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Homework Help: Subdivisions/Refinement Proof

  1. Feb 11, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If each of D1 and D2 is a subdivision of [a,b], then...
    1. D1 u D2 is a subdivision of [a,b], and
    2. D1 u D2 is a refinement of D1.

    2. Relevant equations

    **Definition 1: The statement that D is a subdivision of the interval [a,b] means...
    1. D is a finite subset of [a,b], and
    2. each of a and b belongs to D.

    **Definition 2: The statement that K is a refinement of the subdivision D means...
    1. K is a subdivision of [a,b], and
    2. D is a subset of K.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I just proved that, "If K is a refinement of H and H is a refinement of the subdivision D of [a,b], then K is a refinement of D." Well I havent wrote it down but the 2nd definition part 2 is what makes it easy to relate just being a transitive proof.

    My problem is that I've taken a lot of logic courses in the past so when I see the union of two variables I only need to prove that one is actually true. In this particular situation both are true so its obvious but I don't know how to state that fact.

    For the 2nd part of the proof, wouldn't I just say that D1 is a subset of itself, and its already given that D1 is a subdivision of [a,b]? It just seems too easy...

    I also had questions about proofs I've already turned in that I did poorly on but I didn't want to flood this place with questions.
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  3. Feb 12, 2013 #2
    Yes, I agree. Since by the first part you will have already shown that D1 u D2 is a subdivision of [a,b], all you have to do in part 2 is simply state that D1 is a subset of D1 u D2, thus the definition of refinement is satisfied.
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