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Principle of well ordering

Every non-empty set $A\subset\mathbb{N}$ have a smallest element, i.e. an element $n_0\in A$ such that $n_0\leq n$ $\forall n\in\mathbb{A}$ Proof: Let $I_n=\{p\in\mathbb{N};p\leq n\}$ the set ...
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Logically Equivalance - Proofs

In terms of logical statements, is ($\exists$n $\in$ N)($\forall$ x $\in$ A)(nx >= 1) equal to ($\forall$x $\in$ A)($\exists$ n $\in$ N)(nx >= 1)? Also consider the following statements $\forall x ...
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Logical Statements - Proofs

Let $f$ be a real-valued function (a function with target space the set of reals). Let $P(x, M)$ stand for $|f(x)| \leq M $, let $N$ be the set of positive real numbers, and let $\mathbb{R}$ be the ...
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For a real number x, define the fractional part of x as fp (x) := x − floor(x)

For a real number x, define the fractional part of x as fp (x) := x − floor(x). Prove that 0 ≤ fp (x) < 1. Here is my proof By the way of contradiction assume 0 > fp(x) >= 1. Suppose x is an ...
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Proof that intervals of the form $[x, x+1)$ or $(x, x+1]$ must contain a integer.

Show that any real interval of the form $[x, x+1)$ or $(x, x+1]$ must contain a integer. Here is my proof (by contradiction) We start by saying, assume the interval of the form $[x, x+1)$ or $(x, ...
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Proving the product rule for n functions

I am trying to prove that the product rule works for $n$ many functions, where $n$ is an integer greater than $2$. I am able to prove it for two functions, where the rule states if $k(x)=f(x)g(x)$ , ...
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Is 'a' differentiable in f when f is a product of a differentiable and non-differentiable function?

Recently, I was studying differentiable and non-differentiable functions and I wondered whether this "conjecture" of mine is true: 1) "If $f(x)$ is a function that is the product of $g(x)$ and $h(x)$ ...
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Computing conditional expectation $E(U^V|U)$

Let $U$ and $V$ be iid uniformly continuous on [0,1]. How can I compute $E(U^V|V)$? Which property do I have to use?
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Show that Quotient of a C*-algebra is a C*-algebra in its own right

Let $A$ be a commutative C*-algebra over $\mathbb{C}$ and let $J$ be an ideal of $A$ such that $J\in Closed(A)$ and that contains $x^*$ if it contains $x$, for all $x\in A$. I know that $A/J$ is also ...
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An inequality relating to moves to P-positions in Nim

I have been researching this variant of Nim. I have been unable to prove the following claim. What is annoying is that I feel I am missing something really obvious. Does anyone have any ideas on how ...
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Logic, writing proof

i)Suppose that $x$ and $y$ are real numbers. Prove that if $x\neq 0$, then if $y=\frac{3x^2+2y}{x^2+2}$ then $y=3$ ii)Suppose that $x$ and $y$ are real numbers. Prove that if $x^2y=2x+y$, ...
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Proof that if a simple Graph contains at most two nodes with odd degree then it has a Euler walk

My proof would be start as the following : In general if there are two node at most, then one node used to start walking and the other to end. A) If we start from odd one, this means we have two ...
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Principle of infinite descent

I'm trying to prove the following: "It is not possible to have a sequence of natural numbers which is in infinite descent. (Hint: assume for sake of contradiction that you can find a sequence of ...
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Show that $A^k$ has eigenvalues $\lambda^k$ and eigenvectors $v$.

I want to prove the following statement: Let $A \in \Bbb R^{n\times n}$ with eigenvalues $\lambda$ and eigenvectors $v$. Show that $A^k$ has eigenvalues $\lambda^k$ and eigenvectors $v$. ...
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Proving associativity in Algebra

How to proof that a specially defined Transitive Join for the relations $R \subseteq A$ x $B$ und $S \subseteq B$ x $C$ is associative? The join is defined as: $R \Join S =_{def} \{(a,c)| $ there is ...
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proof by contradiction puzzle

Consider the following game between two players: • There is an initially rectangular grid of cookies. • The cookie in the upper left corner is poisoned. • The players take turns. On a player’s ...
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prove that this number contains two equal digits

