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Using mean value theorem for multiple inequalities

Use the Mean Value Theorem to prove that $\frac{(x-1)}{x} < \ln x < x-1$ for $x > 1$. I was thinking of breaking up the inequality into \frac{(x-1)}{x} < \ln x$, and $\ln x < x-1$ and ...
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Series Proof $\sum_{k=1}^n (1/k) > \ln(n+1)$

Prove that $\sum_{k=1}^n (1/k) > \ln(n+1)$. I have been trying to do this for some time now, but I cannot figure it out. It is on the study guide for my final exam, which is tomorrow so I am trying ...
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Intro to Number Theory, Simple Continuous Fractions Question? [on hold]

I have no idea how to start this question, any help would be appreciated! Show that $k_n|k_{n-1}\alpha-h_{n-1}|+k_{n-1}|k_n\alpha-h_n|=1$
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Determine where h(x) := x $\lvert x \rvert$ is differentiable from R to R.

Determine where h(x) := x $\lvert x \rvert$ is differentiable from R to R. Not totally sure how to start this. Much appreciation, Jesse
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Differentiable Function at c =0? [on hold]

Suppose that $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is differentiable at $c$ and that $f (c) = 0$. Show that $g (x) := \lvert f(x) \rvert$ is differentiable at $c$ if and only if $f'(c) = 0$.
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Finding an Injection

I need to prove the set A={1/n: n$\in$$\mathbb{Z}\backslash${0}} is countably infinite. To prove it is infinite, I said consider the set B={1/n: n$\in$$\mathbb{Z}^+$}, and note that B$\subseteq$A. ...
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If the limit of the sequence exists, find it. If not, prove that the limit does not exist. [on hold]

Consider the following sequence: $\{[\sqrt{n}][\sqrt{n + 1}-\sqrt{n}]\}$ for $ n \geq 1$. If the limit exists, find it and prove that the limit is indeed your choice. If not, prove that the limit ...
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Show that if $f$ and $g$ are uniformly continuous on $A\subseteq\mathbb{R}$, then $f + g$ is uniformly continuous on $A$. [duplicate]

Show that if $f$ and $g$ are uniformly continuous on $A \subseteq\mathbb{R}$, then $f + g$ is uniformly continuous on $A$. How do I approach this question?
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Weird continuity proof

Let $I = [a,b]$ and let $f : I \to \Bbb R$ be a continuous function on $I$ such that for each $x$ in $I$ there exists $y$ in $I$ such that $| f(y)|\le | f(x)|/2$. Prove there exists a point $c$ in ...
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Prove that $A$ is countable.

Hi so I'm practicing for a exam and I need help to figure this proof out, Suppose $A\subseteq \mathbb R^+$, $b\in\mathbb R^+$, and for every list $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$ of finitely many distinct ...
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Proving a set to be countably infinite.

I'm asked to decide and prove whether the set $\{\,x\in\mathbb{N}: |x-7|>|x|\,\}$ is finite, infinitely countable, or uncountable. I'm pretty certain it is infinitely countable. I say that since ...
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How to prove that it is possible to make rhombuses with any number of interior points?

I was given some square dot paper which can be found on this link: http://lrt.ednet.ns.ca/PD/BLM/pdf_files/dot_paper/sq_dot_1cm.pdf and was told to draw a few rhombuses with the vertices on the dots ...
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Riemann Sum proofs

If $f$ is Riemann integrable on $[a,b]$ and $\lvert f(x) \rvert$ $\le$ $M$ for all $x$ $\epsilon [a,b]$, show that: $\lvert \int_a^b f \rvert$ $\le$ $M(b-a)$ Just started learning Riemann sums ...
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Derivative Definition proofs

Let $f : \Bbb R \to \Bbb R$ be defined by $$f(x)=\begin{cases}x^2, & \text{if $x$ is rational} \\ 0, & \text{if $x$ is irrational} \end{cases}$$ Show that $f$ is differentiable at $x = 0$ and ...
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A proof about boundedness for continuous functions

Let $I := [a,b]$ and let $f : I \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function such that $f(x) > 0$ for each $x$ in $I$. Prove that there exists a number $a > 0$ such that $f(x) \geq a$ for ...
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Boundedness Theorem for continuous functions on intervals

Just want to confirm this is a suitable proof: Assume $f$ is not bounded on $I$. So, for any $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $\lvert f(x)\rvert > n$. Since $I$ is bounded, $x_n$ is also bounded. By ...
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Let $f,g$ be continuous from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$ [duplicate]

Let $f, g$ be continuous from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$, and suppose that $f(r) = g(r)$ for all rational numbers $r$. Is it true that $f(x) = g(x)$ for all $x \in \mathbb R$?
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Determine if the following is surjective

I need to determine if $f: \Bbb N\times\Bbb N \to \Bbb N$ such that $f(a,b) = a^b$ is a surjective (onto) function. My intuition is that it is but I don't know how to prove it. I don't even know how ...
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Prove that Set B is countable - Is this proof correct?

