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    Spivak's Calculus Question

    Prove that if |x - x_0| < e/2 and |y - y_0| < e/2, then

    |(x + y) - (x_0 + y_0)| < e,
    |(x - y) - (x_0 - y_0)| < e.

    I'm not looking for a complete solution, just a hint as to where to begin.

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    Re: Spivak's Calculus Question

    Quote Originally Posted by RogueDemon View Post
    Prove that if |x - x_0| < e/2 and |y - y_0| < e/2, then
    |(x + y) - (x_0 + y_0)| < e,
    |(x - y) - (x_0 - y_0)| < e.

    just a hint as to where to begin.
    (x+y)-(x_0+y_0)=(x-x_0)+(y-y_0)
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    Re: Spivak's Calculus Question

    Will the following identity be of any use in completing the proof?

    |(x - x_0) + (y - y_0)| <= |x - x_0| + |y - y_0|
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    Re: Spivak's Calculus Question

    Quote Originally Posted by RogueDemon View Post
    Will the following identity be of any use in completing the proof?

    |(x - x_0) + (y - y_0)| <= |x - x_0| + |y - y_0|
    That is the only to do it. That is the triangle inequality.
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    Re: Spivak's Calculus Question

    This is what I've got so far:

    |(x + y) - (x_0 + y_0 )| < e

    |x + y - x_0 - y_0| < e

    |x - x_0 + y - y_0| < e

    |(x - x_0) + (y - y_0)| < e

    |(x - x_0) + (y - y_0)| <= |x - x_0| + |y - y_0|


    |x - x_0| < e/2

    2|x - x_0| < e

    |x - x_0| + |x - x_0| < e

    |x - x_0| < e - |x - x_0|

    |x - x_0| + |y - y_0| < e - |x - x_0| + |y - y_0|

    |(x - x_0) + (y - y_0)| <= |x - x_0| + |y - y_0| < e - |x - x_0| + |y - y_0|

    |(x - x_0) + (y - y_0)| < e - |x - x_0| + |y - y_0|

    Any idea as to how to turn the e - |x - x_0| + |y - y_0| into a simple e? Am I even on the right track?
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    Re: Spivak's Calculus Question

    Given that |x-x_0|<\frac{e}{2}~\&~|y-y_0|<\frac{e}{2} then
    |(x-x_0)+(y-y_0|\le |(x-x_0)|+|(y-y_0|<\frac{e}{2}+\frac{e}{2}=e.
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