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Denseness of bounded funtions in L^2?

  1. Oct 19, 2013 #1
    Let [itex]C_b^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex] be the space of infinitely differentiable functions f, such that f and all its partial derivatives are bounded.

    Is [itex]C_b^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex] dense in [itex]L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex]? I think the answer is yes, because [itex]C_b^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex] contains [itex]C_0^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex], the space of all infinitely differentiable functions with compact support, as a subset. And it's well known that [itex]C_0^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex] is dense in [itex]L^p(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex].

    However, there appear to be functions in [itex]C_b^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex] but are not in [itex]L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex], for example the function f(x)=1. So this means that instead, we have [itex]C_b^\infty(\mathbb{R}^n)\cap L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex] dense in [itex]L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)[/itex]?
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  3. Oct 19, 2013 #2


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    You seem to have answered your own question.
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