We delete the first digit from the number $7^{1996}$ and then we add it to the remaining number, repeat this until we get a number consisting of $10$ digits, prove that, this number contains two equal ...
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Forming natural numbers with positive consecutive integers

I'm trying to prove that any natural number N can be formed by adding at least two positive consecutive integers except for powers of 2. For example, using $\,N = 3$, $N = 1 + 2$. When experimenting ...
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Proof Strategies for Convergent Sequences

I am struggling to understand how to choose epsilons during proofs for convergent sequences. It seems that many proofs just state the epsilon to choose without any motivation? How should I go about in ...
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How to prove it and how to solve it

Tomorrow I will begin my studies, real analysis, however I have some difficulties in making statements so I thought before starting the study in real analysis, learn how to do demonstrations properly. ...
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Proof inequality using Lagrange Multipliers

Is it possible: $a,b,c$ are non-negative real numbers for which holds that $a+b+c=3.$ Prove the following inequality: $$ 4\ge a^2b+b^2c+c^2a+abc $$ Is it possible using Lagrange Multipliers. I ...
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Proof by contradiction - Predicates and quantifiers

Consider statement, For all integers, b,c,d, if x is a rational number such that $x^2+bx+c=d$, than x is an integer. a) express above statment in the form, $Q_1 b,c,d\in U_1 ( Q_2 x\in ...
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complete the proof for this statement

$$\forall x \in \mathbb{R}, x \neq 0 \implies \frac{1}{x^2\:+3}\:<\:\frac{4}{5}\: $$ I thought of doing the contrapositive but not sure what to do next. $$ \frac{1}{x^{2\:}+3}\:\ge ...
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Epsilon-Delta proof of $\lim_{x\to 2} x^2=4$

I have seen and understand the delta-epsilon proof of the limit of $x^2$ for $x\to2$, such as explained here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLpQgWWXgMM Now I am wondering, is there also another ...
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$(x+y+z)^3-(y+z-x)^3-(z+x-y)^3-(x+y-z)^3=24xyz$?

The question given is Show that $(x+y+z)^3-(y+z-x)^3-(z+x-y)^3-(x+y-z)^3=24xyz$. What I tried is suppose $a=(y+z-x),\ b=(z+x-y)$ and $c=(x+y-z)$ and then noted that $a+b+c=x+y+z$. So the ...
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Some questions about proofs of irrational numbers

I have some questions about some things I want to clarify in regard to basic questions that ask to show that roots are irrational, for example $\sqrt{3}$, $\sqrt{5}$ and $\sqrt{6}$. To me, I think ...
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Proving a trigonometric identity with tangents [on hold]

Prove that: $$\tan^227^\circ +2 \tan27^\circ \tan36^\circ=1$$ any help, I appreciate it.
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Proving an Iff Statement

Suppose we had a function defined over the complex numbers: $ f(x)= \begin{cases} 1&\text{if } x\in\mathbb{R}\\ 0&\text{if } x\not\in\mathbb{R} \end{cases} $ And we are asked to prove that ...
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Commutator ideal of reductive Lie algebra

I'm working through Fulton and Harris's book on Representation theory, and I've just done the exercise where I had to show: If $\mathfrak{g}$ is a reductive Lie algebra (defined as $Z(\mathfrak{g}) = ...
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Is it necessary and sufficient that $6$ divides $n^2$ for the positive integer $n$ to be divisible by $6$? [on hold]

As the title suggests, is it a necessary and sufficient that $6$ divides $n^2$ for the positive integer $n$ to be divisible by $6$? Like, I understand the dictionary definitions of necessary and ...
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A set $A\in \Bbb{R}^n$ is compact $\iff$ every continuous function on $A$ is bounded. [duplicate]

A set $A\in \Bbb{R}^n$ is compact $\iff$ every continuous function on $A$ is bounded. I have a problem proving the direction according to which $A$ is compact. First direction I said: If $A$ is ...
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Implies in a truth table, unclear. [duplicate]

In my textbook, we have the following truth table: $P$ true and $Q$ true means that "$P \implies Q$" is true. $P$ true and $Q$ false means that "$P \implies Q$" is false. $P$ false and $Q$ true ...
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Showing an outerplaner graph has less than $2n-3$ edges

An outerplanar graph is a connected plane graph that can be drawn in such a way that all it's vertices are on the outer face. I want to show that for every $G$ outerplaner graph with $n$ vertices and ...
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If $a+b+c+d=1$ then why is the maximum value of $(a+1)(b+1)(c+1)(d+1)$ is ${\left(\frac{5}{4}\right)}^4$?

