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## Homework Statement

If f is continuous, and f(x) = 0 for all x in A, where A is a dense set. Then f(x) = 0 for all x.

I am using the following definitions:

A set of real numbers A is dense if every open interval contains a point of A.

And the limit definition for a continuous function.

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

Suppose there is an a such that f(a) > 0, then since f is continuous, there is an δ > 0, such that, for all x,

if |x - a| < δ, then |f(x) - f(a)| < f(a). So f(x) > 0 for all x in (-δ + a, δ + a).

But since (-δ + a, δ + a) is an open interval it contains a point of A call it z, but that is impossible, because then f(z) = 0 (By hypothesis), and f(z) > 0 because f(x) > 0 for all x in (-δ + a, δ + a). Assuming there is an a such that f(a) > 0 leads to a contradiction.

I did basically the same to show that there are no x with f(x) < 0.

Therefore f(x) = 0 for all x.

Am I correct?

Also, hello.