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What are statements about the natural numbers where induction is impossible or unnecessary to prove?

I'm looking for statements like "for all natural numbers, ____" where induction would be impossible or unnecessarily complicated. This is for pedagogical reasons. When students first learn induction, ...
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Geometric proof for Sophomore's dream

Is there a "visual proof" for sophomore's dream? $$\int_0^1 x^{-x}\,dx = \sum_{n=1}^\infty n^{-n}.$$ In the wikipedia article there are two algebraic proofs, but the integral and the summation has ...
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Proof $log_{r} a = log_r s \cdot log_s a $

Do you know any proof of this logarithms property: $log_{r} a = log_r s \cdot log_s a $
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How should I go about this proof? [on hold]

Let $a,b > 0$ be real numbers. Prove that $2ab \leq (a+b)\sqrt{ab}$. I'm new to proofs and would like some help understanding how to approach this proof. Thank You.
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Why this set is the pole set of $z$?

Suppose $V\subset \mathbb P$ a projective variety, $z$ a rational function on $V$ and let's define $J_z=\{F\in k[X_1,\ldots, K_{n+1}\mid \overline Fz\in \Gamma_h(V)\}$ and $S_z$ the polo set of $z$, ...
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On provability within minimal logic

In its most naive form my question boils down to this: when is a proposition that is provable "by contradiction" also provable "directly"? IOW, is it possible to know, a priori, that a ...
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Proving $\sqrt{2}(a+b+c) \geq \sqrt{1+a^2} + \sqrt{1+b^2} + \sqrt{1+c^2}$

I've been going through some of my notes when I found the following inequality for $a,b,c>0$ and $abc=1$: $$ \begin{equation*} \sqrt{2}(a+b+c) \geq \sqrt{1+a^2} + \sqrt{1+b^2} + \sqrt{1+c^2} ...
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Prove that $X \subset Y \implies f^{-1}(X) \subset f^{-1}(Y)$

Let E and F be two sets and $f: E \to F $ be a function, and $X, Y \subset F$. Prove that $X \subset Y \implies f^{-1}(X) \subset f^{-1}(Y)$ My answer: Let $y \in X$, then $f^{-1}(y) \in ...
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Injection proof

Prove that if f is injective, then $f(A \cap B) = f(A)\cap f(B)$ My answer: i) $f(A \cap B) \subset f(A) \cap f( B )$ Take an $x \in A \cap B$. $x \in A \cap B \implies x \in A \land x \in B$ $x ...
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Prove $\vdash\forall x(\alpha\to\beta)\to(\exists x\alpha\to\exists x\beta)$

I want to show that: $\vdash\forall x(\alpha\to\beta)\to(\exists x\alpha\to\exists x\beta)$ I started my deduction as follows: $\vdash\forall x(\alpha\to\beta)\to(\forall ...
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Prove that for any sets $A$ and $B$ there is a unique set $C$ such that $A ∆ C=B$

Using Venn diagram, I see that letting $C = A ∆ (A ∆ B)$ works. But I have trouble proving this using notations. Show me how to do the existence and uniqueness part of this proof.
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Eccentricity in corona product

I was studying about graph operation on wiki. Corona product of graphs $G_1$ and $G_2$, is the graph which is the disjoint union of one copy of $G_1$ and $|V_1|$ copies of $G_2$ ($|V_1|$ is the number ...
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Looking for help to clearly define a function that counts the number of twin primes in a range

My goal is to define a function that counts the number of twin primes between $q$ and $q^2$ where $q$ is any prime greater than $7$. I would like to do this using: The Sieve of Eratosthenes The ...
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Proving that $A\cup\emptyset=A$ and $A\cap\emptyset=\emptyset$ [on hold]

I need to prove that $A\cup\emptyset=A$, and $A\cap\emptyset=\emptyset$. It's seem like it's obvious, yet how can I prove it mathematically?
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The Change-making problem algorithm proof (at the dynamic programming method)

I saw here the algorithm for the "Change-making problem" (at the dynamic programming method). I saw it here: http://www.columbia.edu/~cs2035/courses/csor4231.F07/dynamic.pdf I'm trying to find a ...
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Prove $\frac{1}{n} =\frac{1}{n+1}+\frac{1}{n(n+1)}$ for all integers $n\in\Bbb Z$

I'm pretty sure that we need induction, since it's the format I had to use for previous problems similar to this (it isn't specified that it HAS to be an inductive proof, either, if there is another ...
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If $G$ is a connected graph with $n$ vertices and$ n - 1$ edges then $G$ is a tree, using Induction.

