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Homework Help: Math Analysis

  1. Jan 13, 2005 #1
    1.Does a sequence exist that has every point of R(real numbers) as an accumulation point?

    2.Show that closed is essential in the Heine-Borel Theorem by finding an open cover of a non-closed bounded set that does not have a finite sub-cover.

    I think that the set of rational numbers has every real numbers as an accumulation point, but I'm unsure of the sequence of rational numbers.

    Any help appreciated, thanks.
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  3. Jan 13, 2005 #2


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    You have the right idea. A potentially unsatisfying answer might be to simply enumerate the rational numbers (which is possible because they are countable).
    Alternatively, are you familiar with Hilbert's hotel and the proof that the rational numbers are countable?
  4. Jan 14, 2005 #3
    For Q2, just consider the open interval of (-1, 1) in R. Consider an open cover like the collection of intervals, { (x-w, x+w), w=(1-|x|)/2: x from (-1, 1) }. If this collection has a finite subcover, would there be any points not covered by the subcovering (and thus a contradiction)?
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