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Questions tagged [real-analysis]

For questions about real analysis, a branch of mathematics dealing with limits, convergence of sequences, construction of the real numbers, least upper bound property and related analysis topics, such as continuity, differentiation, and integration through the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

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What functions can be made continuous by “mixing up their domain”?

Definition. A function $f:\Bbb R\to\Bbb R$ will be called potentially continuous if there is a bijection $\phi:\Bbb R\to\Bbb R$ so that $f\circ \phi$ is continuous. So one could say a potentially ...
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On the Constant Rank Theorem and the Frobenius Theorem for differential equations.

Recently I was reading chapter $4$ (p. $60$) of The Implicit Function Theorem: History, Theorem, and Applications (By Steven George Krantz, Harold R. Parks) on proof's of the equivalence of the ...
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Constructing an infinite chain of subfields of 'hyper' algebraic numbers?

This has now been cross posted to MO. Let $F$ be a subset of $\mathbb{R}$ and let $S_F$ denote the set of values which satisfy some generalized polynomial whose exponents and coefficients are drawn ...
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Convergence of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sin(n!)}{n}$

Is there a way to assess the convergence of the following series? $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sin(n!)}{n}$$ From numerical estimations it seems to be convergent but I don't know how to prove it.
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Witt's proof of Gelfand-Mazur / Ostrowski's theorem

Now asked on MathOverflow. Background: It seems that, after his groundbreaking work on quadratic forms and inventing Witt vectors, Ernst Witt developed the hobby of giving extremely short proofs to ...
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A subadditive bijection on the positive reals

Question. Does there exist a subadditive bijection $f$ of the positive reals $(0,\infty)$ such that $$ \liminf_{x\to 0^+}f(x)=0 \,\,\,\text{ and }\,\,\,\limsup_{x\to 0^+}f(x)=1\,? $$ Ps. I guess ...
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A question connected with the decomposition of a functional on $C(X)$ on Riesz and Banach functionals

Let $X$ be a metric space and let $C(X)$ be a family of all bounded and continuous functions from $X$ in $\mathbb{R}$. We call a positive linear functional $\varphi: C(X) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ the ...
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The sequence $\,a_n=\lfloor \mathrm{e}^n\rfloor$ contains infinitely many odd and infinitely many even terms

PROBLEM. Show that the sequence $\,a_n=\lfloor \mathrm{e}^n\rfloor$ contains infinitely many odd and infinitely many even terms. It suffices to show that the terms of the sequence $$\,b_n=\mathrm{e}^...
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A closed $1$-form on a convex open set is exact

Baby Rudin Exercise 10.24: Let $\omega = \sum a_i(\mathbf x) \, dx_i$ be a $1$-form of class $\mathscr{C}''$ in a convex open set $E \subset \mathbb{R}^n$. Assume $d \omega = 0$ and show that $\...
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Can fundamental theorem of algebra for real polynomials be proven without using complex numbers?

Update 24 Nov 2015: It is solved. Please refer to this arXiv paper. For polynomials with real coefficients, I am trying to prove the following version of fundamental theorem of algebra, which avoids ...
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Prove a strong inequality $\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{k}{a_1+a_2+\cdots+a_k}\le\left(2-\frac{7\ln 2}{8\ln n}\right)\sum_{k=1}^n\frac 1{a_k}$

For $a_i>0$ ($i=1,2,\dots,n$), $n\ge 3$, prove that $$\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{k}{a_1+a_2+\cdots+a_k}\le\left(2\color{red}{-\frac{7\ln 2}{8\ln n}}\right)\sum_{k=1}^n\frac 1{a_k}.$$ The case without $\...
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If $V\subset L^\infty[0,1]$ with $\|f\|_\infty \leq c\|f\|_2$, then $V$ is finite dimensional

If $V$ is a linear subspace of $L^\infty[0,1]$ with $\|f\|_\infty \leq c\|f\|_2$ for all $f\in V$, then $V$ is finite dimensional. The proof is an explicit calculation: Since $L^\infty[0,1] \subset L^...
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How much can we rearrange a series?

There's a well-known result that if $\sum a_n$ is conditionally convergent, then for any real $c$ there exists a permutation $\pi:\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ such that $\sum a_{\pi(n)} = c$. A ...
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A question about Existence of a Continuous function.

