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A COURSE
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BY
G. H. HARDY, M.A., F.R.S.
FELLOW OF NEW COLLEGE
SAVILIAN PROFESSOR OF GEOMETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY
OF OXFORD
LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
THIRD EDITION
Cambridge
at the University Press
1921
First Edition 1908
Second Edition 1914
Third Edition 1921
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION
NO extensive changes have been made in this edition. The most
important are in §§ 80-82, which I have rewritten in accord-
ance with suggestions made by Mr S. Pollard.
The earlier editions contained no satisfactory account of the
genesis of the circular functions. I have made some attempt to
meet this objection in § 158 and Appendix III. Appendix IV is also
an addition.
It is curious to note how the character of the criticisms I have
had to meet has changed. I was too meticulous and pedantic for
my pupils of fifteen years ago: I am altogether too popular for the
Trinity scholar of to-day. I need hardly say that I find such
criticisms very gratifying, as the best evidence that the book has
to some extent fulfilled the purpose with which it was written.
G. H. H.
August 1921
EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE TO
THE SECOND EDITION
THE principal changes made in this edition are as follows.
I have inserted in Chapter I a sketch of Dedekind's theory
of real numbers, and a proof of Weierstrass's theorem concerning
points of condensation; in Chapter IV an account of 'limits of
indetermination ' and the 'general principle of convergence'; in
Chapter V a proof of the ' Heine-Borel Theorem ', Heine's theorem
concerning uniform continuity, and the fundamental theorem
concerning implicit functions ; in Chapter VI some additional
matter concerning the integration of algebraical functions ; and
in Chapter VII a section on differentials. I have also rewritten
in a more general form the sections which deal with the defini-
tion of the definite integral. In order to find space for these
insertions I have deleted a good deal of the analytical geometry
and formal trigonometry contained in Chapters II and III of
the first edition. These changes have naturally involved a
large number of minor alterations.
G. H. H.
October 1914
EXTEACT FROM THE PREFACE TO THE
FIRST EDITION
THIS book has been designed primarily for the use of first
year students at the Universities whose abilities reach or
approach something like what is usually described as ' scholarship
standard'. I hope that it may be useful to other classes of
readers, but it is this class whose wants I have considered first.
It is in any case a book for mathematicians : I have nowhere
made any attempt to meet the needs of students of engineering
or indeed any class of students whose interests are not primarily
mathematical.
I regard the book as being really elementary. There are
plenty of hard examples (mainly at the ends of the chapters) : to
these I have added, wherever space permitted, an outline of the
solution. But I have done my best to avoid the inclusion of
anything that involves really difficult ideas. For instance, I make
no use of the ' principle of convergence ' : uniform convergence,
double series, infinite products, are never alluded to : and I prove
no general theorems whatever concerning the inversion of limit-
operations — I never even define ~L- and tt^-. In the last two
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chapters I have occasion once or twice to integrate a power-series,
but I have confined myself to the very simplest cases and given
a special discussion in each instance. Anyone who has read this
book will be in a position to read with profit Dr Bromwich's
Infinite Series, where a full and adequate discussion of all these
points will be found.
September 1908
CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
REAL VARIABLES
SECT. PAGE
1-2. Rational numbers . ••..... 1
3-7. Irrational numbers ■ 3
8. Real numbers 13
9. Relations of magnitude between real numbers . .15
10-11. Algebraical operations with real numbers .... 17
12. The number ,/2 19
13-14. Quadratic surds . . 19
15. The continuum 23
16. The continuous real variable 26
17. Sections of the real numbers. Dedekind's Theorem . . 27
18. Points of condensation . 29
19. Weierstrass's Theorem . . . . . . . . 30
Miscellaneous Examples 31
Decimals, 1. Gauss's Theorem, 6. Graphical solution of quadratic
equations, 20. Important inequalities, 32. Arithmetical and geometrical
meaus, 32. Schwarz's Inequality, 33. Cubic and other surds, 34.
Algebraical numbers, 36.
CHAPTER II
FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES
20.
21.
22.
23.
24-25.
26-27.
2S-29.
30.
31.
The idea of a function
The graphical representation of functions. Coordinates
Polar coordinates .
Polynomials .
Rational functions
Algebraical functions .
Transcendental functions
Graphical solution of equations
Functions of two variables and their graphical repre
sentation
38
41
43
44
47
49
52
58
59
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SECT.
32.
33.
Curves in a plane
Loci in space
Miscellaneous Examples
PAGE
60
61
65
Trigonometrical functions, 53. Arithmetical functions, 55. Cylinders,
62. Contour maps, 62. Cones, 63. Surfaces of revolution, 63. Ruled
surfaces, 64. Geometrical constructions for irrational numbers, 66.
Quadrature of the circle, 68.
CHAPTER III
COMPLEX NUMBERS
34-38.
39-42.
43.
44.
45.
46.
47-49.
Displacements
Complex numbers
The quadratic equation with real coefficients
Argand's diagram
de Moivre's Theorem
Rational functions of a complex variable .
Roots of complex numbers ....
Miscellaneous Examples
69
78
81
84
86
101
Properties of a triangle, 90, 101. Equations with complex coefficients,
91. Coaxal circles, 93. Bilinear and other transformations, 94, 97, 104.
Cross ratios, 96. Condition that four points should be concyclic, 97.
Complex functions of a real variable, 97. Construction of regular polygons
by Euclidean methods, 100. Imaginary points and lines, 103.
50.
51.
52.
53-57.
58-61.
62.
63-68.
69-70.
71.
72
73.
74.
75.
76-77.
78.
allies of n
CHAPTER IV
LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE
Functions of a positive integral variable .
Interpolation
Finite and infinite classes ....
Properties possessed by a function of n for large
Definition of a limit and other definitions .
Oscillating functions
General theorems concerning limits
Steadily increasing or decreasing functions
Alternative proof of Weierstrass's Theorem
The limit of .v n
1
The limit of ( 1 +
Some algebraical lemmas
The limit of n(#a?-l).
Infinite series
The infinite sreometrical series
106
107
108
109
116
121
125
131
134
134
137
138
139
140
143
CONTENTS
IX
SECT
79.
PAGE
The representation of functions of a continuous real variable
by means of limits 147
80. The bounds of a bounded aggregate 149
81. The bounds of a bounded function 149
82. The limits of indetermination of a bounded function . . 150
83-84. The general principle of convergence 151
85-86. Limits of complex functions and series of complex terms . 153
87-88. Applications to z n and the geometrical series . . . 156,
Miscellaneous Examples 157
Oscillation of sin n6ir, 121, 123, 151. Limits of n k x n , Z]x, ^n, #(n!),
X n / 771 \
— , I ) x n , 136, 139. Decimals, 143. Arithmetical series, 146. Harmonical
n\ \n J
series, 147. Equation x n+1 =f(x n ), 158. Expansions of rational functions,
159. Limit of a mean value, 160.
CHAPTER V
LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A CONTINUOUS VARIABLE.
AND DISCONTINUOUS FUNCTIONS
Continuous
89-92. Limits as x-*-cc or #-*- — oo 162
93-97. Limits as x-*-a 165-
98-99. Continuous functions of a real variable .... 174
100-104. Properties of continuous functions. Bounded functions.
The oscillation of a function in an interval . . 179
105-106. Sets of intervals on a line. The Heine-Borel Theorem . 185
107. Continuous functions of several variables . . . .190
108-109. Implicit and inverse functions 191
Miscellaneous Examples 194
Limits and continuity of polynomials and rational functions, 169, 176.
Limit of
, 171. Orders of smallness and greatness, 172. Limit of
■ , 173. Infinity of a function, 177. Continuity of cos x and sin a:, 177.
x
Classification of discontinuities, 178.
CHAPTER VI
DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS
110-112. Derivatives
113. General rules for differentiation .
114. Derivatives of complex functions
115. The notation of the differential calculus
116. Differentiation of polynomials
117. Differentiation of rational functions .
118. Differentiation of algebraical functions
197
203
205
205
207
209
210
CONTENTS
SECT.
119. Differentiation of transcendental functions
120. Eepeated differentiation
121. General theorems concerning derivatives.
122-124. Maxima and minima ....
125-126. The Mean Value Theorem .
127-128. Integration. The logarithmic function
129. Integration of polynomials .
130-131. Integration of rational functions
132-139. Integration of algebraical functions.
rationalisation. Integration by parts
140-144. Integration of transcendental functions
145. Areas of plane curves ....
146. Lengths of plane curves
Miscellaneous Examples
Rolle's Theorem
Integration by
PAGE
212
214
217
219
226
228
232
233
236
245
249
251
253
Derivative of x m , 201. Derivatives of cos.r and sin.r, 201. Tangent
and normal to a curve, 201, 214. Multiple roots of equations, 208, 255.
Rolle's Theorem for polynomials, 209. Leibniz' Theorem, 215. Maxima
and minima of the quotient of two quadratics, 223, 256. Axes of a conic,
226. Lengths and areas in polar coordinates, 253. Differentiation of a
determinant, 254. Extensions of the Mean Value Theorem, 258. Formulae
of reduction, 259.
CHAPTER VII
ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS
147. Taylor's Theorem
148. Taylor's Series
149. Applications of Taylor's Theorem to maxima and minima
150. Applications of Taylor's Theorem to the calculation of limits
151. The contact of plane curves
152-154. Differentiation of functions of several variables
155. Differentials
156-161. Definite Integrals. Areas of curves .
162. Alternative proof of Taylor's Theorem
163. Application to the binomial series
164. Integrals of complex functions .
Miscellaneous Examples
262
266
268
268
270
274
280
283
298
299
299
300
Newton's method of approximation to the roots of equations, 265.
Series for cos x and sin x, 267. Binomial series, 267. Tangent to a curve,
272, 283, 303. Points of inflexion, 272. Curvature, 273, 302. Osculating
conies, 274, 302. Differentiation of implicit functions, 283. Fourier's
integrals, 290, 294. The second mean value theorem, 296. Homogeneous
functions, 302. Euler's Theorem, 302. Jacobiaus, 303. Schwarz's in-
equality for integrals, 306. Approximate values of definite integrals, 307.
Simpson's Rule, 307.
CONTENTS
XI
CHAPTER VIII
THE CONVERGENCE OP INFINITE SERIES AND INFINITE INTEGRALS
SECT.
165-168. Series of positive terms. Cauchy's and d'Alembert's tests
of convergence
169. Dirichlet's Theorem
170. Multiplication of series of positive terms .
171-174. Further tests of convergence. Abel's Theorem. Maclaurin's
integral test . . . ...
175. The series 2n~ 8
176. Cauchy's condensation test ....
177-182. Infinite integrals
183. Series of positive and negative terms .
184-185. Absolutely convergent series
186-187. Conditionally convergent series .
188. Alternating series
189. Abel's and Dirichlet's tests of convergence
190. Series of complex terms ....
191-194. Power series
195. Multiplication of series in general
Miscellaneous Examples
PAGE
sos-
sis
313
315
319
320
321
335
336
338
340
342
344.
345.
349
350
The series 2n l r" and allied series, 311. Transformation of infinite
integrals by substitution and integration by parts, 327, 328, 333. The
series 2a n cos?i0, 2a„sin?i0, 338, 343, 344. Alteration of the sum of a
series by rearrangement, 341. Logarithmic series, 348. Binomial series,
348, 349. Multiplication of conditionally convergent series, 350, 354.
Recurring series, 352. Difference equations, 353. Definite integrals, 355.
Schwarz's inequality for infinite integrals, 356.
CHAPTER IX
THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF A REAL VARIABLE
196-197. The logarithmic function ....
198. The functional equation satisfied by log.r .
199-201. The behaviour of log x as x tends to infinity or
202. The logarithmic scale of infinity
203. The number e
204-206. The exponential function ....
207. The general power a x
208. The exponential limit
209. The logarithmic limit
210. Common logarithms
211. Losrarithmic tests of convergence .
to zero
357
360
300
362
363
364
366
368
369
369
374
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CONTENTS
SECT.
212.
213.
214.
215.
216.
The exponential series . . . .
The logarithmic series . . . .
The series for arc tan. v
The binomial series .
Alternative development of the theory
Miscellaneous Examples
IMGE
378
381
382
384
386
387
Integrals containing the exponential function, 370. The hyperbolic
functions, 372. Integrals of certain algebraical functions, 373. Euler's
constant, 377, 389. Irrationality of e, 380. Approximation to surds by the
binomial theorem, 385. Irrationality of logjon, 387. Definite integrals, 393.
CHAPTER X
THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, EXPONENTIAL,
AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS
217-218.
219.
220.
221.
222-224.
225-226.
227-230.
231.
232.
233.
234-235.
236.
237.
Functions of a complex variable .
Curvilinear integrals ....
Definition of the logarithmic function
The values of the logarithmic function
The exponential function
The general power a 2 ....
The trigonometrical and hyperbolic functions
The connection between the logarithmic and
trigonometrical functions
The exponential series
The series for cos 2 and sin z
The logarithmic series .
The exponential limit .
The binomial series
Miscellaneous Examples
395
396
397
399
403
404
409
413
414
416
417
421
422
425
The functional equation satisfied by Log z, 402. The function e 2 , 407.
Logarithms to any base, 408. The inverse cosine, sine, and tangent of a
complex number, 412. Trigonometrical series, 417, 420, 431. Boots of
transcendental equations, 425. Transformations, 426, 428. Stereographic
projection, 427. Mercator's projection, 428. Level curves, 429. Definite
integrals, 432.
Appendix I. The proof that every equation has a root
Appendix II. A note on double limit problems .
Appendix III. The circular functions
Appendix IV. The infinite in analysis and geometry
433
439
443
445
CHAPTER I
REAL VARIABLES
1. Rational numbers. A fraction r =p/q, where p and q
are positive or negative integers, is called a rational number. We
can suppose (i) that p and q have no common factor, as if they
have a common factor we can divide each of them by it, and
(ii) that q is positive, since
pl(r ?) = (-p)/q> (-p)K- q)=p/q-
To the rational numbers thus denned we may add the ' rational
number ' obtained by taking p = 0.
We assume that the reader is familiar with the ordinary
arithmetical rules for the manipulation of rational numbers. The
examples which follow demand no knowledge beyond this.
Examples I. 1. If r and s are rational numbers, then r + s, r - s, rs, and
rjs are rational numbers, unless in the last case s=0 (when rjs is of course
meaningless).
2. If X, m, and n are positive rational numbers, and m > n, then
X(m 2 — ?i 2 ), 2X«m, and X(m 2 + ;i 2 ) are positive rational numbers. Hence show
how to determine any number of right-angled triangles the lengths of all of
whose sides are rational.
3. Any terminated decimal represents a rational number whose denomi-
nator contains no factors other than 2 or 5. Conversely, any such rational
number can be expressed, and in one way only, as a terminated decimal.
[The general theory of decimals will be considered in Ch. IV.]
4. The positive rational numbers may be arranged in the form of a simple
scries as follows :
l i l J 2 14 3 2 1
1) 1> 2 5 D 2» 3' 1) 2> 3 5 it""
Show that p/q is the [^ (p + q - 1) (p + q - 2) + q]th term of the series.
[In this series every rational number is repeated indefinitely. Thus 1
occurs as {, f , % , .... We can of course avoid this by omitting every number
H. 1
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which has already occurred in a simpler form, but then the problem of deter-
mining the precise position of pjq becomes more complicated.]
2. The representation of rational numbers by points
on a line. It is convenient, in many branches of mathematical
analysis, to make a good deal of use of geometrical illustrations.
The use of geometrical illustrations in this way does not, of
course, imply that analysis has any sort of dependence upon
geometry : they are illustrations and nothing more, and are em-
ployed merely for the sake of clearness of exposition. This being
so, it is not necessary that we should attempt any logical analysis
of the ordinary notions of elementary geometry; we may be content
to suppose, however far it may be from the truth, that we know
what they mean.
Assuming, then, that we know what is meant by a straight
line, a segment of a line, and the length of a segment, let us take
a straight line A, produced indefinitely in both directions, and a
segment A (> A 1 of any length. We call A the origin, or the point
0, and J.! the point 1, and we regard these points as representing
the numbers and 1.
In order to obtain a point which shall represent a positive
rational number r=p/q, we choose the point A r such that
A A r jA A 1 = r,
A A r being a stretch of the line extending in the same direction
along the line as A A U a direction which we shall suppose to be
from left to right when, as in Fig. 1, the line is drawn horizontally
across the paper. In order to obtain a point to represent a
1 j 1 1 !
A- s A_i A A x A,
Fig. 1.
negative rational number r = — s, it is natural to regard length as
a magnitude capable of sign, positive if the length is measured in
one direction (that of ^o^), and negative if measured in the
other, so that AB = — BA ; and to take as the point representing
r the point A_ s such that
A A_ S = — A_ S A = — A A 8 ,
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We thus obtain a point A r on the line corresponding to every
rational value of r, positive or negative, and such that
A A r = r . AqAx)
and if, as is natural, we take A A t as our unit of length, and write
A A 1 = 1, then we have
A A r = r.
We shall call the points A r the rational points of the line.
3. Irrational numbers. If the reader will mark off on the
line all the points corresponding to the rational numbers whose
denominators are 1, 2, 3, ... in succession, he will readily convince
himself that he can cover the line with rational points as closely
as he likes. We can state this more precisely as follows : if we
take any segment BG on A, we can find as many rational points as
we please on BG.
Suppose, for example, that BG falls within the segment A X A,.
It is evident that if we choose a positive integer k so that
k.BC>l (1),*
and divide A 1 A 2 into k equal parts, then at least one of the points
of division (say P) must fall inside BG, without coinciding with
either B or C. For if this were not so, BG would be entirely
included in one of the k parts into which A X A 2 has been divided,
which contradicts the supposition (1). But P obviously corre-
sponds to a rational number whose denominator is k. Thus at
least one rational point P lies between B and G. But then we
can find another such point Q between B and P, another between
B and Q, and so on indefinitely ; i.e., as we asserted above, we can
find as many as we please. We may express this by saying that
BG includes infinitely many rational points.
The meaning of such phrases as '■infinitely many' or '•an infinity of, in
such sentences as ' BG includes infinitely many rational points ' or ' there are
an infinity of rational points on BG' or 'there are an infinity of positive
integers', will be considered more closely in Ch. IV. The assertion 'there are
an infinity of positive integers ' means ' given any positive integer n, however
large, we can find more than n positive integers'. This is plainly true
* The assumption that this is possible is equivalent to the assumption of what
is known as the Axiom of Archimedes.
1—2
4 KEAL VAKIABLES [i
whatever n may be, e.g. for n = 100,000 or 100,000,000. The assertion means
exactly the same as ' we can find as many positive integers as we please '.
The reader will easily convince himself of the truth of the following
assertion, which is substantially equivalent to what was proved in the second
paragraph of this section : given any rational number r, and any positive
integer n, we can find another rational number lying on either side of r and
differing from r by less than 1/n. It is merely to express this differently to
say that we can find a rational number lying on either side of r and differing
from r by as little as we please. Again, given any two rational numbers
}• and s, we can interpolate between them a chain of rational numbers in
which any two consecutive terms differ by as little as we please, that is to
say by less than 1/n, where n is any positive integer assigned beforehand.
From these considerations the reader might be tempted to
infer that an adequate view of the nature of the line could be
obtained by imagining it to be formed simply by the rational
points which lie on it. And it is certainly the case that if we
imagine the line to be made up solely of the rational points,
and all other points (if there are any such) to be eliminated,
the figure which remained would possess most of the properties
which common sense attributes to the straight line, and would,
to put the matter roughly, look and behave very much like
a line.
A little further consideration, however, shows that this view
would involve us in serious difficulties.
Let us look at the matter for a moment with the eye of
common sense, and consider some of the properties which we may
reasonably expect a straight line to possess if it is to satisfy the
idea which we have formed of it in elementary geometry.
The straight line must be composed of points, and any segment
of it by all the points which lie between its end points. With
any such segment must be associated a certain entity called its
length, which must be a quantity capable of numerical measure-
ment in terms of any standard or unit length, and these lengths
must be capable of combination with one another, according to
the ordinary rules of algebra, by means of addition or multipli-
cation. Again, it must be possible to construct a line whose
length is the sum or product of any two given lengths. If the
length PQ, along a given line, is a, and the length QR, along
the same straight line, is b, the length PR must be a + b.
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REAL VARIABLES
Moreover, if the lengths OP, OQ, along one straight line, are
1 and a, and the length OR along another straight line is b,
and if we determine the length OS by Euclid's construction (Euc.
VI. 12) for a fourth proportional to the lines OP, OQ, OR, this
length must be ab, the algebraical fourth proportional to 1, a, b.
And it is hardly necessary to remark that the sums and products
thus defined must obey the ordinary ' laws of algebra ' ; viz.
a + b = b + a, a + (b 4- c)==(a+b) + c,
ab = ba, a (be) = (ab) c, a(b + c) = ab + ac.
The lengths of our lines must also obey a number of obvious
laws concerning inequalities as well as equalities : thus if
A, B, C are three points lying along A from left to right, we must
have AB< AC, and so on. Moreover it must be possible, on our
fundamental line A, to find a point P such that A P is equal to
any segment whatever taken along A or along any other straight
line. All these properties of a line, and more, are involved in the
presuppositions of our elementary geometry.
Now it is very easy to see that the idea of a straight line as
composed of a series of points, each corresponding to a rational
number, cannot possibly satisfy all these requirements. There are
various elementary geometrical constructions, for example, which
purport to construct a length x such that x 2 = 2. For instance, we
Fig. 2.
may construct an isosceles right-angled triangle ABC such that
AB = AC=1. Then if BC= x, x~ = 2. Or we may determine
the length x by means of Euclid's construction (Euc. vi. 13) for
a mean proportional to 1 and 2, as indicated in the figure. Our
requirements therefore involve the existence of a length measured
by a number x, and a point P on A such that
A Q P = x, x 2 = 2.
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But it is easy to see that there is no rational number such that
its square is 2. In fact we may go further and say that there
is no rational number whose square is m/n, where mjn is any
positive fraction in its lowest terms, unless m and n are both
perfect squares.
For suppose, if possible, that
p"jq- = m/n.
p having no factor in common with q, and m no factor m common
with n. Then np 2 = mq 2 . Every factor of q 2 must divide np 2 , and
as p and q have no common factor, every factor of q 2 must divide
n. Hence n=\q 2 , where A. is an integer. But this involves
m = Xp 2 : and as m and n have no common factor, A must be unity.
Thus m =p 2 , n = q 2 , as was to be proved. In particular it follows,
by taking n ■— 1, that an integer cannot be the square of a rational
number, unless that rational number is itself integral.
It appears then that our requirements involve the existence of
a number x and a point P, not one of the rational points already
constructed, such that A P = cc, x 2 = 2; and (as the reader will
remember from elementary algebra) we write x = *J2.
The following alternative proof that no rational number can have its
square equal to 2 is interesting.
Suppose, if possible, that p/q is a positive fraction, in its lowest terms,
such that (p/q) 2 = 2 or p 2 = 2q 2 . It is easy to see that this involves
(2q—p) 2 = 2(p-q) 2 ; and so (Zq-p)/(p — q) is another fraction having the
same property. But clearly q<p<2q, and so p — q<q. Hence there is
another fraction equal to pjq and having a smaller denominator, which
contradicts the assumption that p/q is in its lowest terms.
Examples II. 1. Show that no rational number can have its cube equal!
to 2.
2. Prove generally that a rational fraction p/q in its lowest terms cannot
be the cube of a rational number unless p and q are both perfect cubes.
3. A more general proposition, which is due to Gauss and includes those
which precede as particular cases, is the following: an algebraical equation
x n +p 1 x n ~ 1 + p 2 x n - 2 + ...+p n =Q,
with integral coefficients^ cannot have a rational but non-integral root.
[For suppose that the equation has a root a/b, where a and 6 are integers
3, 4] REAL VARIABLES 7
without a common factor, and b is positive. Writing a/6 for x, and multiply-
ing by b 11 ' 1 , we obtain
a n
--j~=p 1 a n - 1 +p 2 a n - 2 b + ...+p n b n ~\
a fraction in its lowest terms equal to an integer, which is absurd. Thus b= 1
and the root is a. It is evident that a must be a divisor of p n .\
4. Show that if^> rt =l and neither of
1 +^1+^2+^3 + ." , *-pi+Ps-p3+:>
is zero, then the equation cannot have a rational root.
5. Find the rational roots (if any) of
x a _ 4^3 _ 8x 2 + 1 3 v + -i () _ 0.
[The roots can only be integral, and so +1, +2, +5, +10 are the only
possibilities : whether these are roots can be determined by trial. It is clear
that we can in this way determine the rational roots of any such equation.]
4. Irrational numbers (continued). The result of our
geometrical representation of the rational numbers is therefore to
suggest the desirability of enlarging our conception of ' number '
by the introduction of further numbers of a new kind.
The same conclusion might have been reached without the use
of geometrical language. One of the central problems of algebra
is that of the solution of equations, such as
x~ = 1, x' 2 = 2.
The first equation has the two rational roots 1 and — 1. But,
if our conception of number is to be limited to the rational
numbers, we can only say that the second equation has no roots ;
and the same is the case with such equations as x 3 = 2, x 4 = 7.
These facts are plainly sufficient to make some generalisation of
our idea of number desirable, if it should prove to be possible.
Let us consider more closely the equation x 1 — 2.
We have already seen that there is no rational number x which
satisfies this equation. The square of any rational number is
either less than or greater than 2. We can therefore divide the
rational numbers into two classes, one containing the numbers
whose squares are less than 2, and the other those whose squares
are greater than 2. We shall confine our attention to the positive
rational numbers, and we shall call these two classes the class L, or
the lower class, or the left-hand class, and the class R, or the upper
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class, or the right-hand class. It is obvious that every member of
R is greater than all the members of L. Moreover it is easy to
convince ourselves that we can find a member of the class L whose
square, though less than 2, differs from 2 by as little as we please,
and a member of R whose square, though greater than 2, also
differs from 2 by as little as we please. In fact, if we carry out
the ordinary arithmetical process for the extraction of the square
root of 2, we obtain a series of rational numbers, viz.
1, 14, 141. 1414, 14142,...
whose squares
1, 1-96, 1-9881, 1-999396, 1-99996164,...
are all less than 2, but approach nearer and nearer to it ; and by
taking a sufficient number of the figures given by the process we
can obtain as close an approximation as we want. And if we
increase the last figure, in each of the approximations given above,
by unity, we obtain a series of rational numbers
2, 1-5, 1-42, 1-415, 1-4143,...
whose squares
4, 2-25, 2-0164, 2-002225, 2-00024449,...
are all greater than 2 but approximate to 2 as closely as we please.
The reasoning which precedes, although it will probably convince the
reader, is hardly of the precise character required by modern mathematics.
We can supply a formal proof as follows. In the first place, we can find
a member of L and a member of R, differing by as little as we please. For
we saw in § 3 that, given any two rational numbers a and b, we can construct
a chain of rational numbers, of which a and b are the first and last, and in
which any two consecutive numbers differ by as little as we please. Let us
then take a member x of L and a member y of B, and interpolate between
them a chain of rational numbers of which oo is the first and y the last, and
in which any two consecutive numbers differ by less than 8, 8 being any
positive rational number as small as we please, such as -01 or -0001 or -000001.
In this chain there must be a last which belongs to L and a first which belongs
to R, and these two numbers differ by less than 8.
"We can now prove that an x can be found in L and a y in R such that
2 — x* and y 2 -2 are as small as we please, say less than 8. Substituting %8
for 8 in the argument which precedes, we see that we can choose x and y so
that y — x < J 8 ; and we may plainly suppose that both x and y are less
than 2. Thus
y + x<4, y 2 -x- = (y -x)(y+x) <i{y -x)<8 ;
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and since x"-<1 and ?/ 2 >2 it follows a fortiori that 2-x 2 and y-
less than 8.
2 arc each
It follows also that there can be no largest member of L or
smallest member of R. For if x is any member of L, then x~ < 2.
Suppose that x 2 = 2 — 8. Then we can find a member x t of L
such that Xj 2 differs from 2 by less than 8, and so oc? > x- or x x > x.
Thus there are larger members of L than x; and as x is any
member of L, it follows that no member of L can be larger than
all the rest. Hence L has no largest member, and similarly R has
no smallest.
5. Irrational numbers (continued). We have thus divided
the positive rational numbers into two classes, L and R, such that
(i) every member of R is greater than every member of L, (ii) we
can find a member of L and a member of R whose difference is as
small as we please, (iii) L has no greatest and R no least member.
Our common-sense notion of the attributes of a straight line, the
requirements of our elementary geometry and our elementary
algebra, alike demand the existence of a number x greater than all
the member's of L and less than all the members of R, and of
a corresponding point P on A such that P divides the points which
correspond to members of L from those which correspond to members
ofR.
L LL
-i r-H-
R R
Fist. 3.
Let us suppose for a moment that there is such a number x,
and that it may be operated upon in accordance with the laws of
algebra, so that, for example, x 2 has a definite meaning. Then a?
cannot be either less than or greater than 2. For suppose, for
example, that x 2 is less than 2. Then it follows from what pre-
cedes that we can find a positive rational number £ such that £ 2 lies
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between x 2 and 2. That is to say, we can find a member of L
greater than x; and this contradicts the supposition that a? divides
the members of L from those of R. Thus x" cannot be less than
2, and similarly it cannot be greater than 2. We are therefore
driven to the conclusion that x 2 = 2, and that x is the number
which in algebra we denote by t/2. And of course this number
\J2 is not rational, for no rational number has its square equal to
2. It is the simplest example of what is called an irrational
number.
But the preceding argument may be applied to equations
other than x 2 = 2, almost word for word ; for example to x' 2 = N,
where N is any integer which is not a perfect square, or to
x 3 = S, x 3 =7, # 4 = 23,
or, as we shall see later on, to x 3 = Sx + 8. We are thus led to
believe in the existence of irrational numbers x and points P on
A such that x satisfies equations such as these, even when these
lengths cannot (as *J2 can) be constructed by means of elementary
geometrical methods.
The reader will no doubt remember that in treatises on elementary algebra
the root of such an equation as afl=n is denoted by v/n or n 1 ^, and that a
meaning is attached to such symbols as
by means of the equations
n p «i=(n 1 li) p , »»"«»-J»/«=b1.
And he will remember how, in virtue of these definitions, the 'laws of indices'
such as
n r x n* = w r + ', (n r ) 3 = n™
are extended so as to cover the case in which r and s are any rational numbers
whatever.
The reader may now follow one or other of two alternative
courses. He may, if he pleases, be content to assume that
'irrational numbers' such as *J2, \/3, ... exist and are amenable to
the algebraical laws with which he is familiar*. If he does this
he will be able to avoid the more abstract discussions of the next
few sections, and may pass on at once to §§ 13 et seq.
If, on the other hand, he is not disposed to adopt so naive an
* This is the point of view which was adopted in the first edition of this book.
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attitude, he will be well advised to pay careful attention to the
sections which follow, in which these questions receive fuller
consideration *.
Examples III. 1. Find the difference between 2 and the squares of the
decimals given in § 4 as approximations to N /2.
2. Find the differences between 2 and the squares of
3. Show that if mjn is a good approximation to s]% then (m + 2n)l(m + n)
is a better one, and that the errors in the two cases are in opposite directions.
Apply this result to continue the series of approximations in the last
example.
4. If x and y are approximations to ,/2, by defect and by excess respec-
tively, and 2 — x 2 < S, y" — 2 < 8, then y-x< 8.
5. The equation x 2 = 4 is satisfied by x=2. Examine how far the argu-
ment of the pi-eceding sections applies to this equation (writing 4 for 2
throughout). [If we define the classes L, R as before, they do not include all
rational numbers. The rational number 2 is an exception, since 2 2 is neither
less than or greater than 4.]
6. Irrational numbers (continued). In Jjijwe discussed
a special mode of division of the positive rational numbers x into
two classes, such that x 2 < 2 for the members of one class and
x 2 > 2 for those of the others. Such a mode of division is called a
section of the numbers in question. It is plain that we could
equally well construct a section in which the numbers of the tw r o
classes were characterised by the inequalities x 3 < 2 and a? > 2, or
x*<7 and x* > 7. Let us now attempt to state the principles
of the construction of such ' sections ' of the positive rational
numbers in quite general terms.
Suppose that P and Q stand for two properties which are
mutually exclusive and one of which must be possessed by every
positive rational number. Further, suppose that every such
number which possesses P is less than any such number which
possesses Q. Thus P might be the property ' x 2 < 2 ' and Q the
property ' x 2 > 2/ Then we call the numbers which possess P the
lower or left-hand class L and those which possess Q the upper or
* In these sections I have borrowed freely from Appendix I of Bromwich's
Infinite Series.
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right-hand class R. In general both classes will exist ; but it may-
happen in special cases that one is non-existent and that every
number belongs to the other. This would obviously happen, for
example, if P (or Q) were the property of being rational, or of
being jjositive. For the present, however, we shall confine
ourselves to cases in which both classes do exist ; and then it
follows, as in § 4, that we can find a member of L and a member
of R whose difference is as small as we please.
In the particular case which we considered in § 4, L had no
greatest member and R no least. This question of the existence
of greatest or least members of the classes is of the utmost im-
portance. We observe first that it is impossible in any case that
L should have a greatest member and R a least. For if I were
the greatest member of L, and r the least of R, so that I < f, then
\ (I + r) would be a positive rational number lying between I and
r, and so could belong neither to L nor to R ; and this contradicts
our assumption that every such number belongs to one class or to
the other. This being so, there are but three possibilities, which
are mutually exclusive. Either (i) L has a greatest member I, or
(ii) R has a least member r, or (iii) L has no greatest member and
R no least.
The section of § 4 gives an example of the last possibility. An example
of the first is obtained by taking P to be ' x 2 < 1 ' and Q to be ' x 2 > 1 ' ;
here l—\. If P is ( x 2 < 1 ' and Q is l x 2 > 1,' we have an example of the
second possibility, with r=l. It should be observed that we do not obtain
a section at all by taking P to be ' x 2 < 1 ' and Q to be ' x 2 > 1 ' ; for the special
number 1 escapes classification (cf. Ex. in. 5).
7. Irrational numbers (continued). In the first two cases
we say that the section corresponds to a positive rational number
a, which is I in the one case and r in the other. Conversely, it is
clear that to any such number a corresponds a section which
we shall denote by a*. For we might take P and Q to be the
properties expressed by
x ^ a, x > a
respectively, or by x < a and x ^ a. In the first case a would be
the greatest member of L, and in the second case the least member
* It will be convenient to denote a section, corresponding to a rational number
denoted by an English letter, by the corresponding Greek letter.
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of R. There are in fact just two sections corresponding to any
positive rational number. In order to avoid ambiguity we select
one of them ; let us select that in which the number itself belongs
to the upper class. In other words, let us agree that we will consider
only sections in which the lower class L has no greatest number.
There being this correspondence between the positive rational
numbers and the sections denned by means of them, it would be
perfectly legitimate, for mathematical purposes, to replace the
numbers by the sections, and to regard the symbols which occur
in our formulae as standing for the sections instead of for the
numbers. Thus, for example, a > a' would mean the same as
a > a, if a and a are the sections which correspond to a and a.
But when we have in this way substituted sections of rational
numbers for the rational numbers themselves, we are almost forced
to a generalisation of our number system. For there are sections
(such as that of § 4) which do not correspond to any rational
number. The aggregate of sections is a larger aggregate than that
of the positive rational numbers ; it includes sections corresponding
to all these numbers, and more besides. It is this fact which we
make the basis of our generalisation of the idea of number. We
accordingly frame the following definitions, which will however be
modified in the next section, and must therefore be regarded as
temporary and provisional.
A section of the positive rational numbers, in which both classes
exist and the lower class has no greatest member, is called a
positive real number.
A positive real number which does not correspond to a positive
rational number is called a positive irrational number.
8. Real numbers. We have confined ourselves so far to
certain sections of the positive rational numbers, which we have
agreed provisionally to call 'positive real numbers.' Before we
frame our final definitions, we must alter our point of view a
little. We shall consider sections, or divisions into two classes,
not merely of the positive rational numbers, but of all rational
numbers, including zero. We may then repeat all that we have
said about sections of the positive rational numbers in §§ 6, 7,
merely omitting the word positive occasionally.
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Definitions. A section of the rational numbers, in which both
classes exist and the lower class has no greatest member, is called
a real number, or simply a number.
A real number ivhich does not correspond to a rational number
is called an irrational number.
If the real number does correspond to a rational number, we
shall use the term ' rational ' as applying to the real number also.
The term 'rational number' will, as a result of our definitions, be
ambiguous; it may mean the rational number of § 1, or the corresponding
real number. If we say that h > i -, we may be asserting either of two different
propositions, one a proposition of elementary arithmetic, the other a proposition
concerning sections of the rational numbers. Ambiguities of this kind are
common in mathematics, and are perfectly harmless, since the relations
between different propositions are exactly the same whichever interpretation
is attached to the propositions themselves. From ?>>A and -jj>j we can
infer 5 > j ; the inference is in no way affected by any doubt as to whether
\, \, and j are arithmetical fractions or real numbers. Sometimes, of course,
the context in which {e.g.) ' \ ' occurs is sufficient to fix its interpretation.
When we say (see § 9) that ^<\Z(sX we niust mean by '£' the real number \.
The reader should observe, moreover, that no particular logical importance
is to be attached to the precise form of definition of a ' real number ' that we
have adopted. We defined a ' real number ' as being a section, i.e. a pair of
classes. We might equally well have defined it as being the lower, or the
upper, class ; indeed it would be easy to define an infinity of classes of
entities each of which would possess the properties of the class of real
numbers. What is essential in mathematics is that its symbols should be
capable of some interpretation ; generally they are capable of many, and
then, so far as mathematics is concerned, it does not matter which we adopt.
Mr Beitrand Kussell has said that 'mathematics is the science in which
we do not know what we are talking about, and do not care whether what
we say about it is true', a remark which is expressed in the form of a
paradox but which in reality embodies a number of important truths. It
would take too long to analyse the meaning of Mr Russell's epigram in detail,
but one at any rate of its implications is this, that the symbols of mathe-
matics are capable of varying interpretations, and that we are in general at
liberty to adopt whichever we prefer.
There are now three cases to distinguish. It may happen that
all negative rational numbers belong to the lower class and zero
and all positive rational numbers to the upper. We describe
this section as the real number zero. Or again it may happen
that the lower class includes some positive numbers. Such a section
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we describe as a positive real number. Finally it may happen
that some negative numbers belong to the upper class. Such
a section we describe as a negative real number*.
The difference between our present definition of a positive real number a
and that of § 7 amounts to the addition to the lower class of zero and all the
negative rational numbers. An example of a negative real number is given
by taking the property P of § 6 to be .r + l<0 and Q to be .r+1^0.
This section plainly corresponds io the negative rational number - 1. If we
took P to be x 3 <—2 and Q to be a^> - 2, we should obtain a negative real
number which is not rational.
9. Relations of magnitude between real numbers. It
is plain that, now that we have extended our conception of
number, we are bound to make corresponding extensions of our
conceptions of equality, inequality, addition, multiplication, and so
on. We have to show that these ideas can be applied to the new
numbers, and that, when this extension of them is made, all the
ordinary laws of algebra retain their validity, so that we can
operate with real numbers in general in exactly the same way
as with the rational numbers of § 1. To do all this systematically
would occupy a considerable space, and we shall be content to
indicate summarily how a more systematic discussion would
proceed.
We denote a real number by a Greek letter such as a, /3, y, . . . ;
the rational numbers of its lower and upper classes by the corre-
sponding English letters a, A; b, B; c, C; .... The classes them-
• selves we denote by (a), (A), .....
If a and ft are two real numbers, there are three possibilities :
(i) every a is a 6 and every A&B\ in this case (a) is identical
with (b) and (A) with (B);
* There are also sections in which every number belongs to the lower or to
the upper class. The reader may be tempted to ask why we do not regard these
sections also as defining numbers, which we might call the real numbers positive
and negative infinity.
There is no logical objection to such a procedure, but it proves to be incon-
venient in practice. The most natural definitions of addition and multiplication do
not work in a satisfactory way. Moreover, for a beginner, the chief difficulty in the
elements of analysis is that of learning to attach precise senses to phrases containing
the word ' infinity '; and experience seems to show that he is likely to be confused by
any addition to their number.
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(ii) every a is a b, but not all A's are B's ; in this case (a) is
a proper part of (&)*, and (B) a proper part of (A) ;
(iii) every A is a B, but not all a's are b's.
These three cases may be indicated graphically as in Fig. 4.
In case (i) we write a = 6, in case (ii) a < 6, and in case
(iii) a> 8. It is clear that, when
a and 8 are both rational, these ? (i)
definitions agree with the ideas of
equality and inequality between + ' ("J
rational numbers which we began
by taking for granted; and that i + (iii)
any positive number is greater Fig. 4.
than any negative number.
It will be convenient to define at this stage the negative — a
ot a positive number a. If (a), (A) are the classes which consti-
tute a, we can define another section of the rational numbers by
putting all numbers — A in the lower class and all numbers — a
in the upper. The real number thus defined, which is clearly
negative, we denote by — a. Similarly we can define — a when a
is negative or zero ; if a is negative, — a is positive. It is plain
also that — (— 0) = a. Of the two numbers a and — a one is always
positive (unless o = 0). The one which is positive we denote by
I a I and call the modulus of or.
Examples IV. 1. Prove that =- 0.
2. Prove that /3 = a, /3<a, or /3>a according as a=/3, a>/3, or a</3.
3. If a = j3 and /3 = y, then a = y.
4. If a ^ ft /3<y, or a</3, /3 ^ y, then a<y.
5. Prove that — /3= —a -/3<-a, or — j3> —a, according as a = /3, a</3,
or a>/3.
6. Prove that a>0 if a is positive, and a<0 if a is negative.
7. Prove that a ^ | o | .
8. Prove that 1< <J2 < ^3 < 2.
9. Prove that, if a and £ are two different real numbers, we can always
find an infinity of rational numbers lying between a and /3.
[All these results are immediate consequences of our definitions.]
* I.e. is included in but not identical with (&).
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10. Algebraical operations with real numbers. We now
proceed to define the meaning of the elementary algebraical opera-
tions such as addition, as applied to real numbers in general.
(i) Addition. In order to define the sum of two numbers
a and ft, we consider the following two classes : (i) the class (c)
formed by all sums c = a + b, (ii) the class (G) formed by all sums
G = A + B. Plainly c < G in all cases.
Again, there cannot be more than one rational number which
does not belong either to (c) or to (0). For suppose there were
two, say r and s, and let s be the greater. Then both r and s
must be greater than every c and less than every G; and so G — c
cannot be less than s — r. But
C-c = (A-a) + (B-b)]
and we can choose a, b, A, B so that both A — a and B—b
are as small as we like ; and this plainly contradicts our
hypothesis.
If every rational number belongs to (c) or to (0), the classes (c),
(G) form a section of the rational numbers, that is to say, a number
7. If there is one which does not, we add it to (G). We have
now a section or real number 7, which must clearly be rational,
since it corresponds to the least member of (G). In any case
■we call 7 the sum of a and ft, and write
7 = a + ft.
If both a and /3 are rational, they are the least members of the upper
classes (A) and (B). In this case it is clear that a+0 is the least member
of (C% so that our definition agrees with our previous ideas of addition.
(ii) Subtraction. We define a — ft by the equation
«-/3 = «+(-/3).
The idea of subtraction accordingly presents no fresh difficulties.
Examples V. 1. Prove that a + ( - a) = 0.
2. Prove that a + 0=0 + a = a.
3. Prove that a + /3 = /3 + a. [This follows at once from the fact that the
classes (a+b) and (& + a), or (A+B) and (B+A), are the same, since, e.g.,
a-\-b = b + a when a and b are rational.]
