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Apr7-09, 07:45 PM
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Quote Quote by strangerep View Post
I'm starting to lose track of what you're referring to, hence unable to offer a pinpoint
answer. Maybe you should re-summarize?
OK, let's focus on "distributions" first, not "tempered distributions". We define the test function space (I'll call it [itex]\mathcal D[/itex]) as the set of [itex]C^\infty[/itex] functions from [itex]\mathbb R^n[/itex] into [itex]\mathbb C[/itex] that have compact support. I would like to define a "distribution" as a member of the dual space [itex]\mathcal D^*[/itex], defined as the set of continuous linear functions [itex]T:\mathcal D\rightarrow\mathbb C[/itex]. But to do that, we need to define what "continuous" means. There are at least two ways to do that.

Option 1: Define the usual inner product. The inner product gives us a norm, and the norm gives us a metric. Now we can use the definition of continuity that applies to all metric spaces.

[itex]T:\mathcal D\rightarrow\mathbb C[/itex] is continuous at [itex]g\in\mathcal D[/itex] if for each [itex]\epsilon>0[/itex] there's a [itex]\delta>0[/itex] such that [itex]\|f-g\|<\delta\implies|T(f)-T(g)|<\epsilon[/itex]. T is continous on a set [itex]U\subset\mathcal D[/itex] if it's continuous at each point in U. Alternatively, and equivalently, T is continuous on [itex]U\subset\mathcal D[/itex] if [itex]T^{-1}(E)[/itex] is open for every open [itex]E\subset\mathbb C[/itex].

Weird, it takes a lot less to cause a database error now than a couple of weeks ago. I'll continue in the next post.