Examples and counterexamples are great ways to learn about the intricacies of definitions in mathematics. Counterexamples are especially useful in topology and analysis where most things are fairly intuitive, but every now and then one may run into borderline cases where the naive intuition may ...

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Fake induction proofs

Question: Can you provide an example of a claim where the base case holds but there is a subtle flaw in the inductive step that leads to a fake proof of a clearly erroneous result? [Note: Please do ...
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Example of a function such that iterated integrals are equal

Is there any example of a function $f(x,y):[0,1]$x$[0,1]\to \mathbb R$ so that $\int_{0}^1\int_{0}^1f(x,y)dydx$ and $\int_{0}^1\int_{0}^1f(x,y)dxdy$ exists and are equal but $\int\int f(x,y)dydx$ does ...
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Examples for 1d finite element method

I am looking for some examples for my Finite Elements project (in one dimension). I have written code in MATLAB and would like to show a few examples of it working. I have one or two general examples ...
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Non-Hausdorff space such that all connected components are singletons

Is there a topological space $(X,\tau)$ such that $(X,\tau)$ is not Hausdorff; if $S\subseteq X$ and $S$ contains more than 1 point, then $S$ is not connected (with the subspace topology).
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Counterexample to exactness of functor from group representations to fixed points

I recently asked this question. Now, the answer there claimed that the functor $()^G:Rep_G\to Vect_{\mathbb{C}}$, where $Rep_G$ are complex representations of a group $G$, and $V^G=\{v\in V: ...
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Associativity of concatenation of closed curves from $I$ to some topological spaces $X$

I'm looking for some example of closed curve such that $f*(g*h)=(f*g)*h,$ in some topological space $X$. I tried to use $X$ like the Sierpinski space, but I can't find such closed curve.
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Product of quotient maps and quotient space that is not Hausdorff

I am looking for easy(!) counterexamples that the product of two quotient maps is not necessarily a quotient map and that the quotient space of a Hausdorff space is not necessarily Hausdorff.
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Normal subgroup question/example [duplicate]

Give an example(s) of a group $G$ and $H\leq G$ (i.e., $H$ is a subgroup of $G$) where $H$ is not normal in $G$. What about $S_3$ and $\langle(1\;2)\rangle=\{(1),(1\;2)\}$? [Since ...
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Example: satisfying $E(X_{n+1}\mid X_n)=X_n$ but not a martingale

I am wondering if there is such a sequence of random variables $(X_n)_{n=0}^\infty$ such that $\mathbb{E}(X_{n+1}\mid X_n)=X_n$ for all $n\geq0$ but which is not a martingale with respect to the ...
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Identity about a Functor

I'm moving my first steps in CT and suddenly after reading about functors, this question came up in my mind: Let $F \colon A \to B$ a functor between two categories $A$ and $B$, is it true that for ...
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Construct an example of a 4×4 matrix, with one of its eigenvalues equal to −3, that is not diagonal or invertible, but is diagonalizable

Construct an example of a 4×4 matrix, with one of its eigenvalues equal to −3, that is not diagonal or invertible, but is diagonalizable. I know how to find the eigenvalues, and diagonalizing ...
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Example of a subgroup that is not normal (not involving permutations)

It would be great if someone could give me an example of a group such that the following happens a $\equiv$ b (mod N) and c $\equiv$ d (mod N) but ac $\not\equiv$ bd (mod N) where N is a ...
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infinite intersection of jordan measurable sets

Is the infinite intersection of jordan measurable sets also jordan measurable? I´ve been trying to find a counterexample, but nothing so far. So is the statement true?
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Two categories sharing the same objects and morphisms

Is there a natural example of two categories $\mathcal{C}$, $\mathcal{C}'$ which have the same class of objects and the same class of morphisms, including source and target maps, but different ...
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Is the symmetric algebra direct sum of $k$-th symmetric powers?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $M$ be an $R$-module. Let $S(M)$ be the symmetric algebra of $M$ and $S^n(M)$ be $n$-th symmetric power of $M$. Then is $S(M)$ the internal direct sum of $S^n(M)$? ...
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Counterexample for an isometric homomorphism of algebras which is not involutive.

