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Unformatted text preview: Honors Introduction to Analysis I Homework V Solution March 10, 2009 Problem 1 Let A be an open set. Show that if a finite number of points are removed from A , the remaining set is still open. Is the same true if a countable number of points are removed? Solution. If we order the points removed from A , x 1 < x 2 < ... < x k we can write A { x 1 ,x 2 ,...,x k } = A (( ,x 1 ) ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ( x 2 ,x 3 ) ... ( x k 1 ,x k ) ( x k , )) B := ( ,x 1 ) ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ( x 2 ,x 3 ) ... ( x k 1 ,x k ) ( x k , ) is a union of open sets, hence open. A B is a finite intersection of open sets, hence it is also open. The statement is not true for countable number of points. Consider R Q . This is not open, since given any irrational point x , by the density of rational, we can find for every n a rational y ( x 1 /n,x + 1 /n ), hence we couldnt find a neighborhood around x completely in R Q . Problem 2 Give an example of a set A that is not closed but such that every point of A is a limitpoint. Solution. Consider the open interval A = (0 , 1). For any x (0 , 1) there is an open interval ( x 1 /n,x +1 /n ) for some n N such that ( x 1 /n,x + 1 /n ) (0 , 1). But in ( x 1 /n,x + 1 /n ) there are infintely points from (0 , 1), hence x is a limit point. On the other hand 0 and 1 are limit points, but they are not in A , hence A is not closed. Problem 3 Show that the set of limitpoints of a sequence is a closed set. Solution. Let L be the set of limit points of the sequence { x n } . Let a be a limit point of the set L . Then for all errors 1 /n , there exists an x L such that  x a  < 1 2 n ,x 6 = a . But x is a limit point of the sequence, hence for all n there exist infinitely many x k s such that  x x k  < 1 2 n . From the above we have that for all n N ,  a x k  =  a x + x x k  <  a x  +  x x k  < 1 / 2 n + 1 / 2 n < 1 /n for infinitely many x k s. Hence a is also a limit point of the sequence, so a L . Therefore L is closed....
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