Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Bounded sequence doubt

  1. Aug 31, 2012 #1
    Thomas-Finney defines a bounded sequence as follows: -

    A sequence an is said to be bounded if there exists a real number M such that |an| ≤ M for all n belonging to natural numbers.

    This is equivalent to saying -M ≤ an ≤ M

    So, if all terms of a sequence lies between, say -1 and 1, i.e. in the interval (-1,1), then its bounded.

    But what if all values of an lies between, say -3 and 1, i.e in the interval (-3,1)? Is it still bounded?

    By the above definition it isn't. Essentially what I'm asking is whether the definition can be N ≤ an ≤ M , for some N belonging to real numbers?

  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 31, 2012 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    If all the values lie in the interval (-3,1) then they also lie in the interval (-3,3).
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook