How would I prove there exists a positive real number x such that x^2=2? I need to use the Archimedean property.

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- Apr 28th 2010, 09:13 PMtharrisAnalysis proof
How would I prove there exists a positive real number x such that x^2=2? I need to use the Archimedean property.

- Apr 28th 2010, 09:16 PMDrexel28
- Apr 28th 2010, 09:57 PMtharris
Do I start with: suppose x^2 does not equal 2? Or do I begin with assuming either a lower bound or an upper bound?

- Apr 28th 2010, 09:59 PMDrexel28
- Apr 28th 2010, 10:17 PMtharris
this implies that the infimum is 0 which is a contradiction since x^2 >2?

- Apr 28th 2010, 10:19 PMDrexel28
- Apr 28th 2010, 10:52 PMtharris
I guess I don't see the connection. The arcimedian principle states that if x>0, then there exists a positive integer n such that 1/n <x.

How does this relate to the infimum? - Apr 28th 2010, 10:57 PMDrexel28
Think about it like this.

The Archimedean principle says (geometrically) that

0--------|------------------

in the below we can always find some $\displaystyle n\in\mathbb{N}$ such that

0-----$\displaystyle \frac{1}{n}$-----|-------------

So, now we're claiming that $\displaystyle \gamma$ is the infimum of this set. But, $\displaystyle \gamma^2\ne 2$ and so if you argue correctly we have this scenario

0----$\displaystyle \gamma^2-2$-----------

So, we should be able to "fit something" in between zero and $\displaystyle \gamma^2-2$ (by the A.P.)

but, what's the problem with that? - Apr 28th 2010, 11:12 PMtharris
Does this imply that that "something" must be between 2 and "lambda" squared which is a contradiction since "lamda" squared is > 2?

- Apr 28th 2010, 11:17 PMDrexel28
A) $\displaystyle \gamma=\text{gamma},\lambda=\text{lambda}$

B) No. The point is that you can fit something squared in between $\displaystyle \gamma-2$ and zero and with a little algebra that something squared will be strictly greater than two but less than $\displaystyle \gamma$.

P.S. I don't know why I've been writing $\displaystyle \gamma^2$, it should always have been $\displaystyle \gamma$ - Apr 28th 2010, 11:43 PMtharris
Sorry, my greek symbols are rusty. You have been a great help. Does this stuff get more understandable? I hope so. So far I have that:

0 < 1/n < gamma - 2

If I add 2 to everything I get:

2 < 1/n + 2 < gamma

How did I show that 1/n + 2 is a square? - Apr 29th 2010, 08:49 AMDrexel28