# Sup proving question

1. Nov 29, 2008

### transgalactic

http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/2220/57946210jf5.gif [Broken]

this is a total abstract thing

i dont know how to prove SUP whithout a formula to the series

??

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2. Nov 29, 2008

### CompuChip

What is the definition of supremum?

Also, you put a question mark with "least upper bound", do you know what it means?

3. Nov 29, 2008

### transgalactic

i know the definition of supremum and least upper bound

i dont know what to do here because i dont have a formula for this series
??

4. Nov 29, 2008

### arildno

It is NOT a question whether you know "the" definition of the supremum and least upper bound. I'm sure you do!

But:
After all, there are numerous definitions floating about, provably logically equivalent.

Thus, if we are to be able to help you, we need to know what particular definition YOU are to utilize in order to prove the statement; it is no good for us to prove it from a definition you are not entitled to use.

Therefore, please post the definitions you are allowed to use for this exercise.

5. Nov 29, 2008

### transgalactic

6. Nov 29, 2008

### CompuChip

They define sup as the least upper bound. But if I read your question correctly, they ask you to prove that "if S is the least upper bound of A and there is a sequence of elements in A converging to S, then S = sup(A)". So I must be missing something here, because that is trivial, isn't it?

7. Nov 29, 2008

### transgalactic

sup is defined as a least upper bound in the question
if S exists in A then its defined as max(A)

8. Nov 29, 2008

Half of the question seems unnecessary going by the definition of sup in the article. If S is the least upper bound for A, then S is synonymous with sup(A).

Definition 1. Let S be a set of real numbers. An upper bound for S is a number B such that x ≤ B for all x ∈ The supremum, if it exists, (“sup”, “LUB,” “least upper bound”) of S is the smallest upper bound for S.

Now if the question asks, assume there is a bounded set A, and you can find a sequence of numbers that converge to some value S, and S is in A and just an "upper bound", then it you can show it is the least upper bound.

9. Nov 29, 2008

### transgalactic

sup=least upper bound

how to solve it?

10. Nov 29, 2008

Done. Sup = least upper bound. Are you trying to prove a definition?

If M = sup S, the for every epsilon >0 there is an x in S, such that

M - epsilon < x <= M.

In other words, let x be as close to M as you want while still being in S, x will be less or equal to M.

To take this from another view, there are 12 axioms of a complete ordered field like R. One of them (#12 in my book) says that every non-empty set of real numbers S that is bounded from above has a least upper bound, called the sup S. I don't know what there is to solve/prove.

11. Nov 29, 2008

### CompuChip

To be shown: If S is the least upper bound of A and there is a sequence of elements in A converging to S, then S = sup(A)

Proof: Let S be the least upper bound of A and assume there is a sequence of elements in A converging to S. Then in particular, S is the least upper bound of A. By definition 1, S is the supremum of A. QED.

12. Nov 30, 2008

### transgalactic

i need to prove that S is the least upper bound
i dont know how to do that. i can say that
there is a cetain "e"
that if we subtract it from S we will get a member from A which is larger then S.

but is it a proof??

and what the -> thing means in the end ??

13. Nov 30, 2008

### CompuChip

666 posts transgalactic... evil!

Anyway, I think the question is not entirely clear.
What do you want to prove and what are the assumptions?
Where did the link in your first post come from, did you scan it from a text book or did you type it yourself? Why are some parts "pencil"-drawn? (Like $A \subseteq \mathbb{R}$, the question mark, ...)

Did you maybe mean: "Prove that S = sup(A) if S is an upper bound of A (not necessarily the least) and there is a sequence converging to S"?

14. Nov 30, 2008

### transgalactic

i scan the questions from a text book i am learning from

what is this arrow thing means?

15. Nov 30, 2008

### CompuChip

It means that
$$\lim_{n \to \infty} a_n = S$$.