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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Sperners lemma how to mark internal vertices

Was reading sperners lemma from this http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ffiles/20001.4.shtml Couldn't understand certain things How to mark internal vertices? I could have mark some other number for ...
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Non-subdifferentiable convex function

Is there any convex function $f$ on a norm space $X$ such that $\partial f(x)=\emptyset$ at every $x\in X$? Thanks in advance.
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Violation of the irrelevant alternative criterion of fairness in a pairwise comparison

I am teaching my students about the fairness criteria for voting system, working up towards arrow's impossibility theorem. One of the voting methods is called the pairwise comparison method: voters ...
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Reference request: An example of a false conjecture with a very large number as the first counter example

I recall that there was some conjecture, something that I believe involved prime numbers, and was believed to be true (as it was checked up to a relatively large number) until a counter example was ...
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Lipschitz does not imply fixed points

I have the following problem in mind: Let us say we have a function $f:X\rightarrow X$ (X is a complete metric space) and it respects that if $x\neq y$ then : $d(f(x),f(y))<d(x,y)$. My trouble ...
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Inner Product on a Vector Space over a field besides $\mathbb R$ or $\mathbb C$?

Are there any fields with vector spaces you can define an inner product over besides subfields of $\mathbb C$? I know that you'd want the field to contain an ordered subfield, so it must have ...
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Indiscrete rational extension for $\mathbb R$ (examp 66 in “Counterexamples in topology”)

As a continuation to this question: Let $X$ be the Indiscrete rational extension for $\mathbb R$ (examp 66 page 88 in "Counterexamples in topology"). Let $\langle \mathcal{U}_n: n \in \mathbb{N} ...
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Example of $\sum_i a_i\otimes b_i\in M\otimes_AN$ which cannot be written as $a\otimes b$

In the appendix of my commutative algebra text: Note that in general the element of $M\otimes_AN$ is a sum of the form $\sum_i a_i\otimes b_i$ and cannot be necessarily written as $a\otimes b$. ...
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Derived subgroup where not every element is a commutator

Let $G$ be a group and let $G'$ be the derived subgroup, defined as the subgroup generated by the commutators of $G$. Is there an example of a finite group $G$ where not every element of $G'$ is a ...
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What is $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}|a_nz^n|^2=\frac{1}{2 \pi}\int_{-\pi}^{\pi}|f(ze^{it})|^2dt$ for?

Let $f : \mathbb C\rightarrow \mathbb C$ be an analytic function : $f(z)= \sum a_n z^n$ It holds that $$a_n z^n= \frac{1}{2 \pi}\int_{-\pi}^{\pi}f(ze^{it})e^{-int}dt$$ and ...
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Are continuous functions monotonic for very small ranges?

So I am wondering, if we have a continuous function f and we take the range $[c,c+h]$ for $h \to 0$, is the function monotonic in that range?
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Example of two open balls such that the one with the smaller radius contains the one with the larger radius.

Example of two open balls such that the one with the smaller radius contains the one with the larger radius. I cannot find a metric space in which this is true. Looking for hints in the right ...
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Does $X=[0,\omega_1]$ satisfy $S_1(\Omega,\Omega)$?

Definition: An $\omega$-cover of a topological space $X$, is an open cover $\mathcal U$, such that, for any finite set $C \subset X$, there exists an open set $U \in \mathcal U$, such that, $C \subset ...
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Sigma-algebra requirement 3, closed under countable unions.

The requirement for sigma-algebra is that. It contains the empty set. If A is in the sigma-algebra, then the complement of A is there. 3. It is closed under countable unions. My question relates ...
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A non-closed $p$-group.

