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    rigor confusion

    I'm a high school student interested in higher mathematics. The only resource I've found for analysis, besides the local tech institute, is Youtube and its wonderful collection of lectures. This is the series I'm watching on analysis:



    That's the tenth lecture. I don't understand the point of the excessive rigor from 9:49 to 22:04. It seems that the proof can be made directly from the definition of closure. "If a set contains all its limit points, it is called 'closed'. If you take a set S and union it with all its limit points S', then it's closed, as it contains all its limit points. QED." What was the point of a 13 minute and two-chalkboard proof for what could be seen from the definition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kgm View Post
    I'm a high school student interested in higher mathematics. The only resource I've found for analysis, besides the local tech institute, is Youtube and its wonderful collection of lectures. This is the series I'm watching on analysis:



    That's the tenth lecture. I don't understand the point of the excessive rigor from 9:49 to 22:04. It seems that the proof can be made directly from the definition of closure. "If a set contains all its limit points, it is called 'closed'. If you take a set S and union it with all its limit points S', then it's closed, as it contains all its limit points. QED." What was the point of a 13 minute and two-chalkboard proof for what could be seen from the definition?

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    No you need to show that it contains all its limit point, all you know from its construction is that it contains all the limit points of S.

    Now this is not so difficult, but in that video the lecturer is floundering a bit, which makes what he is doing seem much more complicated than it really is.

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