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Show that the enumeration diverges

  1. Oct 26, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Let A = (0,1)[itex]\cap[/itex]Q
    Let (Xn) be an enumeration of A. Show that (Xn) diverges

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I am not quite sure of what 'diverges' means. Does this simply mean that a tail of (Xn) diverges to +∞ or -∞? If this is what the definition is, I cannot see how (Xn) diverges. I would say instead that it converges to 1.
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  3. Oct 26, 2011 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    The question claims (truly) that if you have *any* list containing all the rationals in (0,1) [which is possible because this is a countable set], the list is not a convergent sequence; in other words, x_n does not have a well-defined limit as n --> infinity. Of course, 0 < x_n < 1 for all n, so there is no question x_n going to +- infinity as you seem to think.

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