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SECOND EDITION

ROBERT G. BARTLE DONALD R. SHERBERT

Eastern Michigan University University of illinois

• Chichester • Brisbane • Toronto • Singapore

INTRODUCTION TO REAL ANALYSIS

SECOND EDITION

ROBERT G. BARTLE DONALD R. SHERBERT

Eastern Michigan University University of illinois

• Chichester • Brisbane • Toronto • Singapore

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then we have

X+Y- (~,~, 1:, ... , 2,.,+1 ...• ). X _ Y = ( ~ , ~, I; " .. , 2n2 n - 1 , .. ; ) ,

X . Y = (2,2, 2, ... , 2, ... ) ,

3X = (6,12,18, ,6n, ... ),

X/Y = (2,8,18, ,2n2, ••• ).

We note that if Z denotes the sequence

Z := (0,2, 0, ... , 1 + ( - 1) ", ... ),

then we have defined X + Z, X - Z and X' Z; but X/Z is not defined since some of the terms of Z are equal to O.

The Limit of a Sequence

There are a number of different limit concepts in real analysis. The notion of limit of a sequence is the most basic and it will be the focus of this chapter.

3.1.4 Definition Let X = (xn) be a sequence of real numbers. A real number x is said to be a limit of (xn) if for every e > 0 there exists a natural number K(e) such that for all n ;;;. K(d, the terms Xn belong to the s-neighbor-

hood V.,(x).

If x is a limit of the sequence, we also say that X = (xn) converges to x (01' .

has a limit x). If a sequence has a limit, we say that the sequence is convergent, H' it has no limit, we say that the sequence is divergent.

The notation K(d is used to make it explicit that the choice of K may depend on value of e > 0; however, it is often convenient to write K instead of K(e). In many cases, •.. "small" value of e will usually require a "large" value of K in order to guarantee that .1

lies in the e-neighborhood Vs(x) for all n ~ K = K(e).

One can describe the definition of convergence of X = (xn) to x by for every e-neighborhood V/x) of x, all but afinite number of terms of X belong V,,(x). The finite number of terms that may not belong to the e-neighborhood·

the terms Xl' X2"" ~,XK(8)-1' .•.•.

When a sequence X = (x n) has a limit x inR, we will use the notation

limX = x

or

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Also we will sometimes use the symbolism ' x" ~ x, which indicates the intuitive idea that the values Xn "approach" the number x as ,n ~ 00 •

.. . ), , ... ),

3.1.5 Uniqueness of Limits A sequence of real numbers can have at most one limit.

Proof. Suppose, on the contrary, that x' and x" are both limits of X = (x,,) lind that x' =1= x". We choose e > 0 such that the s-neighborhoods VB(x') and V,,(x") are disjoint (that is, such that e < ilx' - x"l). Now let K' and K" be natural numbers such that if n > K' then x" E VJx'), and if n > K" then x" E VB(x"). However, this contradicts the assumption that these s-neighborhoods lire disjoint. (Why?) Consequently, we must have x' = x". Q.E.D.

.. ),

3.1.6 Theorem Let X = (xn) be a sequence of real numbers, and let x E R.

il'/W folloWing statements are equivalent . (a) X converges to x.

(h) For every s-neighborhood VB(x), there is a natural number K(s) such that all n ;;. K(s), the terms Xn belong to VB(x).

(c) For every e > 0, there is a natural number K(e) such that for all

? K(s), the terms Xn satisfy Ix" - xl < s.

(d) For every e > 0, there is a natural number K(e) such that for all K(e)" the termsx; satisfy x - s < x" < x + e.

I','oof. The equivalence ofIa) and (b) is just the definition. The equivalence ')j (c), and (d) follows from the following implications:

UEVB(x) <=> lu-xl<s <=> -e<u-x<e <=> x - s < u < x + 8.

XjZ is not defined since

real analysis. The notion of e focus of this chapter.

ce of real numbers. A 1'011\' 8 > 0 there exists a natllm'. c belong to the 8-111::1)','"

n

Q.E.D.

x = (x n) converges to x · he sequence is convergent,

t.

The definition of the limit of a sequence of real numbers is used to verify value x is indeed the limit. It does not provide a means for initially that value should be. Later results will contribute to this end, but quite

It1(,A'"~'''rv in practice to arrive at a conjectured value of the limit by direct ,'n number of terms of the sequence. Computers can be very helpful in this ,. they can calculate only a finite number of terms ofa sequence, such not in any way constitute a proof, but only a conjecture; of the value of the

choice of K may depend on instead of K(e). In many , , K in order to guarantee thul

~ of X = (xn) to x by number of terms of X ong to the

, we will use the uotatiou

.forms the basis for what we will refer to as "The K(d Carne".