4. Prove that a + + y ) = (a + /3) + y.
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5. Prove that a - a = 0.
6. Prove that a - /3= - (/3 - a).
7. From the definition of subtraction, and Exs. 4, 1, and 2 above, it
follows that
(a-/3)+0 = {a + (-/3)]+/3 = a + {(-/3) + /3} = a + O = a.
We might therefore define the difference a-j3 = y by the equation y+/3 = a.
8. Prove that a-0-y) = a-|3 + y.
9. Give a definition of subtraction which does not depend upon a previous
definition of addition. [To define y=a — /3, form the classes (c), (C) for which
c = a — B, C=A-b. It is easy to show that this definition is equivalent to
that which we adopted in the text.]
10. Prove that
||a|-|/9||Sja±|8|S|a|+|0|.
11. Algebraical operations with real numbers {con-
tinued), (iii) Multiplication. When we come to multiplication,
it is most convenient to confine ourselves to 'positive numbers
(among which we may include 0) in the first instance, and to go
back for a moment to the sections of positive rational numbers
only which we considered in §§ 4 — 7. We may then follow practi-
cally the same road as in the case of addition, taking (c) to be (ab)
and (C) to be (AB). The argument is the same, except when we
are proving that all rational numbers with at most one exception
must belong to (c) or (G). This depends, as in the case of addi-
tion, on showing that we can choose a, A, b, and B so that C— c is
as small as we please. Here we use the identity
C-c = AB-ab = (A -a) B +a(B- b).
Finally we include negative numbers within the scope of our
definition by agreeing that, if a and /3 are positive, then
(-a)/3 = -aft a(-/3) = -«& (-a)(-0) = a0.
(iv) Division. In order to define division, we begin by de-
fining the reciprocal 1/a of a number a (other than zero). Con-
fining ourselves in the first instance to positive numbers and
sections of positive rational numbers, we define the reciprocal of a
positive number a by means of the lower class (1/A) and the upper
class (1/a). We then define the reciprocal of a negative number
— a by the equation l/(— a) = — (1/a). Finally we define a//3 by
the equation
«//3 = ax(l//3).
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19
We are then in a position to apply to all real numbers, rational
or irrational, the whole of the ideas and methods of elementary
algebra. Naturally we do not propose to carry out this task in
detail. It will be more profitable and more interesting to turn
our attention to some special, but particularly important, classes
of irrational numbers.
Examples VI. Prove the theorems expressed by the followin°-
formulae :
1. ax0 = 0xa = 0. 2. axl = lxa = a. 3. ax(l/a) = l.
4. a/3 = /3a. o. a (/3y) = (a/3) y. 6. a (j8 + y) = a/3 + ay.
7. (a + (S)y = ay + j3y. 8. | a/3 | = | a | |/3 |.
12. The number ^/2. Let us now return for a moment to
the particular irrational number which we discussed in §§ 4 — 5.
We there constructed a section by means of the inequalities
x 2 < 2, x 2 > 2. This was a section of the positive rational numbers
only ; but we replace it (as was explained in § 8) by a section of
all the rational numbers. We denote the section or number thus
denned by the symbol *J2.
The classes by means of which the product of V2 by itself is
defined are (i) (aa), where a and a' are positive rational numbers
whose squares are less than 2, (ii) {AA'), where A and A' are
positive rational numbers whose squares are greater than 2. These
classes exhaust all positive rational numbers save one, which can
only be 2 itself. Thus
(V2) 2 =V2\/2 = 2.
Again
(- V2) 2 = (- V2) (- V2) = V2 V2 = (V2) 2 = 2.
Thus the equation x-=2 has the two roots \]2 and — \]2. Similarly
we could discuss the equations x* = 3, x 3 = 7, ... and the corre-
sponding irrational numbers \/3, — V3, ^7,....
13. Quadratic surds. A number of the form + \/a, where
a is a positive rational number which is not the square of another
rational number, is called a pure quadratic surd. A number of
the form a ± \/b, where a is rational, and *fb is a pure quadratic
surd, is sometimes called a mixed quadratic surd.
2—2
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The two numbers a±Jb are the roots of the quadratic equation
.<v 2 -2cLv + a 2 -b = 0.
Conversely, the equation x 2 + 2px + q=0, where p and q are rational, and
p 2 -q>0, has as its roots the two quadratic surds -p±^(p 2 — q)-
The only kind of irrational numbers whose existence was
suggested by the geometrical considerations of § 3 are these
quadratic surds, pure and mixed, and the more complicated
irrationals which may be expressed in a form involving the
repeated extraction of square roots, such as
V2 + V(2 + V2) + V{2 + \/(2 + \/2)}.
It is easy to construct geometrically a line whose length is
equal to any number of this form, as the reader will easily see for
himself. That irrational numbers of these kinds only can be con-
structed by Euclidean methods (i.e. by geometrical constructions
with ruler and compasses) is a point the proof of which must
be deferred for the present* This property of quadratic surds
makes them especially interesting.
Examples VII. 1. Give geometrical constructions for
V2 s/(2 + V2), V(2+V(2 + V2)}.
2. The quadratic equation ax 2 + 2bx+c — has two real roots + if
b 2 -ac>0. Suppose a, b c rational. Nothing is lost by taking all three
to be integers, for we can multiply the equation by the least common
multiple of their denominators.
The reader will remember that the roots are {-b± s /(b 2 -ac)}/a. It is
easy to construct these lengths geometrically, first constructing s f(b' 2 -ac).
A much more elegant, though less straightforward, construction is the
following.
* See Ch. II, Misc. Exs. 22.
t I.e. there are two values of X for which ax 2 + 2bx + c = 0. If b 2 -ac<0 there
are no such values of x. The reader will remember that in books on elementary
algebra the equation is said to have two ' complex ' roots. The meaning to be
attached to this statement will be explained in Ch. III.
When b 2 = ac the equation has only one root. For the sake of uniformity
it is generally said in this case to have ' two equal ' roots, but this is a mere
convention.
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21
Draw a circle of unit radius, a diameter PQ, and the tangents at the ends
of the diameters.
Fig. 5-
Take PP' = -2a/b and QQ' = —c/2b, having regard to sign*. Join P'Q',
cutting the circle in M and N. Draw PM and PX, cutting QQ' in X and Y.
Then QX and QY are the roots of the equation with their proper signs t.
The proof is simple and we leave it as an exercise to the reader.
Another, perhaps even simpler, construction is the following. Take a line
AB of unit length. Draw BC= -2b/a perpendicular to AB, and CD=c/a
peipendicular to BC and in the same direction as BA. On AD as diameter
describe a circle cutting BC in X and Y. Then BX and BY are the roots.
3. If ac is positive PP' and QQ' will be drawn in the same direction.
Verify that P'Q' will not meet the circle if b' 1 <ac, while if b 2 = ac it will be
a tangent. Verify also that if b 2 = ac the circle in the second construction
will touch BC.
4. Prove that
>J(pq) = s/pxJq, K f (p 2 q) =p \fq-
14. Some theorems concerning quadratic surds. Two
pure quadratic surds are said to be similar if they can be ex-
pressed as rational multiples of the same surd, and otherwise to be
dissimilar. Thus
V8=2V2, V¥=fV2,
and so *JS, y^ are similar surds. On the other hand, if M and N
are integers which have no common factor, and neither of which
is a perfect square, *JM and \fN are dissimilar surds. For suppose,
if possible,
q V u s V u
where all the letters denote integers.
* The figure is drawn to suit the case in which b and c have the same and a
the opposite sign. The reader should draw figures for other cases.
f I have taken this construction from Klein's Lecons sur certaines questions dc
geometrie elementaire (French translation by J. Griess, Paris, 1896).
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Then *JMN is evidently rational, and therefore (Ex. II. 3)
integral. Thus MN = P 2 , where P is an integer. Let a, b, c, ...
be the prime factors of P, so that
MN=a 2a b^c-y ...,
where a, ft, y, ... are positive integers. Then MN is divisible by
a? a , and therefore either (1) M is divisible by a 2a , or (2) N is
divisible by a 2a , or (3) M and N are both divisible by a. The last
case may be ruled out, since M and N have no common factor.
This argument may be applied to each of the factors a 2a , 6 23 , c 2y , . . . ,
so that M must be divisible by some of these factors and N by
the remainder. Thus
M = P 2 , N=P£,
where P a 2 denotes the product of some of the factors a 2a , b 2fi , c 2V , ...
and P 2 2 the product of the rest. Hence M and N are both perfect
squares, which is contrary to our hypothesis.
Theorem. If A, B, G, D are rational and
A+*/B=C + s/D,
then either (i) A = C, B = D or (ii) B and D are loth squares of
rational numbers.
For B — D is rational, and so is
>JB-jD = G-A.
If B is not equal to D (in which case it is obvious that A is also
equal to C), it follows that
VP + *JD = (B - D)/WB - VP)
is also rational. Hence *JB and *JD are rational.
Corollary. If A + */B = C + */D, then A-*/B = C-^D
(unless \JB and \JD are both rational).
Examples VIII. 1. Trove ab initio that J2 and */3 are not similar
surds.
2. Prove that *Ja and J(lja), where a is rational, are similar surds
(unless both are rational).
3. If a and b are rational, then Ja + Jb cannot be rational unless sfa and
*Jb are rational. The same is true of J a — *]b, unless a = b.
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4. If JA+JB^JC+JD,
then either (a) ^ = Cand B=D, or (b) A=D and B = C, or (c) J A, JB, <JC,
*JD are all rational or all similar surds. [Square the given equation and
apply the theorem above.]
5. Neither (a + s /b) 3 nor (a - *fb) 3 can be rational unless >Jb is rational.
6. Prove that if x=p + y/q, where p and q are rational, then x m , where
m is any integer, can be expressed in the form P+ QJq, where P and Q
are rational. For example,
(P + Jq? =p 2 + q + 2p Jq, (p + V?) 3 =p 3 + Spq + (3p* + q) Jq.
Deduce that any polynomial in x with rational coefficients (i.e. any expression
of the form
a tf l +a 1 x n - 1 + ...+a n ,
where a , ... a n are rational numbers) can be expressed in the forni P + QJq.
7. If a + sjb, where b is not a perfect square, is the root of an algebraical
equation with rational coefficients, then a — ^Jb is another root of the same
equation.
8. Express lj(p+ K fq) in the form prescribed in Ex. 6. [Multiply
numerator and denominator by p - s fq.]
9. Deduce from Exs. 6 and 8 that any expression of the form G (x)/H (x),
where G(x) and H(x) are polynomials in x with rational coefficients, can be
expressed in the form P + Q-Jq, where P and Q are rational.
10. If p, q, and p 2 -q are positive, we can express s/(p+\fq) in the form
•J® + <Jyi where
»-i {p+s/(p 2 -q)}, y=h{p-s?(p 2 -<i)}'
1 1 . Determine the conditions that it may be possible to express J(p + Jq),
where p and q are rational, in the form slx + \ly, where x and y are rational.
12. If a 2 - b is positive, the necessary and sufficient conditions that
sj{a-h s lb) + yl{a-s]b)
should be rational are that cp-b and \ {a + s/(a 2 - b)} should both be squares
of rational numbers.
15. The continuum. The aggregate of all real numbers,
rational and irrational, is called the arithmetical continuum.
It is convenient to suppose that the straight line A of § 2
is composed of points corresponding to all the numbers of the
arithmetical continuum, and of no others*. The points of the
* This supposition is merely a hypothesis adopted (i) because it suffices for the
purposes of our geometry and (ii) because it provides us with convenient geometrical
illustrations of analytical processes. As we use geometrical lauguage only for
purposes of illustration, it is not part of our business to study the foundations
of geometry.
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line, the aggregate of which may be said to constitute the linear
continuum, then supply us with a convenient image of the
arithmetical continuum.
We have considered in some detail the chief properties of a
few classes of real numbers, such, for example, as rational numbers
or quadratic surds. We add a few further examples to show how
very special these particular classes of numbers are, and how, to
put it roughly, they comprise only a minute fraction of the infinite
variety of numbers which constitute the continuum.
(i) Let us consider a more complicated surd expression such as
s = v / (4 + v/15) + 4/(4- v /15).
Our argument for supposing that the expression for z has a meaning might be
as follows. We first show, as in §12, that there is a number ?/ = v /15 such that
y 2 = 15, and we can then, as in § 10, define the numbers 4 + ^/15, 4 — v /15.
Now consider the equation in z x ,
0! 3 =4 + v/15.
The right-hand side of this equation is not rational : but exactly the same
reasoning which leads us to suppose that there is a real number x such that
x 3 = 2 (or any other rational number) also leads us to the conclusion that there
is a number z x such that 2 1 3 =4 + v / 15. We thus define z 1 = £/(4+*J15), and
similarly we can define 22=^(4—^15) ; and then, as in § 10, we define z=z x +z 2 .
Now it is easy to verify that
z 3 =3z + 8.
And we might have given a direct proof of the existence of a unique number
z such that z 3 =3z+8. It is easy to see that there cannot be two such
numbers. For if z l 3 = 3z l + 8 and z 2 3 = 3z 2 + 8, we find on subtracting and
dividing by Z\-z 2 that z l 2 +z l z 2 +z 2 2 =3. But if z x and z 2 are positive z l 3 >8,
z 2 3 >8 and therefore z x >2, z 2 >2, z 1 2 +z 1 z 2 + z 2 2 > 12, and so the equation
just found is impossible. And it is easy to see that neither z x nor z 2 can
be negative. For if z x is negative and equal to — f, f is positive and
£ 3 -3f+8 = 0, or 3-£ 2 = 8/(. Hence 3-£ 2 >0, and so f<2. But then
8/£>4, and so 8/f cannot be equal to 3- f 2 , which is less than 3.
Hence there is at most one z such that z 3 = 3z + 8. And it cannot be
rational. For any rational root of this equation must be integral and a
factor of 8 (Ex. n. 3), and it is easy to verify that no one of 1, 2, 4, 8 is a root.
Thus z 3 = 3z + 8 has at most one root and that root, if it exists, is positive
and not rational. We can now divide the positive rational numbers x into
two classes L, R according as x 3 < 3x + 8 or x 3 > 3x + 8. It is easy to see that
if ^ 3 >3o; + 8 and y is any number greater than x, then also y 3 > 3_y + 8. For
suppose if possible y 3 ^3y + 8. Then since # 3 >3.r+8 we obtain on sub-
tracting y 3 - x 3 < 3 (y - x), or y 1 + xy + x 2 < 3, which is impossible; for y is
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positive and x>2 (since x 3 >8). Similarly we can show that if x 3 < 3x + 8
and y < x then also y 3 < 3y + 8.
Finally, it is evident that the classes L and R both exist ; and they form
a section of the positive rational numbers or positive real number z which
satisfies the equation z 3 = 3z + 8. The reader who knows how to solve cubic
equations by Cardan's method will be able to obtain the explicit expression of
z directly from the equation.
(ii) The direct argument applied above to the equation
a? = 3x + 8 could be applied (though the application would be
a little more difficult) to the equation
x 5 = x + 16.
and would lead us to the conclusion that a unique positive real
number exists which satisfies this equation. In this case, how-
ever, it is not possible to obtain a simple explicit expression
for x composed of any combination of surds. It can in fact
be proved (though the proof is difficult) that it is generally
impossible to .find such an expression for the root of an equation
of higher degree than 4. Thus, besides irrational numbers which
can be expressed as pure or mixed quadratic or other surds, or
combinations of such surds, there are others which are roots of
algebraical equations but cannot be so expressed. It is only in
very special cases that such expressions can be found.
(iii) But even when we have added to our list of irrational
numbers roots of equations (such as x 5 = x+ 16) which cannot be
explicitly expressed as surds, we have not exhausted the different
kinds of irrational numbers contained in the continuum. Let us
draw a circle whose diameter is equal to A A 1} i.e. to unity. It is
natural to suppose * that the circumference of such a circle has a
length capable of numerical measurement. This length is usually
denoted by ir. And it has been shown f (though the proof is un-
fortunately long and difficult) that this number ir is not the
root of any algebraical equation with integral coefficients, such,
for example, as
7T 2 = n, 7T 3 = 71, 7T 5 = 7T + ??,
* A proof will be found in Ch. VII.
t See Hobson's Trigonometry (3rd edition), pp. 305 et seq., or the same writer's
Squaring the Circle (Cambridge, 1913).
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where n is an integer. In this way it is possible to define a
number which is not rational nor yet belongs to any of the classes
of irrational numbers which we have so far considered. And this
number it is no isolated or exceptional case. Any number of other
examples can be constructed. In fact it is only special classes of
irrational numbers which are roots of equations of this kind, just
as it is only a still smaller class which can be expressed by means
of surds.
16. The continuous real variable. The 'real numbers'
may be regarded from two points of view. We may think of
them as an aggregate, the 'arithmetical continuum' defined in
the preceding section, or individually. And when we think of
them individually, we may think either of a particular specified
number (such as 1, — £, \/2, or rr) or we may think of any number,
an unspecified number, the number x. This last is our point of
view when we make such assertions as 'x is a number', 'x is the
measure of a length', 'x may be rational or irrational', The x
which occurs in propositions such as these is called the continuous
real variable : and the individual numbers are called the values of
the variable.
A 'variable', however, need not necessarily be continuous.
Instead of considering the aggregate of all real numbers, we
might consider some partial aggregate contained in the former
aggregate, such as the aggregate of rational numbers, or the
aggregate of positive integers. Let us take the last case. Then
in statements about any positive integer, or an unspecified positive
integer, such as 'n is either odd or even', n is called the variable,
a positive integral variable, and the individual positive integers
are its valuer.
Naturally ' x' and c n' are only examples of variables, the
variable whose ' field of variation ' is formed by all the real
numbers, and that whose field is formed by the positive integers.
These are the most important examples, but we have often to
consider other cases. In the theory of decimals, for instance, we
may denote by x any figure in the expression of any number as a
decimal. Then a; is a variable, but a variable which has only ten
different values, viz. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. The reader should
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think of other examples of variables with different fields of varia-
tion. He will find interesting examples in ordinary life : policeman
x, the driver of cab x, the year x, the #th day of the week. The
values of these variables are naturally not numbers.
17. Sections of the real numbers. In §§ 4 — 7 we con-
sidered ' sections ' of the rational numbers, i.e. modes of division of
the rational numbers (or of the positive rational numbers only)
into two classes L and R possessing the following characteristic
properties:
(i) that every number of the type considered belongs to one
and only one of the two classes ;
(ii) that both classes exist ;
(iii) that any member of L is less than any member of R.
It is plainly possible to apply the same idea to the aggregate
of all real numbers, and the process is, as the reader will find in
later chapters, of very great importance.
Let us then suppose* that P and Q are two properties which
are mutually exclusive, and one of which is possessed by every
real number. Further let us suppose that any number which
possesses P is less than any which possesses Q. We call the
numbers which possess P the lower or left-hand class L, and
those which possess Q the upper or right-hand class R.
Thus P might be x ^ N /2 and Q he x> J2. It is important to observe
that a pair of properties which suffice to define a section of the rational
numbers may not suffice to define one of the real numbers. This is so, for
example, with the pair ' x < v /2 ' and * x > J2 ' or (if we confine ourselves
to positive numbers) with ' x 2 < 2 ' and ' x 2 > 2 '. Every rational number
possesses one or other of the properties, but not every real number, since in
either case >J2 escapes classification.
There are now two possibilities f. Either L has a greatest
member I, or R has a least member r, Both of these events
* The discussion which follows is in many ways similar to that of § 6. We
have not attempted to avoid a certain amount of repetition. The idea of a 'section,'
first brought into prominence in Dedekind's famous pamphlet Stetigkeii and
irrationale Zahlen, is one which can, and indeed must, be grasped by every reader
of this book, even if he be one of those who prefer to omit the discussion of the
notion of an irrational number contained in §§ 6 — 12.
+ There were three in § 6.
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cannot occur. For if L had a greatest member I, and R a least
member r, the number \{l + r) would be greater than all members
of L and less than all members of R, and so could not belong to
either class. On the other hand one event must occur*.
For let Xj and R x denote the classes formed from L and R by
taking only the rational members of L and R. Then the classes
Zj and R x form a section of the rational numbers. There are now
two cases to distinguish.
It may happen that L x has a greatest member a. In this case
a must be also the greatest member of L. For if not, we could find
a greater, say /3. There are rational numbers lying between a and
/3, and these, being less than j3, belong to L, and therefore to L x \
and this is plainly a contradiction. Hence a is the greatest
member of L.
On the other hand it may happen that L x has no greatest
member. In this case the section of the rational numbers formed
by Li and R x is a real number a. This number a must belong-
to L or to R. If it belongs to L we can shew, precisely as before,
that it is the greatest member of L, and similarly, if it belongs
to R, it is the least member of R.
Thus in any case either L has a greatest member or R a
least. Any section of the real numbers therefore 'corresponds' to
a real number in the sense in which a section of the rational
numbers sometimes, but not always, corresponds to a rational
number. This conclusion is of very great importance; for it shows
that the consideration of sections of all the real numbers does not
lead to any further genei-alisation of our idea of number. Starting
from the rational numbers, we found that the idea of a section of
the rational numbers led us to a new conception of a number, that
of a real number, more general than that of a rational number;
and it might have been expected that the idea of a section of the
real numbers would have led us to a conception more general still.
The discussion which precedes shows that this is not the c,ase, and
that the aggregate of real numbers, or the continuum, has a kind
of completeness which the aggregate of the rational numbers
lacked, a completeness which is expressed in technical language
by saying that the continuum is closed.
* This was not the case in § 6.
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The result which we have just proved may be stated as follows:
Dedekind's Theorem. If the real numbers are divided into
tivo classes L and R in such a way that
(i) every number belongs to one or other of the two classes,
(ii) each class contains at least one number,
(iii) any member of L is less than any member of R,
then there is a number a, which has the property that all the numbers
less than it belong to L and all the numbers greater than it to R.
The number a itself may belong to either class.
In applications we have often to consider sections not of all numbers but
of all those contained in an interval (8, y), that is to say of all numbers
x such that j3 g x £L y. A ' section ' of such numbers is of course a division of
them into two classes possessing the properties (i), (ii), and (iii). Such
a section may be converted into a section of all numbers by adding to L all
numbers less than /3 and to R all numbers greater than y. It is clear that
the conclusion stated in Dedekind's Theorem still holds if we substitute ' the
real numbers of the interval (3, y) ' for ' the real numbers ', and that the
number a in this case satisfies the inequalities 05agy.
18. Points of accumulation. A system of real numbers, or
of the points on a straight line corresponding to them, defined in
any way whatever, is called an aggregate or set of numbers or
points. The set might consist, for example, of all the positive
integers, or of all the rational points.
It is most convenient here to use the language 0l> geometry*.
Suppose then that we are given a set of points, which we will
denote by S. Take any point £, which may or may not belong to 8.
Then there are two possibilities. Either (i) it is possible to choose
a positive number & so that the interval (£— S, £+ 8) does not con-
tain any point of S, other than £ itself f, or (ii) this is not possible.
Suppose, for example, that S consists of the points corresponding to all
the positive integers. If £ is itself a positive integer, we can take 8 to be any
number less than 1, and (i) will be true; or, if £ is halfway between two
positive integers, we can take § to be any number less than ^. On the other
hand, if £ consists of all the rational points, then, whatever the value of £,
(ii) is true ; for any interval whatever contains an infinity of rational points.
* The reader will hardly require to be reminded that this course is adopted
solely for reasons of linguistic convenience.
t This clause is of course unnecessary if £ does not itself belong to S.
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Let us suppose that (ii) is true. Then any interval (f — 8, f + 8),
however small its length, contains at least one point £ x which
belongs to S and does not coincide with f ; and this whether f
itself be a member of 8 or not. In this case we shall say that £ is
a point of accumulation of S. It is easy to see that the interval
(£ — $> £+£) must contain, not merely one, but infinitely many
points of 8. For, when we have determined £ ls we can take an
interval (£ — B 1} £+ Sj) surrounding £ but not reaching as far as £ x .
But this interval also must contain a point, say £ 2 , which is a
member of S and does not coincide with £. Obviously we may
repeat this argument, with £ 2 in the place of £ ; and so on
indefinitely. In this way we can determine as many points
51 > 52) ?3) •••
as we please, all belonging to S, and all lying inside the interval
(f -$.£ + *)■
A point of accumulation of $ may or may not be itself a point
of S. The examples which follow illustrate the various possibilities.
Examples IX. 1. If S consists of the points corresponding to the
positive integers, or all the integers, there are no points of accumulation.
2. If S consists of all the rational points, every point of the line is a
point of accumulation.
3. If S consists of the points 1, \, ^-, ..., there is one point of accumula-
tion, viz. the origin.
4. If S consists of all the positive rational points, the points of accumula-
tion are the origin and all positive points of the line.
19. Weierstrass's Theorem. The general theory of sets
of points is of the utmost interest and importance in the higher
branches of analysis ; but it is for the most part too difficult to be
included in a book such as this. There is however one funda-
mental theorem which is easily deduced from Dedekind's Theorem
and which we shall require later.
Theorem. If a set 8 contains infinitely many points, and is
entirely situated in an interval (a, /3), then at least one point of the
interval is a point of accumulation of 8.
We divide the points of the line A into two classes in the
following manner. The point P belongs to L if there are an
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infinity of points of S to the right of P, and to R in the contrary
case. Then it is evident that conditions (i) and (iii) of Dedekind's
Theorem are satisfied; and since a belongs to L and /3 to R,
condition (ii) is satisfied also.
Hence there is a point £ such that, however small be 8, £ — 8
belongs to L and £ + 8 to R, so that the interval (£ — 8, £ + S)
contains an infinity of points of S. Hence £ is a point of accumu-
lation of S.
This point may of course coincide with a or /3, as for instance when a = 0,
/3 = 1, and £ consists of the points 1, ■§, J, .... In this case is the sole
point of accumulation.
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER I.
1. What are the conditions that ax + by + cz = 0, (1) for all values of
x, y, z; (2) for all values of x, y, z subject to ax+fty + yz=0; (3) for all
values of x, y, z subject to both ax+j3y + yz = and Ax+By + Cz = 01
2. Any positive rational number can be expressed in one and only one
way in the form
, a 2 a 3 Civ
1.3 71 1.2.3 ' *'• 1.8.3...*'
where aj, « 2) ..., #& are integers, and
OgOu 0<a 2 <2, 0^ a 3 <3, ...0<« t </-.
3. Any positive rational number can be expressed in one and one way
only as a simple continued fraction
a I l l l
1 a 2 + a 3 + ... +a„'
where a l5 a 2 , ... are positive integers, of which the first only may be zero.
[Accounts of the theory of such continued fractions will be found in text-
books of algebra. For further information as to modes of representation of
rational and irrational numbers, see Hobson, Theory of Functions of a Real
Variable, pp. 45 — 49.]
4. Find the rational roots (if any) of 9x % - 6.v 2 + 15^ - 10 = 0.
5. A line AB is divided at C in aurea sectione (Euc. n. 11) — i.e. so that
AB . AC=BC 2 . Show that the ratio ACjAB is irrational.
[A direct geometrical proof will be found in Bromwich's Infinite Series,
% 143, p. 363.]
6. A is irrational. In what circumstances can — - 7 , where a, b, c, d
cA + d
are rational, be rational ?
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7. Some elementary inequalities. In what follows a u a 2 , ... de-
note positive numbers (including zero) and p, q, ... positive integers. Since
af — a 2 p an d a x i - a 2 q have the same sign, we have (af - a 2 p ) («i* - a 2 q ) =0> or
« 1 P + 9 + a 2 P + 9>a 1 Pa 2 « + a 1 «a 2 »' (1),
an inequality which may also be written in the form
2~
ai P + g + r + ... + CT2 P + g + r+-. ^ / ai P + g 2 T
2 ' =1 2~
&(*%*) (*%*) w.
By repeated application of this formula we obtain
and in particular S ( — ^ — j (4).
"When p = q=l in (1), or p = 2 in (4), the inequalities are merely different
forms of the inequality a 1 2 +« 2 2 S2a 1 a 2 , which expresses the fact that the
arithmetic mean of two positive numbers is not less than their geometric
mean.
8. Generalisations for n numbers. If we write down the hn(n-l)
inequalities of the type (1) which can be formed with n numbers a lt a 2 ,..., a n >
and add the results, we obtain the inequality
%2aP + «>2aP2a« (5),
or (2aP + i)ln>{(2aP)fn} {(^a q )/n} (6).
Hence we can deduce an obvious extension of (3) which the reader may
formulate for himself, and in particular the inequality
(2a*>)/» >{(2a)/»}P (7).
9. The general form of the theorem concerning the arithmetic and
geometric means. An inequality of a slightly different character is
that which asserts that the arithmetic mean of a lt a 2 , ..., a n is not less
than their geometric mean. Suppose that a r and a„ are the greatest and
least of the u's (if there are several greatest or least a's we may choose any
of them indifferently), and let G be their geometric mean. We may suppose
> 0, as the truth of the proposition is obvious when G = 0. If now we replace
a r and a s by
a r ' = G, ctg = a r a t jG }
we do not alter the value of the geometric mean ; and, since
a r ' + a t ' - a r -a s =(a r -G) (a s - G)/G<0,
we certainly do not increase the arithmetic mean.
It is clear that we may repeat this argument until we have replaced each
of a x , a 2 , ..., a n by G; at most n repetitions will be necessary. As the final
value of the arithmetic mean is G, the initial value cannot have been less.
REAL VARIABLES 33
10. Schwarz's inequality. Suppose that a ly a 2 , ..., a n and 6 n b 2 , ..., 6„
are any two sets of numbers positive or negative. It is easy to verify the
identity
{2a r b r f = 2a r 2 2a s 2 - 2 {a,.b s - a s b r ) 2 ,
where r and s assume the values 1, 2, ..., n. It follows that
(2a r b r y<2a r 2 2b r 2 ,
an inequality usually known as Schwarz's (though due originally to Cauchy).
11. If a 1} a 2 , ..., a n are all positive, and s n = a l + a 2 + ... + a n , then
(l+a 1 )(l+a 3 )...(l+a n )^l + * J4 +jL+...+?iL.
z ! n !
{Math. Trip. 1909.)
12. If ffj, a 2 , ..., «„ and 6 1} 6 2 , •••5 K are two sets of positive numbers,
arranged in descending order of magnitude, then
{(ti+a 2 + .., + a n ){b l + b 2 + ...+b n )£ : n{a 1 b 1 +a 2 b 2 + ... + a n b n ),
13. If a, b, c,...k and A, B, C, ... K are two sets of numbers, and all of
the first set are positive, then
aA+bB+...+kK
a + b + ... + k
lies between the algebraically least and greatest of A, B, ..., K.
14. If sjp, s/q are dissimilar surds, and a + b s ?p + c Jq+d s /{pq)=0,
where a, b, c, d are rational, then a = 0, 6 = 0, c = 0, d=0.
[Express *Jp in the form M+N \fq, where M and N are rational, and apply
the theorem of § 14.]
15. Show that if a J2 + b v /3 + c J 5 = 0, where a, b, c are rational numbers,
then a = 0, 6=0, e=0.
16. Any polynomial in *Jp and Jq, with rational coefficients (i.e. any
sum of a finite number of terms of the form A {sjp) m {\fq) n , where m and n
are integers, and A rational), can be expressed in the form
a + b sip + c sjq + d s !pq,
where a, 6, c, d are rational.
17. Express -= -~- — j-y-, where a, 6, etc. are rational, in the form
a + e y/p \-j s lq
A..+B Jp+C Jq+D Jpg,
where A, B, C, D are rational.
[Evidently
a + b s fp + c*Jq _ (a + b K fp + c s lq) (d+e Jp-fs/q) a+ff sjp + y Jq + 8 J pq
d + e s fp +fs/q ~ {d+e sjpf -f 2 q e + {sfp
where a, /3, etc. are rational numbers which can easily be found. The required
u. 3
34 REAL VARIABLES [l
reduction may now be easily completed by multiplication of numerator and
denominator by e — £>Jp. For example, prove that
1 111
-5 + W2-7V6.]
\ + s '2 + JZ
18. If a, b, x, y are rational numbers such that
(ay - bx) 2 + 4(a-x)(b-y) = 0,
then either (i) x = a, y = b or (ii) 1 — ab and 1 — xy are squares of rational
numbers. (Math. Trip. 1903.)
19. If all the values of x and y given by
ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 = 1 , a'x 2 + 2h'xy + b'y 2 = 1
(where a, h, b, a', h', V are rational) are rational, then
(h _ Kf -( a - a') (b - b'), (ab' - a'bf + 4 (ah' - a'h) (bh! - b'h)
are both squares of rational numbers. (Math. Trip. 1899.)
20. Show that $2 and ^3 are cubic functions of ^2 + ^/3, with rational
coefficients, and that $2 — ^6 + 3 is the ratio of two linear functions of
^2 + ^3. (Math. Trip. 1905.)
21. The expression
sj{a + 2m J (a - m 2 )} + J {a - 2m J (a - on 2 )}
is equal to 2m if 2m 2 >a> m 2 , and to 2 J (a- m 2 ) if a > 2m 2 .
22. Show that any polynomial in 4^2, with rational coefficients, can be
expressed in the form
a + b*/2 + c*/<l,
where a, b, e are rational.
More generally, if p is any rational number, any polynomial in typ with
rational coefficients can be expressed in the form
a + a l a + a 2 a 2 + ... +a m -ia m-1 ,
where a , a u ... are rational and a = ^/p. For any such polynomial is of the
form
b + b 1 a + b 2 a 2 -\- ... +b k a k ,
where the £'s are rational. If £<m — 1, this is already of the form required. If
h>m— 1, let a r be any power of « higher than the (w — l)th. Then r = Xm + s,
where X is an integer and O^sg.m- 1 ; and a'=a Km+s =p K a. Hence we can
get rid of all powers of a higher than the (m — l)th.
23. Express ($2 -If and (^2-l)/(#2+l) in the form a+b 1/2 + 0^4,
where a, b, c are rational. [Multiply numerator and denominator of the
second expression by $4- $2 + 1.]
24. If a + 64/2 + c^/4 = 0,
where a, b, c are rational, then a=0, 6 = 0, c=0.
REAL VARIABLES 35
[Let y=%2. Then f=2 and
cy 2 + by + a = 0.
Hence 2cy 2 + 2by+ay s =0 or
ay 2 + 2ey + 2b = 0.
Multiplying these two quadratic equations by a and c and subtracting,
we obtain (ab-2c 2 ) y+a 2 -2bc = 0, or y = -(a 2 -2bc)/(ab- 2c 2 ), a rational
number, which is impossible. The only alternative is that ab-2c 2 =0,
a 2 - 26c = 0.
Hence aft = 2c 2 , a i =4b 2 c 2 . If neither a nor b is zero, we can divide the
second equation by the first, which gives a 3 =2b 3 : and this is impossible,
since $2 cannot be equal to the rational number ajb. Hence ab = 0, e = 0,
and it follows from the original equation that a, 6, and c are all zero.
As a corollary, if a + b^/2 + c^=d+e^2+f^/4, then a = d,b = e, c=f.
It may be proved, more generally, that if
■ l/wi • i {m-Vilm n
a + »lP +...+Om-lP =0,
p not being a perfect with power, then a =a 1 =... = a m _ 1 = 0; but the proof is
less simple.]
25. If A + Z/B=C+VD, then either A = C, B=D, or B and D are both
cubes of rational numbers.
26. If %A +$B + %C=0, then either one of A, B, C is zero, and the other
two equal and opposite, or $A y £/B, $C are rational multiples of the same
surd SfX.
27. Find rational numbers a, j8 such that
4/(7 + 5 x /2) = a+/3 v /2.
28. If (a-b 3 )b>0, then
3 /f ,968 + a /{a-W\\ , »/( 9&3 +^ /A*- &3 \1
is rational. [Each of the numbers under a cube root is of the form
Hx/('
3b ))
where a and /3 are rational.]
29. If a = Z/p, any polynomial in a is the root of an equation of degree n,
with rational coefficients.
[We can express the polynomial (x say) in the form
x = li + m 1 a+ ...+ria {n ~ 1} ,
where l u m u ... are rational, as in Ex. 22.
36
Similarly
REAL VARIABLES
x l = l 2 + m 2 a + ...+r 2 a (n ~ l \
[I
x n =l n + m n a + ...+r n a {n ~ 1) .
Hence L x x + L 2 x- + . . . + L H x n = A,
where A is the determinant
^ m 1 ... 9\
? 2 m 2 ... r 2
l n in n ...
and Zi, Z 2 , ... the minors of l lt U, ....]
30. Apply this process to x=p+*/q, and deduce the theorem of § 14.
31. Show that y = a + bp +cp 213 satisfies the equation
y z - 3ay 2 + 7>y (a 2 — bcp) — a 3 — b 3 p — c 3 /? 2 + 3abcp = 0.
32. Algebraical numbers. We have seen that some irrational numbers
(such as s/2) are roots of equations of the type
a x n + a 1 x n - 1 + ... + a n =0,
where a , a u ..., a n are integers. Such irrational numbers are called alge-
braical numbers : all other irrational numbers, such as ir (§ 15), are called
transcendental numbers. Show that if x is an algebraical number, then so are
kx, where & is any rational number, and x m ' n , where m and n are any integers.
33. If x and y are algebraical numbers, then so are x+v,x-y, xy and x/y.
[We have equations a^x™ + a^™ ~ l + . . . + a m = 0,
& fl r + 6 1 y»-i + ...+6 B =0,
where the a's and b's are integers. Write x+y=z, y=z — x in the second,
and eliminate x. We thus get an equation of similar form
c zP + c 1 zi'- 1 + ...+c p = 0,
satisfied by z. Similarly for the other cases.]
34. If a x n + a 1 x n - 1 + ...+a ll = O,
where a , a x , ..., a n are any algebraical numbers, then x is an algebraical
number. [We have n + 1 equations of the type
a 0,r a r r + a l,r a r r + •••+«;,
= (r = 0, 1, ..., n),
in which the coefficients a 0j r , a lt r , ... are integers Eliminate a . a x , ..., a n
between these and the original equation for x.]
35. Apply this process to the equation x 2 — 2.^^/2+^3=0.
[The result is X s - 16a; 6 + 58a- 4 - 48a; 2 + 9 = 0.]
REAL VARIABLES 37
36. Find equations, with rational coefficients, satisfied by
l + v /2 + v/3, ^|^|, W3+V2RVV3-V2}, W+j/S.
37. If x 3 =x + 1, then x 3n =a ll x + b H + c,Jx, where
38. If #° +^5 - 2a; 4 - x 3 + x 2 + 1 = and y = x* - x 2 4- x - 1 , then y satisfies
a quadratic equation with rational coefficients. {Math. Trip. 1903.)
[It will be found that f+y + 1=0.]
CHAPTER II
FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES
20. The idea of a function. Suppose that x and y are
two continuous real variables, which we may suppose to be repre-
sented geometrically by distances A P = x, B Q = y measured
from fixed points A , B along two straight lines A, M. And
let us suppose that the positions of the points P and Q are not
independent, but connected by a relation which we can imagine
to be expressed as a relation between x and y: so that, when
P and x are known, Q and y are also known. We might,
for example, suppose that y = x, or y — 2x, or \x, or x 2 + 1. In
all of these cases the value of x determines that of y. Or
again, we might suppose that the relation between x and y is
given, not by means of an explicit formula for y in terms of x,
but by means of a geometrical construction which enables us to
determine Q when P is known.
In these circumstances y is said to be a function of x. This
notion of functional dependence of one variable upon another is
perhaps the most important in the whole range of higher mathe-
matics. In order to enable the reader to be certain that he
understands it clearly, we shall, in this chapter, illustrate it by
means of a large number of examples.
But before we proceed to do this, we must point out that
the simple examples of functions mentioned above possess three
characteristics which are by no means involved in the general
idea of a function, viz.:
(1) y is determined for every value of x;
(2) to each value of x for which y is given corresponds one
and only one value of y;
(3) the relation between x and y is expressed by means of
an analytical formula, from which the value of y corresponding to
a given value of x can be calculated by direct substitution of the
latter.
20] FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES 39
It is indeed the case that these particular characteristics are
possessed by many of the most important functions. But the con-
sideration of the following examples will make it clear that they
are by no means essential to a function. All that is essential is
that there should be some relation between x and y such that to
some values of x at any rate correspond values of y.
Examples X. 1. Let y=x or 2x or lx or x^ + l Nothing further need
be said at present about cases such as these.
2. Let y = whatever be the value of x. Then y is a function of x, for we
can give x any value, and the corresponding value of y (viz. 0) is known. In
this case the functional relation makes the same value of y correspond to all
values of x. The same would be true were y equal to 1 or - \ or J2 instead
of 0. Such a function of x is called a constant.
3. Let y 2 = x. Then if x is positive this equation defines two values of y
corresponding to each value of x, viz. ±Jx. U x=0, y=0. Hence to the
particular value of x corresponds one and only one value of y. But if x is
negative there is no value of y which satisfies the equation. That is to say,
the function y is not defined for negative values of x. This function therefore
possesses the characteristic (3), but neither (1) nor (2).
4. Consider a volume of gas maintained at a constant temperature and
contained in a cylinder closed by a sliding piston*.
Let A be the area of the cross section of the piston and W its weight.
The gas, held in a state of compression by the piston, exerts a certain pressure
p per unit of area on the piston, which balances the weight W, so that
W=A Po
Let v Q be the volume of the gas when the system is thus in equilibrium.
If additional weight is placed upon the piston the latter is forced downwards.
The volume (v) of the gas diminishes ; the pressure (p) which it exerts
upon unit area of the piston increases. Boyle's experimental law asserts that
the product of p and v is very nearly constant, a correspondence which, if
exact, would be represented by an equation of the type
pv=a (i),
where a is a number which can be determined approximately by experiment.
Boyle's law, however, only gives a reasonable approximation to the facts
provided the gas is not compressed too much. When v is decreased and p
increased beyond a certain point, the relation between them is no longer
expressed with tolerable exactness by the equation (i). It is known that a
* I borrow this instructive example from Prof. H. S. Carslaw's Introduction to
the Calculus.
40 FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES [il
much better approximation to the true relation can then be found by means
of what is known as ' van der Waals' law : , expressed by the equation
(P+S)(«-0H7 (ii),
where a, /3, y are numbers which can also be determined approximately by
experiment.
Of course the two equations, even taken together, do not give anything
like a complete account of the relation between p and v. This relation is no
doubt in reality much more complicated, and its form changes, as v varies,
from a form nearly equivalent to (i) to a form nearly equivalent to (ii). But,
from a mathematical point of view, there is nothing to prevent us from con-
templating an ideal state of things in which, for all values of v not less than
a certain value V, (i) would be exactly true, and (ii) exactly true for all
values of v less than V. And then we might regard the two equations as
together defining p as a function of v. It is an example of a function which
for some values of v is defined by one formula and for other values of v is
defined by another.
This function possesses the characteristic (2) . to any value of v only one
value of p corresponds : but it does not possess (1). For p is not defined as
a function of v for negative values of v ; a ' negative volume ' means
nothing, and so negative values of v do not present themselves for considera-
tion at all.
5. Suppose that a perfectly elastic ball is dropped (without rotation)
from a height \gr l on to a fixed horizontal plane, and rebounds continually.
The ordinary formulae of elementary dynamics, with which the reader is
probably familiar, show that h = \gp if O^f^r, h=\g {2r-tf if tS^3t, and
generally
h = hg{2n T -t)' i
if {2n- l)r£t^(2»+l)r, h being the depth of the ball, at time t, below its
original position. Obviously h is a function of t which is only defined for
positive values of t.