Are there a Hausdorff topological group $(G,\mathcal T)$ and and a non-closed $p$-group $P\le G$ ? a $p$-group where $p$ is a prime number, is a group $P$ such that $$(\forall a\in P)(\exists n\in ...
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A question about polynomials in $K[x_1,x_2,…,x_n]$ and there permutations

Let $K$ be a field. Let $n$ be a positive integer and $P$ be a non-symmetric polynomial in $K[x_1,x_2,...,x_n]$. $S_n$ acts on $K[x_1,...,x_n]$ in an obvious way. Let $P_1,P_2,...,P_r $ be the ...
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Square of absolute value of a function different than square of function

How come if f is measurable, we might have $|f|^2\neq f^2$? Can you provide an example? I think it is true if f is real.
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Groups of order $p^aq^br^c$ containing elements of order $pq$, $qr$, and $pr$, but not $pqr$

Let $G$ be a solvable group of order $p^aq^br^c$ (for distinct prime $p,q,r$) containing elements of orders $pq$, $qr$, and $pr$, but no element of order $pqr$. Furthermore, assume that $G$ is ...
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Closed, bounded and convex subset in $X^*$ but not $w^*$ closed.

Banach-Alaoglu states that: If $X$ is a topological vector space then the polar of any neighborhood of the origin is $\sigma(X^*,X)$ compact. Especially, if $X$ is a norm linear space then the closed ...
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Counterexample of Separation Theorem in topological vector space

The Separation Theorem states that: If $A$ and $B$ be two disjoint convex subsets in a vector space $X$ and one of them has nonempty core (algebraic interior) then there exists a linear functional ...
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Convex function that has a finite limit at infinity

Can someone give me an example for a convex function that has a finit limit at infinity ?
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The space with countable complement topology (example 20 in “Counterexamples in topology”)

As a continuation to this question: Given the space of countable complement topology on $X$, where $X$ is an uncountable set. (example 20 in "Counterexamples in topology"). We know that $X$ is not ...
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An example of a Lindelöf topological space which is not $\sigma$-compact

I am looking for an example of a Lindelöf topological space which is not $\sigma$-compact. I have looked in Counterexamples in Topology, but, if I am not wrong, all the examples there which meet my ...
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Example of non-noetherian algebras which are tensor products of noetherian algebras

We suppose all rings are commutative with unity. I am looking for examples of a tensor product $B\otimes_A C$ which is not noetherian, where $A$ is a noetherian ring and $B, C$ are noetherian ...
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Discrete HW Question

Show that For all sets A and B, $A^{C} \cup B^{C} \subset (A \cup B)^{C}$ is false by a counterexample.
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intersection of locally compact Hausdorff topologies.

Are there locally compact Hausdorff topologies $\mathcal T, \mathcal S$ on a set $X$, such that $\mathcal T\cap \mathcal S$ is a Hausdorff but not locally compact topology on $X$?
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Relative Homology and Quotients

Are there any topological spaces $X$ with subspaces $A$ such that $H_n(X,A)$ is not isomorphic to $H_n(X/A)$? I've been trying some familiar spaces, but everything seems to be me an isomorphism ...
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Tips for writing math solutions for others

I am working a bit on a collection of Linear Algebra examples, as well as some examples on induction. This is what is taught freshman year at our university. I intend to release this to the public, ...
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Derivative of complex-valued function and partial derivatives.

Let $f(x+iy)=u(x,y)+i\,v(x,y)$ Cauchy-Riemann Equations are satisfied at $z_0$ $u, v, u_x, u_y, v_x, v_y$ are defined on some open neighbourhood of $z_0$ $u, v, u_x, u_y, v_x, v_y$ are continuous at ...
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An example of a noncommutative PID

It's well known that when a ring $R$ is a PID, every submodule of a free $R$-module is free. I'm interested in cases when the converse holds -- that is, in rings $R$ which have the property that every ...
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Counterexample of separation theorem

I'm trying to know a counterexample for separation theorem: If $A$ and $B$ are two disjoint convex set in a topological vector space $X$, one of them has nonempty interior, then there exists $f\in ...
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Completeness is not preserved under homeomorphism

I am trying to give a counterexample which will make it clear that homeomorphism does not preserve completeness. I have an easy one in mind ($(0,1)$ and $\mathbb{R}$) but I have just thought that ...
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Hard to find counterexample for $\partial (\partial A) = \partial A$

In an exercise I've proven that $\partial(\partial A) \subset \partial A$, for any $A\subset X$, where $X$ is a topological space and $\partial$ in this case stands for the boundary. Apparently, in ...
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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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A question on Fourier Transform

Is there a function which is not absolutely integrable but which has a continuous fourier transform? I know that if a function is absolutely integrable then the fourier transform is continuous but I ...
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Does there exist a nowhere differentiable, everywhere continous, monotone somewhere function?

