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Unformatted text preview: MATH 8, SECTION 1, WEEK 4 - RECITATION NOTES TA: PADRAIC BARTLETT Abstract. These are the notes from Monday, Oct. 18ths lecture, where we started to discuss the ideas of limits and continuity. 1. Random Question Question 1.1. So, in R 2 , you can draw at most 6 equilateral triangles around a given point; this is a simple consequence of the internal angle of a equilateral triangle being 60 . A natural generalization of the above question, then, is the following: in R 3 , what is the maximum number of regular tetrahedra can you fit around a given point? 2. Continuity: Definitions Definition 2.1. If f : X Y is a function between two subsets X,Y of R , we say that lim x a f ( x ) = L if and only if (1) (vague:) as x approaches a , f ( x ) approaches L . (2) (precise; wordy:) for any distance > 0, there is some neighborhood > of a such that whenever x X is within of a , f ( x ) is within of L . (3) (precise; symbols:) > , > 0 s.t. x X, ( | x- a | < ) ( | f ( x )- L | < ) . Definition 2.2. A function f : X Y is said to be continuous at some point a X iff lim x a f ( x ) = f ( a ) . Somewhat strange definitions, right? At least, the two rigorous definitions are somewhat strange: how do these epsilons and deltas connect with the rather simple concept of as x approaches a , f ( x ) approaches f ( a )? To see this a bit better, consider the following image: 1 2 TA: PADRAIC BARTLETT a f(a) a+ f(a)+ f(a)- a- This graph shows pictorially whats going on in our rigorous definition of limits and continuity: essentially, to rigorously say that as x approaches a , f ( x ) approaches f ( a ), we are saying that for any distance around f ( a ) that wed like to keep our function, there is a neighborhood ( a- ,a + ) around a such that if f takes only values within this neighborhood (...
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