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A characterization for subgroups.

Let $G$ be a group and $a_0,a_1,...,a_n\in G$ and $$A=\{a_0,a_1,...,a_n\}$$ and $$(\forall m\le n)(\forall i\le m)(a_{i}a_{m-i}\in A)$$ Is $A$ a subgroup of $G$? How if $G$ is abelian?
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Is there a nonempty open bounded subset of plane whose boundary contains no 1 dimensional interval?

Someone asked a question here which hasn't received a correct answer because everyone seems to be misinterpreting the question. I would like to ask the question again. Does there exist a nonempty ...
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Blowup of ODEs in the presence of local Lipschitzianity?

Pardon me if the question is trivial, but I am failing to decide it. Assume that we are given an ODE system $\dot{x} = f(x)$ with positive initial conditions $x(0)$ and know that $f$ is locally ...
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Give an example of a non-separable subspace of a separable space

I'm trying to find an example of a non-separable subspace of a separable space. What kind of examples are there?
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A topological space which is Frechet but not Strictly-Frechet.

Let $X$ be a topological space and $q \in X$. $X$ is strictly Frechet at $q$, if, for all $A_n \subset X, q \in \bigcap_{n \in \omega} \overline {A_n}$ implies the existence of a sequence $q_n \in ...
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What would be an example such that $aH=bH$ but $Ha \neq Hb$?

Let $H$ be a subgroup of a group $G$. Assume $aH=bH$ for some $a,b\in G$ What would be an example such that $Hb\neq Ha$? I cannot imagine what would be.. Moreover, if $H$ is infinite, ...
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Smash products of pointed spaces is really not associative

The canonical bijective map $\mathbb{N} \wedge (\mathbb{Q} \wedge \mathbb{Q}) \to (\mathbb{N} \wedge \mathbb{Q}) \wedge \mathbb{Q}$ is not an isomorphism of pointed spaces (i.e. homeomorphism), see ...
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Give an example of non-normal subspace of a normal space.

We know that a closed subspace of normal space is normal. My question was: why should other subspaces not work and then i came up with a counterexample. It is peculiar that any subspace of regular ...
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Counterexample for Hartogs' Extension Theorem

I'll refer to Hartogs' Extension Theorem as it is stated in Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartogs%27_extension_theorem#Formal_statement). I am trying to find a counterexample to show that ...
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Example of functions that are onto but not one-to-one

I have been preparing for my exam tomorrow and I just can't think of a function that is onto but not one-to-one. I know an absolute function isn't one-to-one or onto. And an example of a one-to-one ...
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Function in $H^1$, but not continuous

By the Sobolev embedding theorem, if $\Omega$ is bounded, $H^s(\Omega)\subset C(\Omega)$ for $s>1$, in $\mathbb R^2$. Where I can find a counterexample (if one exists) for the case $s=1$? I mean a ...
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Nice examples of groups which are not obviously groups

I am searching for some groups, where it is not so obvious that they are groups. In the lectures script there are only examples like $\mathbb{Z}$ under addition and other things like that. I ...
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Example of two finitely isomorphic structures (or $\omega$-isomorphic) that are not partially isomorphic?

One can define several maps between given structures in order to portray similarities or differences. The concept of isomorphism displays a deep structural overlapping, while for instance an ...
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Closed, orientable surface whose genus is very hard to find intuitively

I'm introducing the Classification Theorem on closed and orientable surfaces in a talk on (intuitive) topology, and to motivate it I'd like an example of an embedding of a surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ ...
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Example of a Riemann integrable function which is not a simple function

I'm looking for an example of a Riemann integrable function which isn't simple? I know that all simple functions $f: I \rightarrow E $ ( where $I \subset \mathbb{R}$ is an interval and $E$ is a ...
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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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If the tensor power $M^{\otimes n} = 0$, is it possible that $M^{\otimes n-1}$ is nonzero?

Let $M$ be a module over a commutative ring $R$. It is possible that $M \otimes M = 0$ if $M$ is nonzero, for example when $R = \mathbb{Z}$ and $M = \mathbb{Q}/ \mathbb{Z}$. What about when higher ...
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Interesting Problems for NonMath Majors

Sometime in the upcoming future, I will be doing a presentation as a college alumni to a bunch of undergrads from an organization I was in college. I did a dual major in mathematics and computer ...
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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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Peculiar examples to the Stone Representation Theorem

The Stone Representation theorem states that every Boolean algebra is isomorphic to a field of sets. That is, a Boolean algebra whose elements are sets, and sums, products, negation are union, ...
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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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Condition to separability of a Banach space.

I am trying to prove the following statement: Let X be a Banach space and $X^{*}$ its topological dual space. If there exists a countable family of functions $(f_{n})_{n} \subset X^{*}$ such that ...
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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 ...