convergent sequence

• Dec 30th 2009, 09:52 AM
flower3
convergent sequence
$prove \ that \ if \ a_n \ is \ an \ increasing \ sequence \ , \ and \ b_n \ is \ a \ decreasing$ $\ sequence \ with \ a_n \ \leq \ b_n \ , \ \forall n\in N \ then \ both$
$a_n \ and \ b_n \ are \ convergent \ sequences$
$\ \ with \ lim \ a_n \leq lim \ b_n$
• Dec 30th 2009, 10:38 AM
Plato
Do you know that any bounded monotone sequence converges?
Do you understand how $b_1$ is an upper bound for the $(a_n)$ sequence?
What is a lower bound for the $(b_n)$ sequence?
Now put this together.
• Dec 30th 2009, 09:32 PM
Abu-Khalil
Suppose $a_n\to a,b_n\to b$ and $a>b$. Hence, $\exists N_1:a-a_n>a-\frac{a+b}{2},\forall n>N_1$ and $\exists N_2:b_n-b>\frac{a+b}{2}-b,\forall n>N_2$. So for any $n\geq \max\left\{N_1,N_2\right\}$ you have $a_n>b_n$.