6. Suppose that y is defined as being the largest prime factor of x. This
is an instance of a definition which only applies to a particular class of values
of x, viz. integral values. ' The largest prime factor of -^ or of v /2 or of n '
means nothing, and so our defining relation fails to define for such values of x
as these. Thus this function does not possess the characteristic (1). It does
possess (2), but not (3), as there is no simple formula which expresses y in
terms of x,
7. Let y be defined as the denominator of x when x is expressed in its
lowest terms. This is an example of a function which is defined if and only
if x is rational. Thus y = 7 if x= — 11/7 : but y is not defined for x=*J2, 'the
denominator of s /2 ' being a meaningless form of words.
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FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES
41
8. Let y be defined as the height in inches of policeman Cx, in the
Metropolitan Police, at 5.30 p.m. on 8 Aug. 1907. Then y is defined for a
certain number of integral values of x, viz. 1, 2, ..., N, where N is the total
number of policemen in division C at that particular moment of time.
21. The graphical representation of functions. Sup-
pose that the variable y is a function of the variable x. It will
generally be open to us also to regard # as a function of y, in virtue
of the functional relation between x and y. But for the present we
shall look at this relation from the first point of view. We shall
then call x the independent variable and y the dependent variable;
and, when the particular form of the functional relation is not
specified, we shall express it by writing
V =/0)
(or F (x), <f> (x), ty (x), . . . , as the case may be).
The nature of particular functions may, in very many cases, be
illustrated and made easily intelligible as follows. Draw two lines
OX, Y at right angles to one another AY
and produced indefinitely in both direc-
tions. We can represent values of x
and y by distances measured from
along the lines OX, OY respectively,
regard being paid, of course, to sign,
and the positive directions of measure-
ment being those indicated by arrows
in Fig. 6.
Let a be any value of x for which
y is defined and has (let us suppose)
the single value b. Take OA = a,
OB = b, and complete the rectangle
OAPB. Imagine the point P marked on the diagram. This
marking of the point P may be regarded as showing that the
value of y for x = a is b.
If to the value a oi x correspond several values of y (say
b, V, b"), we have, instead of the single point P, a number of
points P, P', P".
We shall call P the point (a, b); a and b the coordinates of P
referred to the axes OX, OY ; a the abscissa, b the ordinate of P;
OX and OY the axis of x and the axis of y, or together the
B'
?'
B
P
b
O
a
A
'X
R"
P"
Fig. 6.
42 FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES [ll
axes of coordinates, and the origin of coordinates, or simply
the origin.
Let us now suppose that for all values a of x for which y is
defined, the value b (or values b, b', b", ...) of y, and the corre-
sponding point P (or points P, P', P", ...), have been determined.
We call the aggregate of all these points the graph of the
function y.
To take a very simple example, suppose that y is defined as
a function of x by the equation
Ax + By + G = (1),
where A, B, C are any fixed numbers*. Then y is a function of #
which possesses all the characteristics (1), (2), (3) of § 20. It is
easy to show that the graph of y is a straight line. The reader is
in all probability familiar with one or other of the various proofs
of this proposition which are given in text-books of Analytical
Geometry.
We shall sometimes use another mode of expression. We
shall say that when x and y vary in such a way that equation (1)
is always true, the locus of the point (x, y) is a straight line, and
we shall call (1) the equation of the locus, and say that the equation
represents the locus. This use of the terms 'locus', 'equation of
the locus' is quite general, and may be applied whenever the
relation between x and y is capable of being represented by an
analytical formula.
The equation Ax + By + G = is the general equation of the first
degree, for Ax + By + C is the most general polynomial in x and y
which does not involve any terms of degree higher than the first
in x and y. Hence the general equation of the first degree repre-
sents a straight line. It is equally easy to prove the converse
proposition that the equation of any straight line is of the first
degree.
We may mention a few further examples of interesting geo-
metrical loci defined by equations. An equation of the form
{x-af + {y-(3y = p\
* If B = 0, y does not occur in the equation. We must then regard y as a
function of x defined for one value only of x, viz. x= - C\A, and then having all
values.
X
21, 22] FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES 43
or x- + y 2 + 2Gx + 2Fy +O = 0,
where G 2 + F 2 — G > 0, represents a circle. The equation
Ax 2 + 2Hxy + By 2 + 2Gx + 2Fy + C =
(the general equation of the second degree) represents, assuming
that the coefficients satisfy certain inequalities, a conic section,
i.e. an ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola. For further discussion of
these loci we must refer to books on Analytical Geometry.
22. Polar coordinates. In what precedes we have determined
the position of P by the lengths of its coordinates 0M=x, MP = y.
If 0P = r and MOP = 6, being an
angle between and 2tt (measured in
the positive direction), it is evident that
x = r cos 0, y = r sin 0,
r = V(# 2 + y 2 ), cos : sin : 1 : : x : y : r,
and that the position of P is equally well
determined by a knowledge of r and 0.
We call r and the polar coordinates Fi g- 7 -
of P. The former, it should be observed, is essentially positive*.
If P moves on a locus there will be some relation between r
and 0, say r=f(0) or = F '(r). This we call the polar equation
of the locus. The polar equation may be deduced from the (x, y)
equation (or vice versa) by means of the formulae above.
Thus the polar equation of a straight line is of the form
rcos(0 — 0L)=p,
where p and a are constants. The equation r — 2a cos represents
a circle passing through the origin ; and the general equation of
a circle is of the form
r 2 + c 2 - 2rc cos (0 - o) = A 2 ,
where A, c, and a are constants.
* Polar coordinates are sometimes denned so that r may be positive or negative.
In this case two pairs of coordinates — e.g. (1,0) and (-1, it) — correspond to the
same point. The distinction between the two systems may be illustrated by means
of the equation llr = l-ecosd, where Z>0, e>l. According to our definitions r
must be positive and therefore cos0<l/e: the equation represents one branch only
of a hyperbola, the other having the equation - //r = l - e cos 6. With the system
of coordinates which admits negative values of r, the equation represents the whole
hyperbola.
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FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES
[II
23. Further examples of functions and their graphical
representation. The examples which follow will give the
reader a better notion of the infinite variety of possible types of
functions.
A. Polynomials. A 'polynomial in a; is a function of the
form
a x m + a^™- 1 + . . . + a m ,
where a Q , a 1} ..., a m are constants. The simplest polynomials are
the simple powers y=x, x 2 , a 3 , ..., x m , The graph of the function
x m is of two distinct types, according as m is even or odd.
First let m = 2. Then three points on the graph are (0, 0),
(1, 1), (— 1, 1). Any number of additional points on the graph
may be found by assigning other special values to x: thus the
values
x = \, 2, 3,-1 -2, 3
give
y = i 4, 9,
4, 9.
y = x*
(0,0)
Fig. 8.
If the reader will plot off a fair number of points on the graph, he
will be led to conjecture that the
form of the graph is something
like that shown in Fig. 8. If
he draws a curve through the
special points which he has proved
to lie on the graph and then tests
its accuracy by giving x new
values, and calculating the cor-
responding values of y, he will
find that they lie as near to the curve as it is reasonable to expect,
when the inevitable inaccuracies of drawing are considered. The
curve is of course a parabola.
There is, however, one fundamental question which we cannot
answer adequately at present. The reader has no doubt some
notion as to what is meant by a continuous curve, a curve without
breaks or jumps ; such a curve, in fact, as is roughly represented
in Fig. 8. The question is whether the graph of the function
y = x 2 is in fact such a curve. This cannot be proved by merely
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FUNCTIONS OF REAL VARIABLES
45
constructing any number of isolated points on the curve, although
I the more such points we construct the more probable it will
appear.
This question cannot be discussed properly until Ch. V. In
that chapter we shall consider in detail what our common sense
idea of continuity really means, and how we can prove that such
graphs as the one now considered, and others which we shall
consider later on in this chapter, are really continuous curves.
For the present the reader may be content to draw his curves as
common sense dictates.
It is easy to see that the curve y = x 1 is everywhere convex to the axis of x.
Let P , P x (Fig. 8) be the points (x Q , x 2 ), {x u xf). Then the coordinates of
a point on the chord P P 1 are x=\x +fix u y = Xx 2 + fiXj 2 , where X and n are
positive numbers whose sum is 1. And
y - x- = (X + fi) (\Xq 2 + fiXj 2 ) -(\x + pXxf = X/i (x x - x ) 2 > 0,
so that the chord lies entirely above the curve.
The curve y = x* is similar to y — a? in general appearance, but
flatter near 0, and steeper beyond the points A, A' (Fig. 9),
and y = x m , where m is even and greater than 4, is still more so.
As m gets larger and larger the flatness and steepness grow
more and more pronounced, until the curve is practically indis-
tinguishable from the thick line in the figure.
Fig. 9.
Fig. 10.
The reader should next consider the curves given by y=x m ,
when m is odd. The fundamental difference between the two
cases is that whereas when m is even (— x) m = x m , so that the
curve is symmetrical about OY, when m is odd (— x) m = — x m , so
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that y is negative -when x is negative. Fig. 10 shows the curves
y — x, y — x 3 , and the form to which y = x m approximates for
larger odd values of m
It is now easy to see how (theoretically at any rate) the graph
of any polynomial may be constructed. In the first place, from
the graph of y — x m we can at once derive that of Cx m , where C is
a constant, by multiplying the ordinate of every point of the
curve by C. And if we know the graphs of f(x) and F(x), we
can find that of f(x) + F(x) by taking the ordinate of every point
to be the sum of the ordinates of the corresponding points on the
two original curves.
The drawing of graphs of polynomials is however so much
facilitated by the use of more advanced methods, which will be
explained later on, that we shall not pursue the subject further
here.
Examples XI. 1. Trace the curves y = 7x\ y—-3x 5 , y = x 10 .
[The reader should draw the curves carefully, and all three should be
drawn in one figure*. He will then realise how rapidly the higher powers
of x increase, as x gets larger and larger, and will see that, in such a
polynomial as
x w + 3x 5 + 7x i
(or even .r 10 + 30.v 5 + 700.t 4 ), it is the Jirst term which is of really preponderant
importance when x is fairly large. Thus even when x=4, x 10 > 1,000,000,
while 30.Z 5 < 35,000 and 700a- 4 < 180,000; while if a = 10 the preponderance
of the first term is still more marked.]
2. Compare the relative magnitudes of a; 12 , 1,000,000a' 6 , l,000,000,000,000.v
when x=l, 10, 100, etc.
[The reader should make up a number of examples of this type for himself.
This idea of the relative rate of growth of different functions of x is one with
which we shall often be concerned in the following chapters.]
3. Draw the graph of ax 2 + 2bx + c
[Here y — {{ac- b 2 )ja) =a {x + (b/a)} 2 . If we take new axes parallel to the
old and passing through the point x= — b/a, y = (ac — b 2 )/a, the new equation
isy' = ax' 2 . The curve is a parabola.]
4. Trace the curves y = x z - 3x + 1 , y = x 2 (x — 1 ), y = x (x - 1 ) 2 .
* It will be found convenient to take the scale of measurement along the axis
of y a good deal smaller than that along the axis of x, in order to prevent the
figure becoming of an awkward size.
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24. B. Rational Functions. The class of functions which
ranks next to that of polynomials in simplicity and importance
is that of rational functions. A rational function is the quotient
of one polynomial by another : thus if P (x), Q (x) are polynomials,
we may denote the general rational function by
In the particular case when Q (x) reduces to unity or any other
constant {i.e. does not involve x), R (x) reduces to a polynomial :
thus the class of rational functions includes that of polynomials
as a sub-class. The following points concerning the definition
should be noticed.
(1) "We usually suppose that P{x) and Q (x) have no common factor x + a
or x v + ax 13 ' 1 + bx p ~ 2 + ... + k, all such factors being removed by division.
(2) It should however be observed that this removal of common factors
does as a rule change the function. Consider for example the function x/x,
which is a rational function. On removing the common factor x we obtain
1/1 = 1. But the original function is not always equal to 1 : it is equal to 1
only so long as #4=0. If # = it takes the form 0/0, which is meaningless.
Thus the function x/x is equal to 1 if x 4=0 and is undefined when x = 0. It
therefore differs from the function 1, which is always equal to 1.
(3) Such a function as
\x+l + x-l)/ \x + x-2J
may be reduced, by the ordinary rules of algebra, to the form
x*(x-2)
(x-l) 2 (x+l)'
which is a rational function of the standard form. But here again it must be
noticed that the reduction is not always legitimate. In order to calculate the
value of a function for a given value of x we must substitute the value for as
in the function in the form in which it is given. In the case of this function
the values x= -1, 1, 0, 2 all lead to a meaningless expression, and so the
function is not defined for these values. The same is true of the reduced
form, so far as the values — 1 and 1 are concerned. But x = and x = 2 give
the value 0. Thus once more the two functions are not the same.
(4) But, as appeal's from the particular example considered under (3),
there will generally be a certain number of values of x for which the function
is not defined even when it has been reduced to a rational function of the
standard form. These are the values of x (if any) for which the de-
nominator vanishes. Thus (x 2 - 7)/(# 2 - 3# + 2) is not defined when x=l
or 2.
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(5) Generally we agree, in dealing with expressions such as those con-
sidered in (2) and (3), to disregard the exceptional values of x for which such
processes of simplification as were used there are illegitimate, and to reduce
our function to the standard form of rational function. The reader will
easily verify that (on this understanding) the sum, product, or quotient of
two rational functions may themselves be reduced to rational functions of
the standard type. And generally a rational function of a rational function
is itself a rational function: i.e. if in z = P (y)lQ(y), where P and Q are
polynomials, we substitute y — P x {x)jQ l (x), we obtain on simplification an
equation of the form z=P 2 (x)/Q 2 {x).
(6) It is in no way presupposed in the definition of a rational function
that the constants which occur as coefficients should be rational numbers.
The word rational has reference solely to the way in which the variable x
appears in the function. Thus
x 2 + x + >/3
x$2-ir
is a rational function
The use of the word rational arises as follows. The rational function
P ( X )IQ ( x ) ma y De generated from x by a finite number of operations upon
x, including only multiplication of x by itself or a constant, addition of terms
thus obtained, and division of one function, obtained by such multiplications
and additions, by another. In so far as the variable x is concerned, this pro-
cedure is very much like that by which all rational numbers can be obtained
from unity, a procedure exemplified in the equation
5 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1
3 1+1+1 '
Again, any function which can be deduced from x by the elementary
operations mentioned above, using at each stage of the process functions
which have already been obtained from x in the same way, can be reduced to
the standard type of rational function. The most general kind of function
which can be obtained in this way is sufficiently illustrated by the example
x
x* + l + '
ltr-.3V2)/( 17+ W'
"*" &r + l '/
which can obviously be reduced to the standard type of rational function.
25. The drawing of graphs of rational functions, even more
than that of polynomials, is immensely facilitated by the use of
methods depending upon the differential calculus. We shall
therefore content ourselves at present with a very few examples.
Examples XII. 1 . Draw the graphs ofy = l/x,y = l/x 2 , y = l/x z , ....
[The figures show the graphs of the first two curves. It should be
observed that, since 1/0, I/O 2 , ... are meaningless expressions, these functions
are not defined for A' = 0.]
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49
2. Trace y=x+(ljx\ ar-(l/#), ^ + (l/x 2 ), o,- 2 -(l/.^) and a.v+(b/x)
taking various values, positive and negative, for a and b.
3. Trace
_x±l /a?+l\ 2
^+1
(.v-1) 2 ' a^-l"
4. Trace y=l/(a?-a)(a?-6), lj(x-a)(x-b) (#-c), where a<6<c.
5. Sketch the general form assumed by the curves v=llx m as »i
becomes larger and larger, considering separately the cases in which m is
odd or even.
(-1,-1)
y = llx
y = ]/x 2
Fig. 11.
Fig. 12.
26. C. Explicit Algebraical Functions. The next im-
portant class of functions is that of explicit algebraical functions.
These are functions which can be generated from a; by a finite
number of operations such as those used in generating rational
functions, together with a finite number of operations of root
extraction. Thus
vci + ao+vxi-*-)'
fx 2 + x + \/3\!
*/x + \J(x + \/x),
fx" + x+^/S\i
\X~$"2-7T )
X$2-TT
are explicit algebraical functions, and so is x m/n (i.e. tyx™), where m
and n are any integers.
It should be noticed that there is an ambiguity of notation
involved in such an equation as y = \/x. We have, up to the
present, regarded (e.g.) V2 as denoting the positive square root
of 2, and it would be natural to denote by \Jx, where x is any
n. 4
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positive number, the positive square root of x, in which case
y = sjx would be a one-valued function of x. It is however
often more convenient to regard \jx as standing for the two-valued
function whose two values are the positive and negative square
roots of x.
The reader will observe that, when this course is adopted, the
function \fx differs fundamentally from rational functions in two
respects. In the first place a rational function is always defined
for all values of x with a certain number of isolated exceptions.
But six is undefined for a whole range of values of x (i.e. . all
negative values). Secondly the function, when x has a value
for which it is defined, has generally two values of opposite signs.
The function tyx, on the other hand, is one-valued and defined
for all values of x.
Examples XIII. 1. »J{(x-a)(b-x)}, where a<b, is defined only for
«£,i' <6. If a<x<b it has two values : if x = a or b only one, viz. 0.
2, Consider similarly
J{(x - a) (x - b) (x - c)} (a < b < c),
«/{*(*"-<£)}, y{(x-a)*(b-x)} (a<b),
J( 1+*W(1-* ) ., f)
7(i+*)+n/(i-*)' w + « a] '
3, Trace the curves y 2 =x, y* = x, y 2 =x i .
4, Draw the graphs of the functions y = > J(a 2 — x-), y=b<JQ — (a? 9 /a 2 )}.
27. D. Implicit Algebraical Functions. It is easy to
verify that if
^ = V(l+s)-.y(l-tt)
V VCl + aO + vXl-ff)'
/l + 3/\ 6 _ (1 +xf
then
or if y = \/x + \/(x + \fx),
then if - (4/ + 4y + 1 ) x = 0.
Each of these equations may be expressed in the form
tf m + R 1 y m - 1 + ...+B m =0 (1),
where R u R 2 , ..., R m are rational functions of x: and the reader
will easily verify that, if y is any one of the functions considered
in the last set of examples, y satisfies an equation of this form.
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It is naturally suggested that the same is true of any explicit
algebraic function. And this is in fact true, and indeed not
difficult to prove, though we shall not delay to write out a formal
proof here. An example should make clear to the reader the lin.cs
on which such a proof would proceed. Let
_ x + \/x + \J{x + *Jx] + y/(l + Od)
J ~ x - sjx + V{« + V*} - ^(1 + *') '
Then we have the equations
x + u + v + w
y = ,
X — U + V — w
u* = x, v- = X + U, W z = 1 + X,
and we have only to eliminate u, v, w between these equations in
order to obtain an equation of the form desired.
We are therefore led to give the following definition : a function
y=f(x) will be said to be an algebraical function of x if it is the
root of an equation such as (1), i.e. the root of an equation of the
m th degree in y, ivhose coefficients are rational functions of x. There
is plainly no loss of generality in supposing the first coefficient to
be unity.
This class of functions includes all the explicit algebraical
functions considered in § 26. But it also includes other functions
which cannot be expressed as explicit algebraical functions. For
it is known that in general such an equation as (1) cannot be
solved explicitly for y in terms of x, when m is greater than 4,
though such a solution is always possible if m = 1, 2, 3, or 4 and
in special cases for higher values of m.
The definition of an algebraical function should be compared
with that of an algebraical number given in the last chapter
(Misc. Exs. 32).
Examples XIV. 1. If m = l, y is a rational function.
2. If m = 2, the equation is y~ + R x y + -ff 2 =0, s0 that
This function is defined for all values of x for which /? x 2 24i? 2 . It has two
values if R^>ARo, and one if fi l 2 = 4R 2 .
If m=3 or 4, we can use the methods explained in treatises on Algebra for
the solution of cubic and biquadratic equations. But as a rule the process is
complicated and the results inconvenient in form, and we can generally study
the properties of the function better by means of the original equation.
4—2
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3. Consider the functions denned by the equations
y 2 -2y-x 2 =0, y 2 -2y + x 2 = 0, #*- 2y 2 + x 2 =0,
in each case obtaining y as an explicit function of x, and stating for what
values of x it is defined.
4. Find algebraical equations, with coefficients rational in x, satisfied by
each of the functions
n/* + V(1/*), Vx + V(llx), *J(x + s/x), *J{x + »J(x + s/x)}.
5. Consider the equation y i =x 2 .
[Here y 2 = ± ff. If # is positive, y=*Jx: if negative, y = V ( - a?). Thus the
function has two values for all values of x save #=0.]
6. An algebraical function of an algebraical function of x is itself an
algebraical function of x.
[For we have
. y m +i?i(z)y m - 1 +-+fi m (z)=o,
where z n +S l (x) z n ~ l + ... + S n (x) =0.
Eliminating z we find an equation of the form
yP + T 1 (x) yr>-i + ... + T p (x) =0.
Here all the capital letters denote rational functions.]
7. An example should perhaps be given of an algebraical function which
cannot be expressed in an explicit algebraical form. Such an example is the
function y defined by the equation
y 3 -y — x=0-
But the proof that we cannot find an explicit algebraical expression for y in
terms of x is difficult, and cannot be attempted here.
28. Transcendental functions. All functions of x which
are not rational or even algebraical are called transcendental
functions. This class of functions, being denned in so purely-
negative a manner, naturally includes an infinite variety of whole
kinds of functions of varying degrees of simplicity and importance.
Among these we can at present distinguish two kinds which are
particularly interesting.
E. The direct and inverse trigonometrical or circular
functions. These are the sine and cosine functions of elementary
trigonometry, and their inverses, and the functions derived from
them. We may assume provisionally that the reader is familiar
with their most important properties *.
* The definitions of the circular functions given in elementary trigonometry pre-
suppose that any sector of a circle has associated with it a definite number called its
area. How this assumption is justified will appear in Ch. VII.
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Examples XV. 1. Draw the graphs of cos x, sin x, and a cos x + b sin >•.
[Since acosx + bsinx=@co$(x-a), where $= s J(a 2 -> r b 2 ), and a is an angle
whose cosine and sine are a/^/(a 2 + b 2 ) and b/»J(a 2 + b 2 ), the graphs of these
three functions are similar in character.]
2. Draw the graphs of cos 2 x, sin 2 ^, a cos 2 x + b sin 2 x.
3. Suppose the graphs of f(x) and F(x) drawn. Then the graph of
/ (x) cos 2 x + F (x) sin 2 x
is a wavy curve which oscillates between the curves y=f{x), y = F(x). Draw
the graph when f(x) = x, F(x)=x 2 .
4. Show that the graph of cospx + cosqx lies between those of
2 cos \(p - q) x and — 2 cos |(p + q) x, touching each in turn. Sketch the
graph when (p-q)l(p + q) is small. (Math. Trip. 1908.)
5. Draw the graphs of x + sin x, (l/#) + sin#, #sin#, (sinx)/x.
6. Draw the graph of sin (Ifx).
[If y =sin (1/x), then y = when .r = 1/mn-, where «& is any integer. Similarly
?/ = l when a*=1/(2»i+|)7t and y=— 1 when a?=l/(2»i— ^) w. The curve is
entirely comprised between the lines y= —1 and y=l (Fig. 13). It oscillates
up and down, the rapidity of the oscillations becoming greater and greater as
x approaches 0. For x=0 the function is undefined. When x is large y is
small *. The negative half of the curve is similar in character to the positive
half.]
7. Draw the graph of x sin (1/x).
[This curve is comprised between the lines y= - x and y=x just as the
last curve is comprised between the lines y= —1 and y=l (Fig. 14).]
Fig. 13. Fig. 14.
* See Chs. IV and V for explanations as to the precise meaning of this phrase.
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8. Draw the graphs of # 2 sin (l/#), (l/o?) sin (ljx), sin 2 (l/#), {.r sin (l/.r)} 2 ,
a cos 2 (I/a) + 6 sin 2 (l/#), sin x + sin (l/x), Bin x sin (l/#).
9. Draw the graphs of cos a 2 , sin a; 2 , a cos a 2 + b sin a 2 .
10. Draw the graphs of arc cos x and arc sin x.
[If y=. arc cos a, a = cosy. This enables us to draw the gi'aph of x, con-
sidered as a function of y, and the same curve shows y as a function of x.
It is clear that y is only defined for -l£.r£l, and is infinitely many-
valued for these values of x. As the reader no doubt remembers, there is,
when - k,f<l, a value of y between and -it, say a, and the other values
of y are given by the formula 2mv ± a, where n is any integer, positive or
negative.]
1 1 . Draw the graphs of
tan x, cot x, sec x, cosec x, tan 2 x, cot 2 x, sec 2 x, cosec 2 x.
12. Draw the graphs of arc tan x, arc cot x, arc sec x, arc cosec x. Give
fornmlae (as in Ex. 10) expressing all the values of each of these functions
in terms of any particular value.
13. Draw the graphs of tan (l/.r), cot(l/.v), sec(l/.v), cosec (1 jx)
14. Show that cos a and sin.r are not rational functions of x.
[A function is said to be periodic, with period a, if f(x)=f(x + a) for all
values of x for which f(x) is defined. Thus cos a and sin x have the period
27T.. It is easy to see that no periodic function can be a rational function,
unless it is a constant. For suppose that
f(x) = P(x)/Q(x),
where P and Q are polynomials, and that/(.r) =/(.r + a), each of these equations
holding for all values of x. Let /(0) = /•. Then the equation P (x) — kQ (x) =
is satisfied by an infinite number of values of x, viz. x=0, a, 2a, etc., and
therefore for all values of x. Thus f(x) = k for all values of x, i.e. f(x) is a
constant.]
15. Show, more generally, that no function with a period can be an
algebraical function of x.
[Let the equation which defines the algebraical function be
y™+R i tf»-i + ...+R m =0 (1)
where R\, ... are rational functions of x. This may be put in the form
p r i +Pir i ' 1 +-+p m =o,
where P , P t , ... are polynomials in x. Arguing as above, we see that
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DO
for all values of x. Hence y = k satisfies the equation (1) for all values of x
and one set of values of our algebraical function reduces to a constant.
Now divide (1) by y - k and repeat the argument. Our final conclusion is
that our algebraical function has, for any value of x, the same set of values
k, k', ... ; i.e. it is composed of a certain number of constants.]
16. The inverse sine and inverse cosine are not rational or algebraical
functions. [This follows from the fact that, for any value of x between - 1
and + 1, arc sin# and arc cos a; have infinitely many values.]
29. F. Other classes of transcendental functions. Next
in importance to the trigonometrical functions come the expo-
nential and logarithmic functions, which will be discussed in
Chs. IX and X. But these functions are beyond our range at
present. And most of the other classes of transcendental func-
tions whose properties have been studied, such as the elliptic
functions, Bessel's and Legendre's functions, Gamma-functions,
and so forth, lie altogether beyond the scope of this book.
There are however some elementary types of functions which,
though of much less importance theoretically than the rational,
algebraical, or trigonometrical functions, are particularly instruc-
tive as illustrations of the possible varieties of the functional
relation.
Examples XVI. 1. Let y=\x\ where [x] denotes the greatest integer
not greater than x. The graph is shown in Fig. 15 a. The left-hand end
points of the thick lines, but not the right-hand ones, belong to the graph.
2. y=x-[x], (Fig. 15 6.)
Fig. 15 a.
Fig. 156.
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3. y=V{*-[*]}. (^g. 15 c.) 4 y = [x] + J{x-[x]}. (Fig. 15o?.)
5. y=(ff-[>]) 2 , [*] + (*-[*])".
Fig. 15 c.
Fig. 15 d.
7. Let y be defined as the largest prime factor of x (cf. Exs. x. 6).
Then y is defined only for integral values of x. If
a?=l, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, ... ,
then y = \, 2, 3, 2, 5, 3, 7, 2, 3, 5,11, 3,13,....
The graph consists of a number of isolated points.
8. Let y be the denominator of x (Exs. x. 7). In this case y is defined
only for rational values of x. We can mark off as many points on the graph
as we please, but the result is not in any ordinary sense of the word a curve,
and there are no points corresponding to any irrational values of x.
Draw the straight line joining the points (N- 1, JV), (iV, JV), where N is a
positive integer. Show that the number of points of the locus which lie on
this line is equal to the number of positive integers less than and prime to N.
9. Let # = when x is an integer, y=x when x is not an integer. The
graph is derived from the straight line y = x by taking out the points
...(-1, -1), (0,0), (1,1), (2,2),...
and adding the points ( — 1, 0), (0, 0), (1, 0), ... on the axis of x.
The reader may possibly regard this as an unreasonable function. Why,
he may ask, if y is equal to x for all values of x save integral values, should it
not be equal to x for integral values too 1 The answer is simply, why should
itl The function y does in point of fact answer to the definition of a
function : there is a relation between x and y such that when x is known y is
known. We are perfectly at liberty to take this relation to be what we please,
however arbitrary and apparently futile. This function y is, of course, a quite
different function from that one which is always equal to x, whatever value,
integral or otherwise, x may have.
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57
10. Let y = 1 when x is rational, but y = when x is irrational. The graph
consists of two series of points arranged upon the lines y = \ and y— -0. To
the eye it is not distinguishable from two continuous straight lines, but in
reality an infinite number of points are missing from each line.
11. Let y=x when x is irrational and y = s '{{\ +p 2 )/(l+q 2 )} when x is a
rational fraction pjq.
Fig. 16.
The irrational values of x contribute to the graph a curve in reality dis-
continuous, but apparently not to be distinguished from the straight line y=x.
Now consider the rational values of x. First let x be positive. Then
s /{(l+p 2 )/(l+q 2 )} cannot be equal to pjq unless p = q, i.e. x=l. Thus all
the points which correspond to rational values of x lie off the line, except
the one point (1, 1). Again, if p<q, v^{(l+p 2 )/(l+? 2 )} >plq 5 if P > ?>
V /{(1 4-jo 2 )/(l + q 2 )} <plq. Thus the points lie above the line y=x if <x < 1,
below if x > 1. If p and q are large, v/{(l +p 2 )/(l + q 2 )} is nearly equal to pjq.
Near any value of x we can find any number of rational fractions with large
numerators and denominators. Hence the graph contains a large number of
points which crowd round the line y=x. Its general appearance (for positive
values of x) is that of a line surrounded by a swarm of isolated points which
gets denser and denser as the points approach the line.
The part of the graph which corresponds to negative values of x consists
of the rest of the discontinuous line together with the reflections of all these
isolated points in the axis of y. Thus to the left of the axis of y the swarm
of points is not round y = x but round y = — x, which is not itself part of the
graph. See Fig. 16.
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30. Graphical solution of equations containing a single
unknown number. Many equations can be expressed in the
form
/(*) = *(*) (1),
where f(x) and </> (%) are functions whose graphs are easy to draw.
And if the curves
y-f(®)> y = 4>(x)
intersect in a point P whose abscissa is £, then £ is a root of the
equation (1).
Examples XVII. 1. The quadratic equation ax 2 + 2bx + c=0. This
may be solved graphically in a variety of ways. For instance we may draw
the graphs of
y = ax + 2b, y = - cjx,
whose intersections, if any, give the roots. Or we may tako
y = x 2 , y=-(2bx + c)ja.
But the most elementary method is probably to draw the circle
a(x 2 +y 2 ) + 2bx + c=0,
whose centre is ( — b/a, 0) and radius {J(b 2 — ac)}/a. The abscissae of its
intersections with the axis of x are the roots of the equation,
2. Solve by any of these methods
x 2 + 2x-3=0, x 2 -7x+4 = 0, 3# 2 + 2a' - 2 = 0.
3. The equation x m + ax + b = 0. This may be solved by constructing
the curves y = x m , y=- ax—b. Verify the following table for the number of
roots of
x m + ax + b = 0:
b positive, two or none,
[b positive, two o
(a) m even < , x
v ' [b negative, two '
, , (a positive, one,
(b) in odd \ ,. .
{ a negative, tare
ree or one.
Construct numerical examples to illustrate all possible cases.
4. Show that the equation tan^=a^ + 6has always an infinite number
of roots.
5. Determine the number of roots of
sin# = .r, sin# = J#, sinx = |x, Bin $ = j^x ,
6. Show that if a is small and positive (e.g. a = '01), the equation
x — a = \i7 sin 2 x
has three roots. Consider also the case in which a is small and negative.
Explain how the number of roots varies as a varies.
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31. Functions of two variables and their graphical
representation. In § 20 we considered two variables connected
by a relation. We may similarly consider three variables (x, y,
and z) connected by a relation such that when the values of x and
y are both given, the value or values of z are known. In this case
we call z a function of the two variables x and y; x and y the
independent variables, z the dependent variable ; and we express
this dependence of z upon x and y by writing
The remarks of § 20 may all be applied, mutatis mutandis, to this
more complicated case.
The method of representing such functions of two variables
graphically is exactly the same in principle as in the case of
functions of a single variable. We must take three axes, OX, Y,
OZ in space of three dimensions, each axis being perpendicular
to the other two. The point (a, b, c) is the point whose distances
from the planes YOZ, ZOX, XOY, measured parallel to OX, OY,
OZ, are a, b, and c. Regard must of course be paid to sign,
lengths measured in the directions OX, OY, OZ being regarded
as positive. The definitions of coordinates, axes, origin are the
same as before.
Now let z =f(x, y).
As x and y vary, the point (x, y, z) will move in space. The
aggregate of all the positions it assumes is called the locus of the
point (x, y, z) or the graph of the function z =f(x, y). When the
relation between x, y, and z which defines z can be expressed in an
analytical formula, this formula is called the equation of the locus.
It is easy to show, for example, that the equation
Ax + By+Cz+D =
(the general equation of the first degree) represents a plane, and
that the equation of any plane is of this form. The equation
(x- a y- + (y-{3y+(z-ryy = P \
or x 2 +y 2 + z 2 + 2Fx+2Gy + 2Hz + C=0,
where F 2 + G 2 + H 2 — C > 0, represents a sphere ; and so on. For
proofs of these propositions we must again refer to text-books of
Analytical Geometry.
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32. Curves in a plane. We have hitherto used the notation
y-/(«) (!)
to express functional dependence of y upon x. It is evident that
this notation is most appropriate in the case in which y is ex-
pressed explicitly in terms of x by means of a formula, as when
for example
y — x-, sin x, a cos 2 x + b sin 2 x.
We have however very often to deal with functional relations
which it is impossible or inconvenient to express in this form.
If, for example, y 5 — y — x = or x 5 + y 5 — ay = 0, it is known
to be impossible to express y explicitly as an algebraical function
of x. If
X- + y* + 2Gx + 2Fy +C = 0,
y can indeed be so expressed, viz. by the formula
y = - F+ V(^ 2 - « 2 - 2Gx - C);
but the functional dependence of y upon x is better and more
simply expressed by the original equation.
It will be observed that in these two cases the functional
relation is fully expressed by equating a function of the two
variables x and y to zero, i.e. by means of an equation
ffry)=o (2).
We shall adopt this equation as the standard method of
expressing the functional relation. It includes the equation (1)
as a special case, since y—f(x) is a special form of a function of x
and y. We can then speak of the locus of the point (x, y) subject
tof(x, y) = 0, the graph of the function y defined by f(x, y) = 0,
the curve or locus f(x, y) — 0, and the equation of this curve or
locus.
There is another method of representing curves which is often
useful. Suppose that x and y are both functions of a third
variable t, which is to be regarded as essentially auxiliary and
devoid of any particular geometrical significance. We may write
x=f(t), y = F{t) (3).
If a particular value is assigned to t, the corresponding values of
x and of y are known. Each pair of such values defines a point
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(x, y). If Ave construct all the points which correspond in this
way to different values of t, we obtain the graph of the locus
defined by the equations (3). Suppose for example
x = a cos t, y = a sin t.
Let t vary from to 2ir. Then it is easy to see that the point
(x, y) describes the circle whose centre is the origin and whose
radius is a. If t varies beyond these limits, (x, y) describes the
circle over and over again. We can in this case at once obtain
a direct relation between x and y by squaring and adding: we
find that x 2 + y 2 = a 2 , t being now eliminated.
Examples XVIII. 1. The points of intersection of the two curves whose
equations are f(x, y)=0, <£ (x, y) = 0, where / and cf> are polynomials, can be
determined if these equations can be solved as a pair of simultaneous equations
in x and y. The solution generally consists of a finite number of pairs of
values of x and y. The two equations therefore generally represent a finite
number of isolated points.
2. Trace the curves (x+y) 2 =l, xy — l, x 2 —y 2 =l.
3. The curve f(x,y) + 'K<p(x,y) = represents a curve passing through
the points of intersection of/=0 and <£ = 0.
4. What loci are represented by
(a) x=at+b, y = ct+cl, (j8) xla = 2t/(l + t 2 \ yla=(l-t 2 )/(l + t 2 ),
when t varies through all real values ?
33. Loci in space. In space of three dimensions there are
two fundamentally different kinds of loci, of which the simplest
examples are the plane and the straight line.
A particle which moves along a straight line has only one
degree of freedom. Its direction of motion is fixed ; its position
can be completely fixed by one measurement of position, e.g. by
its distance from a fixed point on the line. If we take the line as
our fundamental line A of Chap. I, the position of any of its points
is determined by a single coordinate x. A particle which moves
in a plane, on the other hand, has two degrees of freedom; its
position can only be fixed by the determination of two coordinates.
A locus represented by a single equation
z =/0, y)
plainly belongs to the second of these two classes of loci, and is
called a surface. It may or may not (in the obvious simple cases
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it will) satisfy our common-sense notion of what a surface
should be.
The considerations of § 31 may evidently be generalised so
as to give definitions of a function j (x, y, z) of three variables (or
of functions of any number of variables). And as in § 32 we
agreed to adopt f(x, y) = as the standard form of the equation
of a plane curve, so now we shall agree to adopt
f(x,y,z) =
as the standard form of equation of a surface.
The locus represented by two equations of the form z =f(x, y)
or fix, y, z) = belongs to the first class of loci, and is called
a curve. Thus a straight line may be represented by two equations
of the type Ax + By+Cz + D = 0. A circle in space may be
regarded as the intersection of a sphere and a plane ; it may
therefore be represented by two equations of the forms
(x - a) 2 + (y - /3) 2 + (z- yf = p", Ax + By+Cz + D = 0.
Examples XIX. 1. What is represented by three equations of the type
f(x,y,z) = 0l
2. Three linear equations in general represent a single point. "What are
the exceptional cases ?
3. What are the equations of a plane curve /(.r, y)=0 in the plane XOY,
when regarded as a curve in space 1 [/(#, y)=0, 2 = 0.]
4. Cylinders. What is the meaning of a single equation f(x,y) = 0,
considered as a locus in space of three dimensions ?
[All points on the surface satisfy / (x, y) = 0, whatever be the value of z. The
curve /(#, y)=0, 2=0 is the curve in which the locus cuts the plane XOY.
The locus is the surface formed by drawing lines parallel to OZ through all
points of this curve. Such a surface is called a cylinder.]
5 Graphical representation of a surface on a plane. Contour Maps.
It might seem to be impossible to represent a surface adequately by a
drawing on a plane ; and so indeed it is : but a very fair notion of the
nature of the surface may often be obtained as follows. Let the equation of
the surface be z=f(x, y).
If we give z a particular value a, we have an equation f(x, y) = a, which
we may regard as determining a plane curve on the paper. We trace this
curve and mark it (a). Actually the curve (a) is the projection on the plane
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63
XOY of the section of the surface by the plane z — a. We do this for all
values of a (practically, of course, for a selection of values of a). We obtain
some such figure as is shown in Fig. 17. It will at once suggest a contoured
Ordnance Survey map : and in fact this is the principle on which such maps
are constructed. The contour line 1000 is the projection, on the plane of the
sea level, of the section of the surface of the land by the plane parallel to the
plane of the sea level and 1000 ft. above it*.
3000
6. Draw a series of contour lines to illustrate the form of the surface
2z=3.vy.
7. Right circular cones. Take the origin of coordinates at the
vertex of the cone and the axis of z along the axis of the cone ; and let a be
the semi-vertical angle of the cone. The equation of the cone (which must
be regarded as extending both ways from its vertex) is .r 2 + ?/ 2 - c 2 tan 2 a = 0.
8. Surfaces of revolution in general. The cone of Ex. 7 cuts ZOX in
two lines whose equations may be combined in the equation x 2 = z 2 tan 2 a.
That is to say, the equation of the surface generated by the revolution of
the curve y = 0, # 2 =2 2 tan 2 a round the axis of z is derived from the second of
these equations by changing x 2 into x 2 +y 2 . Show generally that the equation
of the surface generated by the revolution of the curve y = 0, x=f(z), round
the axis of z, is
9. Cones in general. A surface formed by straight lines passing
through a fixed point is called a cone: the point is called the vertex. A
particular case is given by the right circular cone of Ex. 7. Show that the
equation of a cone whose vertex is is of the form f(z/x, z/y) = 0, and that any
equation of this form represents a cone. [If (x, y, z) lies on the cone, so must
(X.r, Ay, \z), for any value of X.]
We assume that the effects of the earth's curvature may be neglected.
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10. Ruled surfaces.
composed of straight lines.
Cylinders and cones are special cases of surfaces
Such surfaces are called ruled surfaces.
The two equations
x=az + b, y = cz+d (1)
represent the intersection of two planes, i.e. a straight line. Now suppose
that a, b, c, d instead of being fixed are functions of an auxiliary variable t.
For any particular value of t the equations (1) give a line. As t varies,
this line moves and generates a surface, whose equation may be found by
eliminating t between the two equations (1). For instance, in Ex. 7 the
equations of the line which generates the cone are
x=z tan a cos t, y = z tan a sin t,
where t is the angle between the plane XOZ and a plane through the line and
the axis of z.
Another simple example of a ruled surface may be constructed as follows.
Take two sections of a right circular cylinder perpendicular to the axis and
at a distance I apart (Fig. 18 a). We can imagine the surface of the cylinder
to be made up of a number of thin parallel rigid rods of length I, such as PQ,
the ends of the rods being fastened to two circular rods of radius a.
Now let us take a third circular rod of the same radius and place it
round the surface of the cylinder at a distance h from one of the first two
rods (see Fig. 18 a, where Pq — li). Unfasten the end Q of the rod PQ and
turn PQ about P until Q can be fastened to the third circular rod in the
position Q'. The angle qOQ' = a in the figure is evidently given by
P - h 2 = qQ' 2 = (2a sin \af.
Let all the other rods of which the cylinder was composed be treated in the
same way. We obtain a ruled surface whose form is indicated in Fig. 18 b.
It is entirely built up of straight lines; but the surface is curved everywhere,
and is in general shape not unlike certain forms of table-napkin rings (Fig. 18c).
fZ ^
p
~ 9
-^
Q
Fie. 18 a.
Fig. 186.
Fig. 18 c.
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MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTEI1 IL
1 . Show that if y =/ {x) = {ax + b)/{cx - a) then x =f {y).
2. If f{x)=f{ — x) for all values of x,f{x) is called an even function.
Iff(x) = —/( — #), it is called an odd function. Show that any function of x,
denned for all values of x, is the sum of an even and an odd function of x.
[Use the identity /(*) = \ tf(«) +/(-*)} +*{/(*) -/(-*)}•]
3. Draw the graphs of the functions
3 sin x + 4 cos x, sin f -t= sin a; ) . {Math. Trip. 1 896.)
4. Draw the graphs of the functions
sin x {a cos 2 x+b sin 2 *'), - — — (« cos 2 # + 6 sin 2 #), ( — '
"a; \ x
5. Draw the graphs of the functions # [l/.r], [.f]/^.
6. Draw the graphs of the functions
(i) arc cos {2x 2 — 1)-2 arc cos x,
(ii) arc tan arc tan a — arc tan x,
I -ax
where the symbols arc cos a, arc tan a denote, for any value of a, the least
positive (or zero) angle, whose cosine or tangent is a.
