Let (X,d) be a metric space and assme that A X. Prove that iff there exists a sequence in A converging to x.

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- April 5th 2009, 03:45 PMAndreametLimit points in a metric space
Let (X,d) be a metric space and assme that A X. Prove that iff there exists a sequence in A converging to x.

- April 5th 2009, 04:27 PMJhevon
Here's a rushed proof. you can streamline it.

Assume there is a sequence of points in that converges to . Then lies in any closed set containing . That is, .

Conversely, assume . Then the "ball" of radius centered at will contain points in . For each , pick one of these points and call it , then the sequence converges to

I assume you know how to describe a "ball" in a metric space. we derive this from the metric - April 6th 2009, 08:06 AMxalk
- April 6th 2009, 06:56 PMJhevon
gee, i don't know of a theorem that says we can do this. it just makes sense that we can based on our definitions.

what does it mean to be in ? Well, it means that if then any "open ball" centered at will contain points in . what does "open ball" mean in a metric space? the "open ball" centered at x is the set . so being in the closure means that this set is nonempty. if the set is nonempty, what's stopping us from picking elements in the set? - April 7th 2009, 02:11 AMxalk
- April 7th 2009, 03:57 PMJhevon