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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Can a curve be an asymptote?

$f(x)=x^3+\frac{3}{x-1}$ This was the question given to me.I replied that $f(x)$ will have only a single vertical asymptote of $x=1$. My teacher told that there'll be be two asymptotes.One is the ...
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The meaning of infinite series $\sum_{i=0}^\infty 2^{-i}$, its relation to partial sums and Cantor's diagonal argument

Let's define $S(n)$ as $S(n) = \sum_{i=0}^n 2^{-i}$. Obviously, $\lim_{n \to \infty} S(n) = 2$ and also $\forall n \in \mathbb{N}, S(n)<2$. Now my questions are about $Q = \sum_{i=0}^\infty ...
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Regarding playing an infinite number of games that could last infinitely long amounts of time

So after watching the last Stanley cup game, a problem popped up in my head for which I have no solution. Say we have a game, like a hockey game, that has the possibility of going on forever. Of ...
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The real projective line and $1/\infty$

so I came up with this idea: the real projective line defines that $\infty = - \infty$. What if I divide any value $x$ (not equal to $\infty$) by infinity? Would that be 0? or "something" between ...
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What is the limit of the below functions when n tends to inifinity?

What is the value for the functions in the image when limit n tends to infinity?. Also what is the asymptotic complexity (big $O$ notation) for all the four functions?. $$\begin{aligned}f_1(n) &= ...
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Assigning values to divergent integrals

I'm interested in the (obviously divergent) integral $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty dx e^{-x f}\ ,$$ where $f$ is real. Is there any way to meaningfully assign a value to this integral? I was thinking of ...
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How do we evaluate this limit?

$$ A_N(x) = \lim_{N\to \infty}(\sin(x)/x)^N $$ The solution to this problem is given as, $$ A_N(x) = \exp( -Nx^2/6). $$ The problem is solved through Taylor series expansion for $\sin(x)$. And ...
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“Infinito”, a combinatorial game with infinite width game-tree

I recently designed a combinatorial game (sequential game of perfect information) with an infinite branching factor, that is it has a game-tree of infinite width. I'm wondering how is it possible to ...
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Is it a “paradox”, or a flaw in the question?

(Clearly not a pardox per-se but I would like to hear what you think) The basic riddle (not a very interesting one even) goes as follows: A first client comes into a barber shop, takes a hair cut ...
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Quantifying infinitely large sums such as $\sum_{x\in\mathbb{R}^+} x$

I thought of this as a student in calculus years ago, and it may be a silly kind of question. I wondered if there were notions of different sizes of infinity a series might sum to, which then lead me ...
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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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Infinity Gradient

I calculate infinity gradient, but I am not sure is this correct.
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Limits of infinite processes that terminate in finite time - checking my understanding?

I am a computer scientist by training, but have a fair amount of math background that I've picked up through classes, teaching, and general interest. A student of mine posed a question to me. I think ...
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Cantor, longish lines and the Landau -o notations

in general terms this question is about the behaviour of functions of a real variable as their argument $\rightarrow \infty$. i will present the matter as concisely as i can, but my presentation will ...
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Existence of infinite set and axiom schema of replacement imply axiom of infinity

I'm self-teaching an intro to set theory course, and came across this exercise: Show that the existence of an infinite set is equivalent to the existence of an inductive set. For the notion of ...
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mathematical limit for a ouroboros torus

The other day i was watching an episode of Tom and Jerry in which a similar situation was present toms head comes out of his own mouth. My head hurts when i think how is that even possible so i ...
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Is this set countably infinite or not?

"Far away, in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net that has been hung by some artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In ...
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Countability of unions versus products

Let $D_{n}$ be a set with $2^{n}$ elements for $n=1,2,...$. Let $A = \bigcup_{n=1}^{\infty}D_{n}$, and let $B = \prod_{n=1}^{\infty}\{0,1\}$. Let $A_{k} = \bigcup_{n=1}^{k} D_{n}$, and let $B_{k} = ...
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Fine-grained way to measure infinity

It is known that the cardinality of $R$ is equal to the cardinality of $R^2$, $R^3$, etc. But, intuitively these sets have different sizes. A possible way to formalize this intuition is to talk about ...
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For Vector Spaces V and W with one Infinite Dimensional , is Hom(V, W) Isomorphic to Hom(W, V)?

If V and W are both finite then clearly Dim (Hom(V, W)) = Dim(V).Dim(W) = Dim(Hom(W, V)) so they are isomorphic. I'm not so sure if one is infinite. An "infinite matrix" construction for a linear ...
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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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How do I show that infinite application of this function gives a constant?

I want to show that g(x) returns the same value independent of x and hence is a constant. $$g(x) = \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty}(\underbrace{f \circ f \circ \cdots \circ f}_{n\text{ times}})(x)$$ ...
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Is it true that the slope of a vertical line times the slope of a horizontal like don't equal $-1$, even though they're perpendicular?

I know that the slopes of two lines that are perpendicular have a value of $-1$ when multiplied because they're opposite reciprocals (e.g. $5$ and $-{1\over 5}$), but what if there's a horizontal and ...
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Hilbert's hotel with uncountably infinite rooms: can you fit $\mathbb R^2$ guests?