A asserts that a certain number x is the limit of a sequence of "'~'''''''o this assertion Player A is issuing a challenge to Player B for e > 0, after which Player A will provide a value K(e)

3.1.7 Examples (a) limnln) = O.

To show this, Player A notes that, given e > 0, then lie> O. Hence by the Archimedean Property 2.5.2, there is a natural number exceeding lie. Now if K(e) is a natural 'number with K(e) > lie, then for any n EN such that n ~ K(e), we will have n> lje so that lin < e. That is, if n ~ K(e), then

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such that if n EN and n ~ K(e) it will be true that IXn - xl < e. If Player A can always come up with a single value of K(e) and show that this value will work, he wins. However, if Player B can give a value of e > 0 for which Player A cannot give an adequate response, then Player B wins.

To be sure of success, Player A should have a formula for K(e), or at least an organized procedure (i.e., an "algorithm") for finding a value for K(e) once e > 0_

has been specified. . .

Note that Player A does not have to produce the smallest number K(e) such that Ix n - X I < e for all n ~ K(e), although he may be able to do so. All he wagers is that he will be able to give some value for K(e) that works, no matter what value of e > 0 that Player B might specify, '

We recall that Player B wins when she. can specify a single value of e > 0 for which Player A' sresponse is not adequate in the sense that no matter what value Player A gives for K(e), Player B can produce a natural number (say nK(.) with

nK(e) ~ K(e) such that IXn - xl ~ e.

K(s)

In order to show that a sequence X = (xn) does not converge to the number x, it is enough to produce one number eo> 0 such that no matter what natural number K is chosen, one can find a particular nK satisfying nK ~ K such that xnK does not belong to the eo-neighborhood of x. (This will be discussed in more detail in Section 3.4.)

Therefore, Player A can confidently assert that: "The sequence (lin) converges to 0", since no matter what value of e > 0 Player B names, A merely needs to

produce a natural number K(e) > lie. .

(b) lim (1/n2) = O.

Given e > 0, Player A wants to get

. for n sufficiently large. If we extract positive square roots, the inequality 1/n2 < e leads us to

1

- <VB

n

or

1

VB < n.

t Ix" - xl < e. If Player A can w that this value will work, he > 0 for which Player A cannot

ormula for K(e), or at least an 19 a value for K(e) once e > 0

he smallest number K(e) such be able to do so. All he wagers e) that works, no matter what

cify a single value of e > 0 for ense that no matter what value atural number (say n K(E» with

es not converge to the number ch that no matter what natural :atisfying nK ~ K such that xu_ 'his will be discussed in more

D, then 1 /e > o. Hence by the umber exceeding 1 Ie. Now i r len for any n E N such that That is, if n ~ K(e), then

he sequence (lIn) converges to . B names, A merely needs to

~e roots, the inequality l/n2 < /.:

- < n.

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Thus, Player A is tempted to take K(e) to be a natural number such that K(g) > l/Ve (the Archimedean Property 2.5.2 ensures that there always is one). Hcfore Player A makes his claim, he must assure himself that if n ); K(e) then II> 1/Ve so that n2> lie (why?), whence it follows that E> I/n2 . (why?). Having answered both of these questions affinnatively, Player A knows that if II ;., K(d, then

consequently, he makes the assertion that "the sequence (1/n2) converges to 0". (c) The sequence (0,2,0,2, ... ,0,2, ... ) does rwt converge to O.

If Player A asserts that 0 is the limit of this sequence, he will lose the K(E) If.Hme when Player B picks a value of e < 2~ To be definite, let Player B choose Ii "" 1. Then, no matter what value Player A picks for K(I), his response will not be udcquate, for Player B can always select an even number n > K(l) for which the onrresponding value Xn = 2 and for which IXn - 01 = 12 - 01 = 2 > L Thus, the number 0 is not the limit of the sequence (xn).

( 3n + 2)

(d) lim =3.

n + 1

Given e > 0, Player A wants to obtain the inequality

1_3n_+_2 - 31 < e n + 1

. when n is sufficiently large. We first simplify the expression on the left:

13n + 2 _ 31 = 13n + 2 - 3n - 31 = 1----=2__ 1 = _1_ < .:.

n+l n+I n+l n+l n

Now if the inequality 1/ n < e is satisfied, then the inequality (#) holds. If K(e) is it natural number such that K(E) > I/E, then for any n EN such that n;" K(e), Wi;) have lin < e, and hence (#) holds. Since he can produce K(e) for any e > 0, l'lnyer A knows that the limit of the sequence is 3.