7. Verify the following method of constructing the graph of /{<£ (x)} by
means of the line y = x and the graphs of / {x) and (x) : take OA = x along
OX, draw AB parallel to OF to meet y = (j> (x) in B, BC parallel to OX to
meet y—x in C, CD parallel to OY to meet y=f{x) in Z), and DP parallel to
OX to meet AB in P; then P is a point on the graph required.
8. Show that the roots of x 3 +px + q = are the abscissae of the points of
intersection (other than the origin) of the parabola y=x 2 and the circle
x 2 +y 2 + {p~ \)y + qx=0.
9. The roots of x i + nx 3 +px 2 + qx + r = are the abscissae of the points of
intersection of the parabola x 2 =y — hix and the circle
x 2 +y 2 + {l?i 2 -jtpn + %n + q)x + {p-l - \n 2 )y- s ! -r=0.
10. Discuss the graphical solution of the equation
x m +ax 2 -\-bx+c =
by means of the curves y = x m , y = — ax 2 — bx — c. Draw up a table of the
various possible numbers of roots.
11. Solve the equation sec # + cosec = 2 x /2; and show that the equation
sec + cosec 6 = o has two roots between and 2tt if c 2 <8 and four if c 2 >8.
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12. Show that the equation
2x = (1n + \)TT (1-cos^),
where n is a positive integer, has 2?i + 3 roots and no more, indicating
their localities roughly. {Math. Trip. 1896.)
13. Show that the equation §.«sin^ = l has four roots between -it
and 7r.
14. Discuss the number and values of the roots of the equations
(1) cot.^+.r-|7T = 0, (2) ^ 2 + sin 2 .r=l, (3) t^nx=2x/(l-\-x°-),
(4) sin.r-A , + ^' 3 =0, (5) (1-cos.r) tana-.r+sino7=0.
15. The polynomial of the second degree which assumes, when x=a, b, c
the values a, 0, y is
(x-b)(x-c) (x-c)(x-a) (x - a) (x — b )
a (a-b)(a-c) + P (b-c)(b-a) +y (c-a)(c-b)'
Give a similar formula for the polynomial of the (?i-l)th degree which
assumes, when x=a x ,a^ ... a n , the values a 1? a 2 , ... a n .
16. Find a polynomial in x of the second degree which for the values
0, 1, 2 of x takes the values 1/c, l/(c + l), l/(c + 2); and show that when
x = c + 2 its value is l/(c + l). (Math. Trip. 1911.)
17. Show that if,.r is a rational function of y, and y is a rational function
of x, then Axy + Bx + Cy + D=0.
18. If y is an algebraical function of x, then x is an algebraical function
of y-
19. Verify that the equation
.t* 2
COS i nX = 1 - •
•+<■-» -s/C-r)
is approximately true for all values of x between and 1. [Take „r=0, J, J,
i> |> f > 1> an d use tables. For which of these values is the formula exact 1 ?]
20. What is the form of the graph of the functions
* = !>] + l>]> z = x+y-[x]-[y]l
21. What is the form of the graph of the functions z = smx + smy,
z = sin x sin y, z = sin xy, z = sin {x 1 +y 2 ) ?
22. Geometrical constructions for irrational numbers. In Chapter I
we indicated one or two simple geometrical constructions for a length equal to
N /2, starting from a given unit length. We also showed how to construct
the roots of any quadratic equation ax i + 2bx + c = Q, it being supposed that
we can construct lines whose lengths are equal to any of the ratios of the
coefficients a, b, c, as is certainly the case if a, b, c are rational. All these con-
structions were what may be called Euclidean constructions ; they depended
on the ruler and compasses only.
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It is fairly obvious that we can construct by these methods the length
measured by any irrational number which is defined by any combination of
square roots, however complicated. Thus
7/ // 17 + 3V11 N // 17-3V11 M
V1VV17-3V1V VV17 + 3V1VJ
is a case in point. This expression contains a fourth root, but this is of
course the square root of a square root. We should begin by constructing
x/11, e.g. as the mean between 1 and 11 : then 17 + 3^11 and 17-3>/ll, and
so on. Or these two mixed surds might be constructed directly as the roots of
A -2_ 34^+190 = 0.
Conversely, only irrationals of this kind can be constructed by Euclidean
methods. Starting from a unit length we can construct any rational length.
And hence we can construct the line Ax + By + C=0, provided that the ratios
of A, B, C are rational, and the circle
( . r _ a) 2 + (y _ /3) 2 = p 2
(or x 2 +y 2 + 2gx + 2fy+c = 0), provided that a, /3, p are rational, a condition
which implies that g, f, c are rational.
Now in any Euclidean construction each new point introduced into the
figure is determined as the intersection of two lines or circles, or a line and
a circle. But if the coefficients are rational, such a pair of equations as
Ax + By + C=0, x 2 +y 2 + 2gx + 2fy+c =
give, on solution, values of x and y of the form m + n^p, where m, n, p are
rational : for if we substitute for x in terms of y in the second equation we
obtain a quadratic in y with rational coefficients. Hence the coordinates of
all points obtained by means of lines and circles with rational coefficients
are expressible by rational numbers and quadratic surds. And so the same
is true of the distance sj {{xi — x 2 ) 2 -\-{yi-y- 2 ) 2 } between any two points so
obtained.
"With the irrational distances thus constructed we may proceed to construct
a number of lines and circles whose coefficients may now themselves involve
quadratic surds. It is evident, however, that all the lengths which we can
construct by the use of such lines and circles are still expressible by square
roots only, though our surd expressions may now be of a more complicated
form. And this remains true however often our constructions are repeated.
Hence Euclidean methods will construct any surd expression involving square
roots only, and no others.
One of the famous problems of antiquity was that of the duplication of
the cube, that is to say of the construction by Euclidean methods of a
length measured by $2. It can be shown that $2 cannot be expressed by
means of any finite combination of rational numbers and square roots, and so
that the problem is an impossible one. See Hobson, Squaring the Circle,
pp. 47 et seq. ; the first stage of the proof, viz. the proof that S]2 cannot be a
root of a quadratic equation ax 2 + 2bx + c = with rational coefficients, was
given in Ch. I (Misc. Exs. 24).
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23. Approximate quadrature of the circle. Let be the centre of
a circle of radius R. On the tangent at A take AP= 1 1R &m\AQ = ' i ? L R,
in the same direction. On AO take AN=OP and draw JVM parallel to
OQ and cutting AP in M. Show that
/U//tf = if v /146,
and that to take AM as being equal to the circumference of the circle would
lead to a value of tt correct to five places of decimals. If R is the earth's
radius, the error in supposing AM to be its circumference is less than 11 yards.
24. Show that the only lengths which can be constructed with the ruler
only, starting from a given unit length, are rational lengths.
25. Constructions for Z]2. is the vertex and S the focus of the
parabola y 2 = 4x, and P is one of its points of intersection with the parabola
x 2 =2y. Show that OP meets the latus rectum of the first parabola in a point
Q such that SQ=$2.
26. Take a circle of unit diameter, a diameter OA and the tangent at A.
Draw a chord OBC cutting the circle at B and the tangent at C. On this
line take OM=BC. Taking as origin and OA as axis of x, show that the
locus of M is the curve
(x 2 + y 2 ) x — y 2 =
(the Oissoid of Diodes). Sketch the curve. Take along the axis of y a length
0D = 2. Let AD cut the curve in P and OP cut the tangent to the circle
at A in Q. Show that A Q=%2.
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34. Displacements along a line and in a plane. The
* real number ' x, with which we have been concerned in the two
preceding chapters, may be regarded from many different points
of view. It may be regarded as a pure number, destitute of
geometrical significance, or a geometrical significance may be
attached to it in at least three different ways. It may be re-
garded as the measure of a length, viz. the length A P along the
line A of Chap. I. It may be regarded as the mark of a point,
viz. the point P whose distance from A is x. Or it may be
regarded as the measure of a displacement or change of position
on the line A. It is on this last point of view that we shall now
concentrate our attention.
Imagine a small particle placed at P on the line A and then
displaced to Q. We shall call the displacement or change of
position which is needed to transfer the particle from P to Q the
displacement PQ. To specify a displacement completely three
things are needed, its magnitude, its sense forwards or backwards
along the line, and what may be called its point of application,
i.e. the original position P of the particle. But, when we are
thinking merely of the change of position produced by the dis-
placement, it is natural to disregard the point of application and
to consider all displacements as equivalent whose lengths and
senses are the same. Then the displacement is completely speci-
fied by the length PQ = x, the sense of the displacement being
fixed by the sign of x. We may therefore, without ambiguity,
speak of the displacement [#]*, and we may write PQ = [x\.
* It is hardly necessary to caution the reader against confusing this use of the
symbol [x] and that of Chap. II (Exs. xvi. and Misc. Exs.).
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We use the square bracket to distinguish the displacement [x]
from the length or number x*. If the coordinate of P is a, that
of Q will be a + cc; the displacement [x] therefore transfers a
particle from the point a to the point a + x.
We come now to consider displacements in a plane. We may-
define the displacement PQ as before. But now more data are
required in order to specify it completely. We require to know :
(i) the magnitude of the displacement, i.e. the length of the
straight line PQ ; (ii) the direction of the displacement, which is
determined by the angle which PQ makes with some fixed line in
the plane; (iii) the sense of the displacement; and (iv) its point
of application. Of these requirements we may disregard the
fourth, if we consider two displacements as equivalent if they are
the same in magnitude, direction, and sense. In other words, if
PQ and RS are equal and parallel, and the sense of motion from
P to Q is the same as that of
motion from R to S, we regard
the displacements PQ and RS as
equivalent, and write
PQ=M
Now let us take any pair of
coordinate axes in the plane (such " Fi 19
as OX, 0Y in Fig. 19). Draw a
line OA equal and parallel to PQ, the sense of motion from
to A being the same as that from P to Q. Then PQ and OA
are equivalent displacements. Let x and y be the coordinates
of A. Then it is evident that OA is completely specified
if x and y are given. We call OA the displacement [x, y] and
write
0A = PQ = RS=[x,y].
* Strictly speaking we ought, by some similar difference of notation, to dis-
tinguish the actual length x from the number x which measures it. The reader
will perhaps be inclined to consider such distinctions futile and pedantic. But
increasing experience of mathematics will reveal to him the great importance of
distinguishing clearly between things which, however intimately connected, are not
the same. If cricket were a mathematical science, it would be very important to
distinguish between the motion of the batsman between the wickets, the run which
he scores, and the mark which is put down in the score-book.
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35. Equivalence of displacements. Multiplication of
displacements by numbers. If f and rj are the coordinates
of P, and (■' and 77' those of Q, it is evident that
sb = g — £ y = V - 77.
The displacement from (£, 77) to (£', 77') is therefore
[£'-£ */ — «?]■
It is clear that two displacements \x, y\ \x', y"\ are equivalent
if, and only if, x = x',y = y. Thus [x, y] = [x, y'] if and only if
x = x', y = y' (1).
The reverse displacement QP would be [£ - f ', 77 — 77'], and it
is natural to agree that
QP = -PQ,
these equations being really definitions of the meaning of the
symbols — [£' — £ 77' — 77], — PQ. Having thus agreed that
- I>> y] = [- ^ - yl
it is natural to agree further that
a[x, y] = [ax, ay] (2),
where a is any real number, positive or negative. Thus (Fig. 19)
if OB = -\OA then
dB = -lOA = -i[x,y-\ = [-\x,-\y\
The equations (1) and (2) define the first two important ideas
connected with displacements, viz. equivalence of displacements,
and multiplication of displacements by numbers.
36. Addition of displacements. We have not yet given
any definition which enables us to attach any meaning to the
expressions
PQ + P 7 ®, [x,y] + W,y'l
Common sense at once suggests that we should define the sum
of two displacements as the displacement which is the result
of the successive application of the two given displacements. In
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other words, it suggests that if QQ X be drawn equal and parallel
to P'Q', so that the result of successive displacements PQ, P'Q' on
a particle at P is to transfer it first to Q and then to Q l} then we
should define the sum of PQ and P'Q' as being PQ^ If then we
draw OA equal and parallel to PQ, and OB equal and parallel to
PQ', and complete the parallelogram OAGB, we have
PQ + PQ ' = PQ l = OA + OB=OC.
.P'
Fig. 20.
Let us consider the consequences of adopting this definition.
If the coordinates of B are x , y', then those of the middle point of
AB are ^ (x + x), ^(y+y'), and those of C are x+x', y+y'. Hence
[x,y] + [x',y'] = [x + x',y + y'] (3),
which may be regarded as the symbolic definition of addition of
displacements. We observe that
[ob, y'] + [x, y] = [x + x,y' + y]
= \x + of, y + y.] = [x, y] + [x , y']
In other words, addition of displacements obeys the commutative
laiv expressed in ordinary algebra by the equation a + b = b + a.
This law expresses the obvious geometrical fact that if we move
from P first through a distance PQ 2 equal and parallel to P'Q',
and then through a distance equal and parallel to PQ, we shall
arrive at the same point Q 1 as before.
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In particular
[*,y]=[«,0] + [0,y] (4).
Here [x, 0] denotes a displacement through a distance x in
a direction parallel to OX. It is in fact what we previously
denoted by [a], when we were considering only displacements
along a line. We call [x, 0] and [0, y] the components of [x, y],
and [x, y] their resultant.
When we have once defined addition of two displacements,
there is no further difficulty in the way of •defining addition of
any number. Thus, by definition,
[x, y] + [x\ y'] + [x", y"] = ([>, y] + [x', y'}) + [x", f]
= [x + x',y + y'] + [x", y"] =[x + x' + x", y + y' + y"].
We define subtraction of displacements by the equation
[x, y] - [>', y'] = [x, y] + (- [>', y'}) (5),
which is the same thing as [x, y] + [— x', — y'] or as [x — x',y — y'\
In particular
[x, y]-[x,y] = [0, 0].
The displacement [0, 0] leaves the particle where it was; it is
the zero displacement, and we agree to write [0, 0J = 0.
Examples XX. 1. Prove that
(i) a [px, &y] = /3 [ax, ay] = [o/3.r, a/3y],
(ii) (0 y] + [>', y ]) + [>", y"] = O, y ] + flV, y'] + [x", y"]),
(iii) [x, y] + [x 1 , y'] = [x', y'] + [x, y],
(iv) (a + 0) [,v, y] = a [x, y] +/3 [x, y],
( v) « {fa y] + W, y']\ = a [v, y] + a [.>/, /].
[We have already proved (iii). The remaining equations follow with equal
ease from the definitions. The reader should in each case consider the
geometrical significance of the equation, as we did above in the case of (hi).]
2. Ifl/is the middle point of PQ, then 0ll=\(JTP+0Q). More generally,
if M divides PQ in the ratio p : X, then
3. If G is the centre of mass of equal particles at P u P 2 , ..., P n , then
OG = ( OPi + OP 2 + . . . + 0P n )/n.
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4. If P, Q, R are collinear points in the plane, then it is possible to find
real numbers a, /3, y, not all zero, and such that
a.OP+^.OQ + y.OR=0;
and conversely. [This is really only another way of stating Ex. 2.]
5. If A~B and A~C are two displacements not in the same straight line,
and
a . AB + p. AC=y . AB + 8 . AC,
then a = y and = 8.
[Take AB l = a. AB, AC 1 = (B . AC. Complete the parallelogram AB^P^.
Then AP 1 = a . AB + . AC. It is evident that AP X can only be expressed
in this form in one way, whence the theorem follows.]
6. A BCD is a parallelogram. Through Q, a point inside the paral-
lelogram, RQS and TQU are drawn
parallel to the sides. Show that
RU, TS intersect on AC.
[Let the ratios AT: AB,AR:AD
be denoted by a, 0. Then
AT=a.AB, ~AR=p.AD,
A~U=a.AB + AD, AS=TB + p.~AD.
Let RU meet AC in P. Then,
since R, U, P are collinear, Fig- 21.
AP = ^-AR+-^AU,
A+fi. A+/Z
where //./A is the ratio in which P divides RU. That is to say
AP=
a/i.
AB+^±*AD.
But since P lies on AC, AP is a numerical multiple of AC ; say
I7>=£ . AC= k . A~B+k . AD.
Hence (Ex. 5) ap = 0\ + /x = (A + /a) k, from which we deduce
a+0-1
The symmetry of this result shows that a similar argument would also give
n0
AP =
AC,
a+0-1
if P' is the point where TS meets AC. Hence P and P' are the same point.]
7. A BCD is a parallelogram, and M the middle point of AB. Show that
D.M trisects and is trisected by A C*.
* The two preceding examples are taken from Willard Gibbs' Vector Analysis.
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37. Multiplication of displacements. So far we have
made no attempt to attach any meaning whatever to the notion
of the product of two displacements. The only kind of multipli-
cation which we have considered is that in which a displacement
is multiplied by a number. The expression
[x, y] x [x' } 2/']
so far means nothing, and we are at liberty to define it to mean
anything we like. It is, however, fairly clear that if any definition
of such a product is to be of any use, the product of two displace-
ments must itself be a displacement.
We might, for example, define it as being equal to
+ x, y + y'] ;
in other words, we might agree that the product of two displace-
ments was to be always equal to their sum. But there would be
two serious objections to such a definition. In the first place our
definition would be futile. We should only be introducing a new
method of expressing something which we can perfectly well
express without it. In the second place our definition would be
inconvenient and misleading for the following reasons. If a is
a real number, we have already defined a [x, y] as [ax, ay]. Now,
as we saw in § 34, the real number a may itself from one point of
view be regarded as a displacement, viz. the displacement [a]
along the axis OX, or, in our later notation, the displacement
[a, 0]. It is therefore, if not absolutely necessary, at any rate
most desirable, that our definition should be such that
[a, 0] [x, y] = [ax, ay],
and the suggested definition does not give this result.
A more reasonable definition might appear to be
[x, y] [x, y'] = [xx, yy'].
But this would give
[a, 0] [x, y] = [ax, 0] ;
and so this definition also would be open to the second objection.
In fact, it is by no means obvious what is the best meaning
to attach to the product [x, y~\ [x, y']. All that is clear is (1) that,
if our definition is to be of any use, this product must itself be
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a displacement whose coordinates depend on x and y, or in other
words that we must have
[x, y] [x, y'] = [X, Y],
where X and Y are functions of x, y, x, and y '; (2) that the
definition must be such as to agree with the equation
[x, 0] [>', y'] = \xx, xy'] ;
and (3) that the definition must obey the ordinary commutative,
distributive, and associative laws of multiplication, so that
[x, y] [x\ y'] = [>', y'] [x, y],
([x, y] + K y']) [x", y"] = [x, y] [x'\ y"] + [x\ y] [x", f\
[x, y] ([x, y'] + [x", y"]) = [x, y] [x, y'] + [x, y] \x" , y"\
and [x, y] {[x , y'] [x", y"]) = ([x, y] [x', y']) [x", y"].
38. The right definition to take is suggested as follows. We
know that, if OAB, OCD are two similar triangles, the angles
corresponding in the order in which they are written, then
OB/OA = OD/OC,
or OB . OG = OA . OD. This suggests that we should try to define
multiplication and division of displacements in such a way that
OBIOA = OB/W, W.W=OA.OB.
Now let
OB = [x,yl OG = [x',y'], OD = [X, Y],
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and suppose that A is the point (1, 0), so that OA = [1, 0]. Then
OA.OD = [l,0][X, F] = [Z, F],
and so [x, y] \x', y'] = [X, F].
The product OB . OG is therefore to be defined as OB, D being
obtained by constructing on OG a triangle similar to OAB. In
order to free this definition from ambiguity, it should be observed
that on OG we can describe two such triangles, OGD and OGD',
We choose that for which the angle GOD is equal to A OB in sign
as well as in magnitude. We say that the two triangles are then
similar in the same sense.
If the polar coordinates of B and G are (p, 6) and (cr, <f>), so
that
x = p cos 0, y = p sin 0, x' = a cos <p, y' = a sin cf>,
then the polar coordinates of B are evidently pa and 0+cf>. Hence
X = pa cos (0 + <f)) = xx — yy ',
Y= pa sin (0 + </>) = xy' + yx.
The required definition is therefore
\^ [x, y] [x, y'] = [ocx' - yy', xy' + yx'] (6).
We observe (1) that if y = 0, then X = xx, Y = xy', as we
desired ; (2) that the right-hand side is not altered if we inter-
change x and x, and y and y', so that
[x, y] [x, y] = [x, y] [x, y] ;
and (3) that
{[x, y] + [x' } y']} \x", y"] = j> + x',y + y] [x", y"]
= [(x + x') x" ~(y + y') y", (x + x) y" + (y + y') x"]
= W ~ yy", ^j" + yx"] + OV' - y'y", x'y" + y'x"]
= [x,y]W,y"] + [x',y'][x",y"l
Similarly we can verify that all the equations at the end of § 37
are satisfied. Thus the definition (6) fulfils all the requirements
which we made of it in § 37.
Example. Show directly from the geometrical definition given above
that multiplication of displacements obeys the commutative and distributive
laws. [Take the commutative law for example. The product OB . OC is OD
(Fig. 22), COD being similar to A OD. To construct the product ~0C . OD we
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should have to construct on OB a triangle BOD { similar to AOC '; and so what
we want to prove is that D and D x coincide, or that BOD is similar to AOC.
This is an easy piece of elementary geometry.]
39. Complex numbers. Just as to a displacement [x] along
OX correspond a point (x) and a real number x, so to a displace-
ment [x, y] in the plane correspond a point (x, y) and a pair
of real numbers x, y.
We shall find it convenient to denote this pair of real n umbers
x, y by the symbol
x + yi.
The reason for the choice of this notation will appear later.
For the present the reader must regard x + yi as simply another
way of writing [x, y\. The expression x + yi is called a complex
number.
We proceed next to define equivalence, addition, and multiplica-
tion of complex numbers. To every complex number corresponds
a displacement. Two complex numbers are equivalent if the
corresponding displacements are equivalent. The sum or product
of two complex numbers is the complex number which corresponds
to the sum or product of the two corresponding displacements.
Thus
as + yi = x + yi (1 ),
if and only if x = x', y = y'',
(x+yi) + (x+y'i) = (x + x') + (y + y')i (2);
(x + yi) (x + yi) = xx — yy' + (xy r + yx) i (3).
In particular we have, as special cases of (2) and (3),
x + yi = (x + Oi) + (0 + yi),
(x + Oi) {x + y'i) = xx + xy'i;
and these equations suggest that there will be no danger of
confusion if, when dealing with complex numbers, we write x for
x + Oi and yi for + yi, as we shall henceforth.
Positive integral powers and polynomials of complex numbers
are then defined as in ordinary algebra. Thus, by putting x = x,
y — y in (3), we obtain
(x + yi) 2 = (x + yi) (x + yi) = x 2 —y 2 + 2xyi.
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The reader will easily verify for himself that addition and
multiplication of complex numbers obey the laws of algebra
expressed by the equations
m + yi + (x + y'i) = (x' + y'i) + (x + yi),
{(x + yi) + (x + y'i)} + (x" + y'i) = (x + yi) + {(x + y'i) + (x" + y"i)},
O + yi) (x' + y'i) = {x + y'i) (x + yi),
(x+yi) {(x'+y'i) + (x" + y"i)) = (x + yi) (x' + y'i) + (x + yi) (x" + y"i),
{(oe+yi)+(tf+y'i)} (*"+y"*)=(; + 2/0 O" + y"*) + 0' + y'i) O" + y'%
(x + yi) \(x' + y'i) {x" + y"i)) = {{x + yi) (x' + y'i)} (x" + y"i),
the proofs of these equations being practically the same as those
of the corresponding equations for the corresponding displace-
ments.
Subtraction and division of complex numbers are defined as
in ordinary algebra. Thus we may define (x + yi) — (x' + y'i) as
(x + yi) + {- (x + y'i)} = x + yi + (- x - y'i) = (x- x) + (y - y') i ;
or again, as the number f + rji such that
(x' + y'i) + (£ + rji) = x + yi,
which leads to the same result. And ( x + yi)l(x'j ^j[i) is defined
as being the complex number £ + rji such that
(as' + y'i) (f + rji) = x + yi,
or x'l; — y'rj + (x'rj + y'%) i = x + yi,
or x'g — y'rj = x, x'rj + y'i; = y (4).
Solving these equations for £ and rj, we obtain
xx' + yy' _ yx' — xy
x' 2 + y' 2 ' x' 2 + y' 2
This solution fails if x and y are both zero, i.e. if x' + y'i = 0.
Thus subtraction is always possible; division is always possible
unless the divisor is zero.
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Examples. (1) From a geometrical point of view, the problem of the
division of the displacement OB by OC is that of finding D so that the triangles
COB, AOD are similar, and this is
evidently possible (and the solution
unique) unless C coincides with 0, or
OC=0.
(2) The numbers %+yi, x-yi are
said to be conjugate. Verify that
(x+yi) (x - yi) = x 2 +y 2 ,
so that the product of two conjugate
numbers is real, and that
x+yi _ (x + yi) (x' — y'i)
x' +y'i ~ {x' +y'i) (x' - y'i)
_ xx' +yy' + (x'y - xy ') i
~ x' 2 Ty'' 2 '' ~~ '
Fig. 23.
40. One most important property of real numbers is that
known as the factor theorem, which asserts that the product of two
numbers cannot be zero unless one of the two is itself zero. To
prove that this is also true of complex numbers we put x = 0,
y = in the equations (4) of the preceding section. Then
x'% — y'n = 0, xt) + y'% = 0.
These equations give £ = 0, 77 = 0, i.e.
% + v i = 0,
unless x' = and y = 0, or x' + y'i = 0. Thus x + yi cannot vanish
unless either x + y'i or £ + rji vanishes.
41. The equation i 2 = — 1. We agreed to sinnilify our
notation by writing x instead of x + Oi and yi instead of + yi.
The particular complex number \i we shall denote simply by i.
It is the number which corresponds to a unit displacement along
OY. Also
# = a = (o + ii) (o + 10 = (o . - 1 . 1) + (o . 1 + 1 . o) % = - 1.
Similarly (— if = — 1. Thus the complex numbers i and — i
satisfy the equation x 2 = — 1.
The reader will now easily satisfy himself that the upshot of
the rules for addition and multiplication of complex numbers is
this, that we operate ruith complex numbers in exactly the same
way as with real numbers, treating the symbol i as itself a number,
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but replacing the product ii = i 2 by — 1 whenever it occurs. Thus,
for example,
(x + yi) (x' + y'i) = aeaf + xy'i + yx'i + yy'i 2
= (««' - yy) + (xy' + yd) i
42. The geometrical interpretation of multiplication
by %. Since
(x + yi) i = — y + xi,
it follows that if x 4- yi corresponds to OP, and OQ is drawn equal
to OP and so that POQ is a positive right angle, then (x + yi) i
corresponds to OQ. In other words, multiplication of a complex
number by i turns the corresponding displacement through a right
angle.
We might have developed the whole theory of complex
numbers from this point of view. Starting with the ideas of
x as representing a displacement along OX, and of i as a symbol
of operation equivalent to turning x through a right angle, we
should have been led to regard yi as a displacement of magnitude
y along OY. It would then have been natural to define x + yi as
m §§ 37 and 40, and (x + yi) i would have represented the dis-
placement obtained by turning x + yi through a right angle,
i.e. —y + xi. Finally, we should naturally have defined (x + yi) x
as xx' + yx'i, (x + yi) y'i as — yy' + xy'i, and (x + yi) (x' + y'i) as the
sum of these displacements, i.e. as
xx' - yy' + (xy' + yx) i.
43. The equations z 2 + 1 = 0, az* + 2bz + c = 0. There is no
real number z such that z 2 + 1 = ; this is expressed by saying
that the equation has no real roots. But, as we have just seen,
the two complex numbers i and — i satisfy this equation. We
express this by saying that the equation has the two complex roots
i and — i. Since i satisfies z 2 = — 1, it is sometimes written in the
form «/(— 1).
Complex numbers are sometimes called imaginary*. The
expression is by no means a happily chosen one, but it is firmly
* The phrase 'real number' was introduced as au antithesis to 'imaginary
number '.
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established and has to be accepted. It cannot, however, be too
strongly impressed upon the reader that an 'imaginary number'
is no more ' imaginary ', in any ordinary sense of the word, than a
' real ' number ; and that it is not a number at all, in the sense in
which the 'real' numbers are numbers, but, as should be clear from
the preceding discussion, a pair o f numbers (x } y), united symbolically,
for purposes of technical convenience, in the form x + yi,_ Such
a pair of numbers is no less 'real' than any ordinary number
such as {, or than the paper on which this is printed, or than
the Solar System. Thus
i = + li
stands for the pair of numbers (0, 1), and may be represented
geometrically by a point or by the displacement [0, 1]. And
when we say that i is a root of the equation z 2 + 1 = 0, what we
mean is simply that we have defined a method of combining such
pairs of numbers (or displacements) which we call ' multiplica-
tion', and which, when we so combine (0, 1) with itself, gives the
result (- 1, 0).
Now let us consider the more general equation
az" + 2bz + c = Q,
where a, b, c are real numbers. If b 2 > ac, the ordinary method of
solution gives two real roots
{- b ± V(6 9 - ac)}fa.
If b 2 < ac, the equation has no real roots. It may be written in
the form
{z + (b/a)} 2 = -(ac-b 2 )la^,
an equation which is evidently satisfied if we substitute for
z + (b/a) either of the complex numbers ±% *J(ac — b 2 )/a*. We
express this by saying that the equation has the two complex roots
{- b ± i s/(ac - b 2 )}/a,
If we agree as a matter of convention to say that when b 2 = ac
(in which case the equation is satisfied by one value of x only,
viz. — b/a), the equation has two equal roots, we can say that
a quadratic equation with real coefficients has two roots in all
cases, either two distinct real roots, or two equal real roots, or two
distinct complex roots.
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The question is naturally suggested whether a quadratic
equation may not, when complex roots are once admitted, have
more than two roots. It is easy to see that this is not possible.
Its impossibility may in fact be proved by precisely the same
chain of reasoning as is used in elementary algebra to prove that
an equation of the ?ith degree cannot have more than n real
roots. Let us denote the complex number x + yi by the single
letter z, a convention which we may express by writing
z = x + yi. Let / (z) denote any polynomial in z, with real or
complex coefficients. Then we prove in succession :
(1) that the remainder, when f(z) is divided by z — a, a being
any real or complex number, is /(a) ;
(2) that if a is a root of the equation f(z) = 0, then f{z) is
divisible by z — a ;
(3) that if f(z) is of the ?ith degree, and f(z) = has the
n roots a 1} a 2 , ..., a n , then
f{z) = A (z - rtj) (z - o 2 ) . . . (z - a n ),
where A is a constant, real or complex, in fact the coefficient
of z n in f(z). From the last result, and the theorem of § 40,
it follows that f(z) cannot have more than n roots.
We conclude that a quadratic equation with real coefficients has
exactly two roots. We shall see later on that a similar theorem is
true for an equation of any degree and with either real or complex
coefficients : an equation of the nth degree has exactly n roots.
The only point in the proof which presents any difficulty is the
first, viz. the proof that any equation must have at least one
root. This we must postpone for the present*. We may, however,
at once call attention to one very interesting result of this theorem.
In the theory of number we start from the positive integers and
from the ideas of addition and multiplication and the converse
operations of subtraction and division. We find that these
operations are not always possible unless we admit new kinds of
numbers. We can only attach a meaning to 3 — 7 if we admit
negative numbers, or to f if we admit rational fractions. When
we extend our list of arithmetical operations so as to include root
extraction and the solution of equations, we find that some of
* See Appendix I.
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them, such as that of the extraction of the square root of a number
which (like 2) is not a perfect square, are not possible unless we
widen our conception of a number, and admit the irrational
numbers of Chap. I.
Others, such as the extraction of the square root of — 1, are
not possible unless we go still further, and admit the complex
numbers of this chapter. And it would not be unnatural to
suppose that, when we come to consider equations of higher
degree, some might prove to be insoluble even by the aid of
complex numbers, and that thus we might be led to the con-
siderations of higher and higher types of, so to say, hyper-complex
numbers. The fact that the roots of any algebraical equation
whatever are ordinary complex numbers shows that this is not the
case. The application of any of the ordinary algebraical operations
to complex numbers will yield only complex numbers. In technical
language ' the field of the complex numbers is closed for algebraical
operations '.
Before we pass on to other matters, let us add that all
theorems of elementary algebra which are proved merely by
the application of the rules of addition and multiplication are
true whether the numbers which occur in them are real or com-
plex, since the rules referred to apply to complex as well as
real numbers. For example, we know that, if a and j3 are the
roots of
az 2 + 2bz + c = 0,
then a + /3 = - (26/a), a£ = (c/a).
Similarly, if a, /3, 7 are the roots of
az 3 + Sbz 2 + 3cz + d = 0,
then
a + /3 + 7 = - (36/a), £7 + 7 a + a/3 = (3c/a), aj3y = -(d/a).
All such theorems as these are true whether a, b, ... a, fi, ... are
real or complex.
44. Argand's diagram. Let P (Fig. 24) be the point (x, y\
r the length OP, and 6 the angle XOP, so that
x = r cos 6, y = r sin 6, r = *J(x 2 + y 2 ), cos 6 : sin 6 : 1 : : x : y : r.
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We denote the complex number x + yi by z, as in § 43, and
we call z the complex variable.
We call P the point z, or
the jpoint corresponding to z\
z the argument of P, x the
real part, y the imaginary
part, r the modulus, and
6 the amplitude of z ; and we
write
x = B.{z), y=I(z),
6 = am z.
r= \z
Fig. 24.
When y = we say that 2 is ?'m£, when x = that 2 is purely
imaginary. Two numbers # + yt, # — yi which differ only in
the signs of their imaginary parts, we call conjugate. It will be
observed that the sum 2x of two conjugate numbers and their
product # 2 + 2/ 2 are both real, that they have the same modulus
V(# 2 + y 2 ) and that their product is equal to the square of the
modulus of either. The roots of a quadratic with real coefficients,
for example, are conjugate, when not real.
It must be observed that 6 or am z is a many- valued function of
x and y, having an infinity of values, which are angles differing by
multiples of 2tt*. A line originally lying along OX will, if turned
through any of these angles, come to lie along OP. We shall
describe that one of these angles which lies between — it and
it as the principal value of the amplitude of z. This de-
finition is unambiguous except when one of the values is it,
in which case — it is also a value. In this case we must make
some special provision as to which value is to be regarded as
the principal value. In general, when we speak of the amplitude
of z we shall, unless the contrary is stated, mean the principal
value of the amplitude.
Fig. 24 is usually known as Argand's diagram.
* It is evident that | z | is identical with the polar coordinate r of P, and that
the other polar coordinate is one value of am z. This value is not necessarily
the principal value, as defined below, for the polar coordinate of § 22 lies between
and 2tt, and the principal value between - w and ir.
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45. De Moivre's Theorem. The following statements
follow immediately from the definitions of addition and multi-
plication.
(1) The real (or imaginary) part of the sum of two conyplex
numbers is equal to the sum of their real (or imaginary) parts.
(2) The modulus of the product of two complex numbers is
equal to the product of their moduli.
(3) The amplitude of the product of two complex numbers is
either equal to the sum of their amplitudes, or differs from it by 2ir.
It should be observed that it is not always true that the principal value of
am (zz 1 ) is the sum of the principal values of am z and am z'. For example, if
z=z'= — l+i, then the principal values of the amplitudes of z and z' are each
fn-. But zz' = — 2i, and the principal value of am (zz') is —\n and not fn-.
The two last theorems may be expressed in the equation
r (cos + i sin 0) x p (cos cp + i sin cp)
= rp {cos (0 + cp) + i sin (6 + <f>)},
which may be proved at once by multiplying out and using the
ordinary trigonometrical formulae for cos (0 + cp) and sin (0 + cp).
More generally
i\ (cos dx + i sin t ) x r 2 (cos 2 + i sin 0. 2 ) x ... x r n (cos n + i sin 6 n )
= nr 2 . . . r n {cos (d 1 + 2 + . . . + 6 n ) + i sin (0 1 + 2 +...+ n )}.
A particularly interesting case is that in which
n = r 2 = . . . = r n = 1, 1 = 2 =... = n =
We then obtain the equation
(cos + i sin 0) n = cos n0 + i sin n0,
where n is any positive integer: a result known as De Moivre's
Theorem*.
Again, if z = r (cos + i sin 0)
then \\z = (cos - i sin 0)/r.
Thus the modulus of the reciprocal of z is the reciprocal of the
modulus of z, and the amplitude of the reciprocal is the negative of
the amplitude of z. We can now state the theorems for quotients
which correspond to (2) and (3).
* It will sometimes be convenient, for the sake of brevity, to denote cos d + i sin d
by Cis0: in this notation, suggested by Profs. Harkness and Morley, De Moivre's
theorem is expressed by the equation (Cis 0)" = Cisn0.
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(4) The modulus of the quotient of two complex numbers is
equal to the quotient of their moduli.
(5) The amplitude of the quotient of two complex numbers
either is equal to the difference of their amplitudes, or differs from
it by 27r.
Again (cos 9 + i sin 6)~ n = (cos 6 — i sin 6) n
- {cos (- 0) + i sin (- 6)) n
= cos (— nO) + i sin (— nd).
Hence Be Moivres Theorem holds for all integral values of n,
positive or negative.
To the theorems (1) — (5) we may add the following theorem,
which is also of very great importance.
(6) The modulus of the sum of any number of complex
numbers is not greater than the sum of their moduli.
Let OP, OP', ... be the displacements corresponding to the
various complex numbers. Draw PQ equal and parallel to OP',
QR equal and parallel to OP", and so on. Finally we reach a
point U, such that
0U=OP + 0P' + 0P 7, + ....
The length OU is the modulus of the sum of the complex
numbers, whereas the sum of their moduli is the total length
of the broken line OPQR...U, which is not less than OU.
A purely arithmetical proof of this theorem is outlined in
Exs. xxi. 1.
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46. We add some theorems concerning rational functions of
complex numbers. A rational function of the complex variable z
is defined exactly as is a rational function of a real variable x,
viz. as the quotient of two polynomials in z.
Theorem 1. Any rational function R (z) can be reduced to
the form X + Yi, where X and Y are rational functions of x and
y with real coefficients.
In the first place it is evident that any polynomial P (x + yi)
can be reduced, in virtue of the definitions of addition and multi-
plication, to the form A + Bi, where A and B are polynomials
in x and y with real coefficients. Similarly Q (x + yi) can be
reduced to the form G + Di. Hence
R (x + yi) = P(x + yi)/Q (x + yi)
can be expressed in the form
(A + Bi)J(G + Di) = (A + Bi) (G - Di)/(C + Di) (G - Di)
AG + BD BG-AD .
~ 6' 2 + X> 2 + C 2 + £ 2 *'
which proves the theorem.
Theorem 2. If R(x + yi) = X+ Yi, R denoting a rational
function as before, but with real coefficients, then R(x—yi)=X—Yi.
In the first place this is easily verified for a power (x + yi) n
by actual expansion. It follows by addition that the theorem is
true for any polynomial with real coefficients. Hence, in the
notation used above,
A_-Bi_AG + BD B G-AD .
M(x y % )—(}-M~ C 2 + i) 2 " C 2 + Z> 2 *'
the reduction being the same as before except that the sign of i
is changed throughout. It is evident that results similar to those
of Theorems 1 and 2 hold for functions of any number of complex
variables.
Theorem 3. The roots of an equation
a z n +a 1 z n ~ 1 + ...+a n = 0,
whose coefficients are real, may, in so far as they are not themselves
real, be arranged in conjugate pairs.
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For it follows from Theorem 2 that if x + yi is a root then so is
x — yi. A particular case of this theorem is the result (§ 43) that
the roots of a quadratic equation with real coefficients are either
real or conjugate.
This theorem is sometimes stated as follows : in an equation
with real coefficients complex roots occur in conjugate pairs. It
should be compared Avith the result of Exs. vm. 7, which may be
stated as follows : in an equation with rational coefficients irrational
roots occur in conjugate pairs*.
Examples XXI. 1. Prove theorem (6) of § 45 directly from the
definitions and without the aid of geometrical considerations.
[First, to prove that | z + z' \ £ | z \ + \ z' | is to prove that
(x + x'f + (y +yj- < y (.r 2 + */ 2 ) + J(af* +/ 2 )} 2 .
The theorem is then easily extended to the general case.]
2. The one and only case in which
\z\ + \z'\+... = \z + z'+...\,
is that in which the numbers z, z', ... have all the same amplitude. Prove
this both geometrically and analytically.
3. The modulus of the sum of any number of complex numbers is not
less than the sum of their real (or imaginary) parts.
4. If the sum and product of two complex numbers are both real, then
the two numbers must either be real or conjugate.
5. If a + bj2 + (c + d A j2)i=A + B s /2 + (C+D s /2)i,
where a, b, c, d, A, B, C, D are real rational numbers, then
a=A, b = B, c=C, d=D.
6. Express the following numbers in the form A + Bi, where A and B are
real numbers :
euw (£)• £*)■ && «-»
where X and p are real numbers.
7. Express the following functions of z=x+yi in the form X + Yi, where
Xand Fare real functions of x and y: z 2 , z 3 , z n , \}z } a-f (l/«), (a + /32)/(y+8?),
where a, /3, y, 8 are real numbers.
8. Find the moduli of the numbers and functions in the two preceding
examples.
* The numbers a + ^Jb, a - sjb, where a, b are rational, are sometimes said to be
' conjugate '.
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9. The two lines joining the points z = a, z = b and z = c, z=d will be
perpendicular if
am (£r!) , * ± ** i
i.e. if (a — b)l(c-d) is purely imaginary. What is the condition that the lines
should be parallel ?
10. The three angular points of a triangle are given by z = a, z=&, z = y,
where a, /3, y are complex numbers. Establish the following propositions :
(i) the centre of gravity is given by z = \ (a + fi + y) ;
(ii) the circum-centre is given by \z—a\ = \z-f&\ = \z- y\ ;
(iii) the three perpendiculars from the angular points on the opposite
sides meet in a point given by
(iv) there is a point P inside the triangle such that
CBP=ACP=BAP= a >,
and cot &> = cot A + cot B + cot G.
[To prove (iii) we observe that if A, B, G are the vertices, and P any
point z, then the condition that AP should be perpendicular to BG is (Ex. 9)
that (z — a)/(/3 - y) should be purely imaginary, or that
R(s-a)R(/3-y)+I(«-a)I(0-y)=O.
This equation, and the two similar equations obtained by permuting a, /3, y
cyclically, are satisfied by the same value of z, as appears from the fact that
the sum of the three left-hand sides is zero.
To prove (iv), take BG parallel to the positive direction of the axis of x.
Then*
y-P=a, a-y=-bC\s(-G), 0-a= -cCisZ?.
We have to determine z and w from the equations
( 3-a)(fto-ao) ^ (z-ff)(yo-0o) ^ (z-y)(ao-y o ) = Cia2tj
(2 -a )(/3-a) (so-/3 )(y-i8) (*0"yo)(a-y)
where z , a , /3 , y denote the conjugates of z, a, /3, y.
Adding the numerators and denominators of the three equal fractions,
and using the equation
i cot co = (1 + Cis 2co)/(l - Cis 2w),
we find that
icot(0= 03-y)(/3o-yo) + (y-q)(yo-«o) + (a-/3)(q o -/3o\
/3y - A>y + y«o - yo« + a £o - ao0
From this it is easily deduced that the value of cot co is (a 2 +6 2 + c 2 )/4A,
where A is the area of the triangle ; and this is equivalent to the result given.
* We suppose that as we go round the triangle in the direction ABC we leave
it on our left.