Let $f$ be a continuous function on the interval $[1,2]$. It follows from Stone-Weierstrass theorem that if $\displaystyle \int_1^2x^nf(x)dx=0$ for integers $n=0,1,2,....$, then $f$ must be ...
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Geometric representation of Euler-Maclaurin Summation Formula

When reading Tom Apostol's expository article (or the free link), I was expecting more diagrams to come that follow the figure below (or this from the Wolfram project). It was a disappointment not ...
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Lagrange multipliers in Calculus of Variations

I am trying to learn about Calculus of Variations and I am beginning to see some constrained optimization problems in the domain of functionals, by using Lagrange multipliers. It seems that things ...
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How to prove this lemma related to Rolle's theorem

For any function $f$ denote by $Z(f)$ and $Z_o(f)$ the cardinalities of $f^{-1}(0)\cap[0,1]$ and $f^{-1}(0)\cap(0,1)$, respectively. Let $H=\{f\in C^\infty(\mathbb{R}): \text{supp}(f) = [0,1]\}$ From ...
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How to construct examples of functions in the Spaces of type $\mathcal{S}$

There are $3$ $\mathcal{S}$-type Spaces, namely $\mathcal{S}_\alpha\:,\: \mathcal{S}^\beta\:,\:\mathcal{S}_\alpha^\beta$. They are defined by: $\mathcal{S}_\alpha: |x^k\varphi^{(q)}(x)|\le C_qA^kk^{...
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Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$, $\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$

Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$ : $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}, g : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying : $$\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$$ I am really stuck ...
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Heat Kernel Property

Let $\phi$ be the Heat Kernel in $\mathbb{R}^n$, i. e. $$\phi (x,t)={(4\pi t)}^{-n/2}\exp\left( - \frac{\mid x \mid ^2}{4t}\right)$$ and let $u$ satisfy Heat equation. Show that: $$\frac{d}{dt}\...
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Question regarding the Kolmogorov-Riesz theorem on relatively compact subsets of $L^p(\Omega)$.

Usually, the Kolmogorov-Riesz theorem is quoted for $L^p(\mathbb R^n)$, but I am looking for versions considering spaces over subsets in $\mathbb R^n$. The following is from the book "Sobolev spaces" ...
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$\frac{1}{p}+\frac{1}{q}=1$ vs $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{1}{p^n}=q$

It just occurred to me that conjugate exponents, i.e. $p,q\in(1,+\infty)$ such that $$\frac{1}{p}+\frac{1}{q} =1$$ also satisfy the relations: $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{1}{p^n}=q;$ $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \...
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Generalized Harmonic Number Summation $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(H_{n}^{(2)})^2}{2^n}$

Prove That $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \dfrac{(H_{n}^{(2)})^2}{2^n} = \tfrac{1}{360}\pi^4 - \tfrac16\pi^2\ln^22 + \tfrac16\ln^42 + 2\mathrm{Li}_4(\tfrac12) + \zeta(3)\ln2 $$ Notation : $ \...
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Norms and pointwise convergence

It is known that There is no norm $\|.\|$ on the space $E$ of continuous real-valued functions on an interval, say $[0,1]$ such that $f_n \to f$ for $\|.\|$ if and only if $f_n$ converges pointwise ...
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norm of a singular integral operator

My question is from Harmonic Analysis, about the study of singular kernels (in the Calderon Zygmund sense.) Suppose that a kernel $K$ is a singular kernel, extending to a bounded operator on $L^p$, ...
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Egorov's theorem for this Lebesgue integral

I want to prove Egorov's theorem using this Lebesgue integral defined by the upper integral $$\int^*f:=\left\{\int h ; h \ge f \text{ and h upper-continuous }\right\}$$ $$\int_*f:=\left\{\int h ; h \...
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Combinatorial Proofs of Real Analysis Identity

In this question, a proof using real analysis is given of the following identity: $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(n-1)!}{n \prod_{i=1}^{n} (a+i)} = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(a+k)^2}$$ Is there a ...
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Increasing derivatives of recursively defined polynomials

Consider recursively defined polynomials $f_0(x) = x$ and $f_{n+1}(x) = f_n(x) - f_n'(x) x (1-x)$. These polynomials have some special properties, for example $f_n(0) = 0$, $f_n(1) = 1$, and all $n+1$...
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Can (linear) differential equations of infinite order be recast into equations of first order?

In most analysis courses one sees that differential equations of order $n$ are basically a subset of higher dimensional differential equations of order $1$, for example the equation: $$f^{(n)}(t)=F\...
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A very useful lemma for Henstock-Stieltjes integration

I'd like to see a proof (or hints and outlines) for the following lemma, which is very useful to prove some interesting properties, including an Integration by Parts theorem for Henstock-Stieltjes ...
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How to get the idea of the formula for the mean value property for the heat equation

From the mean-value property of the Laplace's equation, we have the following mean-value property: $$ u(x)=\frac{1}{a(n)r^n}\int_{B(x,r)}u\,dy. $$ But for the mean-value property of the Heat equation, ...
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Fréchet L-Spaces

NOTE: The question has now been posted on MathOverflow: Fréchet L-Spaces According to the paper The emergence of open sets, closed sets, and limit points in analysis and topology famous ...
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Understanding the Legendre transform

In physics, I've seen the Legendre transform motivated by "changing the variable $x$ of a function $x \mapsto f(x)$ to the variable $u = \frac{df}{dx}$." I don't quite see what that means and why the ...
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Is there any two variable function which has no representation of the form $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} f_n(x)g_n(y)$?

