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    Cauchy sequence

    HI, got an exam soon and need help understanding this question;



    So i know what a Cauchy sequence is i.e d(x_n,x_m)<=epsilon, but have no idea how to apply that to this problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkr View Post
    HI, got an exam soon and need help understanding this question;



    So i know what a Cauchy sequence is i.e d(x_n,x_m)<=epsilon, but have no idea how to apply that to this problem.
    This question is wrongly worded, because it claims that the functions f_n(x) = \begin{cases}0&\text{if }x\in[1/n,1] \\ nx&\text{if }x\in[0,1/n)\end{cases} are in the space \{f:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}\,|\,f\text{ continuous}\}, whereas in fact these functions are obviously discontinuous at x = 1/n.

    Suppose we correct the question by redefining the functions to be continuous, say f_n(x) = \begin{cases}1&\text{if }x\in[1/n,1], \\ nx&\text{if }x\in[0,1/n).\end{cases} To show that they form a Cauchy sequence for the given metric, the easiest method is to show that they form a convergent sequence, with the limit function being the constant function g(x)=1.

    The function g(x) - f_n(x) is then zero except on the interval [0,1/n], where it is equal to 1– nx. Therefore d(g,f_n) = \int_0^{1/n}(1-nx)\,dx = \frac1{2n}\to0 as n\to\infty. Therefore the sequence is convergent and hence Cauchy.
    Last edited by Opalg; May 23rd 2009 at 06:58 AM. Reason: Corrected error
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