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To determine z, we multiply the numerators and denominators of the
equal fractions by (y -/3 )/(/3-a), (a -y )/(y-P), (/3 - a )/(a - y), and add
to form a new fraction. It will be found that
aaCis^4-6j3Cis5 + cvCisC ,
z = ' .
aCis A + b Oisi>' + cCis C
11. The two triangles whose vertices are the points a, b, c and x, y, z
respectively will he similar if
1 1 1 =0
a b c
x y z
[The condition required is that ABIAC=XY/XZ (large letters denoting
the points whose arguments are the corresponding small letters), or
(b-a)l(c-a)=-(y -x)l{z-x), which is the same as the condition given.]
12. Deduce from the last example that if the points x, y, z are collinear
then we can find real numbers a, /3, y such that ct-f /3+y = and ax+(3y+yz=0,
and conversely (cf. Exs. XX. 4). [Use the fact that in this case the triangle
formed by x, y, z is similar to a certain line-triangle on the axis OX, and
apply the result of the last example.]
13. The general linear equation with complex coefficients. The
equation az + j3 — has the one solution z = - (/3/a), unless a = 0. If we put
a = a+Ai, (3 = b-\-Bi, z=x+yi,
and equate real and imaginary parts, we obtain two equations to determine
the two real numbers x and y. The equation will have a real root if y = 0,
which gives ax + b = 0, Ax + B = 0, and the condition that these equations
should be consistent is aB — bA = 0.
14. The general quadratic equation with complex coefficients. This
equation is
(a + Ai)z*+2(b + Bi)z+(c + Ci) = 0.
Unless a and A are both zero we can divide through by a + iA. Hence
we may consider
z 2 + 2(b + Bi)z + (c + Ci) = (1)
as the standard form of our equation. Putting z = x+yi and equating real
and imaginary parts, we obtain a pair of simultaneous equations for x and y,
viz.
x i -y2 + 2(bx-By) + c = 2xy + 2 (by+Bx) + C= 0.
If we put
x + b = £, y + B=rj, b 2 -B 2 -c = h, 2bB-C=Jc,
these equations become £ 2 — r] 2 =k, 2^rj=k.
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Squaring and adding we obtain
We must choose the signs so that £77 has the sign of k : i.e. if k is positive
we must take like signs, if k is negative unlike signs.
Conditions for equal roots. The two roots can only be equal if both the
square roots above vanish, i.e. if A=0, £=0, or if c = b 2 -B 2 , C=2bB. These
conditions are equivalent to the single condition c + Ci=(b + Bi) 2 , which
obviously expresses the fact that the left-hand side of (1) is a perfect square.
Condition for a real root. If x 2 + 2 (b + Bi) x + (c + Ci)=0, where x is
real, then x 2 + 2bx-\-c=0, 2Bx-\-C=0. Eliminating x we find that the
required condition is
C 2 -4bBC+lcB 2 = Q.
Condition for a purely imaginary root. This is easily found to be
C 2 -4bBC-4b 2 c = 0.
Conditions for a pair of conjugate complex roots. Since the sum and the
product of two conjugate complex numbers are both real, b + Bi and c + Ci
must both be real, i.e. B = 0, C=0. Thus the equation (1) can have a pair of
conjugate complex roots only if its coefficients are real. The reader should
verify this conclusion by means of the explicit expressions of the roots.
Moreover, if 6 2 Sc, the roots will be real even in this case. Hence for a pair
of conjugate roots we must have B=0, C=0, b 2 <c.
15. The Cubic equation. Consider the cubic equation
z 3 + ZHz + G=0,
where G and H are complex numbers, it being given that the equation has
(a) a real root, (6) a purely imaginary root, (c) a pair of conjugate roots If
H='K+fxi, C = p + a-i, we arrive at the following conclusions.
(a) Conditions for a real root. If p. is not zero, then the i*eal root is - <r/3p,
and o- 3 + 27X/xV — 27p 3 p = 0. On the other hand, if p = then we must also
have o- = 0, so that the coefficients of the equation are real. In this case there
may be three real roots.
(b) Conditions for a purely imaginary root. If p is not zero then the purely
imaginary root is (p/3p) i, and p 3 -27Ap 2 p — 27p 3 cr=0. If p = then alsop = 0,
and the root is yi, where y is given by the equation y 3 — 3Xy - o- = 0, which has
real coefficients. In this case there may be three purely imaginary roots.
(c) Conditions for a pair of conjugate complex roots. Let these be x+yi
and x—yi. Then since the sum of the three roots is zero the third root
must be — 2x. From the relations between the coefficients and the roots of
an equation we deduce
y* _ Zx 2 = 3ff, 2x (x 2 +y 2 ) = G.
Hence G and H must both be real.
In each case we can either find a root (in which case the equation can
be reduced to a quadratic by dividing by a known factor) or we can reduce
the solution of the equation to the solution of a cubic equation with real
coefficients.
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16. The cubic equation x z + a h v 2 + a 2 x + a 3 = 0, where a 1 = A 1 + A /?', . . . , has
a pair of conjugate complex roots. Prove that the remaining root is
— Ai'a 3 jA 3 ', unless A 3 ' = 0. Examine the case in which A 3 ' = 0.
1 7. Prove that if z 3 + ZHz + G=0 has two complex roots then the equation
8a 3 + 6aH-G=0
has one real root which is the real part a of the complex roots of the
original equation ; and show that a has the same sign as G.
18. An equation of any order with complex coefficients will in general
have no real roots nor pairs of conjugate complex roots. How many con-
ditions must be satisfied by the coefficients in order that the equation should
have (a) a real root, (6) a pair of conjugate roots ?
19. Coaxal circles. In Fig. 26, let a, b, z be the arguments of A, B, P
z-b
Then
— = APB,
z-a
if the principal value of the amplitude is chosen. If the two circles shown
in the figure are equal, and z', z u z{ are the arguments of P\ P u P± y
and A PB — 6, it is easy to see that
z'-b
am ■; =TT-i
z —a
h -b
and
z{- b
am —, = - it + 1
z{ - a
The locus defined by the equation
am = 6,
z-a
where & is constant, is the arc APB. By
writing it — 6, -0, — n + 6 for $, we obtain
the other three arcs shown.
The system of equations obtained by
supposing that 6 is a parameter, varying
from — it to +7r, represents the system of
circles which can be drawn through the
points A, B. . It should however be ob-
served that each circle has to be divided
into two parts to which correspond different
values of 8.
20. Now let us consider the equation
\z-a\~
where \ is a constant.
Let A' be the point in which the tangent to the circle ABP at P meets
AB. Then the triangles KPA, EBP are similar, and so
AP/PB = PK\BK= KA/KP = X.
Fig. 26.
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Hence KAjKB = \\ and therefore K is a fixed point for all positions of P
which satisfy the equation (1). Also KP 2 =KA.KB, and so is constant.
Hence the locus of P is a circle -whose centre is K.
The system of equations obtained by varying X represents a system of
circles, and every circle of this system cuts at right angles every circle of the
system of Ex. 19.
The system of Ex. 19 is called a system of coaxal circles of the common
point kind. The system of Ex. 20 is called a system of coaxal circles of the
limiting point kind, A and B being the limiting points of the system. If X
is very large or very small then the circle is a very small circle containing A
or B in its interior.
21. Bilinear Transformations. Consider the equation
z=Z+a (1),
where z = x+yi and Z=X+Yi are two complex variables which we may
suppose to be represented in two planes xoy, XOY. To every value of z
corresponds one of Z, and conversely. If a = a+@i then
x=X+a, y=Y+p,
and to the point (x, y) corresponds the point (X, Y). If (x, y) describes a
curve of any kind in its plane, (X, Y) describes a curve in its plane. Thus
to any figure in one plane corresponds a figure in the other. A passage of
this kind from a figure in the plane xoy to a figure in the plane XOY by
means of a relation such as (1) between z and Z is called a transformation.
In this particular case the relation between corresponding figures is very
easily defined. The (X, Y) figure is the same in size, shape, and orientation
as the (x, y) figure, but is shifted a distance a to the left, and a distance /3
downwards. Such a transformation is called a translation.
Now consider the equation
*=pZ (2),
where p is real. This gives x — pX,y=pY. The two figures are similar and
similarly situated about their respective origins, but the scale of the (x, y)
figure is p times that of the (X, Y) figure. Such a transformation is called
a magnification.
Finally consider the equation
s = (cos cp + ^sin (p) Z (3).
It is clear that | z | = | Z | and that one value of am z is am Z+ <p, and that the
two figures differ only in that the (x, y) figure is the (X, Y) figure turned
about the origin through an angle <p in the positive direction. Such a trans-
formation is called a rotation.
The general linear transformation
z = aZ-vb (4)
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is a combination of the three transformations (1), (2), (3). For, if | a\=p and
am a — <p, we can replace (4) by the three equations
z = z' + b, z'=pZ', Z' = (cos (p + i sin <p) Z.
Thus the general linear transformation is equivalent to the combination of a
translation, a magnification, and a rotation.
Next let us consider the transformation
2=1/^ (5).
If \Z\ = R and amZ=0, then \z\ = l/R and am z = -9, and to pass from
the (a?, y) figure to the (X, Y) figure we invert the former with respect to o,
with unit radius of inversion, and then construct the image of the new figure
in the axis ox {i.e. the symmetrical figure on the other side of ox).
Finally consider the transformation
aZ+b
z =WVd ( 6 )-
This is equivalent to the combination of the transformations
z = {ajc) + (bc-ad)(z'lc), z'=l/Z\ Z' = cZ+d,
i.e. to a certain combination of transformations of the types already con-
sidered.
The transformation (6) is called the general bilinear transformation.
Solving for Z we obtain
7 ^}dz — b
cz — a'
The general bilinear transformation is the most general type of trans-
formation for which one and only one value of z corresponds to each value of
Z, and conversely.
22. The general bilinear transformation transforms circles into circles.
This may be proved in a variety of ways. We may assume the well-known
theorem in pure geometry, that inversion transforms circles into circles
(which may of course in particular cases be straight lines). Or we may
use the results of Exs. 19 and 20. If, e.g., the (x, y) circle is
\(m- *)/(*- p)\=\
and we substitute for z in terms of Z, we obtain
\(Z-<r')/(Z-p')\ = X,
a — pc
, , b — ad , b — pd •.
where o- = , p= — , X =
a—o-c a — pc
23. Consider the transformations z = \\Z, z=(l+Z)/(l-Z), and draw
the (X, Y) curves which correspond to (1) circles whose centre is the origin,
(2) straight lines through the origin.
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24. The condition that the transformation z = (aZ+b)j(cZ+d) should
make the circle x 2 +y 2 = l correspond to a straight line in the (X, Y) plane
is \a\ = \c\.
25. Cross ratios. The cross ratio [z\Zi, z$Z\) is defined to be
(g 1 -g 3 )(z 2 -g4)
fa -2 4 ) 02-%)'
If the four points z u 2 2 , 2 3 , z i are on the same line, this definition agrees
with that adopted in elementary geometry. There are 24 cross ratios which
can be formed from z x , z 2 , z 3 , z± by permuting the suffixes. These consist of
six groups of four equal cross ratios. If one ratio is X, then the six distinct
cross ratios are X, 1 - X, 1/X, 1/(1 -X), (X- 1)/X, X/(X- 1). The four points are
said to be harmonic or harmonically related if any one of these is equal to
— 1, In this case the six ratios are — 1, 2, — 1, J, 2, \.
If any cross ratio is real then all are real and the four points lie on a
circle. For in this case
am ( ; i-%)(^r^)
(zi-Zi){z 2 -z 3 )
must have one of the three values — n, 0, -rr, so that am {{z 1 — s 3 )/(«i - 24)} and
a,m{(z 2 - z 3 )/(z 2 - z i)} must either be equal or differ by ir (cf. Ex. 19).
If (2^2) z 3 Zi)= - 1, we have the two equations
Z-i — Zo Zn — Z 3 Z\ — Zo\ \Zn — Zo\
am - 1 — -= ±7r + am- — -; - — - = — - .
z l ~ Z i z i~ z \ I z l — z 4 I I z 2 ~ -4 I
The four points A X , A 2 , A 3 , A 4 lie on a circle, A x and A 2 being separated
by A 3 and A v Also A X A 3 \A X A i = A 2 A 3 jA 2 A i . Let be the middle point of
A 3 Ai. The equation
( z i-z 3 )(^- z i )^ 1
(Zl-Zi)( z 2 -Z 3 )
may be put in the form
(h + 22) (*3 + Z i) = 2 ( z l z 2 + h z l\
or, what is the same thing,
{h -i(h+ 24)} {22 - i (23 + 24)} = {i( z 3 - ? 4 )} 2 .
But this is equivalent to OA x . OA 2 =~OA 3 2 =OA i 2 . Hence OA x and 0A 2
make equal angles with A 3 A t , and OA 1 .OA 2 = OA 3 2 =OA i 2 . It will be ob-
served that the relation between the pairs A lf A 2 and A 3 , A 4 is symmetrical.
Hence, if C is the middle point of A X A 2 , 0'A 3 and 0'A i are equally inclined
to A X A 2 , and 0'A 3 . 0'A i =0'A 1 2 = 0'A 2 *.
26. If the points A lt A 2 are given by az 2 + 2bz + c = 0, and the points
A 3 , Ai by a'z 2 + 2b'z+c' = 0, and is the middle point of A 3 A 4 , and
ac' + a'c - 2bb' = 0, then O.^, 0A 2 are equally inclined to A 3 A 4 and
OJi . 0J 2 = OA 3 2 = ai 4 2 . (Jfatf. Trip. 1901.)
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27. AB, CD are two intersecting lines in Argand's diagram, and P,
Q their middle points. Prove that, if A B bisects the angle CPD and
PA 2 = PB i =PC.PD, then CD bisects the angle AQB and QC 2 =QD 2 = QA . QB.
{Math. Trip. 1909.)
28. The condition that four points should lie on a circle. A
sufficient condition is that one (and therefore all) of the cross ratios
should be real (Ex. 25) ; this condition is also necessary. Another form
of the condition is that it should be possible to choose real numbers
a, |8, y such that
1 1 1 =0.
a /3 y
Z\Zi + Z 2 Z z Z2 3 i + Z 3 z l Z^ + Z^
[To prove this we observe that the transformation Z= 1/(2 — z 4 ) is equivalent
to an inversion with respect to the point 2 4 , coupled with a certain reflexion
(Ex. 21). If z t , z 2 , z 3 lie on a circle through 2 4 , the corresponding points
^ = 1/(24-24), Z 2 = l/(z 2 — z t ), Z 3 = l/(2 3 — 2 4 ) lie on a straight line. Hence
(Ex. 12) we can find real numbers a, /3', y such that a' + /3' + y' = and
a'l(z l -z i )+fi'l(z 2 — z l ) + y'j(z 3 -z i ) = 0, and it is easy to prove that this is
equivalent to the given condition.]
29. Prove the following analogue of De Moivre's Theorem for real
numbers: if (pi, (p 2 , $3, -•• is a series of positive acute angles such that
tan <p m + j = tan <p m sec <fi j 4- sec <f) m tan <f> t ,
then tan <£ m + n =tan <£„, sec 0,, + sec (p m tan c/>, v ,
sec m + n =sec (p m sec <£„ + tan 4> m tan 0„,
and tan (f> m + seo <p m =(tan (/>! + sec <pi) m .
[Use the method of mathematical induction.]
30. The transformation z=Z n . In this case r=R m , and 6 and me
differ by a multiple of 2n\ If Z describes a circle round the origin then z
describes a circle round the origin m times.
The whole (a?, y) plane corresponds to any one of m sectors in the (A', Y)
plane, each of angle 2jr/»i. To each point in the (a?, y) plane correspond
m points in the (X, Y) plane.
31. Complex functions of a real variable. If fit), <f> (t) are two real
functions of a real variable t defined for a certain range of values of t,
we call
z=f(t) + i<f>(t) (1)
a complex function of t. We can represent it graphically by drawing the
curve
*=/(*), Jf=0 (0 i
h. 7
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the equation of the curve may be obtained by eliminating t between these
equations. If z is a polynomial in t, or rational function of t, with complex
coefficients, we can express it in the form (1) and so determine the curve
represented by the function.
(i) Let z = a + (b-a)t,
where a and b are complex numbers. If a = a + a'i, & = /3 + j3'i, then
A?=a+(/3-aK y = a' + (P'~a')t.
The curve is the straight line joining the points z = a and z=b. The seg-
ment between the points corresponds to the range of values of t from
to 1. Find the values of t which correspond to the two produced segments
of the line.
where p is positive, then the curve is the circle of centre c and radius p. As
t varies through all real values z describes the circle once.
(iii) In general the equation z = (a + bt)l(c+dt) represents a circle.
This can be proved by calculating x and y and eliminating : but this process
is rather cumbrous. A simpler method is obtained by using the result of
Ex. 22. Let z=(a+bZ)/(c + dZ), Z—t. As t varies Z describes a straight
line, viz. the axis of X. Hence z describes a circle.
(iv) The equation z=a + 2bt + ct 2
represents a parabola generally, a straight line if b/c is real.
(v) The equation z = (a + 2bt + ct 2 )/(a + 2fit + yt 2 ), where a, /3, y are real,
represents a conic section.
[Eliminate t from
Z=(A+2Bt+Ct i )/(a + 2pt + yf-), y = (A' + 2B't + C't 2 )/(a + 2j3t+yf-),
where A+A'i=a, B + B'i=b, C+C'i=c]
47. Roots of complex numbers. We have not, up to the
present, attributed any meaning to symbols such as ya, a mln ,
when a is a complex number, and m and n integers. It is,
however, natural to adopt the definitions which are given in
elementary algebra for real values of a. Thus we define v'a or
a Vn , where n is a positive integer, as a number z which satisfies
the equation z 11 = a ; and a mln , where m is an integer, as (a 1 " 1 )" 1 .
These definitions do not prejudge the question as to whether
there are or are not more than one (or any) roots of the equation.
48. Solution of the equation z n = a. Let
a = p (cos <f> +i sin tp),
where p is positive and </> is an angle such that — ir < (f> g tt. If
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we put z = r (cos 6 + i sin 6), the equation takes the form
r n (cos lid + i sin nO) = p (cos cp + i sin cp) ;
so that r n = p, cos nO = cos cp, sin nd = sine/) (1).
The only possible value of r is typ, the ordinary arithmetical
?ith root of p ; and in order that the last two equations should be
satisfied it is necessary and sufficient that nO = <p + 2kir, where k
is an integer, or
= (tj> + 2hir)\n.
If k=pn + q, where p and q are integers, and 0^q<n, the
value of 6 is 2p7r + (cp 4- 2qir)/ii, and in this the value of p is a
matter of indifference. Hence the equation
z n = a = p (cos cp + i sin 0)
Aas ?i roofe ancZ ?i only, given by z = r (cos + i sin 0), where
r = typ, = (<p + 2qTr)/n, (q= 0, 1, 2, ... n-1).
That these ?i roots are in reality all distinct is easily seen
by plotting them on Argand's diagram. The particular root
"HJp {cos (<p/ri) + i sin (cpjn))
is called the principal value of %/a.
The case in which a=l, p = l, <f> = is of particular interest.
The n roots of the equation x n = 1 are
cos (2q7r/n) + i sin (2q7r/n), (q = 0, 1, . . . n — 1).
These numbers are called the nth roots of unity; the principal
value is unity itself. If we write oo n for cos (2Tr/n) + i sin (2-irjn),
we see that the nth. roots of unity are
1, co n , col, ••• ^'T 1 -
Examples XXII. 1. The two square roots of 1 are 1, - 1 ; the three
cube roots are 1, £( — l+i^/3), ^( — l—i^/3); the four fourth roots are 1,
i, — 1, — i; and the five fifth roots are
1, i[ ^5-1+^(10 + 2^/5}], ^[-^5- 1 + ^/(10-2^/5}],
i[_ s /5-l- iv /(10-2V5}], i[ J5-l-iJ{l0 + 2 s /5}].
2. Prove that l + co n +G)^+... + o>"~ =0.
3. Prove that (x+yco s + zo>l)(x+ya>l+za> 3 )=x2+y 2 -\-z 2 — yz — zx-xy.
4. The wth roots of a are the products of the ?ith roots of unity by the
principal value of Hja.
7—2
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5. It follows from Exs. xxi. 14 that the roots of
are ± v '[fc W(a*+&)+a}]±i l M W(« 2 +/3 2 ) - a}J
like or unlike signs being chosen according as j3 is positive or negative. Show
that this result agrees with the result of § 48.
6. Show that (x 2m - a 2m )/(a; 2 - a 2 ) is equal to
#- — 2a# cos — + cr ) ( ^ J - zturcos \-w ) ... a-- 2«.r cos — Ya~ ) .
\ m J \ in J \ m J
[The factors of x 2m - a 2m ai'e
(x-a), (x-aa 2m ), (x-aJ 2 J, ... (x-aa>^~ 1 ).
The factor x - aa>™ m is x + a. The factors (a? - aog,,,), (a; - «w^" s ) taken together
give a factor # 2 — 2ax cos (sir/in) + a 2 .]
7. Kesolve A ,2 " , + 1 -a 2 " l + 1 , # 2m + a 2m , and x im + 1 + a 2m + 1 into factors in a
similar way.
8. Show that x 2n - 2x n a n cos 8 + a 2n is equal to
Lp-
8 „\ / „ _ + 2tt ,
2.ra cos - + cr ) ar - 2.ra cos h a'
+ 2(w-lW 2
\xa cos — Yar
n
...(x*-2xc
[Use the formula
x 2n - 2x n a n cos 8 + a 2n = {a,* 1 - a n (cos 8 + 1 sin 5)} {#» - a n (cos - j sin 8)},
and split up each of the last two expressions into n factors.]
9. Find all the roots of the equation x G - 2x 3 + 2 = 0. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
10. The problem of finding the accurate value of a> n in a numerical form
involving square roots only, as in the formula co 3 = f (- l + z'^/3), is the
algebraical equivalent of the geometrical problem of inscribing a regular
polygon of n sides in a circle of unit radius by Euclidean methods, i.e. by ruler
and compasses. For this construction will be possible if and only if we can
construct lengths measured by cos (2ir/ri) and sin (2ir/n) ; and this is possible
(Ch. II, Misc. Exs. 22) if and only if these numbers are expressible in a form
involving square roots only.
Euclid gives constructions for n = o, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 15. It is
evident that the construction is possible for any value of n which can be
found from these by multiplication by any power of 2. There are other
special values of n for which such constructions are possible, the most inter-
esting being n = \7.
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49. The general form of De Moivre's Theorem. It
follows from the results of the last section that if q is a positive
integer then one of the values of (cos + i sin 6) 1,q is
cos (0 / q) + i sin (0/q).
Raising each of these expressions to the power p (where p is any
integer positive or negative), we obtain the theorem that one of
the values of (cos + i sin 0)pIv is cos (p0/q) + i sin (p0/q), or that if
a is any rational number then one of the values of (cos + i sin 0) a is
cos a0 + % sin a.0.
This is a generalised form of De Moivre's Theorem (§ 45).
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER III.
1. The condition that a triangle {xyz) should be equilateral is that
x 2 +y 2 +z 2 — yz — zx — xy = 0.
[Let XYZ be the triangle. The displacement ZX is YZ turned through
an angle fn- in the positive or negative direction. Since Cis §7r = <o 3 ,
Cis(-§7r) = l/<» 3 =a> 3 , we have x-z = (z-y) w 3 or x-z = (z— y) <a\. Hence
x+ya> 3 +zodl=0 or x+yul + za.^0. The result follows from Exs. xxn. 3.]
2. If X YZ, X' Y'Z are two triangles, and
YZ. Y'Z' = ZX . Z'X' = XY. XT,
then both triangles are equilateral. [From the equations
(y - 2) (/ - z') = (z-x) (z' -x') = (x - y) (x' - y') = k%
say, we deduce 2 l/(/ - z) = 0, or 2x" 2 - 2y'z'=0. Now apply the result of the
last example.]
3. Similar triangles BOX, CAY, ABZ are described on the sides of a
triangle ABC. Show that the centres of gravity of ABC, XYZ are coincident.
[We have (x-c)/(b — c) = (y-a)/(c-a) = (z-b)/(a — b) = \, say. Express
i| (x+y+z) in terms of a, b, <?.]
4. If X, Y, Z are points on the sides of the triangle ABC, such that
BX/XC= CYI YA = AZ\ZB = r,
and if ABC, XYZ are similar, then either r=l or both triangles are
equilateral.
5. If A , B, C, D are four points in a plane, then
AD.BC^BD.CA + CD.AB.
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[Let 2 X , z 2 , Z3, 2 4 be the complex numbers corresponding to A, B, C, D.
Then we have identically
(Xi - #4) (a? 2 - X z ) + (* 2 - #4) 0*3 - #l) + (#3 ~ #4) (#1 - #2) = 0-
Henco
I (#1 ~ #4) (#2 ~ #s) ! = I (#2 - #4) (#3 ~ X\) + (#3 - %i) (#1 - #2) I
< I (d? 2 - *«) (#3 - #l) I + 1 (#3 - #4) (#1 - ^2) I-]
6. Deduce Ptolemy's Theorem concerning cyclic quadrilaterals from the
fact that the cross ratios of four concyclic points are real. [Use the same
identity as in the last example.]
7. If 2 2 + 2' 2 = 1, then the points 2, z' are ends of conjugate diameters of an
ellipse whose foci are the points 1, - 1. [If CP, CD are conjugate semi-
diameters of an ellipse and S, H its foci, then CD is parallel to the external
bisector of the angle SPH, and SP . HP= CD 2 .]
8. Prove that \a + b\ 2 +\a-b\ 2 =2{\a\ 2 + \b\ 2 }. [This is the analytical
equivalent of the geometrical theorem that, if M is the middle point of PQ,
then OP 2 + OQ 2 =20M 2 + 2MP 2 .]
9. Deduce from Ex. 8 that
\a + <J{a 2 -b 2 )\ + \a->J(a 2 -b 2 )\ = \a + b\ + \a-b\.
[If a+V(« 2 - 1' 2 ) = z u a ~ <sA> 2 - b 2 ) = z 2 , we have
\h\ 2 +\^\ 2 ^\z l + z 2 \ 2 +h\z 1 -z 2 \ 2 =2\a\ 2 + 2\a 2 -b 2 \,
and so (\zi\ + \z 2 \) 2 =2{\a\ 2 +\a 2 -b 2 \ + \b\ 2 } = \a + b\ 2 + \a-b\ 2 + 2\a 2 -b 2 \.
Another way of stating the result is : if z x and 2, are the roots of
az 2 +2pz + y = 0, then
|* 1 M* 2 | = (l/|«|){(|-/3Way|) + (|-/Way|)}.]
10. Show that the* necessary and sufficient conditions that both the roots
of the equation z 2 + az + b=0 should be of unit modulus are
|a| = 2, I 6 | = 1, am 6 = 2 am a.
[The amplitudes have not necessarily their principal values.]
11. If % i +4a 1 x 3 + Qa 2 .v 2 + 4a 3 x+a i =0 is an equation with real coefficients
and has two real and two complex roots, concyclic in the Argand diagram, then
«3 2 + «i 2 «4 + «2 3 - «2«4 - 2a 1 a 2 «3 = 0.
12. The four roots of a^ + 4 ai x 3 + (>a 2 x 2 + 4a 3 .v + a 4 = will be harmonic-
ally related if
a a 3 2 + afai + a 2 3 - a a 2 a 4 - 2a x a 2 a z =■ 0.
[Express ^23,14^31,24^12,34, where ^23.14= (21-22) (23-24) +(%-%) («2-« 4 )
and 2j, z 2 , 23, 24 are the roots of the equation, in terms of the coefficients.]
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13. Imaginary points and straight lines. Let ax+by + c = be
an equation with complex coefficients (which of course may be real in special
cases).
If we give x any particular real or complex value, we can find the corre-
sponding value of y. The aggregate of pairs of real or complex values of x
and y which satisfy the equation is called an imaginary straight line ; the
pairs of values are called imaginary points, and are said to lie on the line.
The values of x and y are called the coordinates of the point (x, y). When
x and y are real, the point is called a real point : when a, b, c are all real (or
can be made all real by division by a common factor), the line is called a real
line. The points x=a+j3i, y = y + 8i and x=a — fti, y=y — Si are said to be
conjugate ; and so are the lines
(A + A'i) x + (B + B'i)y + G+ C'i=0, (A - A'i) x+(B - B'i)y + C- C'i=0.
Verify the following assertions : — every real line contains infinitely many
pairs of conjugate imaginary points ; an imaginary line in general contains
one and only one real point ; an imaginary line cannot contain a pair of
conjugate imaginary points : — and find the conditions (a) that the line
joining two given imaginary points should be real, and (b) that the point
of intersection of two imaginary lines should be real.
14. Prove the identities
(x+y + z)(x+y<0 3 +za>l) (x +ya>;+ zo> 3 ) = X s +y 3 + z 3 - 3xyz,
(x+y+z) (x+y<o 5 +zco 4 5 ) (x+y<o\+ za> 3 5 ) (x+ya>\+ za>l) (x+ycol+z^)
= x 5 +y 5 + z 6 — bxhjz + 5xy 2 z 2 .
15. Solve the equations
x 3 -3ax+(a 3 + l) = 0, ^ 5 -5a^+5a 2 .c + (a 5 + l) = 0.
1 6. If/ (x) = « + a x x + . . . + a k x k , then
{/(•*') +f(<°x) + •••+/ (*>" ~ l *))l* = «o + <v n + v* + • • • + <v Aw ,
<o being any root of x n = l (except x=l), and \n the greatest multiple of n
contained in h. Find a similar formula for a +a + „•*" + «„ +2>4'* ;2 ' l + ••••
1 7. If (1 +x) n =p + Pi x +p,x 2 +...,
n being a positive integer, then
Po ~ Pz+P\ -•■■ = 2 3 " cos frnr, pi -p 3 +Po - ••• =2 2M sin \nir.
18. Sum the series
X X 2 X 3 x nl3
2!%-2! + 5! «-5! + 8! n-8\ + "' + n-ll'
n being a multiple of 3. (Math. Trip. 1899.)
19. It t is a complex number such that |£| = 1, then the point
x=(at + b)j(t — c) describes a circle as t varies, unless |c| = l, when it
describes a straight line.
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20. If t varies as in the last example then the point x=^{at + (b/t)} in
general describes an ellipse whose foci are given by x 2 —ab, and whose axes
are | a | + 1 b | and | a \ - \ b |. But if | a | = | b | then x describes the finite straight
line joining the points -J(ab), y/(ab).
21. Prove that if t is real and z=t 2 - l+J(t^ — t 2 ), then, when t 2 <l, z is
represented by a point which lies on the circle x 2 +y 2 +x=0. Assuming that,
when t 2 >l, sj(ft-t 2 ) denotes the positive square root of fi-t 2 , discuss the
motion of the point which represents z, as t diminishes from a large positive
value to a large negative value. {Math. Trip. 1912.)
22. The coefficients of the transformation z=(aZ+b)/(cZ+d) are subject
to the condition ad— bc = l. Show that, if c4=0, there are two fixed points
a, /3, i.e. points unaltered by the transformation, except when (a + d) 2 =4, when
there is only one fixed point a ; and that in these two cases the transforma-
tion may be expressed in the forms
z — a „ Z — a 1 1 „
Show further that, if c=0, there will be one fixed point a unless a = d,
and that in these two cases the transformation may be expressed in the
forms
Z-a=K{Z-a), z=Z+K.
Finally, if a, b, c, d are further restricted to positive integral values (in-
cluding zero), show that the only transformations with less than two fixed
points are of the forms (l/a) = (l/Z) + A', z = Z+K. (Math. Trip. 1911.)
23. Prove that the relation z = (l+Zi)/(Z+i) transforms the part of the
axis of x between the points z=\ and z= — 1 into a semicircle passing
through the points Z= 1 and Z= — 1. Find all the figures that can be obtained
from the originally selected part of the axis of x by successive applications of
the transformation. (Math. Trip. 1912.)
24. If z = 2Z+Z 2 then the circle \Z\ = \ corresponds to a cardioid in the
plane of z.
25. Discuss the transformation z=^{Z+(l/Z)}, showing in particular
that to the circles X 2 + Y 2 = a 2 correspond the confocal ellipses
-»+ „ V „„ = !•
SH)F fiC-Dr
26. If (2 + l) 2 = 4/Zthen the unit circle in the 2-plane corresponds to the
parabola Acos 2 |e = l in the ^-plane, and the inside of the circle to the
outside of the parabola.
27. Show that, by means of the transformation z = {(Z— ci)l(Z+ci)} 2 ,
the upper half of the 2-plane may be made to correspond to the interior of
a certain semicircle in the Z-plane.
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28. If z = Z 2 -l, then as z describes the circle |*| = k, the two corre-
sponding positions of Z each describe the Cassinian oval pip 2 =K where
Pi, p 2 are the distances of Z from the points -1, 1. Trace the ovals for
different values of k.
29. Consider the relation az 2 + 2hzZ+ bZ 2 + 2gz + 2/Z+ c = 0. Show that
there are two values of Z for which the corresponding values of z are equal,
and vice versa. We call these the branch points in the Z and 2-planes re-
spectively. Show that, if z describes an ellipse whose foci are the branch
points, then so does Z.
[We can, without loss of generality, take the given relation in the form
z 2 + 2zZcos(o + Z 2 =l :
the reader should satisfy himself that this is the case. The branch points in
either plane are cosec a> and — cosec co. An ellipse of the form specified is
given by
| z -f cosec a> | + 1 z — cosec a>\ = C,
where C is a constant. This is equivalent (Ex. 9) to
I z + */( z2 ~ cosec 2 w) | + 1 z - s](z 2 — cosec 2 a) \ = C.
Express this in terms of Z.]
30 If z=aZ m + bZ n , where m, n are positive integers and a, b real, then
as Z describes the unit circle, z describes a hypo- or epi-cycloid.
31. Show that the transformation
J p+di)Z +b
cZq - (a - di) '
where a, b, c, d are real and a 2 + d 2 + bc > 0, and Z denotes the conjugate of
Z, is equivalent to an inversion with respect to the circle
c (x 2 +y 2 ) - 2ax - 2dy - b = 0.
What is the geometrical interpretation of the transformation when
a 2 + d 2 + bc<0l.
32. The transformation
i-g _ n-z ^
1+Z~\l+Z;
where c is rational and < c < 1, transforms the circle | z \ = 1 into the boundary
of a circular lune of angle njc.
CHAPTER IV
LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE
50. Functions of a positive integral variable. In
Chapter II we discussed the notion of a function of a real
variable x, and illustrated the discussion by a large number of
examples of such functions. And the reader will remember that
there was one important particular with regard to which the
functions which we took as illustrations differed very widely.
Some were defined for all values of x, some for rational values
only, some for integral values only, and so on.
Consider, for example, the following functions : (i) .r, (ii) njx, (iii) the
denominator of x, (iv) the square root of the product of the numerator and
the denominator of x, (v) the largest prime factor of x, (vi) the product of
*Jx and the largest prime factor of x, (vii) the #th prime number, (viii) the
height measured in inches of convict x in Dartmoor prison.
Then the aggregates of values of x for which these functions are defined
or, as we may say, the fields of definition of the functions, consist of (i) all
values of x, (ii) all positive values of x, (iii) all rational values of x, (iv) all
positive rational values of x, (v) all integral values of at, (vi), (vii) all positive
integral values of x, (viii) a certain number of positive integral values of x,
viz., 1, 2, ..., N, where N is the total number of convicts at Dartmoor at a
given moment of time*.
Now let us consider a function, such as (vii) above, which is
defined for all positive integral values of x and no others. This
* In the last case N depends on the time, and convict x, where x has a definite
value, is a different individual at different moments of time. Thus if we take
different moments of time into consideration we have a simple example of a
function y = F (x, t) of two variables, defined for a certain range of values of t, viz.
from the time of the establishment of Dartmoor prison to the time of its abandon-
ment, and for a certain number of positive integral values of x, this number
varying with t.
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function may be regarded from two slightly different points of
view. We may consider it, as has so far been our custom, as a
function of the real variable x defined for some only of the values
of w, viz. positive integral values, and say that for all other values
of x the definition fails. Or we may leave values of x other
than positive integral values entirely out of account, and regard
our function as a function of the positive integral variable n,
whose values are the positive integers
1,2,3,4,....
In this case we may write
and regard y now as a function of n defined for all values of n.
It is obvious that any function of x defined for all values of x
gives rise to a function of n defined for all values of n. Thus from
the function y = x 2 we deduce the function y = rC- by merely
omitting from consideration all values of x other than positive
integers, and the corresponding values of y. On the other hand
from any function of n we can deduce any number of functions
of x by merely assigning values to y, corresponding to values of x
other than positive integral values, in any way we please.
51. Interpolation. The problem of determining a function of x which
shall assume, for all positive integral values of x, values agreeing with those
of a given function of n, is of extreme importance in higher mathematics.
It is called the problem of functional interpolation.
Were the problem however merely that of finding some function of x to
fulfil the condition stated, it would of course present no difficulty whatever.
We could, as explained above, simply fill in the missing values as we pleased :
we might indeed simply regard the given values of the function of n as all
the values of the function of x and say that the definition of the latter
function failed for all other values of x. But such purely theoretical solutions
are obviously not what is usually wanted. What is usually wanted is some
formula involving x (of as simple a kind as possible) which assumes the given
values for #=1, 2, ....
In some cases, especially when the function of n is itself defined by a
formula, there is an obvious solution. If for example y = <fi («), where cf> {n)
is a function of n, such as n 2 or cos mr, which would have a meaning even
were n not a positive integer, we naturally take our function of x to be
y = (f)(x). But even in this very simple case it is easy to write down other
almost equally obvious solutions of the problem. For example
y = cf) (x) + sin xn
assumes the value (p (n) for x = n, since sin ?in- = 0.
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In other cases (/> (n) may be defined by a formula, such as ( — l) n , which
ceases to define for some values of x (as here in the case of fractional values
of x with even denominators, or irrational values). But it may be possible
to transform the formula in such a way that it does define for all values of
x. In this case, for example,
( — l) n = COS«7T,
if n is an integer, and the problem of interpolation is solved by the function
In other cases <p(x) may be defined for some values of x other than
positive integers, but not for all. Thus from y = n n we are led to y=x x .
This expression has a meaning for some only of the remaining values of x.
If for simplicity we confine ourselves to positive values of x, then x x has
a meaning for all rational values of .r, in virtue of the definitions of
fractional powers adopted in elementary algebra. But when x is irrational
x x has (so far as we are in a position to say at the present moment) no
meaning at all. Thus in this case the problem of interpolation at once
leads us to consider the question of extending our definitions in such a
way that x x shall have a meaning even when x is irrational. We shall see
later on how the desired extension may be effected.
Again, consider the case in which
y = 1 . 2 . . . n = n ! .
In this case there is no obvious formula in x which reduces to n ! for x=n,
as x\ means nothing for values of x other than the positive integers. This
is a case in which attempts to solve the problem of interpolation have led to
important advances in mathematics. For mathematicians have succeeded
in discovering a function (the Gamma-function) which possesses the desired
property and many other interesting and important properties besides.
52. Finite and infinite classes. Before we proceed further
it is necessary to make a few remarks about certain ideas of an
abstract and logical nature which are of constant occurrence in
Pure Mathematics.
In the first place, the reader is probably familiar with the
notion of a class. It is unnecessary to discuss here any logical
difficulties which may be involved in the notion of a 'class':
roughly speaking we may say that a class is the aggregate or
collection of all the entities or objects which possess a certain
property, simple or complex. Thus we have the class of British
subjects, or members of Parliament, or positive integers, or real
numbers.
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Moreover, the reader has probably an idea of what is meant
by a finite or infinite class. Thus the class of British subjects
is a finite class: the aggregate of all British subjects, past,
present, and future, has a finite number n, though of course we
cannot tell at present the actual value of n. The class of present
British subjects, on the other hand, has a number n which could
be ascertained by counting, were the methods of the census
effective enough.
On the other hand the class of positive integers is not finite
but infinite. This may be expressed more precisely as follows.
If n is any positive integer, such as 1000, 1,000,000 or any number
we like to think of, then there are more than n positive integers.
Thus, if the number we think of is 1,000,000, there are obviously
at least 1,000,001 positive integers. Similarly the class of rational
numbers, or of real numbers, is infinite. It is convenient to
express this by saying that there are an infinite number of
positive integers, or rational numbers, or real numbers. But the
reader must be careful always to remember that by saying this
we mean simply that the class in question has not a finite number
of members such as 1000 or 1,000,000.
53. Properties possessed by a function of n for large
values of n. We may now return to the ' functions of n ' which we
were discussing in §§ 50 — 51. They have many points of difference
from the functions of x which we discussed in Chap. II. But there
is one fundamental characteristic which the two classes of func-
tions have in common : the values of the variable for which they
are defined form an infinite class. It is this fact which forms the
basis of all the considerations which follow and which, as we shall
see in the next chapter, apply, mutatis mutandis, to functions of x
as well.
Suppose that $(n) is any function of n, and that P is any
property which <£ (n) may or may not ha,ve, such as that of being
a positive integer or of being greater than 1. Consider, for each
of the values n—1, 2, 3, ..., whether <f>(n) has the property P or
not. Then there are three possibilities: —
(a) <f> (n) may have the property P for all values of n, or for
all values of n except a finite number N of such values :
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(b) <f) (n) may have the property for no values of n, or only for
a finite number N of such values :
(c) neither (a) nor (b) may be true.
If (6) is true, the values of n for which $ (n) has the property
form a finite class. If (a) is true, the values of n for which $ (n)
has not the property form a finite class. In the third case neither
class is finite. Let us consider some particular cases.
(1) Let (n) = n, and let P be the property of being a positive integer.
Then (ft) has the property P for all values of ft.
If on the other hand P denotes the property of being a positive integer
greater than or equal to 1000, then <f> (ft) has the property for all values of n
except a finite number of values of n, viz. 1, 2, 3, ..., 999. In either of
these cases (a) is true.
(2) If cj)(n) = n, and P is the property of being less than 1000, then (6) is
true.
(3) If (f) (ft) = n, and P is the property of being odd, then (c) is true. For
<f) (n) is odd if n is odd and even if n is even, and both the odd and the even
values of ft form an infinite class.
Example. Consider, in each of the following cases, whether (a), (b), or
(c) is true :
(i) <p (n) = n, P being the property of being a perfect square,
(ii) 4>( n ) = Pny where p n denotes the nth prime number, P being the
property of being odd,
(iii) <f) (n)=p u , P being the property of being even,
(iv) $ (n)=p a , P being the property cf> (n)>n,
(v) <£ (n) = 1 - (- l) n (I In), P being the property <£ («)<1 ,
(vi) <f>(n) = l-(- l) n (Jin), P being the property (n)<2,
( vii) (n) = 1000 {1 + ( - l)»}/n, P being the property <j>(n)< 1,
(viii) (f> («) = 1/ft, P being the property <£ («)< - 001,
(ix) $ (») = ( - l) n /n, P being the property | (p (ft) | < -001,
(x) 4>(n) = 10000 In, or (-l)»10000/ft, P being either of the properties
4>(n)< -001 or | (ft) | < -001,
(xi) (f> (n) = (n- l)/(ft + 1), P being the property 1-0 (?«■)< -0001.
54. Let us now suppose that <f> (n) and P are such that the
assertion (a) is true, i.e. that <f> (?i) has the property P, if not for
all values of n, at any rate for all values of n except a finite
number N of such values. We may denote these exceptional
values by
n u n. 2 , ..., n N .
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There is of course no reason why these JV values should be the
first N values 1, 2, ..., N, though, as the preceding examples
show, this is frequently the case in practice. But whether this
is so or not we know that <f> (n) has the property P if n > n N .
