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A Topology such that the continuous functions are exactly the polynomials

I was wondering which fields $K$ can be equipped with a topology such that a function $f:K \to K$ is continuous if and only if it is a polynomial function $f(x)=a_nx^n+\cdots+a_0$. Obviously, the ...
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Why are real numbers useful?

A question (by a fellow CS student taking a first course in calculus, presumably after the lecture in which continuity was introduced: was as follows. In the real, physical world, we deal with ...
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A game with $\delta$, $\epsilon$ and uniform continuity.

UPDATE: Bounty awarded, but it is still shady about what f) is. In Makarov's Selected Problems in Real Analysis there's this challenging problem: Describe the set of functions $f: \mathbb R ...
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How prove there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$, such that $f(x)+f(x^2)=x$.

Prove that there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to R$, such that $$ f(x)+f(x^2)=x. $$ My try. Assume that there is a continuous function with this property. Thus, for any $n\ge 1$ and all ...
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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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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 does this discontinuity occur in evaluating a nested square root?

This question is based on a comment I made on a question likely to be closed. Let $$y=\sqrt {x+ \sqrt {x+ \sqrt {x+ \sqrt {x+ \sqrt {x+ \dots}}}}}$$ be the classic nested square root which has ...
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Is a differentiable function on $(-2, 4)$ always integrable on $[-2, 4]$?

So my question is, say I have a function that is differentiable on $(-2, 4)$. Is it always integrable on $[-2, 4]$? I know that if $f$ is diff on $(-2, 4)$, then it is continuous on $(-2, 4)$. And I ...
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Which $f$ satisfy the equation $\,\,f(x)\,f(y)-f(x+y)=\sin x\,\sin y\,$?

Find all continuous functions $f$ which satisfy the functional equation $$ f(x)\,f(y)-f(x+y)=\sin x\,\sin y, $$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb R$. I can prove that $f(n\pi)=\cos\left(n\pi\right)$ for all ...
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Function $f(x)=\int_0^\infty\left|\sin(t)\cdot\sin(x\,t)\cdot e^{-t}\right|\,dt$

Let $$f(x)=\int_0^\infty\Big|\sin(t)\cdot\sin(x\,t)\cdot e^{-t}\Big|\,dt,$$ where $|\dots|$ denotes the absolute value. We are concerned only with positive values of $x$ (i.e. let the domain of the ...
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A function having limit at every point but continuous nowhere

Is there a function $\,f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R},\,$ that has a limit at every point but is continuous nowhere?
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$f(f(\sqrt{2}))=\sqrt{2}$ then f has a fixed point

$f(x)$ is continuous $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ $f(f(\sqrt{2}))=\sqrt{2}$ Prove that $f$ has a fixed point in other words prove the there is $x_1$ such that $f(x_1)=x_1$ I tried using ...
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A topological function with only removable discontinuities

I've posted similar questions here and here, but no one has answered them to my satisfaction. Suppose that $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is such that $\lim_{y\to x}f(y)$ exists for all $x$, that is, ...
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If $f$ is continuous at $a$, is it continuous in some open interval around $a$?

If $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is continuous at $a$, is it continuous in some open interval around $a$?
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Is It Always Possible to Draw A Connected Compact Set in $\mathbb R^2$?

Inspired by this answer, I wondered whether a printer could render all continuous functions "well enough". In particular, I am curious about the following statement: Let $S$ be a compact, ...
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Calculus over $\mathbb{Q}$

The mismatch between the sensitivity of 'mathematical calculus' and the flexibility of 'real world calculus' has been bothering me a bit recently. What I mean is this: in the real world, I can trust ...
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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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Continuity of a function in two variables

Function $f(x,y)$ is continuous in each variable separately. Prove that there exists a point where it is continuous in two variables. I do not quite understand how to act here. I know the ...
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If $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ is continuous and $f(x)\neq x$ for all $x$, must it be true that $f(f(x))\neq x$ for all $x$?

Let $f: \Bbb R → \Bbb R$ be a continuous function such that $f(x)=x$ has no real solution . Then is it true that $f(f(x))=x$ also has no real solution ?
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If $\lim_n f_n(x_n)=f(x)$ for every $x_n \to x$ then $f_n \to f$ uniformly on $[0,1]$?

This is a self-posed question, so I do not know the answer and I would like to know what do you think about. Let $f,f_n:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$ be continuous functions. Assume that for every sequence ...
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Who gave you the epsilon?

Who gave you the epsilon? is the title of an article by J. Grabiner on Cauchy from the 1980s, and the implied answer is "Cauchy". On the other hand, historian I. Grattan-Guinness points out in his ...
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Help me correct my ideas of continuity

I've been studying real analysis over the past few months, and I'm having trouble organizing the different notions of continuity and ideas related to continuity in my head geometrically. I will ...
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Condition for an additive function to be continuous

The problem below is Problem 7 from this year's Miklos Schweitzer competition (contest ended Nov 4th). Suppose that $f: \Bbb{R} \to \Bbb{R}$ is an additive function (that is $f(x+y) = f(x)+f(y)$ ...
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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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Continuous versus differentiable

A function is "differentiable" if it has a derivative. A function is "continuous" if it has no sudden jumps in it. Until today, I thought these were merely two equivalent definitions of the same ...
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Prove that function is continuous without knowing the function explicitly