Talis of Sequences

lt is important to realize that the convergence (or divergence) of a sequence "'" (xn) depends only on the "ultimate behavior" of the terms. By this we mean if, for any natural number m, we drop the first m terms of the sequence, then resulting sequence Xm converges if and only if the original sequence conand in this case, the limits are the same. We will state this formally after

introduce the idea of a "tail" of a sequence.

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3.1.8 Definition If X= (xl' X2, ••. , Xn, ••• ) is a sequence of real numbers and if m is a given natural number, then the m-tail of Xis the sequence

For example, the 3-tail of the sequence X = (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, ... , 2 n, ... ), is the sequence X3 = (8,10,12, ... , 2n + 6, ... ).

3.1.9 Theorem Let X = (xn: n E N) be a sequence of real numbers and let mEN. Then the m-tail Xm = (xm+n: n EN) of X converges if and only if X converges. In this case, lim Xm = lim X.

Proof. We note that for any pEN, the pth term of Xm is the (p + m)th term of X. Similarly, if q > m, then the qth term of X is the (q - m)th term of Xm•

Assume X converges to x. Then given any e > 0, if the terms of X for n ~ K(e) satisfy Ixu - xl < e, then the terms of Xm for k ~ K(e) - m satisfy IXk - xl < e. Thus we can take Km(e) = K(e) - m, so that Xm also converges to x.

Conversely, if the terms of Xm for k ~ Km(e) satisfy IXk - xl < e,then the terms of X/ror n ~ K(e) + m satisfy IXn - xl < e. Thus we can takeK(e) =

Km(e) + m. '

Therefore, X converges to x if and only if Xm converges to x. Q.E.D.

We shall sometimes say that a sequence X ultimately has a certain property, if some

tail of X has this property. For example, we say that the sequence (3,4,5,5,5, , 5, ... ) is

"ultimately constant". On the other hand, the sequence (3,5,3,5, ... ,3,5, ) is not

ultimately constant. The notion' of convergence can be stated using this terminology: A sequence X converges to x if and only if the terms of X are ultimately in every a-neighborhood of x. Other instances of this "ultimate terminology" will be noted below.

Some Examples

We now present some examples, establishing the convergence of certain sequences. If we use Definition 3.1.4 or Theorem 3.1.6, we must, in effect, play the K(e) game. Instead, we shall often find it convenient to use the following result.

3.1.10 Theorem Let A = (an) and X = (x n) be sequences of real numbers and let x E R. If for some C > 0 and some mEN we have

Ixu - xl ~ Ciani for all n EN such that n ~ m,

and if lim (an) = 0, then it follows, that lim (xn) = x.

~ is a sequence of real numbers I of X is the sequence

,xm+2,···)·

~, 4, 6, 8, 10, ... , 2 n, ... ), is the

iquence of real numbers and let X converges if and only if X

term of Xm is the (p + m)th '1 of X is the (q - m)th term

s > 0, if the terms of X for X", for k ;;;. K(t:) - m satisfy n, so that X", also converges

satisfy IXk - xl < e, then the e, Thus we can take K(t:) =

onverges to x.

Q.E.D.

ly has a certain property, if some

sequence (3, 4, 5, 5, 5, , 5, ... ) is

'ice (3, 5, 3, 5, ... , 3, 5, ) is not

stated using this terminology: A 5 of X are ultimately in every erminology" will be noted below.

g the convergence of certain 1.6, we must, in effect, play the -nt to use the following result.

) be sequences of real numbers we have

tch that n ;;;. m,

x.

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Proof. If e > ° is given, then since lim (a,,) = 0, it follows that there exists a natural number KA(t:/C) such that if n ;;;. Kie/C) then

Therefore it follows that if both n;>.> KA(e/C) and n;;;. m, then

Ix" - xl 0;;; Cla,,1 < C(e/C} = e.

Since e > 0 is arbitrary, we conclude that x ,;,. lim (xn).

Q.E.D.

Examples (a) If a > 0, then lim ( 1 ) = 0.

1 + na

Since a > 0, it follows that 0 < na < 1 + na. Therefore we conclude that () < 1/(1 + na) < l/(na), which evidently implies that

3.1.11

for all n EN.

Since lim (l/n) = 0, we may invoke Theorem 3.1.10 with C = l/a and m = 1 to Infer that lim (l/(l + na» = o.

(b) lim (l/2") = O.