Thus the ??th prime is odd if n > 2, n = 2 being the only exception
to the statement; and l/n< '001 if n > 1000, the first 1000 values
of n being the exceptions ; and
1000 {1 + (- l)»}/n < 1
if ra > 2000, the exceptional values being 2, 4, 6, ..., 2000. That
is to say, in each of these cases the property is possessed for all
values of n from a definite value onwards.
We shall frequently express this by saying that <£ (?z) has the
property for large, or very large, or all sufficiently large values of n.
Thus when we say that <£ (n) has the property P (which will as a
rule be a property expressed by some relation of inequality) for
large values of n, what we mean is that we can determine some
definite number, n say, such that cf> (n) has the property for all
values of n greater than or equal to n . This number n , in the
examples considered above, may be taken to be any number
greater than n N , the greatest of the exceptional numbers: it is
most natural to take it to be n N +l.
Thus we may say that 'all large primes are odd', or that '1/n is
less than "001 for large values of n '. And the reader must make
himself familiar with the use of the word large in statements of
this kind. Large is in fact a word which, standing by itself, has
no more absolute meaning in mathematics than in the language
of common life. It is a truism that in common life a number
which is large in one connection is small in another ; 6 goals is a
large score in a football match, but 6 runs is not a large score in a
cricket match; and 400 runs is a large score, but £400 is not
a large income : and so of course in mathematics large generally
means large enough, and what is large enough for one purpose
may not be large enough for another.
We know now what is meant by the assertion ' <£ (n) has the
property P for large values of n '. It is with assertions of this
kind that we shall be concerned throughout this chapter.
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55. The phrase 'n tends to infinity'. There is a some-
what different way of looking at the matter which it is natural to
adopt. Suppose that n assumes successively the values 1, 2, 3, ....
The word 'successively' naturally suggests succession in time, and
we may suppose n, if we like, to assume these values at successive
moments of time (e.g. at the beginnings of successive seconds).
Then as the seconds pass n gets larger and larger and there is
no limit to the extent of its increase. However large a number
we may think of (e.g. 2147483647), a time will come when n has
become larger than this number.
It is convenient to have a short phrase to express this unending
growth of 11, and we shall say that n tends to infinity, or n **»oo ,
this last symbol being usually employed as an abbreviation for
'infinity'. The phrase 'tends to' like the word 'successively'
naturally suggests the idea of change in time, and it is convenient
to think of the variation of n as accomplished in time in the
manner described above. This however is a mere matter of con-
venience. The variable n is a purely logical entity which has in
itself nothing to do with time.
The reader cannot too strongly impress upon himself that
when we say that n ' tends to oo ' we mean simply that n is
supposed to assume a series of values which increase continually
and without limit, There is no number ' infinity': such an
equation as
n= oo
is as it stands absolutely meaningless : n cannot be equal to oo ,
because " equal to oo ' means nothing. So far in fact the symbol
oo means nothing at all except in the one phrase ' tends to co ',
the meaning of which we have explained above. Later on we
shall learn how to attach a meaning to other phrases involving
the symbol oo , but the reader will always have to bear in mind
(1) that oo by itself means nothing, although phrases con-
taining it sometimes mean something,
(2) that in every case in which a phrase containing the
symbol oo means something it will do so simply because we have
previously attached a meaning to this particular phrase by means
of a special definition.
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Now it is clear that if <£ (n) has the property P for large values
of n, and if n ' tends to oo ', in the sense which we have just
explained, then n will ultimately assume values large enough to
ensure that <f>(n) has the property P. And so another way of
putting the question ' what properties has <£ (n) for sufficiently
large values of n ? ' is ' how does <f> (n) behave as n tends to oo ? '
56. The behaviour of a function of n as n tends to
infinity. We shall now proceed, in the light of the remarks
made in the preceding sections, to consider the meaning of some
kinds of statements which are perpetually occurring in higher
mathematics. Let us consider, for example, the two following
statements : (a) 1/n is small for large values of n, (b) 1 — (1/n) is
nearly equal to 1 for large values of n. Obvious as they may
seem, there is a good deal in them which will repay the reader's
attention. Let us take (a) first, as being slightly the simpler.
We have already considered the statement ' 1/n is less than "01
for large values of n\ This, we saw, means that the inequality
1/n < '01 is true for all values of n greater than some definite
value, in fact greater than 100. Similarly it is true that ' 1/n is
less than '0001 for large values of n' : in fact 1/n < "0001 if
n > 10000. And instead of '01 or -0001 we might take -000001 or
•00000001, or indeed any positive number we like.
It is obviously convenient to have some way of expressing the
fact that any such statement as ' 1/n is less than "01 for large
values of n' is true, when we substitute for "01 any smaller
number, such as "0001 or "000001 or any other number we care
to choose. And clearly we can do this by saying that ' however
small 8 may be (provided of course it is positive), then l/n<8 for
sufficiently large values of n '. That this is true is obvious. For
l/n< S if n> 1/8, so that our 'sufficiently large' values of n need
only all be greater than 1/8. The assertion is however a complex
one, in that it really stands for the whole class of assertions which
we obtain by giving to 8 special values such as '01. And of course
the smaller 8 is, and the larger 1/8, the larger must be the least of
the ' sufficiently large ' values of n : values which are sufficiently
large when 8 has one value are inadequate when it has a smaller.
The last statement italicised is what is really meant by the
statement (a), that 1/n is small when n is large. Similarly
h. ' 8
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(b) really means "if <\>{n) = ! — {!/ n), then the statement l l — <f>(n)<8
for sufficiently large values of n' is true whatever positive value
{such as '01 or "0001) we attribute to 8 ". That the statement (b)
is true is obvious from the fact that 1 — <}>(n)= 1/n.
There is another way in which it is common to state the facts
expressed by the assertions (a) and (6). This is suggested at once
by § 55. Instead of saying ' 1/n is small for large values of n ' we
say ' 1/n tends to as n tends to oo \ Similarly we say that
' 1 — (1/n) tends to 1 as n tends to oo ' : and these statements are
to be regarded as precisely equivalent to (a) and (b). Thus the
statements
' 1/n is small when n is large ',
' 1/n tends to as n tends to oo ',
are equivalent to one another and to the more formal statement
'if 8 is any positive number, however small, then 1/n < 8
for sufficiently large values of n ',
or to the still more formal statement
' if 8 is any positive number, however small, then we can
find a number n such that 1/n < 8 for all values of n greater
than or equal to n \
The number n which occurs in the last statement is of course
a function of 8. We shall sometimes emphasize this fact by
writing n in the form n (8).
The reader should imagine himself confronted by an opponent who
questions the truth of the statement. He would name a series of numbers
growing smaller and smaller. He might begin with -001. The reader would
reply that l/?i<'001 as soon as %>1000. The opponent would be bound to
admit this, but would try again with some smaller number, such as •0000001 .
The reader would reply that l/n< -0000001 as soon as n> 10000000: and so
on. In this simple case it is evident that the reader would always have the
better of the argument.
We shall now introduce yet another way of expressing this
property of the function 1/n. We shall say that ' the limit of 1/n
as n tends to oo is ', a statement which we may express symboli-
cally in the form
lim - = 0,
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or simply lim (1/n) = 0. We shall also sometimes write
as n -* oo ', which may be read ' 1/n tends to as n tends to oo ' ; or
simply ' 1/n -* '. In the same way we shall write
lim fl--) = l, limfl-.-W
n^oc \ nj \ nj
or 1 - (1/n) -^ 1.
57. Now let us consider a different example : let <f> (n) = n 2 .
Then ' n 2 is large when n is large '. This statement is equivalent
to the more formal statements
' if A is any positive number, however large, then n 2 > A
for sufficiently large values of n \
* we can find a number n (A) such that n 2 > A for all values
of n greater than or equal to n (A) '.
And it is natural in this case to say that ' n 2 tends to oo as n
tends to oo ', or ' n 2 tends to oo with n ', and to write
n- -»- oo .
Finally consider the function <£(n) = — n 2 . In this case <f>(ri)
is large, but negative, when n is large, and we naturally say that
' — n 2 tends to — oo as n tends to oo ' and write
— n 2 -*■ — oo .
And the use of the symbol — oo in this sense suggests that it
will sometimes be convenient to write n 2 -*■ + oo for n 2 -*■ oo and
generally to use + oo instead of oo , in order to secure greater
uniformity of notation.
But we must once more repeat that in all these statements
the symbols oo , + oo , — oo mean nothing whatever by themselves,
and only acquire a meaning when they occur in certain special
connections in virtue of the explanations which we have just
given.
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58. Definition of a limit. After the discussion which
precedes the reader should be in a position to appreciate the
general notion of a limit. Roughly we may say that (f> (n) tends
to a limit I as n tends to co if (n) is nearly equal to I when n is
large. But although the meaning of this statement should be
clear enough after the preceding explanations, it is not, as it
stands, precise enough to serve as a strict mathematical definition.
It is, in fact, equivalent to a whole class of statements of the
type 'for sufficiently large values of n, <f>(n) differs from I by less
than 8 '. This statement has to be true for 8 = *01 or "0001 or any
positive number ; and for any such value of 8 it has to be true for
any value of n after a certain definite value n (8), though the
smaller 8 is the larger, as a rule, will be this value n (8).
We accordingly frame the following formal definition :
Definition I. The function cf> (n) is said to tend to the limit
I as n tends to oo , if, however small be the positive number 8,
(n) differs from I by less than 8 for sufficiently large values of n;
that is to say if, however small be the positive number 8, ive can
determine a number n (8) corresponding to 8, such that <f>(n) differs
from I by less than 8 for all values of n greater than or equal to n (8).
It is usual to denote the difference between </>(«) and I, taken'
positively, by | </> (n) — I |. It is equal to <f> (n) — I or to I — <f> (n),
whichever is positive, and agrees with the definition of the
modulus of </> (n) — I, as given in Chap. Ill, though at present
we are only considering real values, positive or negative.
With this notation the definition may be stated more shortly
as follows: 'if, given any positive number, 8, however small, we
can find n (8) so that | <£ (n) — 1 | < 8 when n~ n (8), then we say
that <f> (n) tends to the limit I as n tends to oo , and write
lim </> (n) = I '.
Sometimes we may omit the l n-*-ao ' ; and sometimes it is convenient, for
brevity, to write <fi (n)-*-l.
The reader will find it instructive to work out, in a few simple cases, the
explicit expression of n as a function of 8. Thus if (f> (x) = ljn then £=0, and
the condition reduces to \jn<8 for n>n , which is satisfied if % =1 + [1/5J*.
There is one and only one case in which the same 7i will do for all values of 8.
* Here and henceforward we shall use [x] in the sense of Chap. II, i.e. as the
greatest integer not greater than x.
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117
If, from a certain value N of n onwards, $ (n) is constant, say equal to C, then
it is evident that (f> (n) — C=0 for n giV, so that the inequality | <£ (n) — C \ <8
is satisfied for n'Z.N and all positive values of 8. And if | <f>(n) — l\ <8 for
n^N and all positive values of 8, then it is evident that $ (n)=l when n >X,
so that (p (n) is constant for all such values of n.
59. The definition of a limit may be illustrated geometrically
as follows. The graph of <f> (n) consists of a number of points
corresponding to the values n = l, 2, 3, ....
Draw the line y — I, and the parallel lines y = 1 — 8, y = 1 + 8
at distance 8 from it. Then
lim (f) (n) = I,
Fig. 27
if, when once these lines have been drawn, no matter how close
they may be together, we can always draw a line x = n a , as in the
figure, in such a way that the point of the graph on this line, and
all points to the right of it, lie between them. We shall find
this geometrical way of looking at our definition particularly
useful when we come to deal with functions defined for all values
of a real variable and not merely for positive integral values.
60. So much for functions of n which tend to a limit as n
tends to oo . We must now frame corresponding definitions for
functions which, like the functions if- or — n-, tend to positive or
negative infinity. The reader should by now find no difficulty in
appreciating the point of
Definition II. The function <f>(n) is said to tend to +cc
{positive infinity) ivith n, if, when any number A, however large,
is assigned, we can determine n (A) so that <f> (n) > A ivhen n = n (A);
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that is to say if, however large A may be, </> (n) > A for sufficiently
large values of n.
Another, less precise, form of statement is ' if we can make
<£ (n) as large as we please by sufficiently increasing n '. This is
open to the objection that it obscures a fundamental point, viz.
that $ (n) must be greater than A for all values of n such that
n = n (A), and not merely for some such values. But there is no
harm in using this form of expression if we are clear what it
means.
When $ (n) tends to + oo we write
<£ (n) -*■ + oo .
We may leave it to the reader to frame the corresponding
definition for functions which tend to negative infinity.
61. Some points concerning the definitions. The reader
should be careful to observe the following points.
(1) We may obviously alter the values of <f)(n) for any
finite number of values of n, in any way we please, without in
the least affecting the behaviour of <£ (n) as n tends to oo . For
example 1/n tends to as n tends to oo . We may deduce any
number of new functions from 1/n by altering a finite number of
its values. For instance we may consider the function <f> (n) which
is equal to 3 for n = \, 2, 7, 11, 101, 107, 109, 237 and equal to
1/n for all other values of n. For this function, just as for the
original function 1/n, lim </> (n) = 0. Similarly, for the function
cf> (n) which is equal to 3 if ft = 1, 2, 7, 11, 101, 107, 109, 237, and
to n 2 otherwise, it is true that <f> (ft) -*■ + oo .
(2) On the other hand we cannot as a rule alter an infinite
number of the values of </> (n) without affecting fundamentally its
behaviour as n tends to oo . If for example we altered the function
1/n by changing its value to 1 whenever n is a multiple of 100,
it would no longer be true that lim <£ (n) = 0. So long as a finite
number of values only were affected we could always choose the
number n of the definition so as to be greater than the greatest
of the values of n for which <£ (ft) was altered. In the examples
above, for instance, we could always take n > 237, and indeed we
should be compelled to do so as soon as our imaginary opponent
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of § 56 had assigned a value of 8 as small as 3 (in the first
example) or a value of A as great as 3 (in the second). But
now however large n may be there will be greater values of n for
which <f) (n) has been altered.
(3) In applying the test of Definition I it is of course
absolutely essential that we should have | <p(n) — 1 1 < 8 not merely
when n =n but when n ^ n 0> i.e. for n and for all larger values
of n. It is obvious, for example, that, if <f> (n) is the function last
considered, then given 8 we can choose n so that | (f>(n) | < 8 when
n = n : we have only to choose a sufficiently large value of n
which is not a multiple of 100. But, when n is thus chosen, it
is not true that | <f> (n) \ < 8 when n^n : all the multiples of 100
which are greater than n are exceptions to this statement.
(4) If (f>(n) is always greater than I, we can replace
| $ (n) -l\ by $(n) — l. Thus the test whether 1/n tends to the
limit as n tends to oo is simply whether 1/n < 8 when n ^ n .
If however </> («) = (— \) n jn, then I is again 0, but <£ (n) — I is some-
times positive and sometimes negative. In such a case we must
state the condition in the form | <f> (n) — 1 1 < 8, for example, in
this particular case, in the form | <j> (n) | < 8.
(5) The limit I may itself be one of the actual values of
(f>(n). Thus if </>(w) = for all values of n, it is obvious that
lim </> (n) = 0. Again, if we had, in (2) and (3) above, altered
the value of the function, when n is a multiple of 100, to
instead of to 1, we should have obtained a function $ (n) which
is equal to when n is a multiple of 100 and to 1/n otherwise.
The limit of this function as n tends to cc is still obviously zero.
This limit is itself the value of the function for an infinite number
of values of n, viz. all multiples of 100.
On the other hand the limit itself need not {and in general will
not) be the value of the function for any value of n. This is
sufficiently obvious in the case of <f> (n) = 1/n. The limit is zero ;
but the function is never equal to zero for any value of n.
The reader cannot impress these facts too strongly on his
mind. A limit is not a value of the function : it is something
quite distinct from these values, though it is defined by its relations
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to them and may possibly be equal to some of them. For the
functions
<f>(n) = 0, 1,
the limit is equal to all the values of </> (n) : for
0(n)-l/n> i-lTIn, 1 + (1/n), l + {(-l)"/ra)
it is not equal to any value of <f> (n) : for
<£ (n) = (sin hi7r)/n, 1 + {(sin £w7t)/m}
(whose limits as n tends to oo are easily seen to be and 1, since
sin \mr is never numerically greater than 1) the limit is equal to
the value which cf> (n) assumes for all even values of n, but the
values assumed for odd values of n are all different from the limit
and from one another.
(6) A function may be alwaj'S numerically very large when
n is very large without tending either to + oo or to — oo . A
sufficient illustration of this is given by <£ (n) = (— l) n n. A function
can only tend to + go or to — oo if, after a certain value of n,
it maintains a constant sign.
Examples XXIII. Consider the behaviour of the following functions
of x as n tends to oo :
1. <f) (n)=n k , where k is a positive or negative integer or rational fraction.
If k is positive, then n k tends to + oo with n. If k is negative, then lim n k =0.
If £ = 0, then n k =l for all values of n. Hence lim»*=l.
The reader will find it instructive, even in so simple a case as this, to
write down a formal proof that the conditions of our definitions are satisfied.
Take for instance the case of k>0. Let A be any assigned number, however
large. We wish to choose 7i so that » fc >A when n2:n . We have in fact only
to take for n any number greater than ^/A. If e.g. k = 4, then n i > 10900 when
W>11, % 4 >100000000 when »>101, and so on.
2. <f)(n)=p„, where £>, t is the nth. prime number. If there were only
a finite number of primes then cj) (n) would be defined only for a finite number
of values of n. There are however, as was first shown by Euclid, infinitely
many primes. Euclid's proof is as follows. If there are only a finite
n-umber of primes, let them be 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, ... N. Consider the number
1 + (1.2. 3. 5. 7. 11 ... JY). This number is evidently not divisible by
any of 2, 3, 5, ... JV, since the remainder when it is divided by any of
these numbers is 1. It is therefore not divisible by any prime save 1, and
is therefore itself prime, which is contrary to our hypothesis.
It is moreover obvious that <p {n)>n for all values of n (save n = \, 2, 3).
Hence <\> (n) -*• + oo .
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3. Let (ft) be the number of primes less than?*. Here again (n)-* + oo .
4. (n) = [an], where a is any positive number. Here
0(«)=O (0<M<l/a), 0(%) = ] (l/o<n<2/o),
and so on ; and («)-»- + oo .
5. If (n) = 1000000/ft, then lim (n) = : and if ^ (n) = ft/1000000, then
^(»)-»4oo. These conclusions are in no way affected by the fact that at first
(ft) is much larger than yjr (ft), being in fact larger until n = 1000000.
6. (ft) = l/{ft - ( - 1)»}, ft - ( - 1)«, ft {1 - ( - 1)"}. The first function tends
to 0, the second to + °o , the third does not tend either to a limit or to -f oo .
7. (ft) = (sin ndn)jn, where 6 is any real number. Here [0(n)|<l/?i,
since | sin ndn [ ^ 1, and lim (ft) = 0.
8. (ft) = (sin ndn)j s ln, (a cos 2 nd + b sin 2 nd)/n, where a and b are any real
numbers.
9. 0(ft)=sinft#7r. If 6 is integral then 0(«) = O for all values of ft, and
therefore lim (ft) =0.
Next let 6 be rational, e.g. 8=p/q, where p and q are positive integers.
Let n = aq + b where a is the quotient and b the remainder when n is divided
by q. Then sin (npnjq) = ( - l) ap sin (bpnlq). Suppose, for example, p even ;
then, as n increases from to q— 1, (ft) takes the values
0, sin (pirfq), sin (2pir/q), ... sin {(q-1) pn/q}.
When n increases from q to 2q-l these values are repeated ; and so also
as n goes from 2q to 3^-1, 3q to 4q — 1, and so on. Thus the values of (ft)
form a perpetual cyclic repetition of a finite series of different values. It is
evident that when this is the case (ft) cannot tend to a limit, nor to + co ,
nor to — oo , as ft tends to infinity.
The case in which 6 is irrational is a little more difficult. It is discussed
in the next set of examples.
62. Oscillating Functions. Definition. When (f> (n) does
not tend to a limit, nor to + oo , nor to — oo , as n tends to oo , ive
say that <j>(n) oscillates as n tends to cc .
A function <f)(n) certainly oscillates if its values form, as
in the case considered in the last example above, a continual
repetition of a cycle of values. But of course it may oscillate
without possessing this peculiarity. Oscillation is defined in a
purely negative manner : a function oscillates when it does not do
certain othei things.
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The simplest example of an oscillatory function is given by
which is equal to + 1 when n is even and to — 1 when n is odd.
In this case the values recur cyclically. But consider
4>00 = (-i) n +(iM
the values of which are
-1 + 1, l + (l/2), -l+(l/3) 5 l + (l/4), -l + (l/5), ....
When n is large every value is nearly equal to +1 or — 1, and
obviously cf> (n) does not tend to a limit or to + oo or to — oo , and
therefore it oscillates : but the values do not recur. It is to be
observed that in this case every value of <f> (n) is numerically less
than or equal to 3/2. Similarly
cf) (n) = (-iynoo + (1000 /n)
oscillates. When n is large, every value is nearly equal to 100
or to —100. The numerically greatest value is 900 (for n = l).
But now consider <£(?i) = (— l) n n, the values of which are — 1, 2,
— 3, 4, —5, .... This function oscillates, for it does not tend to a
limit, nor to + oo , nor to — oo . And in this case we cannot assign
any limit beyond Avhich the numerical value of the terms does
not rise. The distinction between these two examples suggests a
further definition.
Definition. If <f> (n) oscillates as n tends to co , then </> (n) will
be said to oscillate finitely or infinitely according as it is or is not
possible to assign a number K such that all the values of <f> (n) are
numerically less than K, i.e. | </> (n) \ < K for all values of n.
These definitions, as well as those of §§ 58 and GO, are further
illustrated in the following examples.
Examples XXIV. Consider the behaviour as n tends to oo of the
following functions :
1. (-1)*, 5+3(-l)» (1000000/?*) + (-1)", 1000000 (-l)» + (l/»).
2. (-l) n n, 1000000 + (-l) B ».
3. 1000000-%, ( -1)» (1000000 -n)-
4. n{l + (- 1)"}. In this case the values of (n) are
0, 4, 0, 8, 0, 12, 0, 16, ....
The odd terras are all zero and the even terms tend to + oo : <fr (n)
oscillates infinitely.
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5. n 2 + ( — l) ll 2n. The second term oscillates infinitely, but the first is
very much larger than the second when n is large. In fact $ (n) >n 2 - 2n and
n 2 -2n = (n-l) 2 - 1 is greater than any assigned value A if n>l + J(A + l).
Thus cf) (»)-*■ + oo. It should be observed that in this case <£(2£+l) is
always less than (2k), so that the function progresses to infinity by a con-
tinual series of steps forwards and backwards. It does not however 'oscillate'
according to our definition of the term.
6. n 2 {l + (-l)»}, (-l) n n 2 + n, n 3 + (-l) n n 2 .
7. sin ndn. We have already seen (Exs. xxm. 9) that <p(n) oscillates
finitely when d is rational, unless d is an integer, when $ (n) = 0, (?i)-»-0.
The case in which d is irrational is a little more difficult. But it is not
difficult to see that <f)(n) still oscillates finitely. We can without loss of
generality suppose O<0<1. In the first place |</>(w)|<l. Hence (\>(n)
must oscillate finitely or tend to a limit. We shall consider whether the
second alternative is really possible. Let us suppose that
lim sin ndn = l.
Then, however small 8 may be, we can choose n so that sin ndn lies between
1-8 and 1+8 for all values of n greater than or equal to ?i . Hence
sin (n+l) dn- sin ndn is numerically less than 28 for all such values of n,
and so | sin^n- cos (n + \) dn \<8.
Hence cos (n+%) dn = cosndn cos hdn — sin ndn sin|07r
must be numerically less than 8/ 1 sin h dn |. Similarly
cos (n -h)6n = cos ndn cos \6n + sin ndn sin \ 6tt
must be numerically less than 8j \ sin ^ 6n \ ; and so each of cos ndn cos 1 6n,
sin n6n sin ^ 6n must be numerically less than 8j | sin ^ On |. That is to say,
cos ndn cos 1 6n is very small if n is large, and this can only be the case
if cos n6n is very small. Similarly sin ndn must be very small, so that I
must be zero. But it is impossible that cos ndn and sin ndn can both be
very small, as the sum of their squares is unity. Thus the hypothesis that
sin ndn tends to a limit I is impossible, and therefore sin ndn oscillates
as n tends to oo .
The reader should consider with particular care the argument
' cos ndn cos \ dn is very small, and this can only be the case if cos ndn
is very small'. Why, he may ask, should it not be the other factor cos^#7r
which is 'very small'? The answer is to be found, of course, in the meaning
of the phrase ' very small ' as used in this connection. When we say ' $ (n)
is very small' for large values of n, we mean that we can choose n so that
<f) («.) is numerically smaller than any assigned number, if n is sufficiently
large. Such an assertion is palpably absurd when made of a fixed number
such as cos | dn, which is not zero.
Prove similarly that cos ndn oscillates finitely, unless d is an even integer.
8. sin ndn + (I I n), sinra&r+l, siandn + n, (-l) n sinndn.
9. a cos ndn + b sin ndn, sin 2 ndn, a cos 2 ndn + b sin 2 ndn.
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10. a + hi + ( - l) n (c + dn) +e cos ndn +/sin ndir.
11. n sin ndir. If n is integral, then # (w)=°> $ ('0 - *" - If # i s rational
but not integral, or irrational, then cf> (n) oscillates infinitely.
12. n (a cos 2 n6 W + b sin 2 ndir). In this case (f>(n) tends to +cc if a and
6 are both positive, but to - oo if both are negative. Consider the special
cases in which a = 0, b>0, or a>0, 6=0, or a=0, b = 0. If a and 6 have
opposite signs cj> (n) generally oscillates infinitely. Consider any excep-
tional cases.
13. sin (nWn). If 6 is integral, then (»)-*0. Otherwise (n) oscillates
finitely, as may be shown by arguments similar to though more complex
than those used in Exs. xxm. 9 and xxiv. 7*.
14. s\x\(n\6ir). If 6 has a rational value pjq, then n\ 6 is certainly
integral for all values of n greater than or equal to q. Hence (n) -»-0. The
case in which 6 is irrational cannot be dealt with without the aid of considera-
tions of a much more difficult character.
15. cos (n ! dn), a cos 2 (n ! 6n)-\-b sin 2 (« ! 6n), where 6 is rational.
16. an-[bn\ (-l) n (an-[bn]). 17. [sjn\ (-l)"[vH >Jn-[ s hi].
18. The smallest prune factor of n. When n is a prime, (n) = n. When
n is even, (f> (n) = 2. Thus (?&) oscillates infinitely.
19. The largest prime factor of n.
20. The number of days in the year n a.d.
Examples XXV. 1. If </> (»i) -*■ + °° and >fr (»)><£(«) for all values of
n, then ^ (n) -*- + oo .
2. If («)-*- 0, and | ^ (?i) | ^ ] («) | for all values of n, then yj/ («)-*■ 0.
3. If lim | (?i) | = 0, then lim <£ (n) = 0.
4. If ^ («) tends to a limit or oscillates finitely, and | \^ (n) \^\<j> (n) | when
n£n 0) then yj/(n) tends to a limit or oscillates finitely.
5. If (f> (n) tends to +00 , or to — 00 , or oscillates infinitely, and
|*(n)|>|*(»)|
when «Sn , then ^ (n) tends to + 00 or to -00 or oscillates infinitely.
6. 'If 4>(n) oscillates and, however great be n , we can find values of n
greater than n for which >//■ (n) > <fi (71), and values of n greater than n for
which -ty (n) < (n), then ^(«) oscillates'. Is this true? If not give an
example to the contrary.
7. If cf> {n)-*-l as n-*-co , then also <£ (»+£>) -»■/, £> being any fixed integer.
[This follows at once from the definition. Similarly we see that if («) tends
to +oo or —00 or oscillates so also does <£(n +£>).]
8. The same conclusions hold (except in the case of oscillation) if p varies
with n but is always numerically less than a fixed positive integer N ; or if p
varies with n in any way, so long as it is always positive.
* See Bromwich's Infinite Series, p. 485.
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9. Determine the least value of n for which it is true that
(a) « 2 + 2;j>999999 (n>n ), (b) n 2 + 2n> 1000000 (»>»„).
10. Determine the least value of n for which it is true that
(a) « + (-l)' l >1000 («>%), (b) ?i + (-l)»>1000000 («>>i ).
11. Determine the least value of ?i for which it is true that
(a) ?i 2 +2>i>A (n>n ), (6) ra+(-l)»>A (»>w ),
A being any positive number.
[(«) n =[y/(A + l)]: (6) « =1+[A] or 2 + [a], according as [a] is odd or
even, i.e. rc =l + [A] + i {l + (-lp}.]
12. Determine the least value of n such that
(a) «/(^ 2 + l)<-0001, (b) (l/%) + {(-l)»/% 2 }< -ooooi,
when «S;i . [Let us take the latter case. In the first place
(l/n)+{(-l)»M^(«+l)/«2
and it is easy to see that the least value of n , such that (n+l)/n 2 < -000001
when n >«. , is 1000002. But the inequality given is satisfied by n= 1000001,
and this is the value of n required.]
63. Some general theorems with regard to limits.
A. The behaviour of the sum of two functions whose
behaviour is known.
Theorem I. If (f>(n) and yfr(n) tend to limits a, b, then
<f> (n) + y\r (n) tends to the limit a + b.
This is almost obvious*. The argument which the reader will
* There is a certain ambiguity in this phrase which the reader will do well to
notice. When one says ' such and such a theorem is almost obvious ' one may
mean one or other of two things. One may mean ' it is difficult to doubt the truth
of the theorem', ' the theorem is such as common-sense instinctively accepts', as
it accepts, for example, the truth of the propositions '2 + 2 = 4' or 'the base-angles
of an isosceles triangle are equal'. That a theorem is 'obvious' in this sense does
not prove that it is true, since the most confident of the intuitive judgments of
common sense are often found to be mistaken; and even if the theorem is true,
the fact that it is also ' obvious ' is no reason for not proving it, if a proof can be
found. The object of mathematics is to prove that certain premises imply certain
conclusions; and the fact that the conclusions may be as 'obvious' as the premises
never detracts from the necessity, and often not even from the interest of the proof.
But sometimes (as for example here) we mean by ' this is almost obvious '
something quite different from this. We mean ' a moment's reflection should not
only convince the reader of the truth of what is stated, but should also suggest to
him the general Hues of a rigorous proof. And often, when a statement is
' obvious ' in this sense, one may well omit the proof, not because the proof is in
any sense unnecessary, but because it is a waste of time and space to state in detail
what the reader can easily supply for himself.
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at once form in his mind is roughly this : ' when n is large, <£ (w) is
nearly equal to a and yjr (n) to b, and therefore their sum is nearly
equal to a + b '. It is well to state the argument quite formally,
however.
Let 8 be any assigned positive number (e.g. "001, 0000001, ...).
We require to show that a number n can be found such that
\<f>(n) + ^(n)-a-b\<8 (1),
when )i ^ « , Now by a proposition proved in Chap. Ill (more
generally indeed than we need here) the modulus of the sum of
two numbers is less than or equal to the sum of their moduli.
Thus
I <t> (V) + yjr (n) -a-b\^\<f> (n) -a\ + \yfr (n) -b\.
It follows that the desired condition will certainly be satisfied if
n can be so chosen that
\(f)(n)-a\ + \ylr(n)-b\ < 8 (2),
when n = n . But this is certainly the case. For since lim <f>(n) = a
we can, by the definition of a limit, find n x so that j <£ (n) — a\ <8'
when n = n u and this however small 8' may be. Nothing prevents
our taking 8' = %8, so that | <f> (n) — a j < £S when n S n x . Similarly
we can find n 2 so that | yfr (n) — b\ < ^8 when n~n 2 . Now take ??
to be the greater of the two numbers n u n 2 . Then | (n) — a\<^8
and \yfr(n) — b\ <^8 when n =n , and therefore (2) is satisfied and
the theorem is proved.
The argument may be concisely stated thus: since lim<f)(n) = a and
lim ^r(n) = b, we can choose n^, n 2 so that
\4>(n)-a\<%8 (n>»h), |^(»0-&|<i* (n>n 2 );
and then, if n is not less than either iii or n 2 ,
I <t> ( n )+^ («) - a - b \ <\ $ (n) - a\ + \(f> (n) - b \<8 ;
and therefore lim {$ (n) + y\r(n)) = a + b.
64. Results subsidiary to Theorem I. The reader should
have no difficulty in verifying the following subsidiary results.
1. If <f>(n) tends to a limit, but yfr (n) tends to + <x> or to — oo
or oscillates finitely or infinitely, then <j> (n) + ^ (n) behaves like
-f O).
2. If <j> (n) -^ + oo , and ty (>i) -^ + oo or oscillates finitely,
then <f> (n) + ty (n) -^ + oo .
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In this statement we may obviously change + oo into — oo
throughout.
3. If <f> (n) -* <x> and ^p (?i) -*» — oo , then </> (n) + yfr (n) may
tend either to a limit or to + oo or to — oo or may oscillate either
finitely or infinitely.
These five possibilities are illustrated in order by (i) (f)(n) = 7i, ^(n) = —11,
(ii) <j>(n) = n 2 , y^(7i)=-7i, (iii) (n)=n, ^(n)=-n 2 , (iv) tj)(n)=n + (- 1)»
^ (n) = - 71, (v) (f) (11) =n?+ ( — l) n », >//• (?i) = - » 8 . The reader should construct
additional examples of each case.
4. If </> (n) -*> + 00 and i|r (?i) oscillates infinitely, then
<£ (n) + -»/r (n) way tena* to + 00 or oscillate infinitely, but cannot
tend to a limit, or to — 00 , or oscillate finitely.
For yjr(n) = {$ (71) + yp- (»)} - <£ (»i) ; and, if $ («) + >//• («) behaved in any of the
three last ways, it would follow, from the previous results, that \^ (n) -*- — 00 ,
which is not the ease. As examples of the two cases which are possible,
consider (i) cf>(7i) = 7i 2 , i//-(n) = (-l)"», (ii) (f>(n) = n, ^ (») = (- \) n n\ Here
again the signs of + oo and — 00 may be permuted throughout.
5. If <f> (n) and ty (n) both oscillate finitely, then <f) (n) + yjr (n)
must tend to a limit or oscillate finitely.
As examples take
(i) 0(tO=(-1)», *(?0=(-l)» +1 , (ii)*(n)=^(»)-(-l)».
6. If <f> (n) oscillates finitely, and yjr (n) infinitely, then
<f> (n) + yfr (11) oscillates infinitely.
For <f> (n) is in absolute value always less than a certain constant, say K.
On the other hand -\|/- (n), since it oscillates infinitely, must assume values
numerically greater than any assignable number (e.g. 10 A, 100 A', ...). Hence
<p (n) + >//• (n) must assume values numerically greater than any assignable
number (e.g. 9 A, 99 A", ...). Hence <£(?£) + ^(n) must either tend to +00 or
- oo or oscillate infinitely. But if it tended to + oo then
would also tend to +cc , in virtue of the preceding results. Thus (f> (7i) + yjs (n)
cannot tend to +00, nor, for similar reasons, to —00: hence it oscillates
infinitely.
7. If both <j> (n) and yjr (n) oscillate infinitely, then </> (n) + i/r (n)
may tend to a limit, or to 4- 00 , or to — 00 , or oscillate either finitely
or infinitely.
Suppose, for instance, that <fi (u) = ( — l) n 7i, while -^(n) is in turn each of
the functions (-l)» + 1 ?j, {l + (-l)» + 1 } n, - {l + (- l) n }n, (- l)" + 1 (?i + l),
( — l) n 7i. We thus obtain examples of all five possibilities.
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The results 1 — 7 cover all the cases which are really distinct.
Before passing on to consider the product of two functions, we
may point out that the result of Theorem I may be immediately
extended to the sum of three or more functions which tend to
limits as n -*■ oo .
65. B. The behaviour of the product of two functions
whose behaviour is known. We can now prove a similar
set of theorems concerning the product of two functions. The
principal result is the following.
Theorem II. If lim (/> (n) = a and Km y}r (n) = b, then
Km cj> (n) yjr (n) = ab.
Let <£ (n) = a + fa (n), yjr (n) = b + ijr 1 (n),
so that lim fa (n) = and lim y\r l (n) = 0. Then
(f>(n)yfr (n) = ab + a^ (n) + bfa (n) + fa (n) -v^! («).
Hence the numerical value of the difference <f> (n) yjr (n) — ab is
certainly not greater than the sum of the numerical values of
a^x (n), bfa (ri), fa (n) ^ (n). From this it follows that
lim { cf> (n) yjr (?i) — ab] = 0,
which proves the theorem.
The following is a strictly formal proof. We have
| (f) (n) \}s (n) -ab \ < | aty x (n) \ + \bfa(n)\ + \ fa (?i) 1 1 fa (n) |.
Assuming that neither a nor b is zero, we may choose n so that
\fa(n)\<l8l\b\, \fa(n)\<iSI\a\,
when n £n . Then
|(/,(n)^( W )-a6l<iS + p + {i8 2 /(|a||&|)},
which is certainly less than 8 if 8 <£ | a 1 1 6 1. That is to say we can choose
h so that | <b (n) ty (n) — ab \ < 8 when » > n , and so the theorem follows. The
reader should supply a proof for the case in which at least one of a and b is
zero.
We need hardly point out that this theorem, like Theorem I,
may be immediately extended to the product of any number of
functions of n. There is also a series of subsidiary theorems
concerning products analogous to those stated in § 64 for sums.
We must distinguish now six different ways in which <f> (n) may
behave as n tends to co . It may (1) tend to a limit other than
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zero, (2) tend to zero, (3a) tend to + oo , (36) tend to - co ,
(4) oscillate finitely, (5) oscillate infinitely. It is not necessary, as
a rule, to take account separately of (3a) and (36), as the results
for one case may be deduced from those for the other by a change
of sign.
To state these subsidiary theorems at length would occupy more space
than we can afford. We select the two which follow as examples, leaving the
verification of them to the reader. He will find it an instructive exercise to
formulate some of the remaining theorems himself.
(i) If <fi (n) -»- + oo and \^ (n) oscillates finitely, then cp (n) ^ (??) must tend
to +oo or to -co or oscillate infinitely.
Examples of these three possibilities may be obtained by taking $ (») to
be n and ^ (n) to be one of the three functions 2 + ( - 1)", — 2 — ( - 1)» ( - l) n .
(ii) If <fr (n) and yjr (n) oscillate finitely, then <£ (n) \|/- (n) must tend to a
limit {which may be zero) or oscillate finitely.
For examples, take (a) <\>(n) = y\r (»)=(- 1)", (b) cf> (») = l+(-l) n ,
\^(h) = 1 -(-1)", and (c) (f> (n) = cos %nn, \|/- (?i) = sin Jhtt.
A particular case of Theorem II -which is important is that
in which yfr (n) is constant. The theorem then asserts simply
that lim kef) (n) = ka if lim <f) (n) = a. To this we may join the
subsidiary theorem that if <f>(n)-^ + cc then k(f) (n) -** + go or
k <f> (n) -^- — oc , according as k is positive or negative, unless k = 0,
when of course k<f) (n) = for all values of n and lim kcf> (n) = 0.
And if (f> (n) oscillates finitely or infinitely, then so does k<j> (n),
unless k = 0.
66. C. The behaviour of the difference or quotient of
two functions whose behaviour is known. There is, of
course, a similar set of theorems for the difference of two given
functions, which are obvious corollaries from what precedes. In
order to deal with the quotient
we begin with the following theorem.
Theorem III. If lim </> (n) = a, and a is not zero, then
1 1
lim rpr = - .
9 (n) a
Let (f> (n) = a + ^ (n),
u. 9
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so that lira fa (n) = 0. Then
1 1
<f> (n) a
fain)
a 1 1 a + fa (n)
and it is plain, since lim fa (n) = 0, that we can choose n so that
this is smaller than any assigned number 8 when n = n .
From Theorems II and III we can at once deduce the principal
theorem for quotients, viz.
Theorem IV. If lim <j> (n) = a and lim yjr (n) = b, and b is not
zero, then
lim iM a
i/r (n) b
The reader will again find it instructive to formulate, prove,
and illustrate by examples some of the ' subsidiary theorems '
corresponding to Theorems III and IV.
67. Theorem V. IfR{j> (n), -»/r (n), % (n), ...} is any rational
function of $>(n), yjr (?i), %(n), ... , i.e. any function of the form
P{cf>(n), ir(n), X (n), ...J/Qft(n), ^(n), X (n), ...},
where P and Q denote 'polynomials in <j>(n), ty(n), %(n), ...: and if
lim $ (n) = a, lim \|r (n) = b, lim % (n) = c, ... ,
and Q(a, b, c, ...)=f ;
then lim R {<f> (n), ty (n), % (n), ...} = R (a, b, c, . ..).
For P is a sum of a finite number of terms of the type
where A is a constant and p, q, ... positive integers. This term,
by Theorem II (or rather by its obvious extension to the product
of any number of functions) tends to the limit Aa p b q ..., and so P
tends to the limit P (a, b. c, ...), by the similar extension of
Theorem I. Similarly Q tends to Q (a, b, c, ...); and the result
then follows from Theorem IV.
68. The preceding general theorem may be applied to the
following very important particular problem : luhat is the behaviour
of the most general rational function of n, viz.
o/ _ a nv + a^iP- 1 + . • • + a p
* {n) ~b n«+b 1 n«-i + ...+b q '
as n tends to oo * ?
* We naturally suppose that neither a nor b is zero.
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In order to apply the theorem we transform S (n) by writing
it in the form
The function in curly brackets is of the form R{4>(n)}, where
</> (w) = 1/n, and therefore tends, as n tends to oo , to the limit
R(0)=*a Q /b . Now rc*-«-^0 if p < q ; n*-4=l and n*"-?— 1 if
p = gr j and nP-Q-*- + go if p > 5. Hence, by Theorem II,
lim 8 (n) = (p <q),
lim £ (n) = Oo/6 (i> = q),
S (n) -*■ + go (p> q, a /b positive),
S (n) -*■ — 00 (p> q, a Q /b negative).
Examples XXVI. 1. What is the behaviour of the functions
'?i-l\ 2 ?i 2 + l . ,. H 2 +l
0£)'. ( -nS)- =£• 1-*
as ?i -s- co
2. Which (if any) of the functions
l/(cos 2 ^mr +n sin 2 \nir), \j{n (cos 2 \nn +n sin 2 1 wtt)} ,
(h cos 2 hnu + sin 2 ^?itt)/{?i (cos 2 %nir+n sm 2 ^mr)}
tend to a limit as n -*- 00 ?
3. Denoting by aS 1 (n) the general rational function of n considered above,
show that in all cases
, im %ti> u m *{.+,(WU
aS (n) o (»)
69. Functions of n which increase steadily with n. A
special but particularly important class of functions of n is formed
by those whose variation as n tends to 00 is always in the same
direction, that is to say those which always increase (or always
decrease) as n increases. Since — <f> (n) always increases if <£ (n)
always decreases, it is not necessary to consider the two kinds of
functions separately ; for theorems proved for one kind can at
once be extended to the other.
Definition. The function <f> (n) will be said to increase steadily
with n if (j> (n + 1) = (f> (n) for all values of n.
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It is to be observed that we do not exclude the case in which
$ (n) has the same value for several values of n ; all we exclude is
possible decrease. Thus the function
<f>(n) = 2n+(-iy\
whose values for n = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, . . . are
1, 1,5,5,9, 9,...
is said to increase steadily with n, Our definition would indeed
include even functions which remain constant from some value of n
onwards; thus $(w) = l steadily increases according to our definition.
