MAT 237, Problem set 3
Due: Fri. Nov.5 at 1:30 pm
1. Here is an equivalent denition of disconnectedness (call it DISCON2):
Hints/solutions
a set S is said to be disconnected if there is a pair of open
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Problem set 1
solutions and hints
1. Let x and a be in Rn .
a) Prove the conjugate identity for the norm, that is :
(x a ) (x + a ) = x 2 a 2
b) Use part (a) to prove the owing fact from
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from R to Rn
required reading
Why Rn :
This course attempts at generalizing functions one variable like y = f (x) to functions of several variables;
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section 1.1
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Absolute value versus Norm
Recall that the convention of absolute value helped us dene the concept of magnitude of a number,
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section 1.1
inequality 1.3
2norm vs innity norm
Inequality 1.3 is a very important inequality which can be used as a legitimate tool (fact) about norm
of a ntuple in relation to the absolute value o
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Notes on 2.9
Extreme value problems
As much as the previous section, 2.8 was about the local extremes, working in a small open ball around
a critical point, this section deals with the (abs
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Critical points
Throughout this section the function f is considered to be dierentiable on an open set S , and in this
case a critical point is a point at which the gradient vani
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MAT237 Supplementary readings for section 2.8
1. Signicance of f (a) when f (a) vanishes:
Taylors theorem for the function f at the point a, of second order, announce that
f (a + h) = f (a) + f (a)h +
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Notes on 2.6
Higher order partial derivative
The most important result is this section is the equality of mixed partial derivatives when the function is
C
2
(that is any partial derivatives of
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Notes on 1.2
Logic and Topology
LOGIC, SETS and TOPOLOGY
Set notations and operations (see optional reading postings) can be thought of as a transliation of
symbolic logic into the language of
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Notes on 1.3
Continuity1
if
A function f : A Rm (where A is a subset of Rn ) is said to be Continuous at a point a point a A
such that x S x a  < = f (x f (a ) <
This statement can be tra
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Notes on 1.3
Continuity2
How to decide if a function of several variables is continuous?
As in the case of functions of one variable, a function f : Rn Rm is continuous at a point a Rn if
lim