Since 0 < n < 2" for all n EN (see Exercise 1.3.8), we have 0 < 1/2" < l/n

[rom which it follows that .

for all n EN.

Since we know lim (l/n) = 0, we can invoke Theorem 3.1.10 to infer that 11m (1/2") = o.

(c) If 0 < b < 1, then lim (bn) = O.

Since 0 < b < 1, we can write b = 1/(1 + a), where a := (l/b) - 1 so that (I > O. By Bernoulli's Inequality 2.2.14(c) we have (1 + a)n ;;. 1 + 00. Hence

111

0< b" = 0;;; <-

(l+a)" l+na na

HO that from Theorem 3.1.10, we get lim (bn) = O. (d) If c > 0, then lim (eli,,) = 1.

The case c == 1 is trivial since then (elln) is the constant sequence (1, 1, 1, ... ) which evidently converges to 1.

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If e > 1, then e1/n ~ 1 + d ; for some dn > O. Hence by Bernoulli's Inequality 2.2.14(c),

for n EN.

Therefore we have e - 1 ;;;. ndn' so that dn " (c - nln. Consequently we have

1 le1/n - 11 = dn" (e - 1)n

for n EN.

We now invoke Theorem 3.1.10 to infer that lim (c1/") = 1 when c > 1.

Now suppose that 0 < e < 1; then e1/n = 1/(1 + hn) for some h ; > O.

Hence by Bernoulli's Inequality it follows that

1

c = ----'-

(1 + hn)"

1 1

0;;; <-

I + nh" nhn'

from which it follows that 0 < hn < line for n EN. Therefore we have

hn ", 1

o < 1 - e1/n = < h <-

1 + h" " ne

so that

le1/n - 11 < (~) ~

, e n

for n EN.

We now invoke Theorem 3.1.10 to infer that lim (e1/n) = 1 when 0 < e < 1. (e) lim (nl/n) = 1.

Since nl/n > 1 for n > 1, we can write nI/n = 1 + k ; for some kn > 0 when n> 1. Hence n = (1 + kn)n for n > 1. By the Binomial Theorem, if n > 1 we have

n = 1 + nkn + in(n - l)k~ + ... ;;;. 1 + in(n - l)k~,

whence it follows that

n - 1 ;;;. in(n - l)k~.

Hence k~ 0;;; 21n for n > 1. Now if e > 0 is given, it follows from the Archimedean Property [see Corollary 2.5.3(b)] that there exists a natural number Nssuch that

\

2"

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Hence by Bernoulli's Inequal-

2/Ns < 62• It follows that if n ;;r, sup {2, Ns} then 2/n < 62, whence it follows that

n EN.

0< nl/n - 1 = kn ..:; (2/n)1/2 < 6.

1) In. Consequently we have

Since 6 > 0 is arbitrary, we deduce that lim (nlfn) = 1.

Exercises for Section 3.1

"Or n EN.

In) = 1 when c > 1.

1(1 + h) for some h ; > O.

1. The sequence (xn) is defined by the following formulas for the nth term. Write the first five terms in each case:

(a) xn:= 1 +( -It, (b) xn:= < -It/n,

1

(c) xn:= ( )'

n n + 1

1

(d) Xn:= -2--; n + 2

1

2. The first few terms of a sequence (x,,) are given below. Assuming that the "natural pattern" indicated by these terms persists, give a formula for the nth term Xn•

(a) 5,7,9,11, ... , (b) 1/2, -1/4, 1/8, -1/16, ... ,

(c) 1/2,2/3,3/4,4/5, ... , (d) 1,4,9,16, ....

3. List the first five terms of the following inductively defined sequences.

(a) XI := 1, Xn+ I := 3xn + 1,

(b) YI := 2, Yn+l := ~(Yn + 2/Yn)' .

(c) Zl := 1, Zz := 2, Zn+2 := (Zn+l + z;)j(Zn+l - Zn)'

(d) 51 :=3, 82 := 5, 5,,+2 := 5" + 8n+ I'

4. For any b E R, prove that lim (b/n) = O.

5. Use the definition of the limit of a sequence to establish the following limits.

1 <nh1l '

tV. Therefore we have

11 <

nc

(a) lim (-2 1_) = 0, (b) lim ( ~ ) = 2,

n EN. n + 1 n+I

(3n + 1) .3 ( n2 - 1) 1

(c) lim --- =- (d) lim s = -.

