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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Finding a counterexample: If $f=g^2$ and $f$ is differentiable on $[a,b]$, then $g$ is differentiable on $(a,b)$.

Suppose $f,g:[a,b]\to \mathbb R$. Provide a counterexample: If $f=g^2$ and $f$ is differentiable on $[a,b]$, then $g$ is differentiable on $(a,b)$. I've been attempting to find a counterexample by ...
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Serre fibrations vs. Hurewicz fibrations

What is an example of a Serre fibration that is not a Hurewicz fibration?
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Borel Measures: Continuous vs. Discrete [on hold]

Here, it will be strictly distinguished between discrete and atomic!!! What is the rigorous definition for a Borel measure to be continuous? (The definition for discrete measure can be found on ...
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Counterexample of “the product of open subsets is open in a topological ring”?

Given a topological ring $R$ and $U,V$ open subsets, we can show that $U+V$ is an open subset due to the fact that $x\mapsto x+y$ is a homeomorphism for every $y \in R$. Since, in general, $R$ is not ...
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Class of algebras defined by quasi-identities is not closed under taking the quotients

Let $\mathbf{A}$ be an algebra (in the sense of universal algebra) of some signature $\Sigma$. By quasi-identity I mean the formula of the form $$(\forall x_1) (\forall x_2) \dots (\forall x_n) ...
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Introductory example(s) of a functor that is full but not faithful

What is your favourite example to offer real beginners of a functor which is full but not faithful?
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Is the conjugacy map between two distinct circle homeomorphisms unique?

Suppose $f,g,h_1,h_2$ are circle homeomorphisms with $f≠g$ and $fh_i = h_ig$ for $i=1,2$. Does it follow that $h_1 = h_2$? I restrict $f≠ g$ because I noticed that if $$f(x) := g(x) := R_\alpha(x) ...
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On convergence a.e and convergence measure

I have a question. First, I know that convergence in measure of a sequence of functions $f_n$ is different than convergence a.e., wich means there are sequences that converge in measure but not a.e. ...
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Maximal monotone operator without convex domain?

I'm looking for an example of a (multi-valued) maximal monotone operator $A$ mapping a Banach space $X$ into its dual $X^*$ such that the domain $D(A)=\{x\in X: Ax\neq\emptyset\}$ is not convex. ...
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A function $f$ such that the limit of $f(x^2)$ exists but not $f(x)$.

I want to show a function $f$ such that $\displaystyle\lim_{x\to x_0}f(x^2)\in\mathbb{R}$ but $\displaystyle\lim_{x\to x_0}f(x)$ doesn't exist. I only need a suggest of such a function $f$. I can't ...
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Quadratic stability linear time varying system

Consider the linear time-varying system $$ \dot{x} = A(t) x, $$ where $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $A: [0,+\infty) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ is continuous. It is known (see for instance, [1, ...
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Clarification on the definition of truth

So I am learning about the Godel's theorem. My instructor define truth and falsity as something arbitrary. he define $f$ to be true is $f(x)$ is $1$ and if $f(x) = 0$, it is false. I still dont have a ...
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Polynomial decomposition

I've just recently learned about the neat algorithm that, given a polynomial $f$ finds (non linear) polynomials $h,g$ such that $$f = g \circ h \quad (1),$$ or decides that there are no such ...
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Example of $\pi$-metrizable space

A tychonoff space $X$ is $\pi$-metrizable if and only if it has a $\sigma$-locally finite $\pi$-base. Please help me to find some example of $\pi$-metrizable space. Is it true that every ...
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Total Variation Measure: Definition?

The total variation according to Rudin is defined as: $$|\mu|(E):=\sup_{\bigcup_{k\in\mathbb{N}}E_k=E}\sum_k|\mu(E_k)|$$ where the supremum is taken over all countable partitions. Now I'm reading in ...
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Borel Sets which are not intervals

I am looking for an element of the Borel-sigma-algebra which is not an (open, closed, half-open,...) interval. Can someone provide any example or an algorithm to construct them?
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What would be an example that rank of a subgroup of a free group is greater than the rank of free group?

