175, 275 -Homework 9 and suggestions for next week

Homework 9 is due Tuesday, November 11, at the beginning of lecture. The usual considerations apply.

In 175 we will try to cover this week until section 8.4 at least, but probably we won’t get there until next week. The key section here is 8.2; make sure you understand the notions discussed in 8.2 before going further. If you want to read ahead from 8.4, continue with sections 8.5 and 8.6; the difference between conditional and absolute convergence is very important here.

In 275 we will cover from section 13.4 on, and the goal is to reach 13.8, which probably won’t happen until next week or even the one after if things do not go well. Besides these topics, I will discuss the `mean value property’ of harmonic functions.

Homework 9:

175: Do not use the solutions manual for any of these problems.

Section 8.1. Exercises 86, 88, 127. Also, the following exercise:

Starting with a given , define the subsequent terms of a sequence by setting . Determine whether the sequence converges, and if it does, find its limit. More precisely: You must indicate for which values of the sequence diverges, and for which it converges, and for those that converges, you must identify the limit, which may again depend on . You may want to try studying the sequence with different initial values of (choose a large range of possible values) to get a feeling for what is going on.

Section 8.2. Exercises 14, 22, 38, 40 (do not use a calculator for this one; you can use that if necessary), 64-68, 71.

Section 8.3. Exercises 26, 35, 41, 43, 44.

There are 19 problems in total. Turn in at least 10. The others (at most 9) will be due November 18 together with a few additional exercises for that week. I suggest you start working on these problems early, as some may be a bit longer than usual.

(As I pointed out in a comment) yes, partial Woodinness is common in arguments in inner model theory. Accordingly, you obtain determinacy results addressing specific pointclasses (typically, well beyond projective). To illustrate this, let me "randomly" highlight two examples: See here for $\Sigma^1_2$-Woodin cardinals and, more generally, the noti […]

I am not sure which statement you heard as the "Ultimate $L$ axiom," but I will assume it is the following version: There is a proper class of Woodin cardinals, and for all sentences $\varphi$ that hold in $V$, there is a universally Baire set $A\subseteq{\mathbb R}$ such that, letting $\theta=\Theta^{L(A,{\mathbb R})}$, we have that $HOD^{L(A,{\ma […]

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Craig: For a while, there was some research on improving bounds on the number of variables or degree of unsolvable Diophantine equations. Unfortunately, I never got around to cataloging the known results in any systematic way, so all I can offer is some pointers to relevant references, but I am not sure of what the current records are. Perhaps the first pape […]

Yes. Consider, for instance, Conway's base 13 function $c$, or any function that is everywhere discontinuous and has range $\mathbb R$ in every interval. Pick continuous bijections $f_n:\mathbb R\to(-1/n,1/n)$ for $n\in\mathbb N^+$. Pick a strictly decreasing sequence $(x_n)_{n\ge1}$ converging to $0$. Define $f$ by setting $f(x)=0$ if $x=0$ or $\pm x_n […]

All proofs of the Bernstein-Cantor-Schroeder theorem that I know either directly or with very little work produce an explicit bijection from any given pair of injections. There is an obvious injection from $[0,1]$ to $C[0,1]$ mapping each $t$ to the function constantly equal to $t$, so the question reduces to finding an explicit injection from $C[0,1]$ to $[ […]

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This is Hausdorff's formula. Recall that $\tau^\lambda$ is the cardinality of the set ${}^\lambda\tau$ of functions $f\!:\lambda\to\tau$, and that $\kappa^+$ is regular for all $\kappa$. Now, there are two possibilities: If $\alpha\ge\tau$, then $2^\alpha\le\tau^\alpha\le(2^\alpha)^\alpha=2^\alpha$, so $\tau^\alpha=2^\alpha$. In particular, if $\alpha\g […]

Fix a model $M$ of a theory for which it makes sense to talk about $\omega$ ($M$ does not need to be a model of set theory, it could even be simply an ordered set with a minimum in which every element has an immediate successor and every element other than the minimum has an immediate predecessor; in this case we could identify $\omega^M$ with $M$ itself). W […]