I am finding difficulties in finding a counterexample that if $f:A\to B$ is a homomorphism of $C^*$algebras A and B (which means: f is linear and multiplicative) and let f be isometric, this implies ...
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Examples for when differentiability fails

Let $l^1(\mathbb{N};\mathbb{R})$ be the set of all sequences $\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $\sum_{n\in\mathbb{N}}|x_n|<\infty$ for all $x\in l^1(\mathbb{N};\mathbb{R})$, together with the ...
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Sets with one accumulation point

Are there any more examples of sets in $\mathbb R$ that have one accumulation point apart from convergent sequences? I can´t think of any
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Extraneous solutions.

I just learned of extraneous solutions on the internet and thought, "could you both lose and gain solutions in one equation?" I think that, yes, you should be able to do that. However I haven't been ...
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Which optimization problem to use when I want to explain the concept of optimization to a layman?

I am looking some problem, which would be: Easy to understand Hard to solve intuitively Touch our everyday lives I am doing research in optimization using evolutionary computation. When people ...
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Uniform convergence in series definitions of functions

Are there examples of well-known functions which are defined as the limit of a sequence of functions (for example, power series definitions) and are not uniformly convergent? Thanks!
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understanding a theorem in c*algebra

I want to understand the following theorem: Theorem: Let A and B $C^*$-algebras with A unital, and let $\varphi:A\to B$ a bounded linear selfadjoint map such that: for every self-adjoint elements ...
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Examples when vector $(X,Y)$ is not normal 2D distribution, but X and Y are.

My question is: do you know any examples when $X$ and $Y$ are both normally distributed, but the two dimensional vector $(X,Y)$ is not? I found some example in book, but I don't understand it. The ...
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What is an example of $R\otimes_R M$ not isomorphic to $M$?

Let $R$ be a ring and $f:R\rightarrow R$ be a ring homomorphism. ($f(1)=1$) Let $R$ be given the left operation as the ring operation on $R$ and the right operation as $x•r=xf(r)$, so that $R$ is an ...
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Example for $\dfrac{p_1p_2-1}{p_1+p_2}$ being odd natural number .

If $p_1,p_2$ are odd prime numbers , is it possible that $\dfrac{p_1p_2-1}{p_1+p_2}$ is odd natural number greater than 1.
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Similar function to Sinc function?

I am interested in a function which at $x=0$ starts from approximately $1$ and as you go on it decreases periodically to $0$ in a similar fashion to the Sinc function.
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An example of an easy to understand undecidable problem

I am looking for an undecidable problem that I could give as an easy example in a presentation to the general public. I mean easy in the sense that the mathematics behind it can be described, well, ...
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Integral on set sequence is not convergent to their countable intersection

Let $(\Omega,S,\mu)$ be a measure space. Suppose $f$ is integrable on $A_1\supset A_2 \supset A_3\dots$, a decreasing sequence of measurable sets $\{A_n\}_n\subset S$ and denote ...
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Examples for almost-semirings without absorbing zero

What is an instructive example of a set $X$ equipped with two monoid structures $(X,+,0)$, $(X,\cdot,1)$, such that $+$ is commutative, the distributive laws hold, but $0 \cdot x = 0$ or $x \cdot 0 = ...
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A metric space of which the geodesic is not a metric

The text book in my course has an exercise about finding a metric space whose (usual) length metric is not a metric. It wants me to find a metric space $(X,d)$ satisfying $d'(x,y)=0 \ \ $for some ...
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What is the intuition between 1-cocycles (group cohomology)?