Let $G$ be a free group and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$. Then, $H$ is also a free group. Let $R_G,R_H$ be ranks of $G,H$ respectively. what would be an example that $R_H>R_G$?
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What are non-obvious examples of measures obtained from linear functionals by the Riesz representation theorem?

In chapter two of Rudin's "Real and Complex Analysis" there is a "Riesz Representation Theorem" that dominates the chapter. My understanding of the statement of the thm. is that given a complex-valued ...
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Constructing noncommutative nilpotent rings of given index

When I read about algebra I often see a certain disregard for examples or perhaps a disregard for a reader whose knowledge of examples is limited. When I'm interested in a property $p$ of an algebraic ...
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Atlases on the topological manifold $\mathbb R$

I have been trying to produce an example of two incompatible atlases on $\mathbb R$. But no success. Could someone help me please? All my example seem compatible. For example, $A_1 = \{((-\infty,1), ...
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One-sided and two-sided cancellability

Is there a semigroup $S$ with right- and left-cancellable elements but no elements cancellable from both sides? $s\in S$ is left-cancellable if for any $a,b\in S$ we have $$sa=sb\implies a=b$$ and ...
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Seeking a possible counterexample in probability.

I am trying to find a counterexample or prove the following: $\dfrac{Var\left(X_{n}\right)}{\left[EX_{n}\right]^{2}}\rightarrow0 , then \dfrac{X_{n}}{EX_{n}}\rightarrow1$ in probability. Assuming ...
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Is every compact space compactly generated?

I am using the definition of compactly generated space from The Category of CGWH Spaces, which is In $\mathbf{Top}$, a $k$-closed subset $Y\subset X$ is a set such that $u^{-1}(Y)$ is closed in ...
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Product Hilbert Spaces that require completion?

My lecturer said that to make the Hilbert space $(H\oplus H',⟨\cdot,\cdot⟩ )$ we need to (1) make the cartesian product $H \oplus H' = H\times H'$, (2) give it an inner product, and - the confusing ...
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A challenge by R. P. Feynman: give counter-intuitive theorems that can be translated into everyday language

The following is a quote from Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman . The question is: are there any interesting theorems that you think would be a good example to tell Richard Feynman, as an answer to ...
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Does a symmetric matrix $A^2$ imply a symmetric $A$?

Does a symmetric matrix $A^2$ imply a symmetric $A$? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Weak Hausdorff space not KC

I am stuck with a problem in general topology. First of all, recall that a space $X$ is KC if every compact subset of $X$ is closed, and is weak Hausdorff if for all $u:K\rightarrow X$ continuous ...
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Suppose f : A ---> B and g : B ---> A are functions for which g o f = 1A…

If I were to suppose that $f : A \to B$ and $g : B \to A$ are functions for which $g \circ f = 1_A$, is $f$ always surjective and is $g$ always injective? How would I either prove this or counter it? ...
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Continuity and Subspace Topology

I think the first one is false. If we let $(-1/2, 1/2) \subset \Bbb R$ and $(0,1/4) \subset \Bbb R$, then for $f(x) = x$ defined on $[0,1) \subset M = \Bbb R$, we have $f^{-1}(-1/2, 1/2) = ...
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A net in a product space and its cluster point

Let $(X,\mathcal{T}_X)$ and $(Y,\mathcal{T}_Y)$ be two topological spaces. And let $Z=X\times Y$ be the product space equipped with the natural product topology $\mathcal{T}_Z$ on $Z$. Then, let ...
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Counterexample for existence of a minimiser in a variational problem

I'm trying to find an example of a minimisation problem of the form $$ \inf \{ J(u) := \int_{\Omega} f(x)|u(x)| + |\nabla u(x)|^2:\, u \in H^1, \, \int u = 1\}$$ with $\Omega$ an open and bounded ...
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Ring subset which absorbs but is not an additive subgroup

Are there any undegrad-level examples of ring subsets which possess absorbtion property (as in ideal definition) but are not ideals (i.e. are not additive subgroups)?
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Intersection of finite number of compact sets is compact?

