \quad \text{such that}\quad |f(x)|\le a|x|+b.$$
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Proof of continuity of Thomae Function at irrationals.

In Thomae's Function: $$ \begin{align} t(x) = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{if $x$ is irrational}\\ \frac{1}{n} & \text{if $x = \frac{m}{n}$ where $\gcd(m,n) = 1$} \end{cases} \end{align} $$ I ...
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Ideal in a ring of continuous functions

Let $R$ be the ring of all continuous real valued functions on the unit interval $[0,1]$ (with pointwise operations), and let $I$ be a proper ideal of $R$. Show that there exists $λ\in [0,1]$ such ...
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What is the geometrical difference between continuity and uniform continuity?

Can we explain between ordinary continuity and Uniform Continuity difference geometrically? What is the best way to describe the difference between these two concepts? Where the motivation of ...
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How exactly can't $\delta$ depend on $x$ in the definition of uniform continuity?

I'm told that a function defined on an interval $[a,b]$ or $(a,b)$ is uniformly continuous if for each $\epsilon\gt 0$ there exists a $\delta\gt 0$ such that $|x-t|\lt \delta$ implies that ...
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Continuous map $f : \mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$

Let $f : \mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous map such that $f(x)=0$ only for finitely many values of $x$. Which of the following is true? Either $f(x)\leq 0$ for all $x$ or ...
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Prove $\sin x$ is uniformly continuous on $\mathbb R$

How do I prove $\sin x$ is uniformly continuous on $\mathbb R$ with delta and epsilon? I proved geometrically that $\sin x<x$ and thus, $$|f(x_1)-f(x_2)|=|\sin x_1 - \sin x_2|\le|\sin x_1|+|\sin ...
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Is a Cauchy sequence - preserving (continuous) function is (uniformly) continuous?

Let $(X,d)$ and $(Y,\rho)$ be metric spaces and $f:X\to Y$ be a function and suppose for any Cauchy sequence $(a_n)$ in $X$, $(f(a_n))$ is a Cauchy sequence in $Y$. Is $f$ continuous? Let $f$ be ...
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Continuity of a convex function

I'm trying to solve the following problem: Let $f:K\rightarrow \mathbb{R} $, $f$ convex and $K \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ convex. Then $f$ is continuous on $K$. I have proved the only case $n=1$, but ...
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$f$ defined on $[1,\infty )$ is uniformly continuous. Then $\exists M>0$ s.t. $\frac{|f(x)|}{x}\le M$ for $x\ge 1$.

$f$ defined on $[1,\infty )$ is uniformly continuous. Then $\exists M>0$ s.t. $\frac{|f(x)|}{x}\le M$ for $x\ge 1$. I know f uniformly continuous $\implies \forall\varepsilon > 0s.t.\forall ...
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Is a rational-valued continuous function $f\colon[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}$ constant?

Let $f\colon[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}$ be continuous such that $f(x)\in\mathbb{Q}$ for any $x\in[0,1]$. Intuitively I feel that $f$ is constant, since $\mathbb{Q}$ is dense in $\mathbb{R}$. How can I ...
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Is there a monotonic function discontinuous over some dense set?

Problem (for fun--not homework) Can we construct a monotonic function $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that there is a dense set in some interval $(a,b)$ for which $f$ is discontinuous at all ...
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$f$ brings convergent nets to convergent nets, is it continuous?

Let $f:(X,\mathcal T)\to (Y,\mathcal S)$ be a function between topological spaces. Let for any convergent net $(x_\alpha)$ in $X$, $(f(x_\alpha ))$ be convergent in $Y$. Is $f$ continuous? (It seems ...
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Why are norms continuous?

