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Homework Help: Is this proof okay?

  1. Sep 14, 2005 #1
    I'm taking a course in rigorous calculus, using the famous calculus textbook by Tom Apostol. I'm required to prove that if x is real and satisfies 0 <= x < h, for all positive real h, then x = 0. Here is my 'proof':

    if x >= 0, then either x > 0 or x= 0. i'm going to prove that x > 0 leads to contradiction. if x>0, then let h = x/2 > 0. then x-h = x-x/2 = x/2 > 0, and therefore, h < x...which contradicts the h > x for all h. So x=0.

    Is this proof all right and sufficiently rigorous?
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2005 #2

    quasar987

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    way to go!
     
  4. Sep 15, 2005 #3
    Well h is always above 0. If you consider x=>0 either infinitly small or equal to zero, then it must be equal to zero to sastify the condition x<h. But there is a little contratiction. x=>0 means x is infinitly small but existant... there is a paradox in the condition 0<=x>h
     
  5. Sep 15, 2005 #4

    quasar987

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    What are you saying Werg22? Particularily, what do you mean by

    "x=>0 means x is infinitly small but existant... "

    and here...

    "there is a paradox in the condition 0<=x>h"

    did you mean 0<=x<h ?
     
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