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Does any open interval in R have a maximum? Explain your answer.

Thomas

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- July 30th 2011, 07:29 AMthomasboatengreal numbers
I need help with this question,

Does any open interval in R have a maximum? Explain your answer.

Thomas - July 30th 2011, 07:34 AMTKHunnyRe: real numbers
If it does, is it open? What say you?

There must be a defintion of "Open Interval" sitting about somewhere. Why not have a good, close look at it? - July 30th 2011, 07:48 AMthomasboatengRe: real numbers
i know it doesnt have any end points because you can always get a little bit more larger for example 0.1 then 0.11

but i dont know to explain correctly - July 30th 2011, 08:05 AMPlatoRe: real numbers
- July 30th 2011, 08:25 AMAlso sprach ZarathustraRe: real numbers
- July 31st 2011, 02:59 AMHallsofIvyRe: real numbers
Indirect proof: Suppose the open interval, (a, b),

**does**have a maximum, M. Since M is in (a, b), a< M< b. Let .

Prove:

1) N< b.

2) a< M< N

so N is in (a, b)

3) M< N, contradicting the hypothesis.

Do you understand the difference between a "maximum" and a "supremum" (least upper bound)? That is crucial here.