Somewhere beyond the numbers lies the concept of Infinity. But what exactly does "infinity" mean? What rules does it obey? What interesting properties does it have?

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Limit of functions involving trigonometry as n approaches infinity

By graphing these functions, I know that P(n) approaches pi as n tends towards infinity. However, is there a mathematical way for proving this? I am doing a maths exploration on Archimedes' ...
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limit as $x$ approaches infinity of $\frac{1}{x}$

How can I show $\lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{1}{x} = 0$ using epsilon delta proof. Its pretty obvious that the limit is zero, but I am still new at epsilon proofs.
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Find $\lim_{x\to \infty} \sin\left(\frac 1x\right) $

Show that $$\lim_{x\to \infty} \sin\left(\frac 1x\right) = 0$$ I don't even really know where to start on this question. I know that the limit definition at infinity is: for all $\epsilon>0$, ...
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How does $\ln(x)$ blow up at $0$ and $\infty$.

In general: How do I figure out how fast a function blows up at a certain point or infinity? How fast does $\ln x$ blow up at $0$? Does it blow up as fast as $1/x$, $1/x^2$, or maybe faster than any ...
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Is the set of real numbers really uncountably infinite?

The proof that the set of real numbers is uncountably infinite is often concluded with a contradiction. In the following argument I use a similar proof by contradiction to show that the set of ...
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Perfectly Round Sphere on Perfectly Flat Floor

I know that in practice it may be practically impossible to create the following situation, but suppose I did place a perfectly round ball of radius r (not that I think radius r is relevant) on a ...
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Why is $y + 1$ infinite?

This is related to SO question : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30150877/why-does-this-cause-ghci-to-hang but I'm having difficulty understanding why Haskell enters an infinite loop but since ...
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Evaluate the following improper integral.

$$ \int^{+\infty}_{-\infty} \frac{x\sin 4x}{x^2-4x+8}dx \, $$ My Thoughts: I know that I should start by changing the integral to: $$ \int^{+\infty}_{-\infty} ...
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Another flavour of Hilbert's Hotel

Many of you have probably heard about Hilbert's Hotel problem. Mr Hilbert owns a hotel with countably infinite amount of one-bed rooms. All the rooms are, of course, taken. A (finite or infinite) ...
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Laplace transform and “imaginary infinity”

I was recently studying Laplace transform for the first time, and I'd like to ask the following thing: there was an integral with limit of integration, something like that: a+j×infinity, j the ...
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Construct a non-linear function that shows that the intervals $[2,4]$ and $[10,22]$ have the same cardinality

Using something other than a linear function, show the intervals $[2,4]$ and $[10,22]$ have the same cardinality. I don't quite know where to start with this problem, or what key factor is necessary ...
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Need assistance solving a limit question without applying l'hopital's rule

This is the question: $$\lim_{x \rightarrow-\infty} \frac{|2x+5|}{2x+5}$$ I know the answer is $-1$, but can someone go through the steps and explaining it to me?
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find the supremum

Hi I'm trying to figure out for which values of $w$ of $u(x,t)$ the absolute value of the supremum of $u(x,t)$ is infinity. The function $u(x,t)$ is the following. According to my calculation is ...
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If $A$, $B$, $C$ are any infinite sets then is $|A|=|B|$ and $|A|=|C|$ $\Longleftrightarrow |A|=|B\cup{}C|$?

Suppose we have three sets $A$, $B$, and $C$ that we know are infinite sets, but we do not know anything else about the cardinality of $A$, $B$, and $C$. Is $|A|=|B|$ and $|A|=|C|$ ...
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Uncountable infinity

The "number" of real numbers in $[0,1]$ is uncountably infinite, just as the "number" of real numbers in $[0,10]$ is uncountably infinite. However, my intuition would tell me the second interval has ...
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Compute a sum with finite and infinite elements

I would like to compute the following summation: $$ s = \sum_{i=1}^n a_i \, \Phi^{-1}(u_i) $$ where $\Phi^{-1}$ is the inverse of the standard Gaussian distribution function, $a_i$ are some real ...
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Question about infinity

That might be a silly question, but here goes: I see a lot of "big numbers" in physics, such as the size of the state space of all the particles in the visible Universe, and those numbers can be ...
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Infinite averages

If you wanted to find the average of infinite items, what would it be? Would an estimate of the first x averaged be a good estimate? Or would the value be nearly zero because you are dividing by ...
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How does one prove that two sequences are equal at infinity?

