# metric space

• Oct 7th 2010, 10:40 AM
nerdo
metric space

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i know and understand the definition of a metric space:
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I can prove easily M1 and M2 but M3 is giving me problems. Can someone please help me.

M1: e(p,p)=0 by defintion.
e(p,q)>0 if p does not equal to q

M2: e(p,q)= (lpl+lql)=(lql+lpl)=e(q,p)

M3: really need help

Thanks

nerdo
• Oct 7th 2010, 12:17 PM
Plato
Is this what you mean?

$$\varsigma (x,y) \leqslant \varsigma (x,z) + \varsigma (z,y)$$
• Oct 7th 2010, 12:28 PM
nerdo
• Oct 7th 2010, 12:45 PM
Plato
Can you explain where you are having trouble?
• Oct 7th 2010, 12:49 PM
nerdo
i don't understand how the case if x=y but not z still holds
• Oct 7th 2010, 01:30 PM
Plato
Is this true: $\varsigma (x,z) = \left\| x \right\|_2 + \left\| z \right\|_2 \;\& \,\varsigma (z,y) = \left\| z \right\|_2 + \left\| y \right\|_2 ?$

What if you were to add those together?

Is $2\left\| z \right\|_2 \geqslant 0?$
• Oct 8th 2010, 12:29 AM
nerdo
Thanks for the help. It made my life much easier.
• Oct 8th 2010, 07:13 AM
HallsofIvy
Quote:

Originally Posted by nerdo
Thanks for the help. It made my life much easier.

Remarkable! Hey, Plato, can you make my life much easier?