/ n) = 1 when 0 < c < 1. 2n + 5 2' 2n + 3 2

6. Show that

1 + k" for some kn > 0 when (a) lim ( ~ ) = 0, (b) lim ( ~) = 2,

nomial Theorem, if n > 1 we

. n+7 n+2

(c) lim (rn ) = 0, «-I)"n)

1 + tn(n - l)k~, (d) lim 2 = o.

n + 1 n + 1 "

7. Prove that lim (xn) = 0 if and only jf lim (Ixnl) = O. Give an example to show that the convergence of(lx,,1) need not imply the convergence of(xn).

8. Show that if x,,;;;. 0 for all n EN and lim (xn) = a,then lim(Fn) = O.

9. Prove that iflim(xn) = x and if x> 0, then there exists a natural number M such that Xn > O.for all n ;;;. M.

10. Show that lim (2. _ _1_) = o.

n n + 1

t follows from the Archimedean I natural number Ns such that

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11. Show that lim (l/3n) ~ O.

12. Let b E R satisfy 0 < b < 1. Show that lim (nb") = O. [Hint: Use the Binomial

Theorem as in Example 3.1.11(e).]

13. Show that lim «2n)ljn) = 1.

14. Show that lim (n2 In!) = O.

15. Show that lim (2" In!) = O. [Hint: if n ;;;. 3, then 0 < 2" In! .;;; 2(~)n-2.]

SECTION 3.2 Limit Theorems

In this section we shall obtain some results that often enable us to evaluate the limits of certain sequences of real numbers. These results will enable us to expand our collection of convergent sequences rather extensively.

3.2.1 Definition A sequence X = (x,,) of real numbers is said to be bounded if there exists a real number M > 0 such that IXnl " M forall n EN.

Thus a sequence X = (xn) is bounded if and only if the set {xn: n EN} of its values is bounded in R.

3.2.2 Theorem A convergent sequence of real numbers is bounded.

Proof. Suppose that lim (x,,) = x and let 8 ",:::, 1. By Theorem3.1.6(c), there is a. natural number K ,= K(I) such that if n ;;;. K then Ix" - x] < 1. Hence, by Corollary 2.3.4(a) of the Triangle Inequality, we infer that if n ;;;. K, then Ixnl < [x] + 1. Ifwe set

then it follows that Ixnl " M for all n EN.

In Definition 3.1.3 we defined the sum, difference, product, multiple, (sometimes) the quotient of sequences of real numbers. We now show sequences obtained in these ways from convergent sequences give rise to sequences whose limits can be predicted.

3.2.3 Theorem (a) Let X = (x,,) and Y = (Yn) be sequences of real bers that converge to x and y, respectively, and let c E R. Then the X + Y, X - Y, X . Y, and cX converge to x + y, x - y, xy, and ex, respectux (b) If X ",; (xn) converges to x and Z = (z,,) is a' sequence of TUJ7l'.7.I<TC" numbers that converges to z and if z i= 0, then the quotient sequence"

converges to x / z. .

Proof. (a) To show that lim (xn + Yn) = x + Y, we need to magnitude of I(xn + Yn) - (x + y)l. To do this we use the Triangle

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2.3.3 to obtain

,") = O. [Hint: Use the Binomial

I(x" + y,,) - (x + y)1 =1(Xn - x) + (Yn - y)1 ,,;; IXn - xl + IYn - yi.

By hypothesis, if 13 > 0 there exists a natural number KI such that if n » KI, then Ix" - xl < 13/2; also there exists a natural number K2 such that if n» K2, then IYn - yl < 13/2. Hence if K(e) := sup {K l' K2}, it follows that if n » K(I3) then

often enable us to evaluate the -esults will enable us to expand isively.

f real numbers is said to be I that I x" I ,,;; M for all n E N.

HIIiCC 13 > 0 is arbitrary, we infer that X + Y = (xn + Yn) converges to x + y. Precisely the same argument can be used to show that X - Y = (xn - Yn) ; niverges to x - y.

To show that X . Y = (xnYn) converges to xy, we make the estimate

mly if the set {xn; n E N} of its

'Cal numbers is bounded.

= 1. By Theorem 3.1.6{c\ thew K then [x , - xl < 1. Hence. hy .fer that if n » K, then IX"I < Ix

IXnYn - xyl =1(x"Yn - xnY) + (xnY - xy)1 ~lxn(Yn - y)1 +I(xn - x)yl

= Ixnlly" - yl + IXn ::..: xllyl.