However, as these functions are extremely special ones, and as
there can be no doubt as to their behaviour as n tends to 00 , this
apparent incongruity in the definition is not a serious defect.
There is one exceedingly important theorem concerning
functions of this class.
Theorem, If </> (?i) steadily increases with n, then either
(i) </>(n) tends to a limit as n tends to 00, or (ii) <£ (n) -* + go .
That is to say, while there are in general five alternatives as to
the behaviour of a function, there are two only for this special
kind of function.
This theorem is a simple corollary of Dedekind's Theorem
(§ 17). We divide the real numbers £ into two classes L and R,
putting f in L or R according as <£ (n) = £ for some value of n
(and so of course for all greater values), or <j> (n) < £ for all
values of n.
The class L certainly exists ; the class R may or may not.
If it does not, then, given any number A, however large, <f> (n) > A
for all sufficiently large values of n, and so
(n) -*■ + go .
If on the other hand R exists, the classes L and R form a
section of the real numbers in the sense of § 17. Let a be the
number corresponding to the section, and let 8 be any positive
number. Then <j> (n) < a + 8 for all values of n, and so, since 8 is
arbitrary, </> (71) £ a. On the other hand $ (n) > a — 8 for some
value of n, and so for all sufficiently large values. Thus
a— 8<<j> (71) < a
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for all sufficiently large values of n; i.e.
It should be observed that in general <£ (n) < a for all values of n ; for if
(j> (n) is equal to a for any value of n it must be equal to a for all greater
values of n. Thus <£ (n) can never be equal to a except in the case in which
the values of (f> (n) are ultimately all the same. If this is so, a is the largest
member of L ; otherwise L has no largest member.
Cor. 1. If(f> (n) increases steadily with n, then it will tend to a
limit or to + cc according as it is or is not possible to find a number
K such that (j> (n) < K for all values of n.
We shall find this corollary exceedingly useful later on.
Cor. 2. If <£ (?i) increases steadily with n, and $ (n) < K for
all values ofn, then <f> (n) tends to a limit and this limit is less than
or equal to K.
It should be noticed that the limit may be equal to K: if e.g.
(f> (n) = 3 — (1/w), then every value of (f> (n) is less than 3, but the
limit is equal to 3.
Cor. 3. If $ (n) increases steadily luith n, and tends to a limit,
then
4> ( n ) = lim <f> (n)
for all values ofn.
The reader should write out for himself the corresponding
theorems and corollaries for the case in which </> (n) decreases as n
increases.
70. The great importance of these theorems lies in the fact
' that they give us (what we have so far been without) a means of
deciding, in a great many cases, whether a given function of n
does or does not tend to a limit as n-^cc , without requiring us to
be able to guess or otherwise infer beforehand what the limit is. If
we know what the limit, if there is one, must be, we can use the
test
| (f> O) -l\<8 (n^ n ) :
as for example in the case of <f> (n) = 1/n, where it is obvious that
the limit can only be zero. But suppose we have to determine
whether
*w-( 1+ i
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tends to a limit. In this case it is not obvious what the limit, if
there is one, will be : and it is evident that the test above, which
involves I, cannot be used, at any rate directly, to decide whether
I exists or not.
Of course the test can sometimes be used indirectly, to prove by means of
a reductio ad absurdum that I cannot exist. If e.g. $ (»)=(- l)' v , it is clear
that I would have to be equal to 1 and also equal to - 1, which is obviously
impossible.
71. Alternative proof of Weierstrass's Theorem of § 19. The results
of § 69 enable us to give an alternative proof of the important theorem
pi-oved in § 19.
If we divide PQ into two equal parts, one at least of them must contain
infinitely many points of S. We select the one which does, or, if both do, we
select the left-hand half ; and we denote the selected half by P t Qx (Fig. 28).
If PiQi is the left-hand half, P x is the same point as P.
p 3 Q 3
Pi I T Qi
Q 2 Q
p 4 Q4
Fig. 28.
Similarly, if we divide P t Q t into two halves, one at least of them must
contain infinitely many points of S. "We select the half P 2 Q 2 which does so,
or, if both do so, we select the left-hand half. Proceeding in this way we can
define a sequence of intervals
PQi PiQii P2Q21 PzQzi •••>
each of which is a half of its predecessor, and each of which contains infinitely
many points of S.
The points P, P u P 2 , ... progress steadily from left to right, and so P n
tends to a limiting position T. Similarly Q n tends to a limiting position T'.
But TT' is plainly less than P n Q H , whatever the value of n; and P n Q n , being
equal to PQ/2 n , tends to zero. Hence T' coincides with T, and P n and Q n
both tend to T.
Then T is a point of accumulation of S. For suppose that £ is its
coordinate, and consider any interval of the type (£-8, £+8). If n
is sufficiently large, P n Q n will lie entirely inside this interval*. Hence
(£-£> £+8) contains infinitely many points of S.
72. The limit of x 11 as n tends to 00 . Let us apply the
results of § 69 to the particularly important case in which
</> (n) = x n . If x = 1 then <f> (n) = 1, lim </> (n) = 1, and if x = G then
<f>(n) = 0, lim (f>(n)=0, so that these special cases need not detain us.
* This will certainly be the case as soon as PQj2 n < 8.
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First, suppose x positive. Then, since <f> (n + 1) = x<$> (n), </> (n)
increases with n if x > 1, decreases as n increases if x < 1.
If x>l, then x n must tend either to a limit (which must
obviously be greater than 1) or to + oo . Suppose it tends to a
limit I. Then lim <£ (n + 1) = lim cf> (71) = I, by Exs. xxv. 7 ; but
lim <f> (n + 1) = lim x<j> (n) = x lim <f> (n) = xl,
and therefore l — xl: and as x and I are both greater than 1, this
is impossible. Hence
x n -*+ CO (x > 1 ).
Example. The reader may give an alternative proof, showing by the
binomial theorem that x n >l + n8 if 8 is positive and x= 1 + 8, and so that
x n -»- + oo .
On the other hand x n is a decreasing function if x < 1, and
must therefore tend to a limit or to — 00 . Since x n is positive
the second alternative may be ignored. Thus lim x n = I, say, and
as above I = xl, so that I must be zero. Hence
lima?" = (0<«<1).
Example. Prove as in the preceding example that (l/x) n tends to +00 if
0< 1 r<l, and deduce that x 11 tends to 0.
We have finally to consider the case in which x is negative.
If — 1 < x < and x = — y, so that < y < 1, then it follows from
what precedes that lim y n = and therefore lim x 11 = 0. If x = — 1
it is obvious that x n oscillates, taking the values — 1, 1 alterna-
tively. Finally if x < — 1, and x = — y, so that y > 1, then y n tends
to + 00 , and therefore x n takes values, both positive and negative,
numerically greater than any assigned number. Hence x n oscillates
infinitely. To sum up :
<£ (n) = x n -*» + 00 0>1),
lim (n) = 1 (x = 1),
lim<£(¥) = (—1<x<1),
<f) (n) oscillates finitely (x = — l),
<f> (n) oscillates infinitely (x < — 1).
Examples XXVII*. 1. If (n) is positive and (f>(n + l)>K(f)(n), where
A">1, for all values of n, then («)-*- 4- 30 .
* These examples are particularly important and several of them will be made
use of later in the text. They should therefore be studied very carefully.
136 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A [lV
[For <f>(n)>K<t>(n-l)>K*<j>(n-2) ... >A»-i0(l),
from which the conclusion follows at once, as A" n -»-oo.]
2. The same result is true if the conditions above stated are satisfied
only when n > n .
3. If 4>{n) is positive and <f)(n + l)<K(f>(ri), where 0<A"<1, then
lim (f> (n) = 0. This result also is true if the conditions are satisfied only when
n Sn .
4. If |<£(« + l)|<A~|0(n)| when n^.n , and 0<A"<1, then lim <£(«) = 0.
5. If 0(w) is positive and lim {<p(n + l)}/{(f>(n)} = l>l, then 0(?i)-»-+oo.
[For we can determine n so that {<£ (n + 1)} I {(f) (n)}>K>l when n^n^ : wc
may, e.g., take A' half-way between 1 and I. Now apply Ex. 1.]
6. If lim {0 (w + l)}/{0 (w)} = ?, where I is numerically less than unity,
then Yim(f)(n) — 0. [This follows from Ex. 4 as Ex. 5 follows from Ex. 1.]
7. Determine the behaviour, as ?i-»-co, of (f>(n)=n r x n , where r is any
positive integer.
[If x=0 then (f)(n)=0 for all values of n, and («)-»• 0. In all other cases
(f)(n + l) _ fn + V
(f) (n) \ n
First suppose x positive. Then 0(?i)-* + °° if x>\ (Ex. 5) and (f>(n)-*-0 if
x<l (Ex. G). If x—1, then (»)=M. r -»-+ oo . Next suppose x negative.
Then | (f>(n) \=n r \ x |" tends to +oo if |#||£l and to if |.r|<l. Hence
(f> (n) oscillates infinitely if xS,- 1 and (»)-»0 if - l<.v<0.]
8. Discuss n~ r x n in the same way. [The results are the same, except
that (f>(n)-*-0 when x = l or — 1.]
9. Draw up a table to show how n k x n behaves as ?i-*-oo, for all real
values of x, and all positive and negative integral values of k.
[The reader will observe that the value of k is immaterial except in the
special cases when x = l or — 1. Since \\m {(n+l)/n} k =l, whether k be
positive or negative, the limit of the ratio (f>(n + l)/(f)(n) depends only on
x, and the behaviour of (») is in general dominated by the factor x'\ The
factor n k only asserts itself when x is numerically equal to 1.]
10. Prove that if x is positive then ?]x-*-\ as n^*- so . [Suppose, e.g., x>\.
Then at, -Jx, ^'x, ... is a decreasing sequence, and ^/.r>l for all values of n.
Thus Hjx-*-l, where 1^.1. But if l>\ we can find values of n, as large as
we please, for which f/x>l or x>l n ; and, since £"-*- + oo as ?i-*oo, this
is impossible.]
11. Z/n-*\. [For B + V(« + l)<\ / » if (» + l) B <fl B + 1 or {1+(1/«)} W <«,
which is certainly satisfied if «23 (see § 73 for a proof). Thus yfn decreases
as n increases from 3 onwards, and, as it is always greater than unity, it tends
to a limit which is greater than or equal to unity. But if tfn-*-l, where l>l,
then n>l n , which is certainly untrue for sufficiently large values of n,
since ?"/«-*■ + oo with n (Exs. 7, 8).]
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12. Z/(n !)-*- + co . [However large A may be, n ! > A n if n is large enough.
For if u n = A n /n ! then u n + i/u n =AJ(n+l), which tends to zero as » -»■<», so
that u n does the same (Ex. 6).]
13. Show that if —1<^7<1 then
m (m — 1) ... (m — n+1)
n !
tends to zero as n -*■ co .
[If m is a positive integer, « n =0 for n > m. Otherwise
unless x=0.]
73. The limit of ( I +-J . A more difficult problem which
can be solved by the help of § 69 arises when <f>(n) = {1 4- l/w] n .
It follows from the binomial theorem* that
, IV 1 ., 1 n(n-l)l n(n-l)...(n-n + l) 1
1+- =l+n.-+ \ a ' - + ... +
nj n 1 . 2 n 2 1.2... n n 1
The (p + l)th term in this expression, viz.
1 ^i_lVi_?V..A_£=i
1 . 2 ...£> \ nj \ n;
is positive and an increasing function of n, and the number
of terms also increases with n. Hence ( 1 + - ) increases with n,
and so tends to a limit or to + oo , as n -*■ x .
But
1 + - <l + l + =— a + ^ ^ o +••• +
nj 1.2 1.2.3 1.2.3...»
Thus ( 1 + - ) cannot tend to + oo , and so
lim ( 1 + - ) = e,
where e is a number such that 2 < e ^ 3.
* The binomial theorem for a positive integral exponent, which is what is used
here, is a theorem of elementary algebra. The other cases of the theorem belong
to the theory of infinite series, and will be considered later.
138 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A [IV
74. Some algebraical lemmas. It will be convenient to prove at
this stage a number of elementary inequalities which will be useful to us
later on.
(i) It is evident that if a>l and ;• is a positive integer then
ra r >a r -' l + a r --+... + l.
Multiplying both sides of this inequality by o— 1, we obtain
ra r (a-l)>a r -l ;
and adding r (a r - 1) to each side, and dividing by r (?'+l), we obtain
~7+r>— < a>] ) (1) -
Similarly we can prove that
L-B—< l —E (0</3<l) (2).
It follows that if r and s are positive integers, and r>s, then
a r_l a ._l 1-gr 1-ffl
~^ > ^~> ~F~ < ~7~ (u} -
Hei-e 0</3<l<a. In particular, when 5=1, we have
a r -l>r(a-l), l-^<r(l-$) (4).
(ii) The inequalities (3) and (4) have been proved on the supposition
that r and s are positive integers. But it is easy to see that they hold under
the more general hypothesis that r and s are any positive rational numbers.
Let us consider, for example, the first of the inequalities (3). Let r=a/b,
s=c/d, where a, b, c, d are positive integers; so that ad>bc. If we put
a =y hd , the inequality takes the form
(y'" l -l)lad>(y ! «-l)lbc;
and this we have proved already. The same argument applies to the re-
maining inequalities ; and it can evidently be proved in a similar manner that
n 8 -l<s(a-l), l-j3«>*(l-j8) (5),
if s is a positive rational number less than 1.
(iii) In what follows it is to be understood that all the letters denote
positive numbers, that r and s are rational, and that a and r are greater
than 1, /3 and s less than 1. Writing 1//3 for a, and 1/a for /3, in (4), we
obtain
a'-Kra'-^a-l), 1 -^rp- 1 (1 -/9) (6).
Similarly, from (5), we deduce
a»-l>sa*- l (a-l), 1 - ^S/S 8 " 1 (1 -/3) (7).
Combining (4) and (6), we see that
ra r - 1 (fl-l)>dr-l>r(a-l) (8).
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Writing xjy for a, we obtain
rx r ~ a (.v - y)>x r - y r >ry r ~ 1 (x - y) (9)
if x>y>0. And the same argument, applied to (5) and (7), leads to
sx*- 1 {x-y)<x s -y»<sy i ~ 1 (x-y) (10).
Examples XXVIII 1. Verify (9) for r-=2, 3, and (10) for s=|, A.
2. Show that (9) and (10) are also true if y>x>0.
3. Show that (9) also holds for r<0. [See Chrystal's Algebra, vol. ii,
pp. 43—45.]
4. If $(ri)-~l, where l>0, as n-*>oo, then cf) k -*l k , k being any rational
number.
[We may suppose that k > 0, in virtue of Theorem III of § 66 ; and that
%l<(f>< 21, as is certainly the case from a certain value of n onwards. If
k> 1
£0* ~ 1 ((f)-l)>cf) k - l k >H k ~ l (<f> - 1)
or H*" 1 (l-<f))>l k -(j) k >k(f) k -i(l-(j)),
according as $>l or <f)<l. It follows that the ratio of \<f> k — l k \ and \<j> — 1\
lies between k {\l) k ~ l and k (2l) k - 1 . The proof is similar when <k <1. The
result is still true when £=0, if k > 0.]
5. Extend the results of Exs. xxvu. 7, 8, 9 to the case in which r or k
are any rational numbers.
75. The limit of n (#x -1). If in the first inequality (3) of § 74 we
put r = l/(n — 1), 8 = 1 /n, we see that
(»-l)( n -#a-l)>»(#a-l)
when a>l. Thus if <£ (n) = n (tya — l) then («) decreases steadily as ?i in-
creases. Also (j> (n) is always positive. Hence cf> (n) tends to a limit I as
n-*-aa , and l = 0.
Again if, in the first inequality (7) of § 74, we put s = 1 ju, we obtain
7i(Va-l)>ya(l-l)>l~.
Thus I > 1 - ( 1 /a) > 0. Hence, if a > 1 , we have
lim n(Z/a-l)=f(a),
M-*oo
where /(a)>0.
Next suppose /3<l,andlet/3 = l/a; thenn (%/$-!) = -n(^a-l)/^/a. Now
M(v^a-l)-*-/(a), and (Exs. xxvu. 10)
Hence, if /3 = l/a<l, we have
w«//9-l)— /(a).
Finally, if #=1, then n (Z/x-l) = for all values of n.
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Thus we arrive at the result : the limit
\\m.n{Zjx— 1)
defines a function of x for all positive values of x. This function f (x) possesses
the properties
f(l/x)=-f(x), /(1)=0,
and is positive or negative according as x>\ or x<\. Later on we shall he
able to identify this function with the Napierian logarithm of x
Example. Prove that/ (xy)=f{x) +f{y). [Use the equations
f(xy) = \im n ($xy - l) = lim {n (#*-l) ^+71(^ — 1)}.]
76. Infinite Series. Suppose that u (») is any function of
n denned for all values of n, If we add up the values of u (v)
for v = l, 2, ... n, we obtain another function of n, viz.
s (n) = u (1) + u (2) + ... + u (n),
also denned for all values of n. It is generally most convenient
to alter our notation slightly and write this equation in the form
s n = u 1 + u 2 + ...+u n ,
n
or, more shortly, s n — 2 w„.
v = l
If now we suppose that s n tends to a limit s when n tends
to oo , we have
n
lim 2 M» = s.
n-*-oo j/ = l
This equation is usually written in one of the forms'
00
2 «„ = s, it! + u 2 + u 3 + . . . = s,
the dots denoting the indefinite continuance of the series of m's.
The meaning of the above equations, expressed roughly, is
that by adding more and more of the m's together we get nearer
and nearer to the limit s. More precisely, if any small positive
number 8 is chosen, we can choose n (8) so that the sum of the first
n (S) terms, or any of greater number of terms, lies between s — S
and s + 8; or in symbols
s — B<s n <s + 8,
if n = n (8). In these circumstances we shall call the series •
Mi + u 2 + ...
a convergent infinite series, and we shall call s the sum of the
series, or the sum of all the terms of the series.
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Thus to say that the series Wj + u 2 + ... converges and has the
sum s, or converges to the sum s or simply converges to s, is merely
another way of stating that the sum s n = Wj + u 2 + ... + u n of the
first n terms tends to the limit s as n -»■ oo , and the consideration
of such infinite series introduces no new ideas beyond those with
which the early part of this chapter should already have made
the reader familiar. In fact the sum s n is merely a function cf> (n),
such as we have been considering, expressed in a particular form.
Any function <p (n) may be expressed in this form, by writing
4> (») = (1) + {</> (2) -0 (1)} + ... + {0 (n) -<j> (n- 1)} ;
and it is sometimes convenient to say that <f>(n) converges (instead
of ' tends ') to the limit I, say, as n -*- oo .
If s n -*■ + oo or s n -*■ — oo , we shall say that the series u 1 + u 2 + ...
is divergent or diverges to + oo , or — oo , as the case may be.
These phrases too may be applied to any function </> (n) : thus if
(«) -*■ + oo we may say that </> (n) diverges to + go . If s n does
not tend to a limit or to + oo or to — oo , then it oscillates finitely or
infinitely : in this case Ave say that the series Wj +u 2 + ... oscillates
finitely or infinitely*.
77. General theorems concerning infinite series. When
we are dealing with infinite series we shall constantly have
occasion to use the following general theorems.
(1) If u 1 + ti,, + ... is convergent, and has the sum s, then
a + u 1 -f- u 2 + ... is convergent and has the sum a + s. Similarly
a + b + c + . . . + k + ^l 1 + u 2 + . . . is convergent and has the sum
a + b + c + ... + k + s.
(2) If MJ + W2+... is convergent and has the sum s, then
w»i+i + u-fit+a + • • • is convergent and has the sum
(3) If any series considered in (1) or (2) diverges or oscillates,
then so do the others.
(4) If Mj + M a +... is convergent and has the sum s, then
leu,! + ku 2 + ... is convergent and has the sum Jcs.
* The reader should be warned that the words ' divergent ' and * oscillatory '
are used differently by different writers. The use of the words here agrees with
that of Bromwich's Infinite Series. In Hobson's Theory of Functions of a Real
Variable a series is said to oscillate only if it oscillates finitely, series which
oscillate infinitely being classed as ' divergent'. Many foreign writers use 'divergent '
as meaning merely ' not convergent '.
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(5) If the first series considered in (4) diverges or oscillates,
then so does the second, unless k = 0.
(6) If Wj + u 2 + ... and v x + v 2 + ... are both convergent, then
the series (z<j + fli) + (u 2 + v 2 ) + • . . is convergent and its sum is the
sum of the first two series.
All these theorems are almost obvious and may be proved at
once from the definitions or by applying the results of §§ 63 — 66 to
the sum s n = u^ + u 2 + ... + u n . Those which follow are of a some-
what different character.
(7) If u x + u 2 + . . . is convergent, then lim u n = 0.
For u n = s n — 5 n _!, and s n and s n _ x have the same limit s.
Hence lim u n = s — s = 0.
The reader may be tempted to think that the converse of the theorem is
true and that if lim u n =0 then the series 2u n must be convergent. That this
is not the case is easily seen from an example. Let the series be
1 +*+*+*+■••
so that u n =\jn. The sum of the first four terms is
i+l+|+i>i+Hj =1 +Hi
The sum of the next four terms is |+J + ^+|>f = |; the sum of the next
eight terms is greater than fy = | , and so on. The sum of the first
4 + 4 + 8 + 16-f ...+2" = 2 n + 1
terms is greater than
2+J+|+J+...+|=i( B +3) 1
and this increases beyond all limit with n : hence the series diverges to + co .
(8) If u x +u 2 + u 3 + ... is convergent, then so is any series
formed by grouping the terms in brackets in any way to form new
single terms, and the sums of the two series are the same.
The reader will be able to supply the proof of this theorem. Here again
the converse is not true. Thus 1-1 + 1-1 + .. . oscillates, while
(1-1)+(1-1)+...
or + + + ... converges to 0.
(9) If every term u n is positive (or zero), then the series ~Xu n
must either converge or diverge to + oo . If it converges, its sum
must be positive (unless all the terms are zero, when of course its
sum is zero).
For s n is an increasing function of n, according to the definition
of § 69, and we can apply the results of that section to s n .
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(10) If every term u n is 'positive (or zero), then the necessary
and sufficient condition that the series Xu n shoidd be convergent is
that it should be possible to find a number K such that the sum of
any number of terms is less than K; and, if K can be so found, then
the sum of the series is not greater than K.
This also follows at once from § 69. It is perhaps hardly
necessary to point out that the theorem is not true if the condition
that every u n is positive is not fulfilled. For example
1-1+1-1+ ...
obviously oscillates, s n being alternately equal to 1 and to 0.
(11) If «! + u. 2 + . . ., v l + v 2 + . . . are two series of positive (or
zero) terms, and the second series is convergent, and if u n ^ Kv n ,
where K is a constant, for all values of n, then the first series is also
convergent, and its sum is less than or equal to that of the second.
For if v x + v z + . . . = t then v 1 -\-v 2 + ...+v n £t for all values of
n, and so 2i 1 + u. z + . . . + u n ^ Kt ; which proves the theorem.
Conversely, if %u n is divergent, and v n = Ku n , then %v n is
divergent.
78. The infinite geometrical series. We shall now con-
sider the ' geometrical ' series, whose general term is u n = r n ~\ In
this case
s n = 1 + r + r 2 + . . . + r n ~ l = (1 - r n )/(l - r),
except in the special case in which r — 1, when
s n = 1 + 1 + ... +l=n.
In the last case s n -*■ + oo . In the general case s n will tend to a
limit if and only if r n does so. Referring to the results of § 72
we see that the series 1 + r + r 2 + . . . is convergent and has the sum
1/(1 — r) if and only if — 1 < r < 1.
If r = 1, then s n = n, and so s n -^ + oo ; i.e. the series diverges to
+ oo. If r = — 1, then s n = 1 or s n = according as n is odd or
even: i.e. s n oscillates finitely. If r < — 1, then s n oscillates infinitely.
Thus, to sum up, ilte series 1 + r + r 2 + . . . diverges to+ccifr^l,
converges to 1/(1 — r) if — 1 < r < 1, oscillates finitely if r = — 1,
and oscillates infinitely if r< — 1.
Examples XXIX. 1. Recurring decimals. The commonest example
of an infinite geometric series is given by an ordinary recurring decimal.
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Consider, for example, the decimal '21713 This stands, according to the
ordinary rules of arithmetic, for
2 1 7 J_ _3_ J^ 3_ 217 13 //, 1\ 2687
i/C 1 -^)-
10 T 10 8 10 3 10 4 10 5 ^ 10 6 ^10 7 ' ' 1000 ' 10 5 / V lO 2 / 12375'
The reader should consider where and how any of the general theorems of
§ 77 have been used in this reduction.
2. Show that in general
Cl\ <X 2 . . . & m (X\... (l n — Of j Ct 2 • • • Ctrl
•a 1 a„...a m a 1 a 2 ...a u = yy\..y 0...0 '
the denominator containing % 9's and m O's.
3. Show that a pure recurring decimal is always equal to a proper
fraction whose denominator does not contain 2 or 5 as a factor.
4. A decimal with m non-recurring and n recurring decimal figures is
equal to a proper fraction whose denominator is divisible by 2 m or 5 m but by
no higher power of either.
5. The converses of Exs. 3, 4 are also true. Let r—p/g, and suppose first
that g is prime to 10. If we divide all powers of 10 by g we can obtain at most
g different remainders. It is therefore possible to find two numbers n 1 and
n 2 , where n 2 >n 1 , such that 10 n ' and 10 ,i2 give the same remainder. Hence
10"' - 10" 2 = 10" 2 (10" 1- " 2 - 1) is divisible by g, and so 10 n - 1, where w,=n 1 -% >
is divisible by g. Hence r may be expressed in the form Pj(lO n — 1), or in the
form
P_ J^_
10" + lO 2 ™ + ""'
i.e. as a pure recurring decimal with n figures. If on the other hand g = 2 a 5^ Q,
where Q is prime to 10, and m is the greater of a and /3, then 10 m r has a de-
nominator prime to 10, and is therefore expressible as the sum of an integer
and a pure recurring decimal. But this is not true of lO'V, for any value of
fjL less than m ; hence the decimal for r has exactly m non-recurring figures.
6. To the results of Exs. 2 — 5 we must add that of Ex. i. 3. Finally, if
we observe that
10^10 2 ^10 3 ^"" '
we see that every terminating decimal can also be expressed as a mixed
recurring decimal whose recurring part is composed entirely of 9's. For
example, -217 = "2169. Thus every proper fraction can be expressed as a
recurring decimal, and conversely.
7. Decimals in general. The expression of irrational numbers as
non-recurring decimals. Any decimal, whether recurring or not, corresponds
to a definite number between and 1. For the decimal •a 1 a- 2 a 2 a i ... stands
for the series
«i_ , <H_ , «s ,
l6 i "l0 2i "l0 3 * 1 "• , • ,
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Since all the digits a r are positive, the sum s n of the first n terms of this
series increases with n, and it is certainly not greater than -9 or 1. Hence
s n tends to a limit between and 1.
Moreover no two decimals can correspond to the same number (except in
the special case noticed in Ex. 6). For suppose that ■a 1 a. 2 a 3 ..., -b^b.jb^... are
two decimals which agree as far as the figures a r _i, b r _ 1 , while a r >b r .
Then a r >b r + l>b r ■ b r + ib r + 2 ... (unless 6 r + 1 , 6 r+2 , ... are all 9's), and so
■a 1 a 2 ...a r a r + 1 ... > -bib 2 ... b r b ri . x ... .
It follows that the expression of a rational fraction as a recurring decimal
(Exs. 2 — 6) is unique. It also follows that every decimal which does not
recur represents some irrational number between and 1. Conversely, any
such number can be expressed as such a decimal. For it must lie in one of
the intervals
0, 1/10; 1/10, 2/10; ... ; 9/10, 1.
If it lies between r/10 and (r+ 1)/10, then the first figure is r. By subdividing
this interval into 10 parts we can determine the second figure; and so on.
But (Exs. 3, 4) the decimal cannot recur. Thus, for example, the decimal
1-414..., obtained by the ordinary process for the extraction of J 2, cannot
recur.
8. The decimals -1010010001000010... and -2020020002000020..., in
which the number of zeros between two l's or 2's increases by one at each
stage, represent irrational numbers.
9. The decimal -11101010001010..., in which the nth figure is 1 if n is
prime, and zero otherwise, represents an irrational number. [Since the
number of primes is infinite the decimal does not terminate. Nor can it
recur : for if it did we could determine m and p so that m, m +p, m + 2p,
m + 3p, ... are all prime numbers ; and this is absurd, since the series includes
m + mp.]*
Examples XXX. 1. The series r m +r m+1 + ... is convergent if -1 <r< 1,
and its sum is 1/(1 -r)-l -r- ... -r"'- 1 (§ 77, (2)).
2. The series r m + r m + 1 + ... is convergent if - 1< r < 1, and its sum is
r' n /(l - r) (§ 77, (4)). Verify that the results of Exs. 1 and 2 are in agreement.
3. Prove that the series l + 2r+2;- 2 + ... is convergent, and that its sum
is (l-H-)/(l-r), (a) by writing it in the form - l + 2(l+r + ?- 2 + ...), (/3) by
writing it in the form 1 +2 (r + r 2 + ...), (y) by adding the two series
l+r + r 2 + ..., r+r 2 + .... In each case mention which of the theorems of
§ 77 are used in your proof.
* All the results of Exs. xxix may be extended, with suitable modifications, to
decimals in any scale of notation. For a fuller discussion see Bromwich, Infinite
Series, Appendix I.
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4. Prove that the 'arithmetic' series
a + (a + b) + (a + 2b)+...
is always divergent, unless both a and b are zero. Show that, if b is not
zero, the series diverges to +00 or to — 00 according to the sign of &, while if
6 = it diverges to +00 or — 00 according to the sign of a.
5. What is the sum of the series
(l-r) + (r-r") + (f a -r 8 )+„*
when the series is convergent ? [The series converges only if -l<r:gl. Its
sum is 1, except when ?• = ], when its sum is 0.]
r 2 ,.2
6. Sum the series r 2 + 9 + ,. , ...„ + .... [The series is always con-
1+H (l + r-y L
vergent. Its sum is 1 +r 2 , except when r=0, when its sum is 0.]
7. If we assume that 1 + r +r 2 + . .. is convergent then we can prove that its
sum is 1/(1 — r) by means of § 77, (1) and (4). For if l+r + r 2 + ... =s then
s = l+r (l + r 2 + ...) = l+rs.
v v
8. Sum the series r+ — h — - — r;, + ...
l+r (l+r) 2
when it is convergent. [The series is convergent if — l<l/(l+r)<l, i.e. if
r< - 2 or if r>0, and its sum is 1 +r. It is also convergent when r=0, when
its sum is 0.]
9. Answer the same question for the series
l+r ' (l+r) 2 '"' l-r + (l-r)«
»'-i— + fnr^2--> J, + TZ_T. + n—^+-.
i-r+7-Hrr^
l-r\l-r)
10. Consider the convergence of the series
(l+r) + (r 2 + ?- ? ) + ..., (l+r+r*)+(r 3 +f*+r 6 ) + ...,
l-2r+r 2 + r 3 -2r 4 +?- 5 + ..., (1 -2r + r 2 ) + (r 3 -2r i + r 5 ) + ... ,
and find their sums when they are convergent.
11. If 0^«, ( <1 then the series a + °V+ «2 ? * 2 + ••• is convergent for
0£r<l, and its sum is not greater than 1/(1 -r).
12. If in addition the series ao + ai + a 2 + ... is convergent, then the series
a + a 1 r+a 2 r 2 + ... is convergent for O^r^l, and its sum is not greater than
the lesser of a + «i + a 2 + ... and 1/(1— r).
13. The series 1+ I + T~2 + 1 2 3 + '"
is convergent. [For 1/(1 . 2...?i) < 1/2"" 1 .]
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14. The series
1+ T72 + 1.2.3.4 + -' I + r70 + 1.2.3.4."5 + -
are convergent.
15. The general harmonic series
a a+6 a+26 - "'
where a and b are positive, diverges to + oo .
[For «„=l/(a+n6)>l/{«(a + 6)}. Now compare with 1 +£+£+....]
16. Show that the series
is convergent if and only if u n tends to a limit as «->•<».
17. If Ui + u 2 + ii 3 + ... is divergent then so is any series formed by
grouping the terms in brackets in any way to form new single terms.
18. Any series, formed by taking a selection of the terms of a convergent
series of positive terms, is itself convergent.
79. The representation of functions of a continuous
real variable by means of limits. In the preceding sections
we have frequently been concerned with limits such as
lim <f> n (x),
and series such as
a x (x) + u 2 (%) + ... = lim {ih (x) + u 2 (x) + ... + w„ (so)},
in which the function of n whose limit we are seeking involves,
besides n, another variable x. In such cases the limit is of course
a function of x. Thus in § 75 we encountered the function
fix) = lim n (\/x — 1):
and the sum of the geometrical series 1 + x + x- + . . . is a function
of x, viz. the function which is equal to 1/(1 — x) if — 1 < x < 1 and
is undefined for all other values of x.
Many of the apparently ' arbitrary ' or ' unnatural ' functions
considered in Ch. II are capable of a simple representation of this
kind, as will appear from the following examples.
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Examples XXXI. 1. <]) n (x)=x. Here n does not appear at all in the
expression of $„ (x), and $ (#)=lim $ n (x)=x for all values of x.
2. (f> n (x) = xjn. Here <f> (x) = lim $ n (a?) = for all values of x.
3. $ n (x)=nx. If x>0, <p n (x)-^ + <x> ; if ,r<0, (f> n (x)-*--cc : only when
.(, = has (f) n (x) a limit (viz. 0) as »-*-oo. Thus <£(a) = when #=0 and is
not defined for any other value of x.
4. cf) n (x) = lj?ix, nx/{nx + l).
5. <p n (x) = x n . Here #(.r) = 0, (-K.r<l) ; cj>(x) = l, (x=l); and $ (#)
is not defined for any other value of x.
6. <j) n (z) = x n (l-x). Here <£(**) differs from the <j>(x) of Ex. 5 in that
it has the value when x—1.
7. 4> n (#) = #"/*&• Here <fi (x) differs from the (f> (#) of Ex. 6 in that it has
the value when x= — 1 as well as when x=l.
8. <f) n (x) = «•/(*■ + 1 ). [0 (a?) = 0, ( - Kx<l) ; <f> (a?) = £, (a?= 1) ; $ (x) = 1 ,
(x< — 1 or a?>l) ; and $(.£) is not defined when x= — 1.]
9. 0, (#)=*"/(*»- 1), 1/(^+1), 1/(^-1), l/(^ n + x- n ), lj(x"-x-»).
10. ft (#) = (#"-].)/(#» +1), (H.r»-l)/(?u- n + l), (#»-»)/(#»+»). [In the
first case $ (#)= 1 when |#|>1, $ (#) = - 1 when \x\ <1, <j)(x)=0 when .r=l
and (#) is not defined when a = — 1. The second and third functions differ
from the first in that they are defined both when x=l and when x— —1 : the
second has the value 1 and the third the value - 1 for both these values of x.~]
11. Construct an example in which cj)(x) = l, (|#|>1); <£(o;)=-l,
(|#|<1); and 0(.^) = O, (#=1 and x= — 1).
12. <j) n {x) = x {(x 2n - l)l(x 2n + 1)} 2 , nj(x n + x- n + n).
13. n (x) = {*"/(*) + g (*)}/(*" + 1). [Here (x) =/ (x), (| x \ > 1) ;
<$>(x)=g(x), (|#|<1); <p ( x ) — %{/(%)+ 9 ( x )}> (*=1) > and $(#) is undefined
when x= — 1.]
14. n (A-) = (2/7r) arc tan (?«?). [0(a?) = l, (#>0); 0(.r) = O, (a?=0);
(f)(x)= — 1, (a'<0). This function is important in the Theory of Numbers,
and is usually denoted by s^?i x.~\
15. n (#) = sin nxn. [(f>(x) = Q when # is an integer; and (f>(x) is
otherwise undefined (Ex. xxiv. 7).]
16. If $„ (#) = sin («! ,T7r) then cf)(x) = for all rational values of x (Ex.
xxiv. 14). [The consideration of irrational values presents greater difficulties.]
17. 4> n (x) = (cos 2 xn) n . [(f)(x) = except when x is integral, when
0(.r) = l.]
18. If i\ r > 1752 then the number of days in the year iV a.d. is
lim {365 + (cos 2 J^tt)" - (cos 2 T foiV»r)» + (cos 2 jfoxVir)"}.
79-81] POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE 14!)
80. The bounds of a bounded aggregate. Let S be any system or
aggregate of real numbers s. If there is a number K such that s< K for
every s of S, we say that S is bounded above. If there is a number k such that
s > h for every s, we say that S is bounded below. If S is both bounded above
and bounded below, we say simply that S is bounded.
Suppose first that S is bounded above (but not necessarily below). There
will be an infinity of numbers which possess the property possessed by A' ;
any number greater than A, for example, possesses it. We shall prove that
among these numbers there is a least*, which we shall call M. This number J/
is not exceeded by any member of S, but every number less than M is exceeded
by at least one member of >S.
We divide the real numbers | into two classes L and R, putting £ into L or
R according as it is or is not exceeded by members of S. Then every £ belongs
to one and one only of the classes L and R. Each class exists ; for any
number less than any member of S belongs to L, while K belongs to R.
Finally, any member of L is less than some member of S, and therefore less
than any member of R. Thus the three conditions of Dedekind's Theorem
(§ 17) are satisfied, and there is a number M dividing the classes.
The number M is the number whose existence we had to prove. In the
first place, M cannot be exceeded by any member of S. For if there were such
a member s of S, we could write s= M+rj, where rj is positive. The number
M-\-\rj -would then belong to L, because it is less than s, and to R, because it is
greater than M ; and this is impossible. On the other hand, any number less
than M belongs to Z, and is therefore exceeded by at least one member of S.
Thus 31 has all the properties required.
This number M we call the upper bound of »S", and we may enunciate the
following theorem. Any aggregate S which is bounded above has an upper
bound M. No member of S exceeds M ; but any number less than M is exceeded
by at least one member of S.
In exactly the same way we can prove the corresponding theorem for an
aggregate bounded below (but not necessarily above). Any aggregate S which
is bounded below has a lower bound m. No member of S is less than m; but
there is at least one member of S \ohich is less than any number greater than m.
It will be observed that, when S is bounded above, M < A', and when S is
bounded below, m > k. When S is bounded, k i m g M < K.
81. The bounds of a bounded function. Suppose that (n) is a func-
tion of the positive integral variable n. The aggregate of all the values (n)
defines a set S, to which we may apply all the arguments of § 80. If S is
bounded above, or bounded below, or bounded, we say that $ (n) is bounded
* An infinite aggregate of numbers does not necessarily possess a least member.
The set consisting of the numbers
11 1
*' >' f
for example, has no least member.
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above, or bounded below, or bounded. If $ (») is bounded above, that is to
say if there is a number K such that <£ (n) < K for all values of n, then there
is a number M such that
(i) <f> (n) 5| M for all values of n ;
(ii) if 8 is any positive member then § (n) > M— 8 for at least one value of n.
This number M we call the upper bound of $ (n). Similarly, if (f> (n) is
bounded below, that is to say if there is a number k such that (f>(n) ^k for all
values of n, then there is a number m such that
(i) <p (n) ^ m for all values of n ;
(ii) if 8 is any positive number then $ (n) < m + 8 for at least one value of n.
This number m we call the lower bound of cf> («).
If K exists, M^K ; if k exists, m zik; and if both k and K exist then
k<m<M<K.
82. The limits of indetermination of a bounded function. Suppose
that <p (n) is a bounded function, and M and m its upper and lower bounds.
Let us take any real number £, and consider now the relations of inequality
which may hold between £ and the values assumed by <£ (») for large values
of n. There are three mutually exclusive possibilities :
(1) $ ^ (f) (n) for all sufficiently large values of n ;
(2) $ ^4> (n) for all sufficiently large values of n ;
(3) £ < <$> (n) for an infinity of values of n, and also £ > (n) for an
infinity of values of a.
In case (1) we shall say that £ is a superior number, in case (2) that it is
an inferior number, and in case (3) that it is an intermediate number. It is
plain that no superior number can be less than m, and no inferior number
greater than M.
Let us consider the aggregate of all superior numbers. It is bounded
below, since none of its members are less than rn, and has therefore a lower
bound, which we shall denote by A. Similarly the aggregate of inferior
numbers has an upper bound, which we denote by X.
We call A and X respectively the upper and lower limits of indetermination
of <f> (n) as n tends to infinity ; and write
A = lim $ («), X = lim <f> (n).
These numbers have the following properties :
(1) «<)igAiI;
(2) A and X are the upper and lower bounds of the aggregate of intermediate
numbers, if any such exist ;
(3) if 8 is any positive number, then <f> (n) < A + S for all sufficiently large
values of n, and cf)(n)> A — 8 for an infinity of values of n ;
(4) similarly <f> (n) > X - 8 for all sufficiently large values of n, and
(f>(n)<\ + 8 for an infinity of values of n\
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(5) the necessary and sufficient condition that <£ (n) should tend to a limit
is that A = X, and in this case the limit is I, the common value of X and A.
Of these properties, (1) is an immediate consequence of the definitions ;
and we can prove (2) as follows. If A=X = ?, there can be at most one inter-
mediate number, viz. I, and there is nothing to prove. Suppose then that
A > X. Any intermediate number £ is less than any superior and greater than
any inferior number, so that X ^ £ < A. But if X < £ < A then £ must be
intermediate, since it is plainly neither superior nor inferior. Hence there are
intermediate numbers as near as we please to either X or A.
To prove (3) we observe that \ + 8 is superior and A- 8 intermediate or
inferior. The result is then an immediate consequence of the definitions ; and
the proof of (4) is substantially the same.
Finally (5) may be proved as follows. If A = \ = l, then
l-8«t>(n)<l+b
for every positive value of 8 and all sufficiently large values of n, so that
(n) ->- 1. Conversely, if <£ (n) -*■ I, then the inequalities above written hold
for all sufficiently large values of n. Hence 1-8 is inferior and 1 + 8 superior,
so that
\>l-8, \^l + 8,
and therefore A — X ^ 28. As A — X 21 0, this can only be true if A = X.
Examples XXXII. 1. Neither A nor X is affected by any alteration in
any finite number of values of <fi (n).
2. If <fi (n) — a for all values of n, then m = X = A = M= a.
3. If <f) (n) = l/n, then m=X=A=0 and M=l.
4. If (j> iii) = ( - 1 ) n , then m = X = - 1 and A = M = 1 .
5. If <£(?*) = (- l) n M then m=-l, X = A = 0, Jf=|.
6. If 0(?O = (- 1)"{1 + (l/n)}, then m= -2, X=-l, A=l, if=f.
7. Let </> (n) = sin n6ir, where 6> 0. If 6 is an integer then m = X = A = M= 0.
If 6 is rational but not integral a variety of cases arise. Suppose, e.g., that
B=plq, p and q being positive, odd, and prime to one another, and q>\.
Then $(?i) assumes the cyclical sequence of values
smipn/q), sin {2pwjq), , sin{(2g-- l)pn/q}, sin (2qpirjq\
It is easily verified that the numerically greatest and least values of <p (n) are
cos(7r/2^) and —cos{irj2q), so that
m = \= -cos(7r/2<7), A=J/=cos(7r/2g-).
The reader may discuss similarly the cases which arise when p and q are
not both odd.
The case in which 6 is irrational is more difficult : it may be shown that
in this case m = \= - 1 and A = M=l. It may also be shown that the values
of </> (n) are scattered all over the interval ( - 1, 1 ) in such a way that, if £ is
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any number of the interval, then there is a sequence Wj, n 2 , such that
The results are very similar when <f) (n) is the fractional part of nO.