It seems that I have some issues with the rigor of this proof and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Could someone tell me if this proof is correct and rigorous enough? Here's the question Prove ...
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Given a complete graph of n vertices Kn (has all possible edges – one edge between pair of vertices).

Given a complete graph of n vertices $K_n$ (has all possible edges – one edge between pair of vertices). Use counting to find a formula in $n$ for the number of edges in the graph. I know that the ...
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Cardinality of the union of two sets

I am having trouble attempting to prove the inequality $|X\cup Y| \le |X|+|Y|$. Here is my intuitive argument when we take the union of $X\cup Y$ if there are repeated elements then they are not ...
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How to prove countably infinite?

How do I prove the following set is countably infinite? $\{\frac{1}{n}: n\in\mathbb{Z}\setminus\{0\}\}$ I know that I can say this set is a subset of $\mathbb{Q}$, and that $\mathbb{Q}$ is infinite, ...
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Proving two Sets are Equivalent

If $A$ is a subset of the set of all functions $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ and let $g:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a bijective function. We use the notation $gAg^{−1}={g∘f∘g^{−1}:f∈A}$. Prove that ...
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Prove there are infinitely many polynomials $P$ such that $P<CH(P)$.

Prove there exists a constant $C(n) > 0$ such that for any $ξ ∈ [0, 1]$ there exists infinitely many polynomials $P(x) = a_nx^n + · · · + a_0 ∈ \mathbb{Z}[x]$ such that $|P(ξ)| < ...
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Prove by induction $n^{1/n} ≤ \frac{n+1}{2}$

The problem Prove by induction: $n^{1/n} ≤ \frac{n+1}{2}$ Attempt at solution I started off with the usual steps for an MI problem. We start with the $P_1$ case: for $P_1$, LHS = 1 and RHS = 1 ...
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Proof of Equivalence of Sets

If A is a subset of the set of all functions $f : \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and let $g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a bijective function. We use the notation $gAg^{−1} = \{g\circ f\circ ...
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context-free languages operation closure

The following operation is defined on formal languages. $ operation1(L) = \lbrace w \ | \ wxy \in L, \ \forall x \forall y \ (|x|=|w|) \ \wedge (|y| = |w| ) \rbrace $ Prove that context-free ...
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Determining countably finite, finite, or uncountable

How can I determine whether the set of all differentiable functions is countably infinite, finite or uncountable? I want to say it is equivalent to $\mathbb{N}$, so it is countable? And I know it is ...
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What does it mean to prove that the addition of two countable sets is countable?

How Should I prove that $\mathbb{Q} + i\mathbb{Q}$ is a countable set? I've already proven that $\mathbb{Q}$ is countable.
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Proving equivalence of sets

How can I prove that the set $A=(0,1)$ is equivalent to the set $B=[1,\infty)$ ? I know I need to find a bijection from $A$ to $B$, but I'm not sure how to do so and prove that the function is ...
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Use Induction to Show $(1+a)^n \ge 1 + na$

If $a$ $\in$ $\mathbb R$ $\ni$ $a > -1$, then ($\forall n$ $\in$ $\mathbb R$) ($(1+a)^n \ge 1 + na$) My main concern is twofold: Firstly, I am concerned that constant $a$ in the proposition may ...
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Deduction method with a quantified statement

In this expression I am trying to prove is a valid argument using the deduction method that is using equivalences and rules of inference in a proof sequence. ...
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Let $R$ be a non-commutative ring. Show that if $R$ is simple and has 1, then $Z(R) = \{a \in R | ra = ar$ for all $r \in R \}$ is a field.