Describe why norms are continuous function by mathematical symbols.
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For a continuous function $f$ and a convergent sequence $x_n$, lim$_{n\rightarrow \infty}\,f(x_n)=f(\text{lim}_{n \rightarrow \infty} \, x_n)$

Let $f:X \rightarrow Y$ be a function. Prove that if $f$ is continuous, then for every convergent sequence $(x_n)$ lim$_{n\rightarrow \infty}\,f(x_n)=f(\text{lim}_{n \rightarrow \infty} \, x_n)$ My ...
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Assuming: $\forall x \in [0,1]:f(x) > x$ Prove: $\forall x \in [0,1]:f(x) > x + \varepsilon $

Let $f$ a continous function defined in the interval $[0,1]$. Assuming: $\forall x \in [0,1]:f(x) > x$ Prove: $\forall x \in [0,1]:f(x) > x + \varepsilon $ I tried to use Heine–Cantor theorem ...
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Is an integral always continuous?

Say I have a function f(x) on some interval [a,b]. Say it is integrable such that $\int f(x)~dx $ is defined. Is $\int f(x)~dx $ necessarily continuous? If I were to know that the integral is ...
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$f,g$ continuous from $X$ to $Y$. if they are agree on a dense set $A$ of $X$ then they agree on $X$

Problem: Suppose $f$ and $g$ are two continuous functions such that $f: X \to Y $ and $g : X \to Y $. $Y$ is a a Hausdorff space. Suppose $f(x) = g(x) $ for all $x \in A \subseteq X $ where ...
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If $f,g$ are uniformly continuous prove $f+g$ is uniformly continuous

Suppose $f:E \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and $g:E \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ are uniformly continuous, where $E$ is a subset of $\mathbb{R}$. Show that $f+g$ is uniformly continuous. What about $fg$ and ...
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sequentially continuous on a non first-countable

Can you give me an example of a function which is sequentially continuous but not continuous? (I know that in first-countable spaces this is equivalent, but what about in spaces without this ...
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Can a continuous function from the reals to the reals assume each value an even number of times?

Suppose $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is continuous. Is it possible for $f$ to assume each value in its range an even number of times? To clarify, some values might be taken 0 times, some 2, ...
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Prove: bounded derivative if and only if uniform continuity

The definition of uniform continuity of a real-valued function states: A function $f\colon A\mapsto\mathbb{R}$ is uniformly continuous on $A$ iff for every $\varepsilon \gt 0$ there exists a ...
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Is the total variation function uniform continuous or continuous?

I have been doing some excercises on total variation when the following questions came up to my mind: (1) Let $f$ be continuous on the interval $[0,1]$ and be of bounded variation. Is it true that ...
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$|f(x)-f(y)|\geq k|x-y|$.Then $f$ is bijective and its inverse is continuous.

My exercise says: Let $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a continuous function e suppose that exists $k$ such that: $$|f(x)-f(y)|\geq k|x-y|$$ Then $f$ is bijective and its inverse is ...
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Continuity of absolute value of a function

Let $f(x)$ be a continuous function. Prove that $\left|f(x)\right|$ is also continuous. Is it correct to say that, by the reverse triangle inequality, $\left|f(x)-f(c)\right| \geq ...
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Prove the absolute value function of a continuous function is continuous [duplicate]

Suppose that $f$ is a continuous function defined on an interval $I$. Prove that $|f|$ is continuous on $I$. Our definition of continuity: Let $I$ be an interval, let $f:I\rightarrow\Bbb{R}$, and let ...
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A function takes every function value twice - proof it is not continuous

I want to prove the following nice statement I've found: A function $f: [0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ takes every function value twice - proof it is not continuous I've already found an answer to my ...
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Proof for Dirichlet Function and discontinuous

I think I don't understand how it works.. I found some proofs.. okay, let's see: Well I'd like to show that the function, $$f(x) = \begin{cases} 0 & x \not\in \mathbb{Q}\\ 1 & x \in ...
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Does $\lim_{h\rightarrow 0}\ [f(x+h)-f(x-h)]=0$ imply that $f$ is continuous?