Is the the intersection of a finite number of compact sets is compact? If not please give a counter example to demonstrate this is not true. I said that this is true because the intersection of ...
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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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Example of ring with two maximal ideals such that the char of the quotients is $0$, respectively $p$.

I am looking either for an example of a commutative ring with identity and two maximal ideals, such that the characteristic of one of the quotient rings is finite and the other characteristic is zero, ...
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Stuck trying to find unbounded $s_n$ with $\frac{1}{n}\sum_{k=1}^n s_k\rightarrow L$

I proved that if a sequence $(s_n)$ converges to a limit $s$ then so does its "average sequence," $(\sigma_n)$ with $\sigma_n=\frac{1}{n}\sum_{k=1}^n s_k$. I found a counterexample for the converse, ...
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Problems that become easier in a more general form.

When solving a problem, we often look at some special cases first, and then try to work our way up to the general case. It would be interesting to see some counterexamples to this mental process, ...
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Proving the derived set $E'$ is closed.

I was reading the proof in Rudin, but it uses the metric. Is this not true if $X$ is a general topological space and $E' \subset X$ (especially if it is not Hausdorff $T_1$)? I can't come up with a ...
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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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Does there exist a bijection of $\mathbb{R}^n$ with itself such that the forward map is connected but the inverse is not?

Let $(X,\tau), (Y,\sigma)$ be two topological spaces. We say that a map $f: \mathcal{P}(X)\to \mathcal{P}(Y)$ between their power sets is connected if for every $S\subset X$ connected, $f(S)\subset Y$ ...
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Example of a ring $R$ such that $R\otimes_R R\not\simeq R$

I want to show the following statement: If a ring $R$ is commutative and $I,J\triangleleft R$, then $$ R/I\otimes_R R/J\simeq R/(I+J). $$ I can easily show this, assuming that $1\in R$. What can be a ...
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How to construct a smooth curve whose range is dense in $\mathbb R^2$?

How to construct a smooth curve $f: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R^2$ whose range is dense in $\mathbb R^2$? Space-filling curves are well-known, but they cannot be smooth. The image of a smooth ...
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Prove or disprove that if $f$ is continuous function and $A$ is closed, $\,f[A]$ is closed.

If $f$ is a continuous function and $A$ is a closed set, then $f[A]$ is also closed. I know that if $f[A]$ is closed implies $A$ is closed then $f$ is continuous, but I'm not sure that the converse ...
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Module over an associative ring with unity and axioms of projective geometry

According to Wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projective_geometry#Axioms_of_projective_geometry), the axioms of projective geometry due to A. N. Whitehead are: G1: Every line contains at least ...
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Example of differentiable function with $f'(s_{n})=0$ but $f'(0)>0$

Ex: Give an example of a differential function $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $0$ is a limit (accumulation) point of a sequence of critic points ($f'(x)=0$) and however $f'(0)>0$ ...
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Calc I problem involving continuity [closed]

If $g(x)=(h(x))^2$, then give an example of a function $h:\Re\rightarrow\Re$ with the property that $h$ is not continuous at $x=0$ but $g$ is.
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Finding a function which is onto, monotone and not one-one [closed]

Does there exist a function $f:[0,1] \to [0,1]$ which is onto, monotone and not one-one?
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Is every subgroup of a simple group is itself simple [closed]

Is the statement True of false? Every subgroup of a simple group is itself simple.
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Examples of Baire class 2 functions

Do you know of examples of Baire class 2 functions which are not Baire class 1 functions, besides the the indicator function of the rationals and the indicator function of the Cantor set?
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How are eigenvectors/eigenvalues and differential equations connected?

In school and at university we never had eigenvalues nor differential equations, so these concepts were really giving me a hard time. Now I developed some intuition for both concepts. I learned that ...