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    Check this proof on supremums?

    This is from Fitzpatrick's Advanced Calculus. I am not very experienced with proofs so could someone tell me if this is a correct way of doing it? Thanks!


    Claim:
    If S is a set of real numbers that is bounded above and B is a nonempty subset of S, then \text{sup }B\leq \text{sup }S.

    Proof: Let S be a set of real numbers that is bounded above and B a nonempty subset of S. Take an arbitrary element x in B. Since B\subseteq S, x is also in S. Since S is bounded above, by the completeness axiom we know there is a number c=\text{sup }S such that x\leq c, and there is no number less than c that is an upper bound for S. Since x is in B, c is also an upper bound for B. So we must have \text{sup }B\leq c, or \text{sup }B\leq \text{sup }S.
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    Re: Check this proof on supremums?

    Hey Ragnarok.

    Does your professor require you to use the full definition of the supremum? (i.e. the supremum about being the lowest greater bound?)
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    Re: Check this proof on supremums?

    Chiro is correct to refer you to your professor - there are probably certain things that you need to make sure you include.

    I would write a lot less to prove this claim: Let x\in{B}. Then since B is a subset of S, x\in{S}, so x\le\sup{S}. Since x was an arbitrary element of B, \sup{B}\le\sup{S}.

    But again, your professor might want more.

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    Re: Check this proof on supremums?

    Thanks guys! I'm actually self-studying, so I don't have a professor to refer to. I'm just guessing on the definitions and form. Your shortened version helps me a lot.
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