Suppose $f$ is a real function defined on $\mathbb{R}$ which satisfies $$\lim_{h\rightarrow 0}\ [f(x+h)-f(x-h)]=0.$$ Does this imply that $f$ is continuous? Source: W. Rudin, Principles of ...
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Prove symmetry of probabilities given random variables are iid and have continuous cdf

Let $Y_1, Y_2, ...$ be independent and identically distributed random variables in $(\Omega, \mathscr{F}, \mathbb{P})$ s.t. their distributions are continuous and $$F_{Y}(y) := F_{Y_1}(y) = F_{Y_2}(y) ...
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A problem on continuous functions

$f : S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous map. Define $$A = \{(x, y) \in S^1 \times S^1: x \neq y, f(x) = f(y)\}$$ We want to prove that A has uncountably many points. It seems very evident, ...
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a continuous mapping is determined by its values on a dense set

Let f and g be continuous mappings of a metric space $X$ into a metric space $Y$ and let $E$ be a dense subset of $X$. Prove that $f(E)$ is dense in $f(X)$. If $g(p)=f(p)$ for all $p \in E$, prove ...
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Prove continuity for cubic root using epsilon-delta

I am trying to prove that a function is continuous at a point a using the $\epsilon$-$\delta$ theorem. I managed to find a $\delta$ in this case $|2x^2+1 - (2a^2+1)| < \epsilon$. But I have a hard ...
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Proving that $f(x,y) = \frac{xy^2}{x^2 + y^2}$ is a continuous function using epsilon-delta.

THE QUESTION: Use the metric $(x,y)$ = $\rho(x,y)=|x-y|$ for the reals and use the metric $\rho((x_1,y_1),(x_2,y_2)) = \sqrt{(x_1-x_2)^2 + (y_1-y_2)^2}$ for the plane. Define $f:R\times R \to R$ as ...
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Fixed point in a continuous function

Suppose that $f$ is a function defined in $[a;b]$ to $[a;b]$ and continuous on $[a;b]$. The problem is I haven't the definition of the function, this is more abstract, but even if how can I prove that ...
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If a function is undefined at a point, is it also discontinuous at that point?

I posted a solution here with an illustration (see below) and commented that the function was discontinuous at $x=1$, where it is undefined. Someone told me, no, it is undefined but continuous. Now ...
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Prove uniform continuity of a continuous function [closed]

Suppose $f$ is continuous on $[a, \infty)$ and that the limit (as $x$ approaches infinity) is $L$ for some real number $L$. Prove that $f$ is uniformly continuous on $[a, \infty)$.
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Are “most” continuous functions also differentiable?

Let $A$ be a nonempty open subset of $\mathbb{R}$. Consider a function $f : A \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Given that $f$ is continuous, what is the probability that it is differentiable? I suspect it ...
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Equicontinuity on a compact metric space turns pointwise to uniform convergence

I know that If $\{f_n\}$ is an equicontinuous sequence, defined on a compact metric space $K$, and for all $x$, $f_n(x)\rightarrow f(x)$, then $f_n\rightarrow f$ uniformly. I'm having trouble ...
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If $f:X \to X$ is a continuous bijection and every point has finite orbit, is $f^{-1}$ continuous?

If $f:X \to X$ (codomain and domain have the same topology) is a continuous bijection and every point has finite orbit, is $f^{-1}$ continuous? Note that the orbit being finite and $f$ being a ...
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If $f$ is continuous and $\,f\big(\frac{1}2(x+y)\big) \le \frac{1}{2}\big(\,f(x)+f(y)\big)$, then $f$ is convex

Let $\,\,f :\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ be a continuous function such that $$ f\Big(\dfrac{x+y}2\Big) \le \dfrac{1}{2}\big(\,f(x)+f(y)\big) ,\,\, \text{for all}\,\, x,y \in \mathbb R, $$ then how do we ...
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How to prove continuity of $e^x$.

I simply want a proof that $e^x$ is continuous. I have never really been able to find something satisfying these points: $e$ is defined to be the limit $\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(1+{1\over ...