I have a doubt. I know C ( [0,1] , R ) ie, continuous functions from [0,1] to the real numbers is not a integral domain. But C ( R , R ), ie, continuous functions the real numbers to the real numbers is a integral domain?

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- May 21st 2011, 10:41 PMorbitIntegral Domain
I have a doubt. I know C ( [0,1] , R ) ie, continuous functions from [0,1] to the real numbers is not a integral domain. But C ( R , R ), ie, continuous functions the real numbers to the real numbers is a integral domain?

Regards... - May 21st 2011, 11:21 PMDrexel28
- May 21st 2011, 11:28 PMorbit
- May 21st 2011, 11:43 PMDeveno
for example, let

f(x) = 0, x < 1/3

f(x) = √[(1/36) - (x-(1/2))^2], 1/3 ≤ x ≤ 2/3

f(x) = 0, x > 2/3

g(x) = 0, x < 0

g(x) = √[(1/36) - (x-(1/6))^2], 0 ≤ x ≤ 1/3

g(x) = 0, x > 1/3

then f and g are two nonzero continuous functions on R, but fg = 0, for all x. - May 21st 2011, 11:50 PMorbit
Mmmm... so how can I prove that if C ( R , R ) is the ring continuous functions the real numbers to the real numbers. And if f is in C ( R , R ) such that f^2=f then f is the constant function f(x)=0 or is the constant function f(x)=1 ?

- May 22nd 2011, 07:36 AMDeveno
for any x in R, (f(x))^2 = f(x), and R IS an integral domain, because it is a field. so for any x in R we have: f(x)(f(x) - 1) = 0, hence at any particular x, f(x) = 0, or

f(x) = 1.

continuity then forces f to be constant. - May 22nd 2011, 08:10 AMorbit
- May 22nd 2011, 08:57 AMDeveno
C([R,R]) isn't an integral domain. but f(x) isn't the FUNCTION, it's the VALUE of the function at the point x. and the values of f are real numbers.

- May 22nd 2011, 10:50 AMorbit
- May 22nd 2011, 12:23 PMDeveno
and if f^2 = f on the entire interval [0,1], we have the same result: f must be constant on [0,1] and equal to 0 or 1 on the entire interval.

yes, if the ring of functions on EITHER domain was an integral domain, then we could conclude that either f or f-1 was the constant 0-function.

unfortunately, that isn't the case. however, the values of f and f-1, are in an integral domain, R.

now, that means we have a function f, THAT FOR EACH VALUE OF x IN THE DOMAIN OF THE FUNCTION, is either 0, or 1.

we can't have f take on both values in any subinterval of the domain, or else (by the intermediate value theorem -since f is CONTINUOUS),

f would take on EVERY value between 0 and 1, and we know that it ONLY has the values 0 and/or 1.

so f must be constant.

this has very little to do with integral domains, and everything to do with continuity.