, ng to Theorem 3.2.2 there exists a real number Ml > 0 such that IXnl ~ Ml II E N and we set M := sup {MI, Iyl}. Hence we have the estimate

. convergence of X and Y we conclude that if 13 > 0 is given, then there numbers Kl and K2 such that if n » Kl then IXn - xl < 13/2M, and ; IYn - yl < e/2M. Now let K(I3) ,= sup{K1, K2}; then, if n » K(e)

ifference, product, multiple. 1 numbers. We now show t gent sequences give rise to l'

IXnYn - xyl ,,;; Mly" - yl + Mix" - xl

,,;; M(s/2M) + M(s/2M) = e.

= (Yn) be sequences of rea! sd. let c E R. Then the SUI I " x - y, xy, and cx, respl~/' :: ) is a sequence of nonz/Wri then the quotient seouonc«

, this proves that the sequence X . Y = (xnYn) converges

x + y, we need to estim is we use the Triangle 1 ..

= (ex,,) converges to ex can be proved in the same way; it . by taking Y to be the constant sequence (c, c, c, ... ). We . '. the reader.

that if Z = (zn) is a sequence of nonzero real numbers that '. limit z, then the sequence (l/zn) of reciprocals converges .·· .• ·.ilzl so that a > O. Since lim (zn) = z, there exists a natural . if n » KI then IZn - zJ < a. It follows from Corollary

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2.3.4(a) of the Triangle Inequality that -a ,;;; -Izn -'- zi ,;;; Iznl - Izi for. n ;;;. K1, whence it follows thatilzi = Izi - a ,;;; Iznl for n ;;;. Kp Therefore l/Iznl ,;;; 2/lzl for n ;;;. K 1 so we have the estimate

11 11 I z - Zn I 1

- - - = -- = _. Iz - znl

Zn Z ZnZ IZnzl

2

c: -Iz - Z I "" IzI2 n

for all n;;;. K1•

Now, if e > 0 is given, there exists a natural number K2 such that if n ;:;. K2 then IZn - zi ,;;; islzl2. Therefore, it follows that if K(e) := sup {K1, K2}, then

for all n > K( e) .

Since s > 0 is arbitrary, it follows that

lim (~) = ~.

zn Z "

The proof of (b) is now completed by taking Y to be the sequence (l/zn) and"

using the fact that X . Y = (xn/zn) converges to x(l/z) = X/Z. Q.E.D.

Some of the results of Theorem 3.2.3 can he extended, by mathematical induction, to a finite number of convergent sequences. For example, if A = (an)'

B = (bn), , Z = (zn) are convergent sequences of real numbers, then their sum

A + B + +Z:= (a,,+ bn + ... +zn) is a convergent sequence and

(1) lim (an + bn + ... +zn) = lim(an) + lim (bn) + ... +lim(zn)'

Also their product A' B ... Z:= (anbn •.• zn) is a convergent sequence and

(2) lim(anbn ... z,,) = (lim (an)}(lim(bn») ... (lim(zn»)'

Hence, if kEN and if A = (an) is a convergent sequence, then

(3)

We leave the proofs of these assertions to the reader.

3.2.4 Theorem If X = (xn) is a convergent sequence of real numbers xn> 0 for all n E N, then x := lim (xn) ;;;. O.

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'n - zi 0( IZnl - Izi for n ?o K1, ?o K1. Therefore Ijlznl 0( 2j\z\

Proof. Suppose the conclusion is not true and that x < 0; then 6 := - X is positive. Since X converges to x, there is a natural number K ~uch that

x - 6 < Xn < X + 6

for all n?o K.

In particular, we have XK < x + B = X + (-x) = O. But this contradicts the hypothesis that x n ?o 0 for all n E N. Therefore, this contradiction implies that x ?o O. Q;E.D.

We now give a useful result that is formally stronger than Theorem 3.2.4 .

• er K z such that if n ?o K 2 then ) := sup{K1, Kz}, then

3.2.5 Theorem If X = (xn) and Y = (Yn) are convergent sequences of real

numbers and if Xn ~ Yn for all n E N, then lim (xn) ~ lim (Yn)' .

Proof. Let Zn:= Yn - Xn so that z:= (Z,.) = Y - X and zn?o 0 for all n EN. It follows from Theorems 3.2.4 and 3.2.3 that

~>K(B).

00( lim Z = lim (Yn) - lim (xn), so that lim (xnl 0( lim (Yn).

Q.E.D.

( to be the sequence (ljzn) and (ljz) = xjz. Q.E.D.