I'm trying to expand on Hilbert's paradox. The original version states that: Suppose there is a hotel with a countable infinity of rooms (eg. $\mathbb N$), all of which are occupied. ...
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Backward from infinity?

The following question has been raised and answered lately: Problem 6 - IMO 1985 Please take a look at the Reverse method part of the answer given by this author. What's happening there is that we ...
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What does “radical cube zero” mean?

My hobby is taking comics way too seriously. And I just came across a math topic. In a certain comic (Fantastic Four 51, according to some polls the greatest comic issue ever) there's a machine for ...
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Limit of constant function

I was reading a proof using Markov Chains in a finite state space $E$. Denote $p_{ij}(n) = P(X_n = j | X_0 = i)$. Since the state space is finite, then probability of landing somewhere in the state ...
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Prove infinity arithmatics

How do you prove $ \infty * (-\infty) = -\infty$ or $ \infty +\infty = \infty$? I thought it is an axiom, but have been there's is proof for that.
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Meaningful measures for comparing infinite dimensional geometric objects

I have two infinite-dimensional convex polytopes, call them $A$ and $B$. I know that $B$ is completely contained within $A$, and I want to say something meaningful about their relative sizes. From ...
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Relationship between ordinals and rank of well founded relations on $\mathbb N$

I want to understand the relation between ordinals and well founded relations on $\mathbb N$. I found a nice starting point here cut-the-knot/ordinals. Ordinals start like this 0={}, 1={0}, 2={0,1}, ...
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maximize an objective function with an infinite component

Suppose I have the following maximization problem: $\log\det(\alpha K_p)-c\alpha$ with respect to $\alpha$ with $c$ being a constant and $m$ being the dimension of $K_p$. Here, one of the eigenvalues ...
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Hadamard regularization isn't working out

As part of an exercise in a grad course on "mathematical methods" (always such a helpful name), I've been asked to evaluate $I=\int_0^{1/2}{(x^2-x+c)^{-2}dx}$ as a Hadamard finite part integral for $0 ...
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Probability in infinitary logic

Let X be a random variable taking the value 0.2 with probability 0.2, 0.4 with probability 0.4 and 0.8 with probability 0.2 and 1.0 with probability 0.2. Using Infinitary logic I can ask the ...
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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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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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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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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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Limit of a sequence question

I have the following question in my assignment which I couldn't solve: Let $({a_n})$ and $({b_n})$ be two sequences, such that $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty}({a_n}{b_n}) =0 $ I have to prove if the ...
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Mapping from 'one infinity to another'.

I've been wondering about this for a while now. Consider the function $f(x)=\frac{1}{x}$. When $x\in(0,1)$, the function maps to the interval $(1,\infty)$. Conversely, anything in the interval ...
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Convention on infinity comparision

What's the difference between $-\infty \leq a \leq \infty$ and $-\infty < a < \infty$ conceptually or otherwise. It doesn't really affect the solution to the solution of this problem I'm ...
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is it in fact impossible to construct a machine which can know if a macine ever prints a character?

In $\S\ 8$ of his paper "On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem" Turing uses his proof that $\mathfrak{D}$ (a machine which given the S.D. of another machine ...
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Integration help with Hermite polynomials or direct integration!

This is my formular: $$ \psi_2=N_2 (4y^2-1) e^{-y^2/2}, $$ where $y=x/a$, $a= \left( \frac{\hbar}{mk} \right)$, $N_2 = \sqrt{\frac{1}{8a\sqrt{\pi}}}$. Here is my integral: $$ <x^2> = ...
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Estimating the mean Euclidean distance between two overlapping, not-matching shapes

I’d like to determine the mean distance between two irregular overlapped, not-matching shapes ($X$ and $Y$). In $Figure 1$, $X$ is “visually above” $Y$, and that’s why we can’t see part of the $Y$ ...
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Circles and the continuum hypothesis

I was trying to understand the undecidable nature of the continuum hypothesis and came up with the following question: The set of circles with a rational diameter is countably infinite (with ...
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Check proof of union of denumerable sets is denumerable too

I need to prove: If $A$ and $B$ are denumerable sets then so is their union $A\cup B$. In this case, denumerable is defined as: A set $X$ is said to be denumerable if there is a bijection ...
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How do you call a scale that starts at $∞$, has $1/n$ divisions and tends to $0$?

A linear scale $2n$ divisions: 0 2 4 6 8 Logarithmic scales $10^n$ divisions: 1 10 100 1000 10000 ...
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Help with calculating infinite sum

I'm working on a problem, and I'm stuck in the calculations of finding $\sum_{0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{1+n^2}$ Suggestions on how to approach this calculation? Thanks! (Also, I used Fourier to get to ...
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How to observe infinity?

In my calculus course, there's example stated on the book: Given that $M$ is an ordered set and the sequence $\{a_n\}\subset M$, prove that there's a (weakly) monotonic subsequence of $\{a_n\}$. ...
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Optimization of infinite series. Dynamic programming.

I wonder how to optimize an infinite series using Classical (Lagrangian) method. For example:$$\sum_{t=1}^{\infty}\beta^{t-1}\ln c_t$$ subject to the constraint $$c_t+b_t\leq y_t+(1-r)b_{t-1}$$ ...