# Homework Help: Real Analysis - Prove the following: inf A = -sup(-A)

1. Sep 21, 2009

### jmac85

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Let A be a nonempty set of real numbers which is bounded below. Let -A be the set of all numbers -x, where x is in A. Prove that:
inf A = -Sup(-A)

2. Relevant equations

What should I use as a starting statement? I understand that its true. It makes sense in my head but I can't get it out on paper. l believe this to be right, although I'm not sure if my assumptions are correct or if what I did is actually legal to do. This is from Rudin's Principlese of Mathematical Analysis - Page 22 - Problem 6

3. The attempt at a solution

By definition --
inf A --> x <= y where y is in A
sup(-A) --> -x >= -y where y is in A

Thus --
-sup(-A) --> -(-x >= -y) --> x <= y

So we see --
-sup(-A) --> x <= y where y is in A

Therefore --
inf A = -sup(-A)

2. Sep 21, 2009

### Office_Shredder

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What you've done is show that the negative of a lower bound of A is an upper bound of -A. But you haven't proven that the negative of the greatest lower bound is the least upper bound of -A.

3. Sep 22, 2009

### pizzasky

You may want to approach the problem by proving these 2 inequalities :

1) inf(A) <= -sup(-A) , or equivalently, sup(-A) <= -inf(A)

2) inf(A) >= -sup(-A)

Combining these 2 inequalities will give you the desired result.

4. Sep 22, 2009

### StarTiger

Start with definition of infimum and supremum.
Then take sup A where A is a set of real numbers.
Define a set B = -A. Take inf of B.

5. Sep 22, 2009

### jmac85

Thank you all! I'll be working on the problem again tonight, this time with some new things to try!

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