The next result asserts that if all the terms of a convergent sequence satisfy an Inequality of the form a 0( Xn ~ b,then the limit of the sequence satisfies the same inequality. Thus if the sequence is convergent, one may .. pass to the limit" in an inequality of this type.

be extended, by mathematical mces, For example, if A = (an)' of real numbers, then their sum mvergent sequence and

3.2.6 Theorem If X = (x n) is a convergent sequence and if a 0( x n 0( b for all n E N, then a ~ lim (xn) .;;; b.

Proof. Let Y be the constant sequence (b, b, b, ... ). It follows from Theorem 3.2.5 that lim X 0( lim Y = b. Similarly one shows that we have a .;;; lim X.

Q.E.D.

is a convergent sequence and

The next result asserts that if a sequence Y is squeezed between two sequences that converge to the same limit, then it must also converge to this limit.

sequence, then

3.2.7 Squeeze Theorem Suppose that X = (xn), Y = (Yn)' and Z = (zn) tire sequences of real numbers such that

ider.

forall n EN,

that lim (Xn) = lim (zn)' Then Y = (Yn) is convergent and

it sequence of real numbers and if

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Proof. Let w := lim (xn) = lim (zn). If E > 0 is given, then it follows frmll the convergence of X and Z to w that there exists a natural number K such thai U' n ~ K then

Since the hypothesis implies that

and

for all n EN,

it follows (why]') that

-E < Yn - w < E

for all n .~ K. Since e > 0 is arbitrary, this implies that lim (Yn) = w.

Remark Since any tail of a convergent sequence has the same limit, the hypoth . of Theorems 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.6, and 3.2.7 can be weakened to apply to the tail of a For example, in Theorem 3.2.4, if X = (xn) is "ultimately positive" in the sense that tlul exists mEN such that xn ;;. 0 for all n ;;. m,then the same conclusion that x ;;. 0 wil hold. Similar modifications are valid for the other theorems, as the reader should verify.

3.2.8 Examples (a) The sequence (n) is divergent.

It follows from Theorem 3.2.2 that if the sequence X := (n) is convergOI then there exists a real number M > 0 such that n = I n I < M for all n E N. this violates the Archimedean Property 2.5.2.

(b) The sequence « - I)n) is divergent.

This sequence X := « - I)n) is bounded (take M := 1), so we cannot in Theorem 3.2.2. However, assume that a := lim X exists. Let E := I so that tho exists a natural number K 1 such that

Ie -If - al < 1

for all n;;;;' K1•

Ifn is an odd natural number with n ;;;;. K1, this gives I - 1- al < 1, so . - 2 < a < O. (Why?) On the other hand, if n is ail. even natural number n ;;;;. K1, this inequality gives 11 - al < I so that 0 < a < 2. Since a cannot SUUN both of these inequalities, the hypothesis that X is convergent leads to a centrad tion. Therefore the sequence X is divergent.

( 2n + I)

(c) lim n .= 2.

If we let X:= (2) and Y:= (lin), then «2n + l)jn) = X + Y. follows from Theorem 3.2.3(a) that lim (X + r) = lim X + lim Y = 2 +

( 2n + I)

(d) lim = 2.

n+5

~._ T~~_ W •• ~ ~

~~-,-~~ ~ ~

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is given, then it follows from natural number K such that if

Since the sequences {2n + 0 and (n + 5) are not convergent (whyr), it is not possible to use Theorem 3.2.3(b) directly. However, if we write

. wi < e.

2n + 1 n+5

2 + l/n 1 + 5/n'

nat lim (y,) = w.

Q.E.D.

we can obtain the given sequence as one to which Theorem 3.2.3(b) applies when we take X:= (2 + l/n) and Z'= (1 + 5/n). (Check that all hypotheses are satisfied.) Since lim X = 2 and lim Z = 1 -=1= 0 (whyi'), we deduce that we have lim {(2n + O/(n + 5» = 2/1 = 2.

(e) lim(~)·= O.

n + 1

Theorem 3.2.3(b) does not apply directly. (Why?) We note that

r all n E N,

ias the same limit, the hypotheses to apply to the tail of a sequence. r positive" in the sense that there same conclusion that x ;;. 0 will

1S, as the reader should verify.

2n 2

---=---

n2 + 1 n + l/n'

but Theorem 3.2.3(b) does not apply here either, because (n + l/n) is not a convergent sequence. (Why not?) However, if we write

vergent.

renee X ,= (n) is convergent, = Inl < M for all n E N. But

2/n

1 + I/n2'

then we can apply Theorem 3.2.3(b), since lim (2/n) = 0 and lim (1 + 1/n2) = 1 "* O. Therefor~ lim (2n/(n2 + 1) = 0/1 = O.

(0 lim ( Si: n ) = O.

