# 2 questions on continuity/continuous extensions

If D is a dense subset of R and f is uniformly continuous, prove that f has a continuous extension to R.

I said:

if x0 is in D, then f(x0) is continuous.

Let x0 be in R\D. D dense in R--> there exists {x_n} in D s. t. {x_n}--> x0.

{x_n} is a Cauchy sequence converging to x. f is uniformly continuous on D--> {f(x_n)} is Cauchy and thus converges to y.

Define f(x0)=y

Then I'm stuck. I want to show that f(x0) is continuous, but I'm not sure how.

Another question: Prove that if D is closed (instead of dense) , then f also has a continuous extension

I'm not sure even where to begin with this question.

Related Calculus and Beyond Homework Help News on Phys.org
Dick
Homework Helper
For the first one, just use the definition of continuity. For the second the extension is clearly not unique so you just need to define one. Hint: the complement of a closed set in R is a countable union of open intervals.

HallsofIvy
Homework Helper
If D is a dense subset of R and f is uniformly continuous, prove that f has a continuous extension to R.

I said:

if x0 is in D, then f(x0) is continuous.
f(x0) is a number. It makes no sense to say that a number is continuous. Perhaps you meant to say that f is continuous at x0.

Let x0 be in R\D. D dense in R--> there exists {x_n} in D s. t. {x_n}--> x0.

{x_n} is a Cauchy sequence converging to x. f is uniformly continuous on D--> {f(x_n)} is Cauchy and thus converges to y.
Do you need uniformly continuous for that?

Define f(x0)=y

Then I'm stuck. I want to show that f(x0) is continuous, but I'm not sure how.

Another question: Prove that if D is closed (instead of dense) , then f also has a continuous extension

I'm not sure even where to begin with this question.

f(x0) is a number. It makes no sense to say that a number is continuous. Perhaps you meant to say that f is continuous at x0.

Do you need uniformly continuous for that?

yes, sorry, that's what I meant.

No, you don't. I simply did not want to type an almost identical question out again, and then forgot to mention that you don't need uniform continuity.

So, using the definition of continuity, every sequence {x_n} in D that converges, {f(x_n)} converges. But this only takes into account {x_n} in D, right? So what about {x_n} in R? Is it that: Given a converging sequence {x_n} in R that converges to x0, we can find an equivalent sequence {x_n} in D that converges to x0 because x0 must be a limit point of D or a point in D (consequence of D dense)? So f is continuous on R.

I'm still unclear on what to do in the closed set quesion.

Dick