Let $R$ be a non-commutative ring. Show that if $R$ is simple and has 1, then $Z(R) = \{a \in R | ra = ar$ for all $r \in R \}$ is a field. I think what I need to do is to show that $Z(R)$ is simple ...
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How to prove this set P is countable? [duplicate]

Hi so I'm a beginner to proofs and these day's I'm studying infinite sets. I'm trying to figure out the proof for the following: Let P = {X$\in \mathscr{P}({\mathbb{Z}}^+)$| X is finite}. Prove ...
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Riemann Integrable Functions to prove $f(x) =0$ [duplicate]

Suppose that $f$ is continuous on $[a,b]$, that $f(x) \geq 0$ for all $x \in [a,b]$ and that $\int_a^b fdx = 0$. Prove that $f(x) = 0$ for all $x \in [a,b]$.
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Proving a recursive algorithm on a set is true

If I have an algorithm that returns the entry of a set with the largest value, how do I prove the algorithm is true mathematically? (I know I could just write tests for it.) I understand how to use ...
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Find a set A such that A∉Rngf

Let $f:\mathbb N\to \mathbb P(\mathbb N)$ be given by $$f(n)=\{m\in\mathbb N\mid 3m-10>n\}$$ I came up with $A=\{n\in\mathbb N\mid n\notin f(n)\}$, but I don't believe that it works because $6\in ...
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Proof By Induction $2^n \ge n^2$ for $n\ge4$

I am trying to prove the following, and here is what I have done: Can somebody help to complete this? $2^n \ge n^2$ for $n\ge 4$ $n=4$, LHS: $2^4 = 16$, RHS: $4^2=16$, $16=16$ Therefore TRUE Assume ...
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Proving that if the sequence $X_n$ converges to $x$, then ${X_n}^a$, where $a$ is a positive rational, converges to $x^a$.

I've been stuck on this problem for a while. I splitted a into $p/q$, so it would be $({X_n}^p)^{1/q}$, and I got the convergence of ${X_n}^p$ to be $x^p$ since it is just induction using the product ...
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Proving $2n-8<n^2-8n+14$ for all $n\geq 7$ by induction

For what values of the natural number $n$ is $2n-8 < n^2-8n+14$? (must use induction) I have determined that $n$ appears to work for all values except $n=4,5,6$. I was wondering if this proof ...
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Prove equation $(ad-bc)(a-c)^2 = (b-d)^3$, if polynomials has common root

$$\begin{split} W(x) &= x^3 + ax + b \wedge a,b \in \mathbb{R} &\wedge \mathbb{D}_W &= \mathbb{R}\\ G(x) &= x^3 + cx + d \wedge c,d \in \mathbb{R} &\wedge \mathbb{D}_G ...
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Mathematical Induction on a Subset of the Natural Numbers

I am given a strict inequality of the form $$ 2n - 8 < n^2-8n+14, $$ where $n$ belongs to the set of natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ (in this case $n$ does not equal 0). I am asked, for what values ...
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What should I learn to increase my skill to find proof?

I know... reading lot of proofs and comments about them and working hard by myself on proving theorems are probably the only good solutions. But in the same time, it is not a solution at all because ...
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Prove $\sum_{i=2}^{n}\frac{1}{(n-1)n}$ = $\frac{(n-1)}{n}$ using induction.

I need to prove $\sum_{i=2}^{n}\frac{1}{(i-1)i}$ = $\frac{(n-1)}{n}$ using induction. I am getting stuck midway through the inductive step. Here is what I have: $\forall n\geq 2$, where ...
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Prove multivariable function is surjective?

I am a little confused on how to prove a multivariable function is surjective(onto). The function is $f: \mathbb N^2 \to \mathbb N$ such that $f(a,b) = a^b$ I tried thinking of a counter example but ...
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Pythagoras theorem to find length of rope

A picture frame with a rope on top for hanging is $42$ cm across. It is hanging from a nail so that the vertical distance from the nail to the picture is $20$ cm. The strings is tied to the top ...
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Monotonous everywhere function

$f: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R,\forall x \in \mathbb R $ $\exists \delta \gt 0 : f$ is non-decreasing on $(x-\delta,x+\delta)$(I call that statement A). I need to prove that $f$ is non-decreasing on ...
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Show convergence of Power method

Given a symmetric positive definite matrix $A_0 \in R^{n \text{x} n}$ with Cholesky decomposition $A_0 = LL^T$. How can I show that $A_k$ converges to $diag(\lambda_1, ..., \lambda_n)$ where $A_k$ is ...
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Proof By Induction $n^2 > 3n$ where $n\ge 4$

I am trying to prove the following example, however I seem to be getting a little stuck: For $n\in\mathbb N$, $n\ge 4, n^2>3n$ What I have Done: Base Case:$ n=4$, LHS: $4^2 = 16$, RHS: $3\cdot 4 ...
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Proof by induction of the Inequality of Harmonic numbers: $H_{2^n} \ge 1+ \frac n2$

My question is, for the question below, in the inductive step, where does $\dfrac{1}{2^{(k+1)}}$ come from?And where does $2^k$ come from in the third last step?