Let $f\colon \mathbb R^+\to\mathbb R$ be a function that satisfies the following conditions: $$\tag1 \lim_{x\to 1}f(x)=0 $$ $$\tag2f(x_1)+f(x_2)=f(x_1x_2)$$ Show that $f$ is continuous in its domain. ...
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A continuous function on $[0,1]$ not of bounded variation

I'm looking for a continuous function $f$ defined on the compact interval $[0,1]$ which is not of bounded variation. I think such function might exist. Any idea? Of course the function $f$ such ...
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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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Additivity + Measurability $\implies$ Continuity

A function $f:\Bbb R \to \Bbb R$ is additive and Lebesgue measurable. Prove that $f$ is continuous. I know that on $\Bbb Q$, $f$ comes out to be linear. So, if $f$ is to be continuous then $f$ must ...
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Difficulty in finding a counterexample

I am finding difficulties in finding a counterexample that if $f\colon (0,\infty) \to(0,\infty) $ is uniformly continuous, this implies that $$\lim_{x\to \infty} \frac{f(x+\frac{1}{x})}{f(x)} =1.$$
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$f(16x)=16f(x) $ and $ f$ is continuous

$f: \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function such that $f(16x)=16f(x)$ for every real $x$. Should it be $f(x)=ax$? How can I prove that?
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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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Existence of continuous angle function $\theta:S^1\to\mathbb{R}$

Let $S^1\subseteq\mathbb{C}$ be the unit circle and let $U\subseteq S^1$ be open. How to show that there exist a continuous function $$\theta:U\to\mathbb{R}$$ such that $$e^{i\theta(z)}=z$$ for all ...
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Showing continuity of partially defined map

There is a theorem in Note on Cofibrations by Arne Strøm. It says Let $A$ be a closed subspace of a topological space $X$. Then $(X,A)$ has the HEP if and only if there are (i) a neighborhood ...
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Continuous and Open maps

I was reading through Munkres' Topology and in the section on Continuous Functions, these three statements came up: If a function is continuous, open, and bijective, it is a homeomorphism. If a ...
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Showing that $\Omega$ is of class $C^1$

I have done a lot in this problem, but unfortunately it is not enough to solve it, answers or hints are very welcome. Let $B$ be a rectangle in $\mathbb R^2$ and consider $\varphi\colon ...
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does the uniform continuity of $f$ implies uniform continuity of $f^2$ on $\mathbb{R}$?

my question is if $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is uniformly continuous, does it implies that $f^2$ is so?and in general even or odd power of that function?
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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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If $f:\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^n$ is continuous with convex image, and locally 1-1, must it be globally 1-1?

For $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ which is continuous, being locally 1-1 implies being globally 1-1, see here. This is not true for a general mapping $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}^n$. My intuition as ...
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Is $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{\frac{\sin(nx)}n}$ continuous?

Considering the infinite series $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{\frac{\sin(nx)}n}$ , I can show that it is not convergent uniformly by Cauchy's criterion and that it is convergent for every $x$ by Dirichlet's ...
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$g(x)$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$ st $g(x)=g(x^2)$. Prove that $g(x)$ is constant.

For $x>0$, $g(\sqrt{x})=g(x)$ and similarly $g(x^{\frac{1}{2^n}})=g(\sqrt{x})=g(x)$ for $n \in \mathbb{N}$ Thus taking $\lim_{n\to \infty}$ both sides we get g(1)=g(x) $\forall x>0$ and ...
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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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Homeomorphism between open unit ball and $\mathbb R^n$

Let $B=\{x\in\mathbb R^n : ||x||<1\}$ the open unit ball with the subapce topology of $\mathbb R^n$. I want to show that $B^n\cong\mathbb R^n$ with the map $F(x)=\tan(\frac{\pi ...
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Show that $f(x) = x\cos^3(x)$ is not uniformly continuous on $\mathbb{R}$

Show that $f(x) = x\cos^3(x)$ is not uniformly continuous on $\mathbb{R}$. I tried $x_n = \pi/2 + n\pi$ and $y_n = \pi/2 + n\pi + 1/(n\pi)$. Since $\cos^3(x) = \frac14 (\cos(3x)+3\cos x)$, ...
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$f(x)=x$ if $x$ irrational and $f(x)=p\sin\frac1q$ if $x$ rational

Define the real-valued function $f$ on $\mathbb{R}$ by setting $f(x)=x$ if $x$ is irrational, and $f(x)=p\sin\frac1q$ if $x=\frac{p}q$ is written in lowest terms. At what points is $f$ continuous? ...
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Functions that are continuous only at two points?

I need to find a function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ which is continuous only at two points, but discontinuous everywhere else. How on earth would I go about doing this? I can't think of any ...
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Give an example of a function $h$ that is discontinuous at every point of $[0,1]$, but with $|h|$ continuous on $[0,1]$

Give an example of a function $h:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}$ that is discontinuous at every point of $[0,1]$, but such that the function $| h |$ that is continuous on $[0,1]$. I don't really even know where ...
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Are there any geometric interpretations to uniform continuity?

There are specifically the two forms, continuity and uniform continuity, I'm referring to. So a function is continuous if the graph "doesn't break," but this also applies to a uniform continuous ...
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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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Does there exist a continuously differentiable function with the following properties?

Does there exist a continuously differentiable function $f: [1,5] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, such that $f(1) \lt 0, f(5) \gt 3$ and $f'(x) \leq e^{-f(x)}$? Now do I just integrate it to get $f(x) ...