1 is an element of the Natural Numbers.
Hey all, I would really appreciate some help with the above proof. Thanks a bunch!
The answer to this question, and others you posted in this forum recently, depends on the context. If you need a secondary-school proof, then this is the wrong forum because Number Theory is an advance university subject. Even pre-university forums deal mostly with high-school math, whereas the fact that 1 is a natural number is known in elementary school.
On the other hand, if you need a formal proof, then you need to specify the definitions and axioms you are using, such as the definition of natural numbers in set theory, ring axioms, Peano axioms, etc.
In Peano arithmetic if we start with 0, and the successor operation s and define n to be a natural if it is either 0 or the successor of a natural number, then as "1" is the name of s0 it is trivially a natural number.
If we start Peano arithmetic with 1 and the successor operation then "1" is by definition a natural number.
Simular arguments apply to the set theoretic construction on the Naturals.
The Naturals in this context is defined by the following:
There exists a subset N in Z (integers) with the following properties:
(i) If m,n are elements of N then m+n is an element of N
(ii) If m,n are elements of N then mn is an element of N
(iii) 0 is not an element of N
(iv) For every m that is an element of Z, we have m is an element of N or m=0 or -m is an element of N
This proof needs to be proved by contradiction by the way.