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    Continuity of vector space operations

    Dear Colleagues,

    I need the solution of the following problem:

    Show that in a normed space X, vector addition and multiplication by scalars are continuous operations with respect to the norm; that is, the mappings defined by (x,y)\longmapsto x+y and (\alpha,x)\longmapsto \alpha x are continuous.

    This problem in "Introductory Functional Analysis with applications, Erwin Kreyszig" problem 4 page 70.

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    Raed.
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    Let (x_0,y_0)\in X\times X. We have ||x+y -(x_0+y_0)||\leq ||x-x_0||+||y-y_0||. Now you can use the definition of continuity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raed View Post
    Show that in a normed space X, vector addition and multiplication by scalars are continuous operations with respect to the norm; that is, the mappings defined by (x,y)\longmapsto x+y and (\alpha,x)\longmapsto \alpha x are continuous.
    Can you show that
    \alpha x - \alpha _o x_0  = \alpha _0 \left( {x - x_0 } \right) + \left( {\alpha  - \alpha _0 } \right)x_0  + \left( {\alpha  - \alpha _0 } \right)\left( {x - x_0 } \right)~?
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    Quote Originally Posted by girdav View Post
    Let (x_0,y_0)\in X\times X. We have ||x+y -(x_0+y_0)||\leq ||x-x_0||+||y-y_0||. Now you can use the definition of continuity.
    Thank you for reply, but my problem is how ||(x,y) -(x_0,y_0)||< \delta how can be interpreted using norm.

    Regards.
    Last edited by raed; March 21st 2011 at 03:42 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raed View Post
    Thank you for reply, but my problem is how ||(x,y) -(x_0,y_0)||< \delta can be interpreted using norm.
    Can you please explain what mean by "can be interpreted using norm."

    If you are saying that you do not understand what a norm is or how to use the concepts then you should understand that this is not a tutorial service. So you need to sit down with an instructor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girdav View Post
    Let (x_0,y_0)\in X\times X. We have ||x+y -(x_0+y_0)||\leq ||x-x_0||+||y-y_0||. Now you can use the definition of continuity.
    Thank you for your reply. what does ||(x,y) -(x_0,y_0)|| equal? and what its relation to
    ||x-x_0|| and to ||y-y_0||.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raed View Post
    Thank you for your reply. what does ||(x,y) -(x_0,y_0)|| equal? and what its relation to
    ||x-x_0|| and to ||y-y_0||.
    I will show you part #2. But first look at reply #3.
    Be sure that you can show that is true.

    We show that (\alpha,x)\mapsto \alpha x is continuous.
    Suppose that \alpha_0 is a scalar and x_0 is a point in the normed space.
    We start the proof the way we start each continuity proof.
    Suppose that \varepsilon  > 0. Now let \delta= \min \left\{ {1,\frac{\varepsilon }{{4\left( {\left| {\alpha _0 } \right| + 1} \right)}},\frac{\varepsilon }{{4\left( {\left\| {x_0 } \right\| + 1} \right)}}} \right\}
    If we have |\alpha-\alpha_0|<\delta and \|x-x_0\|<\delta then

    \|\alpha x -\alpha _o x_0\|\le |\alpha _0|\| \left( {x - x_0 } \right)\| +

     |\left( {\alpha  - \alpha _0 } \right)\|x_0\|  + | {\alpha  - \alpha _0 | \; \| {x - x_0 }\|< \varepsilon
    Last edited by Plato; March 21st 2011 at 09:59 AM.
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