I came up with $e = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac 1 {n!}$ (see here) I am now trying to prove that this is equivalent to $\lim_{n\to \infty} {(1+\frac1 n)}^n$ In general, how would one go about such a ...
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Is the number of points on a plane larger than the number of points on a line?

The number of points on a line is uncountably infinite. The number of lines on a plane is uncountably infinite. It seems like it follows that there would be an uncountably infinite number of points on ...
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limits as $x\rightarrow\pm\infty$ of indeterminate forms $\frac{a^x+b^x}{c^x+d^x}$, where $a,b,c,d\in\mathbb{R}$

Good day sirs would you kindly help me to find the limit of $\frac{a^x+b^x}{c^x+d^x}$ as $x\rightarrow\pm\infty$, where $a$,$b$,$c$ and $d$ are real numbers? I already know how to use the L' ...
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Bijection between $\mathbb{Z} \longmapsto \mathbb{R}$ [duplicate]

I recently learned of Cantor's diagonal argument, and was thinking about why there can't be a bijection between any infinite set of integers and any infinite set of real numbers. I understood the ...
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Every II-finite set is III-finite

I need some help proving that if a set $X$ is II-finite then it is III-finite, i.e. if every non-empty family of subsets of $X$ which is linearly ordered by inclusion has a maximal element under ...
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Asymptotic behaviour of sequences

Could anyone explain in details how these approximations as $n \to \infty$ are found? ($a$ is a positive real number) ${x_n} = \frac{1}{n}\left( {\frac{a}{3} - \frac{3}{2}} \right) + O\left( ...
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Is the derivative of a exponential function a^x always greater than the derivative of a polynomial x^n as x approaches infinity

with n and a being any constants > than 1. I have tried taking the $\lim\limits_{x \to \infty} a^x / x^n$, and l'hopitals is telling me than $x^n$ can always be reduced to 1 with multiple iterations, ...
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Problems with x/∞ [duplicate]

If $\dfrac {x} {\infty }=0,$ where $x$ is a finite number, than wouldn't $0\cdot \infty $ be equal to any number? Making this not work?
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Complex infinity ($1/0$) [duplicate]

I've learned that $$1/0$$ is postive and negative infinity, but if I ask wolfram mathematica to calculate $$1/0$$ it gives me: 'complex infinity' but how can we proof that that is true?
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Prove or disprove : if $a_n$ has a limit and $b_n$ doesn't have a limit then $a_n + b_n$ doesn't have a limit

I think it's wrong but I couldn't find an example that disproves this. If this is true I need to prove it and if it's wrong I have to give an example to disprove it.
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P vs NP and Countable vs Uncountable Decision Space

I have noticed that whenever the scope of a problem is pushed to infinity, problems in NP have an uncountably infinite decision space whereas problems in P seem to have a countably infinite decision ...
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Number of paths in a graph with infinite nodes

Does a graph with infinite nodes that is not fully connected have a countably infinite or a uncountably infinite number of paths originating from a single node? We are only concerned with paths that ...
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Doubt related to the extended real line and distance/metric

I am studying real analysis and I am being introduced to functions that take values on the extended real line, I have a fundamental doubt about this so I'll give an example to illustrate my confusion: ...
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All sets of rational numbers are bigger than the set containing infinite integers - or are they?

Intro This started with me learning the different types of infinity. I like to call them types instead of sizes due to the fact, that infinite is defined by being endless or "not-finite" - meaning ...
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Extend ${\bigl(1+\frac1x\bigr)}^{{x}}$ to $\overline{\mathbb R}$

We can extend these functions to $\overline{\mathbb R}$ by taking limits says here. \begin{align} \mathrm e^{-\infty} &= 0 \\ \mathrm e^{+\infty} &= \infty \\ \ln{\left|0\right|} &= ...
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Limit at $\infty$ of a polynomial multiplied by a negative exponential

I am trying to show $\int_0^{\infty} x^2 e^{-2 x} dx = 1/4 $ Integration by parts gets the indefinite integral $$\int x^2 e^{-2 x} dx = \frac{-1}{4} e^{-2 x} (2 x^2+2 x+1)+constant$$ In order to ...
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infinite monkey problem - probability of an infinite sequence containing an infinite sequence [duplicate]

