Heine Borel Theorem: Implications & Results

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In summary, the Heine-Borel theorem is a fundamental result in real analysis that is used almost everywhere. It guarantees that a continuous function on a compact set has both a maximum and minimum value. While it can be proven directly, it is often simpler to use the Heine-Borel theorem, which states that a set is compact if and only if it is closed and bounded.
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The implications of Heine Borel Thm are not immediate to me. Any results are derived from this theorem?
 
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Hi zli034! :smile:

The Heine-Borel theorem is so significant that it's used almost everywhere in real analysis. Let me give you an example.

Let's say that B is a ball in [itex]\mathbb{R}^2[/itex]. and let's say we have a function [itex]f:B\rightarrow \mathbb{R}[/itex]. How do we know that this function has a maximum value? Well, we know that because of the extreme value theorem. This states

If [itex]f:X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}[/itex] is a continuous function and if [itex]X\subseteq \mathbb{R}^n[/itex] is compact, then f has a maximum and a minimum value.​

But how do we know that B is compact? We can prove it directly by showing that every cover has a finite subcover. This is a bit tedious, so we make use of the Heine-Borel theorem which states that it's enough to show that B is closed and bounded.
 

Related to Heine Borel Theorem: Implications & Results

1. What is the Heine Borel Theorem?

The Heine Borel Theorem is a fundamental result in real analysis that states that a subset of Euclidean space is compact if and only if it is closed and bounded.

2. What are the implications of the Heine Borel Theorem?

The Heine Borel Theorem has several important implications in mathematics, particularly in the fields of analysis and topology. It provides a useful characterization of compact sets, which is crucial in many proofs and constructions in these areas.

3. How is the Heine Borel Theorem used in mathematics?

The Heine Borel Theorem is used in various mathematical proofs and constructions, particularly in analysis and topology. It is also an important tool in understanding the concept of compactness and its applications in different mathematical areas.

4. What are some key results derived from the Heine Borel Theorem?

Some key results derived from the Heine Borel Theorem include the Bolzano-Weierstrass Theorem, which states that every bounded sequence in Euclidean space has a convergent subsequence, and the Heine-Cantor Theorem, which states that a continuous function on a compact set attains its maximum and minimum values.

5. Are there any limitations to the Heine Borel Theorem?

Yes, the Heine Borel Theorem only applies to Euclidean spaces and may not hold in other topological spaces. Additionally, it does not provide a constructive method for finding a compact set, and in some cases, it may be difficult to determine whether a given set is compact or not.

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