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Analysis problem. please help

  1. Jun 2, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    let S' be the unit circle, C the set of complex numbers, R the set of real numbers, ||f|| = sqrt[integral(f^2) from -pi to pi] (the length or norm of f)

    find a function f: S'->C (so f is 2-pi periodic) and a sequence of functions {f_n}:R->C so that
    ||f-f_n|| converges to 0 but we dont have f_n(x) converging to f(x) for ANY x in S'

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    i was thinking of (-1)^n for f_n, and 0=f(x), but then ||f-f_n|| converges to 1, not 0
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2009
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  3. Jun 2, 2009 #2

    Dick

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    You are right. (-1)^n doesn't work. You want a step type function whose center keeps oscillating over the interval [-pi,pi] while it's diameter keeps shrinking.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2009 #3
    if its diameter keeps shrinking, then its limit will approach 0, hence not satisfying the 2nd part of the problem where it can't approach 0 for ANY x
     
  5. Jun 3, 2009 #4

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    Let c(I)(x) be the characteristic function for an interval I (i.e. c(I)(x)=1 for x in I, 0 otherwise). Suppose I want such a sequence of functions on the interval [0,1] instead of S'. Pick f_1=c([0,1/2]), f_2=c([1/2,1]), f_3=c([0,1/3]), f_4=c([1/3,2/3]), f_5=c([2/3,1]), f_6=c([0,1/4])... Let f=0.
     
  6. Jun 3, 2009 #5
    thanks
     
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