I am still new to proof methods and not sure if this is the correct use of induction. Base case: $n = 1$ has $0$ edges and is a tree. Assume every connected graph with $k$ vertices and $k-1$ edges ...
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Some proofs regarding Stirling numbers

I would like you to help me to prove two proofs correlated with Stirling numbers(the first one includes Stirling numbers of the second kind and the second one I guess Stirling numbers of the second ...
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What really is mathematical rigor? How can I be more rigorous?

I'm an undergraduate mathematics student who has received some constructive feedback from two instructors at the end of my exams. Namely, that I am a bit hand-wavey and not always very rigorous. While ...
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Base of the $\mathbb{R}$ vector space that contains all real functions: $f(x) \not= 0$ for finitely many x $\in\mathbb{R}$

I did already prove that this is a vector space. It is easily shown that addition and scalar multiplication with functions that hold the above property again yields a function with $f(x) \not= 0$ for ...
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Prove ten objects can be divided into two groups that balances each other when placed on the two pans of balance. [closed]

There are 10 objects with total weight 20, each of the weight being a positive integer. Given that none of the weights exceed 10, prove ten objects can be divided into two groups that balances each ...
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Is it ok to do this change of variable in integration: let $x = x - 1$

In integrals like $\int \sqrt{x-1}\,dx$, is it ok to make this change of variable in integration: "let $x = x - 1$"? It looks sketchy — like saying, let 5 = 4.
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Theorem 7.2 in General Topology by S. Willard

Theorem 7.2 If $X$ and $Y$ are topological spaces and $f:X \to Y$ , then the following are all equivalent :- I) $f$ is continuous. II) for each E $\subset X$ , $f(\bar E) \subset ...
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Proving $R(3,4)\le 9$

I am trying to prove $R(3,4)\le 9$. This is my approach: For any $K_9$ we have (WLOG) at least 4 red edges by the pigeonhole principle. Consider all of the edges between these 4 red edges, if ...
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An equation to prove with terms of Fibonacci sequence

I would like to prove an equation but I have stuck. The equation that is to prove is the below: $f(n)^2 + (-1)^{n+1} = f(n+1)f(n-1) , n \ge 2$. I'm trying to do an inductive proof of this equation. ...
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Proving that in a complete graph $\lambda(K_{n}) = \delta(K_{n})$

Since $K_{n}$ is n-1 regular. Then $\lambda(G)$ must be n-1. Since $\lambda(K_{n}) \leq \delta(K_{n})$ then by definition they must be equivalent. Can I use the definition or should I say since ...
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Is an irrational number odd or even?

My sister just asked this question to me: "Is an irrational number odd or even?" I told her that decimals are not odd or even and that does imply that not recurring and non repeating decimals will ...
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Proving that in a complete graph $\kappa(K_{n}) = \delta(K_{n})$

Since $K_{n}$ is n-1 regular. Then $\delta(G)$ must be n-1. Since $\kappa(K_{n}) \leq \delta(K_{n})$ then by definition they must be equivalent. Am I approaching this proof the right way?
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What is the proof that covariance matrices are always semi-definite?

Suppose that we have two different discreet signal vectors of $N^\text{th}$ dimension, namely $\mathbf{x}[i]$ and $\mathbf{y}[i]$, each one having a total of $M$ set of samples/vectors. ...
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Prove that if $B$ is similar to $A$, then $B^T$ is similar to $A^T$ .

If two matrix ($A$ and $B$) are similar if there exists an invertible matrix $P$, such that: $$ B=P^{-1} A P $$ I'm thinking if I can prove that $A$, $B$ , $A^T$ and $B^T$ have the same characteristic ...
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Understanding Proof that $\mathbb{R} \setminus A$ is dense. Verify proof.

Here's the proof I was given but with two minor? differences Proposition.- If $A$ is countable then $\mathbb{R} \setminus A $ is dense. Proof: Suppose otherwise, then there exists real numbers $a$ ...
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Developing proof writing and logical skills

What resources can a person turn to in order to develop their proof writing and logical skills? The advanced calculus course I'm taking has made me realize how weak my logic and proof writing skills ...
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$\mathbb{R}$ is uncountable with Cantors Diagonal argument (how to improve binary expansion specificity?)

I know it's spelled out more than usual, but this is an introduction to higher math class. If there's any way I can improve this, please let me know. Thank you in advance. Let ...
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If $a\in\mathbb{Q}$, prove that the sequence $\{\sin(n!a\pi)\}_{n=1}^\infty $ has a limit.

