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How to conclude $|a|<|b|$ from $a<\frac{b^2}{a} \text{ and } \frac{a^2}{b}<b$? (Direct Proof)

The original question is to prove that for all real numbers $a$ and $b$, $a^2 < b^2 \Rightarrow |a| < |b|$. I was able to easily prove this by proving that its contrapositive, $|a|\ge|b| ...
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The set of all finite subsets of the natural numbers is countable

Could someone verify my proofs? Proposition: the set of all finite subsets of $\mathbb{N}$ is countable Proof 1: Define a set $ X=\{A\subseteq\mathbb{N}\mid \text{$A$ is finite} \}$. We can have a ...
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Explanation for the number of partitions of $\{1,\dots,n\}$ into $k$ parts

A partition of the set $\{1, 2, . . . , n\}$ into $k$ parts is a way of writing the set as a disjoint union of $k$ subsets. For example $\{1, 2, 3, 4, 5\} = \{1, 4\} \cup\{2, 3\} \cup \{5\}$ is a ...
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IS this proof by induction of the hand shake lemma correct?

Proof by induction that the sum of degrees of vertexes in an undirected graph equals two times the number edges, where $V$ is the set of vertexes and $E$ is an edge multiset: $$\sum_{v ∈ V} deg(v) = ...
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Directly prove that $2x^2 -4x + 3 > 0$ for all real $x$

I'm asked (for homework which isn't graded but instead the basis of a quiz) to directly prove that $2x^2 -4x + 3 > 0$ for all real $x$. I am VERY new to proofs. The textbook's only example is a ...
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Do you paragraph a proof?

When writing out a proof of moderate length, i.e. a proof taking less than or equal to 5 A4 papers and with normal spacing (please avoid asking the criterion for "normal"), do you tend to paragraph it ...
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Handwaving gone wrong

My motivation for this question is twofold: On one hand, I'm studying algebraic topology, where - at least in the book written by Hatcher - there is quite a lot of handwaving (e.g. maps are continous ...
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Subset of a finite set is finite: base step

We can prove by induction that any subset of a finite step is finite. But I am confused by the step "Observe first that all subsets of $\emptyset$ and $\mathbf I_1$ are finite", which I think is the ...
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Proving the arithmetic mean equals the geometric mean when $a=b$.

Arithmetic mean $a,b \in \mathbb R$ is $A(a,b)=\frac{a+b}{2}$ Geomtric mean $a,b \in\left[0,\infty\right]$ is $G(a,b)=\sqrt{ab}$ I'm trying to prove that $G(a,b)=A(a,b)$ if and only if $a=b$. ...
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Maximum and average number of inversions in array by induction

Just for your information, an inversion in an array $a$ is any ordered pair of points $(i, j)$ where $i < j$ and $a_i > a_j$. I can prove the maximum and average number of inversions in an ...
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The maximum no. of edges in a DISCONNECTED simple graph…

... on n vertices when it is not connected being equal to (1/2)(n - 1)(n - 2)... I can see that for n = 1 & n = 2 that the graphs have no edges... however I don't understand how to derive this ...
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Check my proof by contradiction…

The question is to prove the following by contradiction. There does not exist a smallest positive non-zero rational number. What I tried... There does exist a smallest positive non-zero rational ...
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Proving that $\int \frac{1}{x} \mathrm dx = \ln(|x|) + C_1$

In all textbooks and online notes, there is always a table of antiderivatives and it always says $\int \frac {1}{x} \mathrm dx = \ln(|x|)+C_1$ but there is nowhere a proof. I found some proofs online ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by zero vector yields zero vector.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space axioms. Axiom ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by $-1$ yields inverse element of vector addition.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is based on vector space related axioms. Axiom ...
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How to show a triple represents all possible selections?

Let $Y=\{y_1, y_2, y_3,y_4,y_5\}$ Then, the choices of selecting 3 objects (repetitions allowed) from $Y$ can be represented by the triple $(y_{i_1},y_{i_2},y_{i_3})$ where $i_1 \le i_2 \le i_3$. Is ...
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How to prove a function from a set of triples to $\mathcal{P}_3(\mathbb{N}_7)$ is a bijection?