Note: This question is specifically about when the infinite monkey theorem is extended to reproducing an infinite sequence (as oppose to a finite one) I was browsing wikipedia, and came across the ...
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Showing that $\log(\log(n))^{\log(n)}$ is $O(7^{\sqrt n})$

What's a straightforward way to prove that $\log(\log(n))^{\log(n)}$ is $O(7^{\sqrt n})$? (I'm dealing with Big O Notation)
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What is limit of $\lim_{x\to\infty}((\frac{a^x+b^x}{2})^{1/x})$?

How I can calculate limite of this equation?! It can be solved using a famous theorem but I forgot it, may someone help me to calculate and prove it or even remind me the theorem? $$ ...
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What's the largest number

Originally this question started as 'what is the largest number' using $\aleph_0$ as a start, and continuing using concepts such as ${\aleph_0}^{\aleph_0}$, and Knuth's Tower notation $\uparrow$, so ...
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Is it correct to say that $\lim_{x\to\infty}e^x=\infty$?

I saw $$\lim_{x\to\infty}e^x=\infty$$ in a textbook, but I think the limit of the left part doesn't exist. So left part doesn't equal right part. Am I right?
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Proof of sum results

I was going through some of my notes when I found both these sums with their results $$ x^0+x^1+x^2+x^3+... = \frac{1}{1-x}, |x|<1 $$ $$ 0+1+2x+3x^2+4x^3+... = \frac{1}{(1-x)^2} $$ I tried but I ...
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Maclaurin series not giving right answers when manually deriving?

Apologies about any formatting issues, I am new. I have to find the first four terms of the Maclaurin series for $$f(x) = \frac{1}{1-x}$$ So first I plug in: 1st term is 1 Then derive $$(1-x)^{-1} ...
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Convergence of an infinite series involving conjugates

I have the infinite series $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \left(1-\cos\frac{1}{n}\right) $$ I have to find if it converges or not, and I know I have to use the conjugate find it. So I get ...
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Integral of $\frac{\sin x}{1+\sin^2x}$ from 0 to $\pi/2$

I am trying yo find $\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{\sin x}{1+\sin^2x}dx$. So far I have tried using the substitution $\tan u=\sin x$ which led me to $$\int_{u=0}^{u=\pi/4}\frac{\sin x}{\cos x}du$$ ...
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Can I deduce ZFC Standard from “ZFC Dedekind”?

ZFC Standard: Infinity, Extensionality, Specification, Pairing, Union, Replacement, Power Set, Choice and Regularity. ZFC Dedekind: Infinity replaced bij Dedekind Inifinity, other 8 axioms the same as ...
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Infinity figure of eight

I'm trying to build some jewellery in a 3D cad package. I found this: The function that draws a figure eight But I don't understand the equation (I only got to A' level :) Is there a way of ...
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Integral of $\frac{4}{x+1}$ from $4$ to $\infty$.

I want to calculate the integral $$\int_4^\infty\frac{4}{x+1}dx.$$ I know that the result is $$\lim_{x\to\infty}(4 \ln (x + 1)- 4 \ln (5)),$$ then I get $\infty - \ln (625)$. Is it still ...
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Sum of all integers

No, I'm not talking about $-\frac{1}{12}$. I was talking with someone the other day, and they said that the sum of all integers, positive and negative, is zero because they all cancel each other out. ...
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limt of the function as $\mu\rightarrow\infty$ or $\mu\rightarrow-\infty$ .

$\lim_{\mu\rightarrow\infty}\frac{\exp(\bar x-\mu)^2}{(\bar x-\mu)}=? $ Also, $\lim_{\mu\rightarrow-\infty}\frac{\exp(\bar x-\mu)^2}{(\bar x-\mu)}=? $ I know, ...
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Negative infinity to square equals positive infinity?

Is $$ -\infty^2 $$ always positive just like for ex. $$ (-2)^2 $$ is always positive?
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proving that the set of all english words is countble. [duplicate]

This is the question : Prove that the set of all the words in the English language is countble (the set's cardinality is אo) A word is defined as a finite sequence of letters in the English language. ...