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Help two questions in math. analysis .

  1. Sep 26, 2007 #1
    help...two questions in math. analysis.....

    1) prove : every bounded open interval(a,b) where a less than b and a,b in R , then is an open set.

    2) If c = supA and a is not the maximum of A, then sup(A\{a})= c.

    I really don't know how to prove those two....thanks for helping me...really...
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  3. Sep 26, 2007 #2
    if x is in (a,b) then a<x<b, so what can you say about b-x and x-a? Choose a epsilon neighborhood of x that is contained in (a,b) appropriately.

    we have that c=supA and that a is not the max of A. The latter statement needs some unraveling - I presume a IS inside A so then it means that a is NOT an upper bound of A, i.e. there exists a b in A s.t. b>a. Take epsilon to be small and positive, then look at c minus epsilon. Remember there is a b in A with b>a, which also means that b IS not a.
  4. Sep 26, 2007 #3
    Do you know what is an open set ?
  5. Sep 26, 2007 #4
    if x is contained in (a,b) and there is no intersection with ]a,b[ , then it is an open set?
  6. Sep 26, 2007 #5
    A better way to define open set would be to say every point in the neighborhood is in the set.
  7. Sep 26, 2007 #6
    Just read the reply by SidharthM, and read about open interval, open set, etc. on wikipedia. Giving the whole solution would not help in your understanding.
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