Is there a nowhere differentiable but continuous everywhere function which is monotone in some small interval however small it is? Until now I have seen only the Weierstrass function and it seems to ...
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If $\lim \limits_{x \to \infty}f(x) = L \neq 0$ must it be that $\lim_{x \to \infty} f(x) \sin x $ does not exist?

I got this question: Let $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a function that satisfies $\lim \limits_{x \to \infty}f(x) = L \neq 0$, Must it be that $\lim_{x \to \infty} f(x) sin x $ does not ...
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Find an example such that $\tau$ is a stopping time and $\mathcal{F}_\tau$ and $\mathcal{F}_\infty$ differ on $\{\tau = \infty\}$.

I need to find an example such that the following is true: $\tau$ is a stopping time and $\mathcal{F}$ is a filtration defined on $\mathbb{R}_+$. Let $\mathcal{F}_\tau$ denote the stopped ...
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Does sequential compactness imply countable compactness?

Let $X$ be a topological space which is sequentially compact. Does this imply that $X$ is countably compact? Thank you!
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Why doesn't the identity theorem for holomorphic functions work for real-differentiable functions?

I've been fascinated by the idea of analytic continuation and I came across the identity theorem for holomorphic functions. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_theorem) On wikipedia it states: ...
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$\exists f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R},$ continuous, non-constant, with uncountably many extrema?

I couldnt think of any; by intuition I don't think any can exist, but I can't figure out how to prove it. If it existed then the set of extrema would have to be uncountable but I think this might ...
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Heineken and Mohamed Groups

I was trying to understand the costruction of the Heineken and Mohamed groups. (II) Every proper subgroup of $G$ is subnormal and nilpotent. Lemma 1. If $G$ is a non-nilpotent soluble group ...
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nearest point and closed complement of a subspace in norm spaces

It is well-known that in any Hilbert space $H$, each closed subspace $Y$ admits a closed complement $Y^\perp$. This result also implies that there exists a best approximation point to $Y$ for any ...
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Non-commuting projection operators on a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space. Can you provide an example of 3 orthogonal projection operators which are mutually non-commuting?
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Bijective single variable real functions which does not commute under composition

Are there bijective single variable real functions which does not commute under composition? I believe it does because of permutations in discrete case, but I am not able to find it.
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Example flat module but neither projective nor injective

We knew that some counter-examples: $\mathbb{Q}$ is a flat $\mathbb{Z}$-module but not a projective $\mathbb{Z}$-module; $\mathbb{Z}$ is a flat $\mathbb{Z}$-module but not an injective ...
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Convergence in measure of products

Let $\mu$ be a measure on $(X,\mathcal A)$ and let $f, f_1, f_2,\dots$ and $g, g_1, g_2,\dots $be real valued $\mathcal A$- measureable functions on $X$. Show that if $\mu$ is finite, $(f_n)$ ...
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Conjecture: When does $n=ab$, with $a\leq b\leq 2a$?

I conjecture that if this occurs, $a$ and $b$ are unique. Obviously if $n$ is an odd prime, this does not occur, and if $n=a^2$, it does. In any case, what is the set of numbers such that this sort of ...
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Counterexample for the Chain rule for the Gateaux-derivative

I'm reading the book of Drabek, Milota - Methods of Nonlinear Analysis, and at page 121, they state: but I can't manage to find such counterexample. For clarity the Gateaux derivative is defined ...
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An example of an ordered, uncountable set in $\Bbb R$?

Is there an example of an ordered, uncountable set in $\Bbb R$? My Calculus professor, who likes to keep things simple, defined a sequence in $\Bbb R$ as an "ordered and infinite list of real ...