What I know is that for equations of type $x+y=8$, $xy$ attains its maximum value when $x=y$ and this can be proved by either solving the quadratic equation with completing the squares or finding the ...
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Local martingale and integral condition

Suppose $M^i_t = X^i_t - X^i_0 - \int_0^t b_i(s,X)\, ds$ where $b_i:[0,\infty)\times \Omega \to \mathbb{R}$ is a progressively measurable functional and $X^i_t: C[0,\infty)^d \to \mathbb{R}$ ( ...
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Proof of Supporting Hyperplane Theorem from basic definitions.

My purposes in posting this question are twofold. First, I would like to have a lemma which I have proven on the way to proving the Supporting Hyperplane Theorem checked for rigor (zero tolerance for ...
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Proof that for all symmetric matrices $A$ and $B$, $AB=(BA)^T$.

Recall that a matrix, $M$, is said to be symmetric if and only if $M=M^T$. I've been trying to use the homomorphic nature of the transpose operator to prove this proposition but this approach hasn't ...
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If a set $E\subset \Bbb{R}^n$ is closed and open, then it is either $\Bbb{R}^n$ or $\emptyset$.

If a set $E\subset \Bbb{R}^n$ is closed and open, then it is either $\Bbb{R}^n$ or $\emptyset$. I have an attempt. I know, or at least think, that it is correct ideally, but I don't know how to make ...
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Confusion regarding differences between strong induction and simple induction

I don't know how to prove that any proof by induction is also proof by strong induction nor any proof by strong induction can be converted into a proof by simple induction? An example would be useful ...
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Function that is continuous and its differential is continuous

Let $ f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ . Show that $f$ is continuously differentiable if and only if, for every $x \in \mathbb{R}$ there exists a $l \in \mathbb{R}$ with the property that ...
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Convergence and divergence depending on whether $n$ is odd or even

It is part of one problem I am working on: I want to prove the following conjecture ($x\ne q\pi$ where $q\in\Bbb Q$) $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\sin^{2k-1}(nx)}{n^{\alpha}}\quad\text{converges ...
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Proving that $\hat{x} = x$ in least square

I am trying to show that if $Ax=b$ has a unique solution $x$, then the least square solution $\hat{x}$ is the exact one (i.e., $\hat{x} = x$). My attempt: We know that for $A x = b$ to have an exact ...
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Prove that $H=V$ if $H$ is an $n$-dimensional subspace of an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$.

Prove that $H=V$ if $H$ is an $n$-dimensional subspace of an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$. I am not exactly sure what to do to show that $H=V$. So far I have reasoned that since $H$ and $V$ ...
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How do we prove a method is optimal?

This is a very simple question, infact it's so simple that I have no idea how to solve it. We have an ordered list of $n$ words. The length of the $i$'th word is $W_i$. Our goal is to write all the ...
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$\varepsilon$ - closeness property

I'm studying Analysis from Terence Tao's book 'Analysis 1' and in an exercise he asks to prove seven properties regarding the notion of '$\varepsilon$ - closeness', which is defined as follows: ...
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Prove that there are infinity many tautologies.

For this question I think I am suppose to use proof by contradiction, but I need some hints on how to proceed with the proof. Always if someone can give me a brief explanation on how proof by ...
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Theorem implication/equivalence transitiveness in demonstrations

Suppose having three theorems $A, B, C$ that it's necessary to show being equivalent and having the following hypothesis: We know that $A \Leftrightarrow B$ and $B \Leftrightarrow C$. It would ...
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Is this mathematical statement? [closed]

$\{\text{integers $n$ such that $n$ is even}\}$ It can be true/false so does that mean it's proposition/mathematical statement?
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How do I know which of these are mathematical statements?

While reading this book called "How to Read and do Proofs" by Daniel Solow(Google) I found the following exercise at the end of the first chapter. So how do I know if something is a mathematical ...
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Can this expression be made true ? 2 _ _ _ _ = 2015

Make this expression true: 2 _ _ _ _= 2015 The underscores must be replaced by any 2 of of the operational symbols +, - , x, / (divide). And any 2 of the digits 0,1,2..9. So, you basically need 2 ...