Let $Y=\{y_1, y_2, y_3, y_4,y_5\}$ The function from the set of triples $(y_{i_1},y_{i_2},y_{i_3})$ where $i_1 \le i_2 \le i_3$ to $\mathcal{P}_3(\mathbb{N}_7)$ is a bijection given by ...
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proof of log-sum giving maximum value given equality constraint

How to prove the following equation: $$ -\log\sum_{k=1}^K f_k=\min_{\bf{u}}-\sum_{k=1}^K u_k \log(f_k) +\sum_{k=1}^K u_k \log(u_k)\\ s.t.\ u_k \in (0,1), \sum_k u_k=1 $$ using Lagrangian multiplier? ...
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Prove $ x^n-1=(x-1)(x^{n-1}+x^{n-2}+…+x+1)$

So what I am trying to prove is for any real number x and natural number n, prove $$x^n-1=(x-1)(x^{n-1}+x^{n-2}+...+x+1)$$ I think that to prove this I should use induction, however I am a bit stuck ...
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Induction proof for continued fractions

Recently while preparing for a maths test, I got this question in a book: Let $a(n) = 3 + \cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{3+\cfrac{1}{3+\cdots }}}$ till $n$ terms. Prove that $a(n) \cdot a(n-1)=3a(n-1)+1$ ...
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Writing up a rigorous solution for finding a basis for the $n \times n$ symmetric matrices.

I am aware that a similar question has been asked here, among other questions, but I feel that my question is different because I am actually trying to write up a very rigorous proof that such a set ...
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Writing solutions of inequalities: $3<x$ versus $x>3$

My son wrote a solution to a number line graph as 3 < x instead of what his teacher said was the correct answer of x > 3. When he brought his paper back in to bring it up he was told that the ...
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Proof Strategy: Induction Summation of Series

Let $P(n)$ be the following statement: $$\sum\limits^{n}_{i=0}r^i = \dfrac{1-r^{1+n}}{1-r}\text{ for all }n \in \mathbb{N}\text{.}$$ I am stuck at the base case: $$P(1):1 + r = ...
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Infinite Wilson Prime proof

An article I read recently about Wilson Primes stated that, while 5, 13, and 563 are the only known terms, there is an infinite number of Wilson Primes. I was wondering if someone could verify this ...
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Prove that for any $\{x_{m_k} \}\in I_n$, where $I_n$ are dyadic intervals, $\lim_{n \to \infty} x_{m_k} =c$

Proving for any $\{x_{m_k} \}\in I_n$ that:$$\lim_{n \to \infty}\{x_{m_k} \}=c$$ I have been trying to solve this problem, but i dont know how to write it properly, so i need your help whit ...
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Help for understanding Danielson-Lanczos lemma

The Danielson-Lanczos lemma is the basis for fast Fourier transform algorithms. Now, I do understand this step $\displaystyle X_{k} = \sum_{n=0}^{N-1} x_{n}\omega^{kn}_{N} = \sum_{n=0}^{(N/2)-1} ...
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Formal Proof: P(A∩B'∩C') = P(A) - P(A∩B) - P(A∩C) + P(A∩B∩C)

I'm trying to prove the following: $\newcommand{\P}{\operatorname{\bf P}}\P(A\cap \overline{B}\cap\overline{C}) = \P(A) - \P(A\cap B) - \P(A\cap C) + \P(A\cap B\cap C)$ I can explain it with a venn ...
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Formal proof of $\lim_{x\to a}f(x) = \lim_{h\to 0} f(a+h)$

$$ \lim_{x\to a} f(x) = \lim_{h\to 0} f(a+h) $$ How do I write a formal proof of it?
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Proof that the $sqrt[k]{z}\, z \in \mathbb N$ counts the amount of numbers less than or equal to z with a $k-$exact power

Empirically, it can shown that $$\mathrm{Floor}[\sqrt[k]{z} ] \,, z \wedge k\in \mathbb N $$ is equal to the amount of numbers which have a $k-$exact root. For example, $\sqrt 36 = 6$ means that there ...
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How to model a real-world graphical structure into a mathematical formulation?

I am trying to learn how to model programming problems in a mathematical way. I am a software engineer, but have recently been running into road blocks where I can't solve some problems very ...
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Proof of Gersgorin Discs Theorem

I have a question about the proof of Gersgorin Theorem from the book Matrix Analysis by Horn & Johnson. The Theorem states that for any $A\in \mathbb{C}^{n \times n}$ 1) all eigenvalues are ...
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Help showing that every walk of length $k$ from $x$ to $y$ in a graph is a path.