We cannot apply Theorem 3.2.3{b) directly, at least, since the sequence (n) is not convergent [neither is the sequence (sin n)]. It does not appear that a simple algebraic manipulation will enable us to reduce the sequence into one to which Theorem 3.2.3 will apply. However, if we note that -1 ~ sin n ~ 1, then it follows that

M ,= 1), so we cannot invoke ~xists. Let e := 1 so that there

gives I - 1 - al < 1, so that an even natural number with ~ a < 2. Since a cannot satisfy onvergent leads to a contradic-

1

sin n

1

--~--~-

n n n

for all n EN.

'l, + D/n) = X + Y. Hence it im X + lim Y = 2 + 0 = 2.

Hence we can apply the Squeeze Theorem 3.2.7 to infer that lim (n-1 sin n) = O. (We note that Theorem 3.1.10 could also be applied to this sequence.)

(g) Let X = (xn) be a sequence of real numbers that converges to x E R. Let () be a polynomial; for example, let

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where k.E N and a, E R for j = 0,1, ... , k. It follows from Theorem 3.2.3 that the sequence (p(xn» converges to p(x). We leave the details to the reader as an exercise.

(h) Let X = (xn) be a sequence of real numbers that converges to x E R. Let r be a rational function (that is, ret) ,= p(t)/q(t), where p and q are polynomials). Suppose that q(xn) =1= 0 for all n EN and that q(x) =1= O. Then the sequence (r(xn» converges to rex) = p(x)/q(x). We leave the details to the reader as an exercise.

We conclude this section with several results that will be useful in the work that follows.

3.2.9 Theorem Let the sequence X = (xn) converge to x. Then the sequence (lxnl) ofahsolute values converges to [x] That is, if x = lim (xn), then lxl = lim (Ixnl).

Proof. It follows from the Triangle Inequality (see Corollary 2.3.4(a» that

for all n EN.

The convergence of (Ixnl) to Ixl is then an immediate consequence convergence of(xn) to x.

3.2.10 Theorem Let X = (x n) be a sequence of real numbers that C01l" verges to x and suppose that Xn > O. Then the sequence (Fn) of positive squat'(! roots converges and lim ( Fn) = rx.

Proof. It follows from Theorem 3.2.4 that x = lim (xn) > 0 so the "~~''''''f1,'''' makes sense. We now consider the two cases: (I) x = 0 and (iO x>.O. (i) If x = 0, let e > 0 be given. Since xn - 0 there exists a naturalnumber such that if n ~ K then

Therefore [see Example 2.2.14(a)J, 0..; Fn < e for n ~ K. Since E > 0 trary, this implies that Fn - O.

(ii) If x > 0, then rx > 0 and we note that

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lows from Theorem 3.2.3 that the details to the reader as an

Since Fn + IX ~ IX> 0, it follows that

s that converges to x E R. Let here p and q are polynomials). l(X) *- O. Then the sequence :he details to the reader as an

The convergence of Fn ~ IX is now an easy consequence of the fact that

Q.E.D.

hat will be useful in the work

For certain types of sequences, the following result provides a quick and easy "ratio test" for convergence. Related results can be found in the exercises.

converge to x. Then the seThat is, if x = lim (xn), then

3.2.11 Theorem Let (xn) be a sequence of positive real numbers such that I~ := lim(xn+1/xn) exists. If L < 1, then (xn) converges and lim (x) = o.

Proof. By 3.2.4 it follows that L ~ O. Let r be a number such that L < r < 1, and let 13 := r - L> O. There exists a number KEN such that if n ~ K then

(see Corollary 2.3.4(a)) that

n EN.

I xn+l I

-;:- -L <13.

mediate consequence of the Q.E.D.

It follows from this (whyl') that if n ~ K, then

ce of real numbers that conence (Fn) of positive square

< L + 13 = L + (r - L) = r.

, lim (x ,) ~ 0 so the assertion = 0 and (ii) x > O.

lere exists a natural number K

Therefore, if n ~ K, we obtain

o < x < x r < x r2 < ... < x rn-K+1

n+l n n-l. K •

If we set C:= xK/rK, we see that 0 < xn+1 < Crn+l for all n ~ K. Since 0< r < 1, it follows from 3.1.11{c) that lim (rn) = 0 and therefore from Theorem 3.1.10 that lim (xn) = O. ' Q.E.D.

r n ~ K. Since 13 > 0 is arbi-

As an illustration of the utility of the preceding theorem, consider the sequence (xn) given by Xu := n/2n. We have

so that limexn+1/xn) = i. Since t < 1, it follows from Theorem 3.2.11 that lim (n/2n) = O.

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