Is there any function$f:\Bbb R^2\to\Bbb R$ which has no representation of the form below? $$f(x,y)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} g_n(x)h_n(y)\quad(x,y\in \Bbb R).$$Editor's note: A possible source of ...
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Potential for Monotone Operator

I have a question about understanding the proof of Theorem 4.11 in the paper A Potential Theory for Monotone Multivalued Operators (accessible here). The authors claim to construct a convex ...
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Generalizing an inequality involving a convex function

If $V:[0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a convex and nondecreasing function, then for all $(p,q,r,t,\lambda,\mu) \in [0,1]^{6}$ such that $p \geq q \geq r \geq t$ $\lambda p + (1-\lambda) t=\mu q + (1-...
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Covering a set $A \subset \Bbb R$ by two families of disjoint intervals taken from given intervals

Let $A \subset \Bbb R$ be a bounded set. Every element $a \in A$ is the center of some given open interval, let's denote it by $I_a=(a-r_a, a+r_a)$. I'm interested in knowing the following: Can we ...
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Strong Counterexample to MVT on Q

A well-known application of the MVT is to prove that any $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ with $f'= 0$ is constant. But of course, the MVT relies fundamentally on the properties of $\mathbb{R}$, and in ...
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Evaluate the following integral involving $\sin \pi x$

Let $F: \Bbb{R} \to \Bbb{R}$ be defined by $$F(s)=\begin{cases}1, & \text{if }s\ge \dfrac12 \\[0.2cm]0, & \text{if }s< \dfrac12 \end{cases}$$ I need to evaluate $$\int^{1}_{0} F(\sin \pi ...
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Evaluating Elliptic Integrals in terms of Gamma Function

Some complete elliptic integral of first and second kind $E(k)$ and $K(k)$ can be evaluated for some particular values of $k$ in terms of Euler Gamma function. For example, for $k = \sqrt{2}/2$, $E(k)$...
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Two (strictly related) proofs by induction of inequalities.

This is a question I originally asked on MSE, receiving no answer, even with a bounty (which expired) on it. Therefore I am crosslinking in order to prevent duplication of effort: see here for the ...
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How to find a homeomorphism $\mathbb{R}^{n}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^{n}$ having certain properties

Let $n\ge 2$ and let $C$ be a Cantor space in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. That is, $C$ is homeomorphic to the Cantor ternary set. Let $x$ and $y$ be two points in $\mathbb{R}^{n}-C$, and let $L_{xy}$ be the ...
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Invariant functions on the space of finite sequences of reals

Let $S$ be a space of all finite sequences of real numbers (we don't endow it with metric or topology in general). Before asking the main question, some notation. 1. For each $\mathbf s\in S$ we ...
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Corollary of the Malgrange Preparation Theorem

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\times \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function, such that $$f(0,0)=0,\ \frac{\partial f}{\partial t} (0,0) = 0,\ldots, \frac{\partial^{k-1} f}{\partial t^{k-1}} (0,0) = 0,\ \...
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A function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}^2$ that is open and closed, but not continuous.

Does there exist a function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}^2$ that is open and closed, but not continuous? Note that I require $f$ to be defined on the entirety of $\mathbb{R}^2$. There are a few ...
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On the convergence of a more complex iterated radical

After exploring Ramanujan's famed $$3=\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1+\cdots}}} $$ and $$4=\sqrt{6+2\sqrt{7+3\sqrt{8+\cdots}}},$$ both of which can be expressed more generally by $$x+n+a=\sqrt{ax+(n+a)^2+x\...
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Would an integral defined using partitions of an interval into infinitely many intervals make sense?

In the definition of Riemann integral or Darboux-integral we first study partitions (or tagged partition) of the given interval determined by finitely many points. To each partition and a function $f$ ...
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Are any tools or techniques available to solve the “placement of safety points” problem?

Definition 0. Given a metric space $X$ and subsets $H$ and $S$ thereof, define: $$d(H,S) = \sup_{h \in H} \inf_{s \in S}d(h,s)$$ (This as an asymmetric version of the Hausdorff distance.) Here's ...
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A random variable is symmetric if and only if its characteristic function is real-valued

Quick summary: I am stuck on the implication: $\phi_X$ real-valued $\rightarrow$ $X$ symmetric. Assume you have a probability space $(\Omega, \mathcal{F},P)$, and a random varaiable $X: \Omega \...
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Half Solved: A problem on the heat operator not being elliptic with a weakened version of elliptic regularity

I should first mention this: in my studies of Sobolev spaces I have completed all the questions of chapter 9 from Folland's real analysis with the help of this site and this is my last one, which is ...