This is, I'm sure, an incredibly naive question, but: is there a simple explanation for why one should be interested in 1-cocycles? Let me explain a bit. Given an action of a group $G$ on another ...
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P = NP, NP example problems in our daily life

For a little presentation for school, i want to try to explain the P=NP? Problem. I'm searching for examples for daily life NP-problems. (example: is making the weather forecast a NP problem?) And if ...
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Infinite sum of random variables is infinite

I am trying to better understand this statement and the assumptions made: If $X_1,X_2,\ldots$ are non-negative independently and identically distributed random variables with $P(X_i>0)>0$, ...
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Example of equivalence relation where reflexivity/symmetry is not trivial

For basically any equivalence relation that I've encountered in my mathematical studies, the only problematic part (if at all) was proving transitivity. Is there a "real-world" (i.e. appearing in some ...
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Induction - Examples where the induction step is correct but the base case is always wrong [duplicate]

I'd like to present to my students some induction examples that always satisfy the inductive step but never the base case. It could be for natural numbers, graphs or anything else.
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Is there a particularly simple example of geometric descent?

I'm looking for a particularly simple and familiar example of descent in geometry or topology in order to motivate the general definition. I'm not counting the definition of the arrow category ...
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Examples of Separable Spaces that are not Second-Countable

In this post I give an example of a separable space that is not second-countable. What are other good examples?
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Equicontinuity of a pointwise convergent sequence of monotone functions with continuous limit

I was looking at this question, and trying to come up with a counterexample. After thinking about it, I thought the following might be true: Claim: let $\{f_n\}$ be a sequence of continuous, ...
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Counter-examples of homeomorphism

Briefly speaking, we know that a map $f$ between 2 topological spaces is homeomorphic if $f$ is a bijection and the inverse of $f$ and itself are both continuous. So, can anyone give me 2 counter ...
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Practical examples/implementation details for Gauss-Seidel method

I'm having a presentation on Gauss-Seidel iterative method, and although it isn't mandatory , I would like to have some practical examples for this method (a system of linear equations with n>=1000, ...
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What is an example of a module over a division ring with two different ranks?

Let $R$ be a division ring and $M$ be an $R$-module. What is an example of $M$ and two bases $A,B$ of $M$ such that $|A|\neq |B|$?
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Parental Markov Condition Example

I'm currently reading a text on Bayesian networks and the text is giving some very crude interpretations of what appear to be some of the most important foundations of the subject. It states the ...
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Examples of 2-dimensional foliations of a 4-sphere.

This is a follow up to The 4-sphere does not admit dimension 2 foliations , where I asked about the existence of nonsingular foliations of a 4-sphere. Since that question determined there are no ...
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Examples of interesting / non-trivial manifolds that are direct products

What are interesting / non-trivial examples of smooth connected closed manifolds that are direct products or involve direct products? I am especially interested in orientable manifolds. Say, an ...
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Is a hausdorff perfect space which is not first countable neccessarily uncountable?

Counterexamples in Topology has a couple of countable spaces which aren't first countable, but none of them are perfect spaces. I'm looking either for a theorem that says that such a space can't exist ...
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Counterexample in optional stopping martingale

Problem: Give an example of submartingale $\{X_n\}$ with $\sup_nE |X_{n-1}-X_n|<\infty$ and stopping time $N$ with $E[N]<\infty$ such that $\{X_{n\wedge N}\}$ is not uniformly integrable. ...
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What is an importance of Gaussian and Eisenstein rings?

Among quadratic integer rings, $\mathbb{Z}[i]$ and $\mathbb{Z}[\frac{1+\sqrt{-3}}{2}]$ have their special names, namely Gaussian integers and Eisenstein integers respectively. I guess this is named so ...
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Finite fields and characteristics [duplicate]

I am just a little confused about finite fields and fields with characteristic $p$ (prime number). I want to know if the following proposition is true: A field $F$ is finite if and only if it is of ...
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Counterexamples for “every linear map on an infinite dimensional complex vector space has an eigenvalue”

Every linear map on a finite dimensional complex vector space has an eigenvalue. Not so in the infinite case. I'm interested in nice counterexamples anyone might have. Here's one: Consider the ...
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Is every subgroup of the quaternion group characteristic?

Let $Q$ be the quaternion group. I know that every subgroup of $Q$ is a normal subgroup of $Q$, but is every subgroup of $Q$ characteristic in $Q$? What is a counterexample?