If I were to suppose $x$ and $y$ are two vertices in the same connected component of a graph, and let $k$ be the distance between them, how would I prove that every walk of length $k$ from $x$ to $y$ ...
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How to handle a function from a set of functions to another set of functions?

Given sets $X$ and $Y$ we denote the set of functions from $X$ to $Y$ by $\text{Fun}(X,Y)$. Let: $k,n \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ $X_1 = \{x_1,x_2\dots, x_{k+1}\}$ $Y = \{y_1, y_2, \dots , y_n\}$ Then, ...
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Vector spaces - Multiplying by zero scalar yields zero vector

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space related axioms. ...
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Vector spaces - If an addend adds nothing, then the addend is the zero vector.

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. With one exception, the following proof is solely based on vector ...
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Another proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space axioms. Axiom ...
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Construction of an equilateral triangle from two equilateral triangles with a shared vertex

Problem Given that $\triangle ABC$ and $\triangle CDE$ are both equilateral triangles. Connect $AE$, $BE$ to get segments, take the midpoint of $BE$ as $O$, connect $AO$ and extend $AO$ to $F$ where ...
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Proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. Proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space ...
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How to write $a|b \wedge ((a=0 \wedge b=0) \vee (a\ne0 \wedge b\ne0))$

How can I write the expression $$a|b \wedge ((a=0 \wedge b=0) \vee (a\ne0 \wedge b\ne0))$$ concisely and clearly in English? A direct translation yields $a$ divides $b$ and either {$a$ and $b$ ...
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To prove these sets are equal without using modulo arithmetic.

Prove $\{3t : t \in \mathbb Z\} \cup \{3t + 1 : t \in \mathbb Z\} \cup \{3t + 2 : t\in \mathbb Z\} = \mathbb Z.$
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Odd town Even town explanation.

I am struggling to understand the solution to the following problem: If $\mathcal F\subset 2^{[n]}$ such that for each $F_1$ and $F_2$ in $\mathcal F$ we have $|F_1|,|F_2|\equiv 1 \bmod 2$ and ...
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How prove that $|QA| < |QC|$ in triangle?

$ABC$ is a triangle with a right angle at $A$, and $|AB|$ > $|AC|$. The point $D$ is defined so that $BCD$ is equlateral and $AD$ intersects $BC$ at $P$. The point $Q$ is defined so that $QDP$ is ...
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For what k is $\mathcal{M}_{m \times n}$ isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^{k}$?

For what k is $\mathcal{M}_{m \times n}$ isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^{k}$ ? I get a feel but am unable to prove it.
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How show that $ABC$ is equilateral?

Let $D$, $E$ and $F$ be three points on sides $BC$,$AC$ and $AB$ of triangle $ABC$ such that lines $AD$, $BE$ and $CF$ concur at point $M$. If three trianles $MDB$, $MCE$ and $MAF$ have equal areas ...
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Proof About Point and Triangles

Suppose we are given $n$ points in a plane, where $n\ge 4$ and no 3 of the points are collinear. If $k$ distinct triangles are designated with vertices among the $n$ points, show that no more than ...
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How prove that $AD>BE$ in triangle?

Let $D$ be a point on the side $BC$ of a triangle $ABC$ such that $AD>BC$ . The point $E$ on $CA$ is defined by the equation $\frac{AE}{EC}=\frac{BD}{AD-BC}$ .How prove that $AD>BE$?
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How to prove $|q|\ge 1 \Rightarrow |a|\ge |d|$?

Let $a,d,q \in \mathbb{Z}$ and $a=dq$ How do I show that $|q| \ge 1 \Rightarrow |a| \ge |d|$? I've tried: $|q|\ge 1 \Rightarrow (q>1 \text{, if } q>0) \text { or } (-q>1 \text{, if } ...
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Prove intersection of open balls is another open ball

I was wondering how I would prove that an intersection of two open balls is also another open ball. The definition I have of an open ball is: If x $\in X$ and $\epsilon > 0$, $B_{\epsilon}(x) :=$ ...
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Is this a valid proof for the existence of a rational number between any two real numbers?

Given $a, b \in \mathbb R$ with $a<b$, prove that there exists some $r \in \mathbb Q$ such that $a<r<b$. Before I prove the main statement, there's a lemma I'd like to prove: Lemma ...
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Trying to disprove a statement - some partial working included

I am trying to find a counter example to show that the statement below is false, but I am having difficulty in trying to find a reasonable argument. Here is the statement: $n^2-12n + 35 \geq 0$ for ...