This exercise is from Methods of Real Analysis by Richard Goldberg. If $a\in\mathbb{Q}$, prove that the sequence $\{\sin(n!a\pi)\}_{n=1}^\infty$ has a limit. I think this proof relies on the ...
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Understanding line of given proof

I have to understand a set of proofs and I don't understand the reasoning behind this line "This is an injection, if $g(b_1) = g(b_2)$ then $F_{b_1}$ And $F_{b_2}$ intersect, which we shown never ...
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Proof that the sup of a set is the least upper bound.

I have to prove: Assume $s \in \mathbb{R}$ is an upper bound for a set $A \subseteq \mathbb{R}$. Then, $s = \text{sup}A$ if and only if, for every choice of $\varepsilon > 0$, there exists an ...
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Proving a Sequence Does Not Converge

I have a sequence as such: $$\left( \frac{1+(-1)^k}{2}\right)_{k \in \mathbb{N}}$$ Obviously it doesn't converge, because it alternates between $0,1$ for all $k$. But how do I prove this fact? ...
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Proof of algorithm refinement

I recently had an interview in which I was asked to produce an algorithm to that computes the pairs of integers, from a list, that add up to a integer k. I then had to increase the time efficiency of ...
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On Closure of Product subset of $\Bbb R×\Bbb R$

Suppose that $\Bbb R×\Bbb R$ has the standard topology. If $S=\left\{(t,\sin{\frac{1}{t}})\mid t\in R\text{ and }t\gt 0\right\}$. Show that $(0,0)$ $\in \overline{S} $
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Herbrands Algorithms and greek philospher

So the problem states "outline the steps in Herbrands algorithm leading to the proof that the following statement is right. ...
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Prove that $f^{-1}\left(U_1\times\cdots\times U_\kappa\right)=\bigcap_{i=1}^\kappa \left(f_i\right)^{-1}\left(U_i\right)$

Im working through Bloch's Proofs and Fundamentals and exercise 4.3.11 is Let $B$ be a set, let $A_i,\cdots,A_\kappa$ be sets for some $k\in\mathbb{N}$ be a subset for all ...
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True or False $A - C = B - C $ if and only if $A \cup C = B \cup C$

True or False $A - C = B - C $ if and only if $A \cup C = B \cup C$ I am in an introduction to proofs class. I think this is a true statement. I have began the proof and realize I have to do this ...
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Proving continuity with two different metrics

Problem statement: Let $X$ be the set of all continuous functions $f:[a,b]\rightarrow \Bbb R$, and define the metric $d^*(f,g)$ on $X$ by $$d^*(f,g) = \int_{a}^{b} |f(t) - g(t)|dt$$ Now, for each ...
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Question 7F from general topology by Stephen willard?

Can someone help me with 7F from Willard? In part two : $\mathbf{7}$F. Functions to and from the plane. The facts presented here for the plane will be proved in more generality for ...
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If $\lim f(x) = 0,$ then $\lim 1/|f(x)| = \infty.$

The Problem: Suppose that $f:D\to\Bbb R$, where $D$ is a subset of $\Bbb R$ and $a$ is an accumulation point of $D$, $\lim_{x\to a}f(x)=0$, and $f(x)\ne0$ for any $x$ in $D$ in some neighborhood of ...
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Show that this is indeed a differentiable manifold with boundary.

I want to show that the cylinder: $$C = \{ (x,y,z)\in\mathbb{R}^3: x^2 + y^2 = 1, 0 \le z \le 1 \}$$ is indeed a a differentiable manifold with boundary, this means the following: A subset $M ...
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Let $A$ be a subset of a topological space. Prove that $Cl(A) = Int(A) \cup Bd(A)$

Let $A$ be a subset of a topological space. Prove that $Cl(A) = Int(A) \cup Bd(A)$ Here are my defintions: Closure: Let $(X,\mathfrak T)$ be a topological space and let $ A \subseteq X$ . The ...
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Properties of the deductive closure

Let $\Phi_0$ be the set of $\cal L$-sentences. For $\Gamma\subseteq\Phi_0$, the deductive closure of $\Gamma$ is given by $$\mathsf{Cn}(\Gamma)=\left\{\phi\in\Phi_0\mid\Gamma\vdash\phi\right\}$$ ...
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Proving that Unit Intersection is NP-complete

I am extremely stuck on how to go about this problem and any help would be so appreciated. We are told to consider the following combinatorial problem: Unit Intersection: Let X = {1, 2,...,n}. ...