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Unformatted text preview: PART I. THE REAL NUMBERS This material assumes that you are already familiar with the real number system and the represen tation of the real numbers as points on the real line. I.1. THE NATURAL NUMBERS AND INDUCTION Let N denote the set of natural numbers (positive integers). Axiom: If S is a nonempty subset of N , then S has a least element. That is, there is an element m ∈ S such that m ≤ n for all n ∈ S . Note: A set which has the property that each nonempty subset has a least element is said to be wellordered . Thus, the axiom tells us that the natural numbers are wellordered. Mathematical Induction. Let S be a subset of N . If S has the following properties: 1. 1 ∈ S , and 2. k ∈ S implies k + 1 ∈ S , then S = N . Proof: Suppose S = N . Let T = N S . Then T = ∅ . Let m be the least element in T . Then m 1 / ∈ T . Therefore, m 1 ∈ S which implies that ( m 1) + 1 = m ∈ S , a contradiction. Corollary: Let S be a subset of N such that 1. m ∈ S . 2. If k ≥ m ∈ S , then k + 1 ∈ S . Then, S = { n ∈ N : n ≥ m } . Example Prove that 1 + 2 + 2 2 + 2 3 + ··· + 2 n 1 = 2 n 1 for all n ∈ N . SOLUTION Let S be the set of integers for which the statement is true. Since 2 = 1 = 2 1 1, 1 ∈ S. Assume that the positive integer k ∈ S. Then 2 + 2 1 + ··· + 2 k 1 + 2 k = ( 2 + 2 1 + ··· + 2 k 1 ) + 2 k = 2 k 1 + 2 k = 2 · 2 k 1 = 2 k +1 1 . Thus, k + 1 ∈ S. 1 We have shown that 1 ∈ S and that k ∈ S implies k + 1 ∈ S . It follows that S contains all the positive integers. Exercises 1.1 1. Prove that 1 + 2 + 3 + ··· + n = n ( n + 1) 2 for all n ∈ N . 2. Prove that 1 2 + 2 2 + 3 2 + ··· + n 2 = n ( n + 1)(2 n + 1) 6 for all n ∈ N . 3. Let r be a real number r = 1. Prove that 1 + r + r 2 + r 3 + ··· + r n = 1 r n +1 1 r . for all n ∈ N 4. Prove that 1 + 2 n ≤ 3 n for all n ∈ N . 5. Prove that 1 √ 1 + 1 √ 2 + 1 √ 3 + ··· + 1 √ n ≥ √ n for all n ∈ N . 6. Prove that 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 2 ··· 1 1 n 2 = n + 1 2 n for all n ≥ 2. 7. True or False: If S is a nonempty subset of N , then there exists an element m ∈ S such that m ≥ k for all k ∈ S . I.2. ORDERED FIELDS Let R denote the set of real numbers. The set R , together with the operations of addition (+) and multiplication ( · ), satisfies the following axioms: Addition: A1. For all x, y ∈ R , x + y ∈ R (addition is a closed operation). A2. For all x, y ∈ R , x + y = y + x (addition is commutative) A3. For all x, y, z ∈ R , x + ( y + z ) = ( x + y ) + z (addition is associative). A4. There is a unique number 0 such that x +0 = 0+ x for all x ∈ R . (0 is the additive identity .) A5. For each x ∈ R , there is a unique number x ∈ R such that x + ( x ) = 0. ( x is the additive inverse of x .) Multiplication: M1. For all x, y ∈ R , x · y ∈ R (multiplication is a closed operation)....
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2011 for the course MATH 3333 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston.
 Spring '08
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 Real Numbers, Natural Numbers

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