83. The general principle of convergence for a bounded function.
The results of the preceding sections enable us to formulate a very important
necessary and sufficient condition that a bounded function cf> (n) should tend
to a limit, a condition usually referred to as the general principle of convergence
to a limit.
Theorem 1. The necessary and sufficient condition that a bounded function
cf) (n) should tend to a limit is that, when any positive number 8 is given, it should
be possible to find a number n (8) such that
l0(«»)-*(»h)l<8
for all values of % and n 2 such that n 2 > n\ ^ n (8).
In the first place, the condition is necessary. For if ${n)-*-l then we
can find n so that
l-±8<(p(n)<l + ho-
when n > n , and so
|0(»2)-0("l)l<S (1)
when n x > n and n 2 = n o-
In the second place, the condition is sufficient. In order to prove this we
have only to show that it involves X = A. But if X < A then there are, however
small 8 may be, infinitely many values of n such that 4>(?i)<\ + 8 and
infinitely many such that cf>(n)> A-8 ; and therefore we can find values of
ni and n 2 , each greater than any assigned number « , and such that
0(w 2 )-0(% 1 )>A-X-28,
which is greater than i(A-X) if 8 is small enough. This plainly contradicts
the inequality (1). Hence X = A, and so (f> (n) tends to a limit.
84. Unbounded functions. So far we have restricted ourselves to
bounded functions ; but the ' general principle of convergence ' is the same
for unbounded as for bounded functions, and the words 'a bounded functio7i'
may be omitted from the enunciation of Theorem 1.
In the first place, if <p (n) tends to a limit I then it is certainly bounded ; for
all but a finite number of its values are less than 1 + 8 and greater than 1-8.
In the second place, if the condition of Theorem 1 is satisfied, we have
|0O 2 )-<M'"i)|<s
whenever /!, >k and « 2 ="o- L e t us choose some particular value n x greater
than n . Then
(«!) - 8 < (j) (n 2 ) < (%) + 8
when n 2 2in . Hence (f> (n) is bounded ; and so the second part of the proof of
the last section applies also.
* A number of simple proofs of this result are given by Hardy and Littlewood,
" Some Problems of Diophantine Approximation", Acta Mathematica, vol. xxxvii.
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The theoretical importance of the ' general principle of convergence ' can
hardly be overestimated. Like the theorems of § 69, it gives us a means of
deciding whether a function <f>(7i) tends to a limit or not, without requiring
us to be able to tell beforehand what the limit, if it exists, must be ; and
it has not the limitations inevitable in theorems of such a special character
as those of § 69. But in elementary work it is generally possible to dispense
with it, and to obtain all we want from these special theorems. And it will
be found that, in spite of the importance of the principle, practically no
applications are made of it in the chapters which follow.* We will only
remark that, if we suppose that
4> i n ) = s )l = u l + u 2 + ... + u n ,
we obtain at once a necessary and sufficient condition for the convergence of
an infinite series, viz :
Theorem 2. The necessary and sufficient condition for the convergence
of the series ■m 1 -H< 2 + --- & that, given any positive number 8, it should be
possible to find n so that
for all values of n x and n 2 such that ?i2>n 1 >7i .
85. Limits of complex functions and series of complex
terms. In this chapter we have, up to the present, concerned
ourselves only with real functions of n and series all of whose
terms are real. There is however no difficulty in extending our
ideas and definitions to the case in which the functions or the
terms of the series are complex.
Suppose that <p(ri) is complex and equal to
p (n) + i<r (n),
where p (n), cr (n) are real functions of n. Then if p (n) and a (n)
converge respectively to limits r and s as n -»- go , ive shall say that
<j> (n) converges to the limit I = r + is, and write
lim $ (n) = I.
Similarly, when n n is complex and equal to v n + nv n , we shall say
that the series
Ml + « 2 +U 3 + ...
is convergent and has the sum I = r + is, if the series
v 1 + v, + v 3 + ..., w J + iu, + w s + ...
are convergent and have the sums r, s respectively.
* A few proofs given in Ch. VIII can be simplified by the use of the principle.
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To say that u t + ?/ 2 + u 3 + ... is convergent and has the sum
I is of course the same as to say that the sum
S n = U 1 + U i + ... +ll n = (v 1 +V 2 + ...+V n ) + i(lV 1 +W 2 + ... + W n )
converges to the limit I as n -*- go .
In the case of real functions and series we also gave definitions
of divergence and oscillation, finite or infinite. But in the case
of complex functions and series, where we have to. consider the
behaviour both of p (n) and of <r (n), there are so many possibilities
that this is hardly worth while. When it is necessary to make
further distinctions of this kind, we shall make them by stating
the way in which the real or imaginary parts behave when taken
separately.
86. The reader will find no difficulty in proving such
theorems as the following, which are obvious extensions of
theorems already proved for real functions and series.
(1) If lim <p (n) = I then lim <£ (n + p) = £ for any fixed value
of p.
(2) If w a + u 2 + . . . is convergent and has the sum I, then
a -f b + c + . . . + k + Uj + v 2 + . . . is convergent and has the sum
a + b + c+ ... + k + 1, and u p+l + u p+2 + ... is convergent and has
the sum I — 1^ — ti 2 — ... — u p .
(3) If lim (n) = I and lim yjr (n) = m, then
lim {(f> (n) + ty (n)} =1 + m.
(4) If lim (p (n) = I, then lim k<f> (n) = hi.
(5) If lim <p (11) = I and lim \jr (n)=m, then lim <p(n)yjs(n)=lm.
(6) If w 1 + w a + ... converges to the sum I, and v 1 + v 2 +... to
the sum m, then (u x + v^ + (u 2 + v 2 ) + . . . converges to the sum l + m.
(7) If Wj + m 2 + . .. converges to the sum I then ki^ + ku 2 + ...
converges to the sum kl.
(8) If Wj + u 2 + u 3 + ... is convergent then lim u n = 0.
(9) If « 2 + Ms + u s + ... is convergent, then so is any series
formed by grouping the terms in brackets, and the sums of the two
series are the same.
85, 86] POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE 155
As an example, let us prove theorem (5). Let
0(»)=p(»)+*V(»)j M»)=p' (»)+&/(»), l = r + is, m=r' + is'.
Then p(ri)-*-r, a(n)-**s, p'(n)-^r', o-' (»)-*-*'.
But (p (n) \js (n) = pp - (to-' + i (pa' + p'v),
and pp' - cro-' -*- r/ - ss', p<r' + p'<r -*- rs' + r's ;
so that <p (n) \|/- (n) ->- rr' — ss' + i (rs' + r's),
i.e. <p (n) yjr (n) -*- (r + is) (?•' + is') = Im.
The following theorems are of a somewhat different character.
(10) In order that <f> (n) = p (n) + i<r (n) should converge to
zero as n -*- co , it is necessary and sufficient that
\4> 00 1 =s/Up (*)}'+{* OOP]
should converge to zero.
If p(n) and <r(n) both converge to zero then it is plain that s f(p 2 + cr' i )
does so. The converse follows from the fact that the numerical value of p or
cr cannot be greater than ,/(p 2 + a- 2 ).
(11) More generally, in order that <p(n) should converge to a
limit I, it is necessary and sufficient that
l*00-»l
should converge to zero.
For (p (n) — I converges to zero, and we can apply (10).
(12) Theorems 1 and 2 of §§ 83 — 84 are still true when
<p (n) and u n are complex.
We have to show that the necessary and sufficient condition that cp(n)
should tend to I is that
I <P (%)-<?(%) I <8 (l)
when n 2 > n x ^.n Q .
If <p (n)-*-l then p (%)-*»»■ and a (n)->-s, and so we can find numbers n ' and
n " depending on 8 and such that
I P W - p Oi) I < i 8, I <r W - o- (»i) ] < i 5,
the first inequality holding when « 2 > n i = n o'j an d the second when n 2 > ?i x ^ « ".
Hence
I <P (»2)~ <P (»l) I ^ I P (%)~P («l) I + I * ("2) - O- («l) |<8
when w 2 >^i = «o> where n is the greater of n ' and « ". Thus the condition
(1) is necessary. To prove that it is sufficient we have only to observe that
I p (n 2 ) - p (n x ) I ^ I <p (n 2 ) - cp (%) | < 3
when n 2 >n 1 ^n . Thus p (n) tends to a limit r, and in the same way it may
be shown that a (n) tends to a limit s.
156 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A [iV
87. The limit of z n as n -*■ oc , z being any complex
number. Let us consider the important case in which <£ (n) = z 11 .
This problem has already been discussed for real values of z in
§72.
If z n — I then z n+l -* I, by (1) of § 86. But, by (4) of § 86,
z n+i = zz n _^ 2 l }
and therefore I = zl, which is only possible if (a) I = or (b) z == 1.
If z = 1 then lim2 n = 1. Apart from this special case the limit,
if it exists, can only be zero.
Now if z = r (cos 6 + i sin 6), where r is positive, then
z n = r 11 (cos nd + i sin n6),
so that | z n | = r n . Thus | z n \ tends to zero if and only if r < 1 ;
and it follows from (10) of § 86 that
lim z 11 =
if and only if r < 1. In no other case does z n converge to a limit,
except when z = 1 and z n -*■ 1.
88. The geometric series 1 + z + z- + . . . when z is
complex. Since
s n =l+z + z*-+... + z n -* = (l-z n )/(l-z),
unless z = 1, when the value of s }l is ??, it follows that the series
1 + z + z 2 + ... is convergent if and only if r = | z \ < 1. And its
sum when convergent is 1/(1 — z).
Thus if z = r (cos 9 + i sin 9) = ?* Cis 9, and r < 1, we have
l+* + * 2 +... = l/(l-rCis0),
or 1 + r Cis 9 + r" Cis 29 + ... = 1/(1 - r Cis 9)
= (1 — r cos + ir sin 6)1(1 — 2?- cos 6 + r 2 ).
Separating the real and imaginary parts, we obtain
1 + r cos 9 + r 2 cos 29 + . . . = (1 — r cos 6)1(1 - 2r cos 6 + r 2 ),
r sin + r 2 sin 20 + . . . = r sin 9/(1 - 2r cos + r 2 ),
provided r<l. If we change 6 into + 7r, we see that these
results hold also for negative values of r numerically less than 1.
Thus they hold when — 1 < r < 1.
87, 88] POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE 157
Examples XXXIII. 1. Prove directly that cf> (n) = r n cos n8 converges
to when r< 1 and to 1 when r= 1 and 6 is a multiple of 2w. Prove further
that if r — \ and 6 is not a multiple of 2n, then <p(n) oscillates finitely; if
r>\ and 6 is a multiple of 2ir, then <f> (n)-*- + <x>; and if r>l and 6 is not a
multiple of 2n, then <£ (n) oscillates infinitely.
2. Establish a similar series of results for $ (m) = ?•" sin nd.
3. Prove that z m + z m + 1 + ... = z m j(l - z),
2 »* + 2 2 '» + i + 2s m + 2 + ... =z m (l+z)/(l-z),
if and only if j z | < 1. "Which of the theorems of § 86 do you use ?
4. Prove that if - 1 < r < 1 then
l + 2rcos0 + 2r 2 cos20+...=(l-r 2 )/(l-2rcos0 + ?- 2 ).
5. The series I + t^- + (V^Y +•••
converges to the sum 1 / ( 1 - ■=— - J = 1 + z if 1 2/(1 + z) | < 1. Show that this
condition is equivalent to the condition that z has a real part greater than —\.
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER IV.
1. The function $(«) takes the values 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, ... when
n = 0, 1, 2, .... Express (f>(n) in terms of n by a formula which does not
involve trigonometrical functions. [4>(n) = ^{l + ( — l)" + i' l + (-z)"}.]
2. If <£ (n) steadily increases, and \|/- (a) steadily decreases, as n tends to
00, and if \|/- (n) > <f) («) for all values of n, then both <j>(n) and \^(n) tend to
limits, and lim0(?i)^lim\^(n). [This is an intermediate corollary from
§69.]
3. Prove that, if
*«-(l+^, +{n)=(l-?)~ n ,
then (f)(n + l)>cf) (n) and ^ (/i + 1) < ^ (to). [The first result has already been
proved in § 73.]
4. Prove also that ^ (to) > (f) (to) for all values of to : and deduce (by means
of the preceding examples) that both <£ (to) and \js (to) tend to limits as to
tends to oo . *
5. The arithmetic mean of the products of all distinct pairs of positive
integers whose sum is to is denoted by S n . Show that lim (SJn 2 ) = 1/6.
(Math. Trip. 1903.)
* A proof that lim {\p (n) - <p (ft)}=0, and that therefore each function tends to
the limit e, will be found in Chrystal's Algebra, vol. ii, p. 78. We shall however
prove this in Ch. IX by a different method.
158 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A [iV
6. Prove that if Xi = ^{x + (Ajx)}, x 2 ~\{x l -\-{Ajx\)} 1 and so on, x and
A being positive, then lim# n =,vM'
[Prove first that — - — rT = I — - — r . ) .]
1 x n +JA \x+,JAJ
7. If <£ (») is a positive integer for all values of n, and tends to oo with n,
then x tends to if 0<x<\ and to +oo if x>l. Discuss the behaviour
of x , as w-*-oo , for other values of x.
8.* If a n increases or decreases steadily as n increases, then the same is
true of (a x + «2 + • • • + a n)l n -
9. If x n + i = s !(k+x n ), and h and x x are positive, then the sequence x\, x. 2 ,
x 3 , ... is an increasing or decreasing sequence according as x x is less than or
greater than a, the positive root of the equation x 2 — x + k; and in either case
x n -»-a as n->~<x> .
10. If sn n+ i=kj(l+x^), ar »d & and X\ are positive, then the sequences
#!, x 3 , x$, ... and # 2 > x a x §i ••• are one au increasing and the other a decreasing
sequence, and each sequence tends to the limit a, the positive root of the
equation a?+x = k.
11. The function f(x) is increasing and continuous (see Ch. V) for all
values of x, and a sequence x lt x 2 , x 3 , ... is denned by the equation
x n + i=f(x n ). Discuss on general graphical grounds the question as to
whether x n tends to a root of the equation x-f(x). Consider in particular
the case in which this equation has only one root, distinguishing the cases in
which the curve y=f(%) crosses the line y = x from above to below and from
below to above.
12. If Xy , x 2 are positive and x n + j = \ (x n +x n _ i), then the sequences x x , x 3 ,
.r 5 , ... and x 2 , x\, x 6 , ... are one a decreasing and the other an increasing
sequence, and they have the common limit J (x y + 2x 2 ).
13. Draw a graph of the function y defined by the equation
y= lim x*-» S m^rrx+x^ ^ Math THp 19Q1 }
14. The function y= lim t~= — .
w-*w l+nsm 2 Trx
is equal to except when x is an integer, and then equal to 1. The function
lim ^(x) + ncj)(x)sm 2 nx
n-*~«> 1+71 sin 2 nx
is equal to <f> (x) unless x is au integer, and then equal to \|/- (x).
15. Show that the graph of the function
.. x n (b(x) + x- n \lf(x)
y= hm — J -^-z ! - i —
* Exs. 8 — 12 are taken from Broniwich's Infinite Series.
POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE 159
is composed of parts of the graphs of cf>(x) and \^(x), together with (as a rule)
two isolated points. Is y defined when (a) x=l, (b) x= - 1, (c) x — ]
16. Prove that the function y which is equal to when x is rational, and
to 1 when x is irrational, may be represented in the form
y = lim sgn{sia 2 (m\ irx)},
where sgn x— lim (2/rr) arc tan (nx) t
as in Ex. xxxi. 14. [If x is rational then sin 2 (m ! nx), and therefore
sgn {sin 2 (m ! nx)}, is equal to zero from a certain value of m onwards : if
x is irrational then sin 2 (m ! nx) is always positive, and so sgn {sin 2 (m ! irx)}
is always equal to 1.]
Prove that y may also be represented in the form
1 — lim [lim {cos (m ! 7i\i)} 2 "].
17. Sum the series
i *(i/ + l)' iv{» + l)...{v+k)'
[Since
I = 1/ ! 1 )
, , » 1 = 1 f 1 1 }
We aVC i V {v + l)...(v+k) k\l.2...& (n + l)(n + 2)...{n+k))
and so 2 — ; rr — ; r , = , /f ,, . 1
18. If | 2 |<|aL then -A. = -^fi + £ + f! + ..V
3-a a \ a a- /
andif |s|>|a|, then — = - (l + - +-, + ... ).
1 ' ' ' z — a z \ z z l j
19. Expansion of (Az + B)/(az 2 + 2bz + c) in powers of z. Let a, 8
be the roots of az 2 + 2bz + c=0, so that az 2 + 2bz + c = a(z- a){z~8). We
shall suppose that A, B, a, b, c are all real, and a and 8 unequal. It is then
easy to verify that
Az+B 1 / Aa + B _ A8 + B \
az 2 + 2bz + c~ a(a-8)\ z-a z~8J'
There are two cases, according as b 2 > ac or b 2 < ac.
(1) If b 2 >ac then the roots a, 8 are real and distinct. If \z\ is less than
either \a\ or \8\ we can expand l/(z — a) and lftz—8) in ascending powers of s
(Ex. 18). If U | is greater than either | a | or | /3 1 we must expand in descending
powers of z; while if \z\ lies between \a\ and \8\ one fraction must be ex-
panded in ascending and one in descending powers of z. The reader should
write down the actual results. If \z\ is equal to \a\ or \8\ then no such
expansion is. possible.
160 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A [iV
(2) If b 2 <ac then the roots are conjugate complex numbers (Ch. Ill
$5 43), and we can write
a = p Cis<p, )3=p Cis (~4>),
where p 2 = a/3 = c/a, p cos cp = £ (a + /3) = - 6/a, so that cos = - s](b 2 lac),
sin = ^/(1 - (b 2 Jac)}.
If \z\<p then each fraction may be expanded in ascending powers of z.
The coefficient of z n will be found to be
Ap sin n<p + 2? sin {(n + I)<p}
ap n + ] sin <p
If |«|>p we obtain a similar expansion in descending powers, while if |s| = p
no such expansion is possible.
20. Show that if | z\ < 1 then
1 + 22 + 32"+. .. + (« + l)s»+... = l/(l-2) 2 .
J 2 n ?l2 n
[The sum to n terms is r , .„ - = .1
L (1 — z)- 1 — z J
21. Expand Lj{z-a) 2 in powers of 2, ascending or descending according
as \z\< | a | or | z\ >\a\.
22. Show that if b 2 =ac and | az |< | b | then
Jz + 2? _°g n
az 2 + 2bz + c / nZ>
where p ll = {(-a) n /b n + 2 } {{n + l)aB-?ibA}; and find the corresponding ex-
pansion, in descending powers of z, which holds when |«2]>|6|.
23. Verify the result of Ex. 19 in the case of the fraction 1/(1 +z 2 ). [We
have l/(l+s a ) = S8 n sin {h(n + I)n} = l-z 2 +z i - ....]
24. Prove that if U|<1 then
2 oo
2z n sin {g(n + l) tt}.
1 + 2 + 2 2 V3
25. Expand (l+*)/(l +2 2 ), (1 +2 2 )/(l + 2^) and (1 + z + z 2 )/(l + z i ) in ascend-
ing powers of 2. For what values of 2 do your results hold ?
26. If a/(a + bz + cz 2 ) = 1 +fiz +p 2 z 2 + . . . then
i . 2 . 2 2 , «+C2 a 2
a - as a 2 - (6 2 - 2ac) z + c 2 z 2 '
{Math. Trip. 1900.)
27. If lim s n = Z then
lim «i+*+-.+^
}i-»-00 "
[Let s n =£-K„. Then we have to prove that (ti + t 2 + ... + t n )/n tends to
zero if t n does so.
POSITIVE INTEGRAL VARIABLE ]61
We divide the numbers t 1} t 2 , ... t n into two sets t u t 2 , ..., t p and t p+1 ,
tp + 2, ••; tn- Here we suppose that p is a function of n which tends to oo
as »-*-co , but more slowly than n, so that p-*-cc and p/n-*-0 ; e.g. we might
suppose p to be the integral part of Jn.
Let f be any positive number. However small 8 may be, we can choose
n so that ? p + 1 , t p + 2 ,...,t n are all numerically less than ^8 when n>n , and so
\(tp+i+t p+2 +... +tn)/n\<$8(n-p)ln<$8.
But, if A is the greatest of the moduli of all the numbers t lt t 2 , ..., we
have
\(t l + t 2 + ... + t p )/n\<pA/n,
and this also will be less than |S when n>n , if n is large enough, since
pjn-*-0 as «-»-oo . Thus
l(^+? 2 +...+0/H|<|(^+^+... + g/»| + |(^ +1 +... + ^)/ ?i |<§
when ?^tto > which proves the theorem.
The reader, if he desires to become expert in dealing with questions about
limits, should study the argument above with great care. It is very often
necessary, in proving the limit of some given expression to be zero, to split it
into two parts which have to be proved to have the limit zero in slightly
different ways. When this is the case the proof is never very easy.
The point of the proof is this : we have to prove that (t 1 + t 2 + ... + t n )jn is
small when n is large, the t's being small when their suffixes are large. We
split up the terms in the bracket into two groups. The terms in the first
group are not all small, but their number is small compared with n. The
number in the second group is not small compared with n, but the terms are
all small, and their number at any rate less than n, so that their sum is small
compared with n. Hence each of the parts into which (t 1 +t 2 +... + t n )ln
has been divided is small when n is large.]
28. If 4>(,n)- 4>{n- l)-*-l as n-s-co, then $ (n)ln-*-l.
[If <f) (n) = s t + S2+ ...+s n then <p (n) — $ (n— l) = s n , and the theorem re-
duces to that proved in the last example.]
29. If s lt = i {1 - ( - 1)"}, so that s n is equal to 1 or according as n is odd
or even, then {s 1 + s 2 + ...+s n )l7i-^^ as ?i-*-ao .
[This example proves that the converse of Ex. 27 is not true : for s u
oscillates as n-*-oo .]
30. If c n , s n denote the sums of the first n terms of the series
i + cos# + cos2<9+..., sin 6 + sin 20+...,
then
lim (c! + c z + . .. + c n )jn = 0, lim (s t + s 2 + . . . + s n )jn = \ cot \6.
11
CHAPTER V
LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A CONTINUOUS VARIABLE.
CONTINUOUS AND DISCONTINUOUS FUNCTIONS
89. Limits as x tends to oo . We shall now return to
functions of a continuous real variable. We "shall confine our-
selves entirely to one-valued functions*, and we shall denote such
a function by <f> (x). We suppose x to assume successively all
values corresponding to points on our fundamental straight line
A, starting from some definite point on the line and progressing
always to the right. In these circumstances we say that x
tends to infinity, or to oo , and write x ->■ oo . The only difference
between the ' tending of n to oo ' discussed in the last chapter, and
this ' tending of x to oo ', is that x assumes all values as it tends
to oo , i.e. that the point P which corresponds to x coincides in
turn with every point of A to the right of its initial position,
whereas n tended to oo by a series of jumps. We can express this
distinction by saying that x tends continuously to oo .
As we explained at the beginning of the last chapter, there is
a very close correspondence between functions of x and functions
of n. Every function of n may be regarded as a selection from
the values of a function of x. In the last chapter Ave discussed
the peculiarities which may characterise the behaviour of a
function c£ (n) as n tends to oo . Now we are concerned with the
same problem for a function </> (x) ; and the definitions and
theorems to which we are led are practically repetitions of those
of the last chapter. Thus corresponding to Def. 1 of § 58 we
have :
* Thus K lx stands in this chapter for the one-valued function + K !x and not (as
in § 26) for the two-valued function whose values are + s !x and - s !x.
89] LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS OF A CONTINUOUS VARIABLE 163
Definition 1. The function <f>(x) is said to tend to the limit I
as x tends to oo if, when any positive number 8, however small, is
assigned, a number x (8) can be chosen such that, for all values of
x equal to or greater than x (8), (x) differs from I by less than 8,
i.e. if
\<j>(x)-l\<S
when x = x (S).
When this is the case we may write
Km <f> (x) = I,
x-* oo
or, when there is no risk of ambiguity, simply Km $ (x) = I, or
<b (x) ->■ 1. Similarly we have :
Definition 2. The function <^(x) is said to tend to oo with
i x if when any number A, however large, is assigned, we can choose
a number #' (A) such that
<f> (x) > A
wlien x = x (A).
We then write
<f) (x) -^ oo .
Similarly we define <£ (x) -*■ — cc *. Finally we have :
Definition 3. If the conditions of neither of the two preceding
definitions are satisfied, then <£ (x) is said to oscillate as x tends
l to oo . If | (f> (x) I is less than some constant K when x = x f, then
<b(x) is said to oscillate finitely, and otherwise infinitely.
The reader will remember that in the last chapter we con-
sidered very carefully various less formal ways of expressing the
facts represented by the formulae (f)(n)~^l, <j>(n) -»» oo . Similar
modes of expression may of course be used in the present case.
Thus we may say that <£ (x) is small or nearly equal to I or large
when x is large, using the words ' small ', ' nearly ', ' large ' in
a sense similar to that in which they were used in Ch. IV.
* We shall sometimes find it convenient to write +00, x -*■ + 00 , <j> (x) -*- + 00
instead of 00 , x -*- 00 , <p (x) -*■ oo .
t In the corresponding definition of § 62, we postulated that | <j> (n) \ <K for all
values of n, and not merely when n > ?i . But then the two hypotheses would have
beeu equivalent ; for if | cp (n) | < K when 11 2: 7i , then | <p (n) \ < K' for all values
of n, where K' is the greatest of 0(1), 0(2), ... , (p(n -l) and K. Here the
matter is not quite so simple, as there are infinitely many values of x less than x .
11—2
1G4 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS [V
Examples XXXIV. 1. Consider the behaviour of the following functions
as .1 ' -co : 1/x, l + {l/:c), x\ x\ [x], x-[x], [x] + J{x-[x]}.
The first four functions correspond exactly to functions of n fully dis-
cussed in Ch. IV. The graphs of the last three were constructed in Ch. II
(Exs. xvi. 1, 2, 4), and the reader will see at once that [#]-»■ <x>, x- [x] oscillates
finitely, and [x] + J{x - [x]} -*- co .
One simple remark may be inserted here. The function cj)(x) = x-[x]
oscillates between and 1, as is obvious from the form of its graph. It is
equal to zero whenever x is an integer, so that the function cf>(n) derived
from it is always zero and so tends to the limit zero. The same is true if
(f) {%) = sin xn, (f> (n) = sin mr =0.
It is evident that <fr{x)-*-l or $(.v)-»-ao or <t>{x)-*- — cc involves the corre-
sponding property for (n), but that the converse is by no means always
true.
2. Consider in the same way the functions :
(sin xn)lx, ^sin.r7r, {x sin xir) 2 , tan.^n-, a cos 2 xn + b sin 2 xn,
illustrating your remarks by means of the graphs of the functions.
3. Give a geometrical explanation of Def. 1, analogous to the geometrical
explanation of Ch. IV, § 59.
4. If (x) ->■ I, and I is not zero, then <£ (x) cos xtv and (x) sin xn oscillate
finitely. If (f>(x)-*-<x> or (f> (x) ->- — co , then they oscillate infinitely. The
graph of either function is a wavy curve oscillating between the curves
y=<p{x) andy=-<£(.r).
5. Discuss the behaviour, as x->~cc , of the function
y —f ( x ) cos2 xtc + f ( x ) sm2 xir t
where f{x) and F{x) are some pair of simple functions {e.g. x and x 2 ). [The
graph of y is a curve oscillating between the curves y =f{%), y = F{x).]
90. Limits as x tends to — co . The reader will have no
difficulty in framing for himself definitions of the meaning of the
assertions ' x tends to — co ', or ' x -*■ — co ' and
lim <f) (x) =1, <j) (%) -*■ co , (#)-*- — co .
a:-* — oo
In fact, if x = — y and <f> (x) = <f> (— y) = yjr (y), then y tends
to co as x tends to — co , and the question of the behaviour of
</> (x) as x tends to — oo is the same as that of the behaviour of
\}r (y) as y tends to co .
89-93] OF A CONTINUOUS VARIABLE 165
91. Theorems corresponding to those of Ch. IV, §§ 63—67.
The theorems concerning the sums, products, and quotients of functions
proved in Ch. IV are all true (with obvious verbal alterations which the
reader will have no difficulty in supplying) for functions of the continuous
variable x. Not only the enunciations but the proofs remain substantially
the same.
92. Steadily increasing or decreasing functions. The definition
which corresponds to that of § 69 is as follows : the function <£ (x) will
be said to increase steadily with x if <f)(x 2 )5:<fi (.i\) ivhenever x 2 >x 1 . In
many cases, of course, this condition is only satisfied from a definite value
of x onwards, i.e. when x i >x l >x . The theorem which follows in that section
requires no alteration but that of n into x : and the proof is the same, except
for obvious verbal changes.
If </>(a' 2 )>0(#i), tne possibility of equality being excluded, whenever
x- 2 >x u then <f)(x) will be said to be steadily increasing in the stricter sense.
"We shall find that the distinction is often important (cf. §§ 108 — 109).
The reader should consider whether or no the following functions
increase steadily with x (or at any rate increase steadily from a certain
value of x onwards): x~-x, x-\-sinx, #+2sin#, .r 2 + 2sina-, [x], [#] + sina;,
[a?]+V{#~ [#]}■ AH these functions tend to oo as x-*- co .
93. Limits as x tends to 0. Let <£ (x) be such a function
of x that lim <f> (x) = /, and let y = 1/x. Then
*(«)-*(l/y)-*(y),
say. As x tends to co , y tends to the limit 0, and ^ (y) tends to
the limit I.
Let us now dismiss x and consider ty (y) simply as a function
of y. We are for the moment concerned only with those values
of y which correspond to large positive values of x, that is to say
with small positive values of y. And ty (y) has the property that
by making y sufficiently small we can make yfr (y) differ by as
little as we please from I. To put the matter more precisely,
the statement expressed by lim ${x) = l means that, when any
positive number 8, however small, is assigned, we can choose
cc Q so that \<f>(cc) — l\< 8 for all values of x greater than or equal
to x Q . But this is the same thing as saying that we can choose
y = l/#„ so that | yjr (y) — 1 1 < 8 for all positive values of y less than
or equal to y .
We are thus led to the following definitions :
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A. If, when any positive number 8, however small, is assigned,
we can choose y (8) so that
\${y)-l\<8
when < y ^ y (8), then we say that <f> (y) tends to the limit I as y
tends to by positive values, and we write
lim <f> (y) = I.
B. If, when any number A, however large, is assigned, we can
choose y (A) so that
<f> (y) > A
ivhen <y ^y (A), then we say that <f> (y) tends to co as y tends
to by positive values, and we write
$ (y) -*- oo .
We define in a similar way the meaning of ' <f> (y) tends to
the limit I as y tends to by negative values ', or ' lim ty(y) = l
when y ->■ — '. We have in fact only to alter < y £ y (8) to
— y (8) ^ y < in definition A. There is of course a corresponding
analogue of definition B, and similar definitions in which
as y -*■ + or y -*- — 0.
If lim (j>(y) = l and lim §(y) = l, we write simply
lim <£ (3/) = I.
y-*-o
This case is so important that it is worth while to give a formal
definition.
If, when any positive number 8, however small, is assigned, we
can choose y (8) so that, for all values of y different from zero but
numerically less than or equal to y (8), </> (y) differs from I by less
than 8, then we say that <f> (y) tends to the limit I as y tends to 0,
and write
lim <£ (y) = I
So also, if (f) (y) -*■ co as y -*■ + and also as y -*■ — 0, we say
that <£ (?/) -*■ oo as y -*• 0. We define in a similar manner the
statement that $ (y) -*■ — co as y -*■ 0.
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Finally, if <£ (?/) does not tend to a limit, or to oo , or to
— cc , as y •-»■ + 0, we say that <f> (y) oscillates as y -*» + 0, finitely
or infinitely as the case may be; and we define oscillation as
y -*■ — in a similar manner.
The preceding definitions have been stated in terms of a
variable denoted by y : what letter is used is of course immaterial,
and we may suppose x written instead of y throughout them.
94. Limits as x tends to a. Suppose that $(y)-*-l as
y -*■ 0, and write
y = x-a, $ (y) = $ (x - a) = f (x).
If y -*- then x -*• a and -fr (x) -*• I, and we are naturally led to
write
lim \fr (x) = I,
or simply lim yfr (x) = I or yp- (x) -*■ I, and to say that yjr (x) tends to
the limit I as x tends to a. The meaning of this equation may
be formally and directly defined as follows : if, given 8, we can
always determine e(8) so that
\4>(x)-l\<8
when < | x — a \ ^ e (8), then
lim (f> (x) = I.
By restricting ourselves to values of x greater than a, i.e. by
replacing < | x — a \ ^ e (8) by a < x ^ a + e (8), we define ' cf> (x)
tends to I when x approaches a from the right', which we may
write as
lim <f> (x) — I.
In the same way we can define the meaning of
lim <j) (x) = I.
x-*-a-0
Thus lim 4>(x) = 1 is equivalent to the two assertions
lim <f) (x) = I, lim (x) = I.
x^-a + .T-»-a-0
We can give similar definitions referring to the cases in which
cf)(x)^x> or </>(#)-* — ao as x-^a through values greater or less
than a ; but it is probably unnecessary to dwell further on these
definitions, since they are exactly similar to those stated above in
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the special case when a = 0, and we can always discuss the
behaviour of <£(#) as x~^a by putting x — a = y and supposing
that 2/^-0.
95. Steadily increasing or decreasing functions. If there is a number
c such that (x') 2g$ (x") whenever a-e<x'<x"<a + e, then <f>(x) will be
said to increase steadily in the neighbourhood of x=a.
Suppose first that x<a, and put y=lj(a-x). Then y-z-ao as x-*-a— 0,
and (x) = \//- (y) is a steadily increasing function of ?/, never greater than $ (a).
It follows from § 92 that (x) tends to a limit not greater than <£ (a). We
shall write
lim <fi(x) = (}>(a+0).
We can define <j> (a - 0) in a similar manner ; and it is clear that
(a-0) <(f) (a)^0 (a + 0).
It is obvious that similar considerations may be applied to decreasing
functions.
If (f>(x')<<fi(x"), the possibility of equality being excluded, whenever
a — e<x'<x"<a + e, then (f)(x) will be said to be steadily increasing in the
stricter sense.
96. Limits of indetermination and the principle of convergence.
All of the argument of §§ 80 — 84 may be applied to functions of a con-
tinuous variable x which tends to a limit a. In particular, if (f> (x) is
bounded in an interval including a (i.e. if we can find e, H, and K so that
H<<f) (x)<K when a — e<^'^a + e)*, then we can define X and A, the lower and
upper limits of indetermination of <£ (x) as x->-a, and prove that the necessary
and sufficient condition that (x)-*-l as x-*-a is that X = A = l. We can also
establish the analogue of the principle of convergence, i.e. prove that the
necessary and sufficient condition that <£ (x) shoidd tend to a limit as x-*-a is
that, when 8 is given, we can choose e (8) so that |0(#2) -( M-' r i)|<S when
0<\x 2 -a\ < |#i-a|<e (S).
Examples XXXV. 1. If
as x ->- a, then <£ (x) + \//- (#) -a~ £ + /', $ (x) ^ (x) -»■ W, and (.r)/^ (a?) -*■ 1 1 1',
unless in the last case l' = 0.
[We saw in § 91 that the theorems of Ch. IV, §§ 63 et seq. hold also for
functions of x when x ->- oc or#-*--oo. By putting x=\jy we may extend
them to functions of y, when y-*-0, and by putting y = z — a to functions of z,
when z-*-a.
* For some further discussion of the notion of a function bounded in an interval
see § 102.
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The reader should however try to prove them directly from the formal
definition given above. Thus, in order to obtain a strict direct proof of the
first result he need only take the proof of Theorem I of § 63 and write
throughout x for n, a for oo and 0<|#-a|<e for n>n Q .]
2. If m is a positive integer then # m -»-0 as x-*-0.
3. If m is a negative integer then x m -*- + <x> as x-*- + 0, while a?"-*-— oo or
x m -*- + <& &sx-*--0, according as m is odd or even. If »j = theu x m =l
and x m -*-l.
4. li m (a + bx + ex 2 + . . . + kx m ) = a.
5. lim \(a + bx+ ... +kx m )J(a + 0x + ... +KX^)\ = a!a, unless a = 0. If a=0
and «#=0, (34=0, then the function tends to +oo or - oo , as x-*- + 0, according
as a and /3 have like or unlike signs; the case is reversed if a--»--0. The
case in which both a and a vanish is considered in Ex. xxxvi. 5. Discuss the
cases which arise when a=t=0 and more than one of the first coefficients in the
denominator vanish.
6. lim x m = a m , if m is any positive or negative integer, except when a = Q
x-*-a
and in is negative. [If m>0, put x=y-\-a and apply Ex. 4. When to<0,
the result follows from Ex. 1 above. It follows at once that lim P (x) = P (a),
if P {x) is any polynomial.]
7. lim R (x) = R (a), if R denotes any rational function and a is not one
x->-a
of the roots of its denominator.
8. Show that lim x m =a m for all rational values of m, except when a=0
x-s-a
and m is negative. [This follows at once, when a is positive, from the in-
equalities (9) or (10) of § 74. For \x m —a m \<H\x-a], where H is the greater
of the absolute values of mx m ~ 1 and ma m ~ 1 (cf. Ex. xxvin. 4). If a is negative
we write x= -y and a= - b. Then
lim x m = lim ( - 1 ) m f n = ( - 1 )' n b m = a m .]
97. The reader will probably fail to see at first that any proof
of such results as those of Exs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 above is necessary.
He may ask ' why not simply put x = 0, or x = a ? Of course
we then get a, a/a, a m , P (a), R (a) ' It is very important that he
should see exactly where he is wrong. We shall therefore consider
this point carefully before passing on to any further examples.
The statement lim cf) (x) = I
is a statement about the values of (f>(x) when x has any value
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distinct from but differing by little from zero *. It is not a statement
about the value of <f> (x) when x = 0. When we make the state-
ment we assert that, when x is nearly equal to zero, <f>(x) is nearly-
equal to I. We assert nothing whatever about what happens
when x is actually equal to 0. So far as we know, $ (x) may
not be defined at all for x = ; or it may have some value
other than I. For example, consider the function defined for all
values of x by the equation c/> (x) = 0. It is obvious that
lim</><» = (1).
Now consider the function i/r (x) which differs from <f> (x) only in
that -v/r (x) = 1 when x = 0. Then
\imyjr(x) = (2),
for, when x is nearly equal to zero, i|r (x) is not only nearly but
exactly equal to zero. But ty (0) = 1. The graph of this function
consists of the axis of x, with the point x = left out, and one
isolated point, viz. the point (0, 1). The equation (2) expresses
the fact that if we move along the graph towards the axis of y,
from either side, then the ordinate of the curve, being always equal
to zero, tends to the limit zero. This fact is in no way affected
by the position of the isolated point (0, 1).
The reader may object to this example on the score of
artificiality : but it is easy to write down simple formulae repre-
senting functions which behave precisely like this near x = 0.
One is
^(x) = [l-x 2 l
where [1 — x-"] denotes as usual the greatest integer not greater
than 1 — x 2 . For if x = then ty (x) = [1] = 1 ; while if < x < 1,
or — 1 < x < 0, then < 1 — x 2 < 1 and so ■yjr (x) = [1 — x 2 ] = 0.
Or again, let us consider the function
y = x/x
already discussed in Ch. II, § 24, (2). This function is equal
to 1 for all values of x save x = 0. It is not equal to 1 when
x = : it is in fact not defined at all for x = 0. For when we say
* Thus in Def. A of § 93 we make a statement about values of y such that
0<y£.y , the first of these inequalities being inserted expressly in order to
exclude the value y = 0.
97] OF A CONTINUOUS VARIABLE 171
that <fr(x) is defined for x = we mean (as we explained in Ch. II,
I.e.) that we can calculate its value for x = by putting x =
in the actual expression of $ (cc). In this case we cannot. When
we put x = in <f>(x) we obtain 0/0, which is a meaningless
expression. The reader may object 'divide numerator and de-
nominator by x '. But he must admit that when x = this is
impossible. Thus y = xjx is a function which differs from y = 1
solely in that it is not defined for x = 0. None the less
lim {xjx) = 1,
for xjx is equal to 1 so long as x differs from zero, however small
the difference may be.
Similarly <f) (x) = {(x + l) 2 — l}/x = x + 2 so long as x is not
equal to zero, but is undefined when x = 0. None the less
lim (j) (x) = 2.
On the other hand there is of course nothing to prevent the
limit of <f> (x) as x tends to zero from being equal to <f> (0), the value
of cj) (x) for x = 0. Thus if <j)(x)=x then <f> (0) = and lim <f> (x) = 0.
This is in fact, from a practical point of view, i.e. from the point
of view of what most frequently occurs in applications, the
ordinary case.
Examples XXXVI. 1 . lim (x 2 - a?)/(x -a)= 2a.
2. lim {x m -a m )[(x — a) = ma m ~ 1 , if m is any integer (zero included).
3. Show that the result of Ex. 2 remains true for all rational values
of m, provided a is positive. [This follows at once from the inequalities
(9) and (10) of § 74.]
4. lim (x 7 - 2.v 5 + l)l(x 3 -3x 2 +2) = l. [Observe that x-l is a factor of
ZH.-1
both numerator and denominator.]
5. Discuss the behaviour of
<j)(x) = (a x m + a 1 x m + 1 + ... +a k x m + *)/(b x n + biX n + 1 + ... +b l x 7t+l )
as x tends to by positive or negative values.
[If m > n, lim (a?) = 0. If m = n, lim $ (x) = or /6 . If m < n and n - m is
exer\,(j)(x)-*- + cc or (.r) -*- - oo according as a /b >0 or a /b <0. Ifm<?iand
n - m is odd, (x) -^ + » as x->- + and (f> (x) ^ - co as a;-*- - 0, or $ (x) ^ - co
as :i'-9- + and <£(#)-* + » as a?-*- - 0, according as ff /6 >° or «<A< -]
172 LIMITS OF FUNCTIONS [V
6. Orders of smallness. When x is small x 2 is very much smaller,
x 3 much smaller still, and so on : in other words
lira (.vVx) = 0, lim(A- 3 /*' 2 ) = 0, ....
Another way of stating the matter is to say that, when x tends to 0,
x 2 , x 3 , ... all also tend to 0, but x 2 tends to more rapidly than x, x 3 than
x 2 , and so on. It is convenient to have some scale by which to measure
the rapidity with which a function, whose limit, as x tends to 0, is 0,
diminishes with x, and it is natural to take the simple functions x, x 2 , x 3 , ...
as the measures of our scale.
We say, therefore, that <p(x) is of the first order of smallness if (f>(x)/x
tends to a limit other than as x tends to 0. Thus 2x+3x 2 +x r is of the
first order of smallness, since lim (2x + 3x 2 + x 7 )/x = 2.
Similarly we define the second, third, fourth, ... orders of smallness. It
must not be imagined that this scale of orders of smallness is in any way
complete. If it were complete, then every function <fr (x) which tends to zero
with x would be of either the first or second or some higher order of smallness.
This is obviously not the case. For example <^{x) = x 71 ' tends to zero more
rapidly than x and less rapidly than x 2 .
The reader may not unnaturally think that our scale might be made
complete by including in it fractional orders of smallness. Thus we might
say that x 7 / & was of the £th order of smallness. We shall however see later
on that such a scale of orders would still be altogether incomplete. And
as a matter of fact the integral orders of smallness defined above are so
much more important in applications than any others that it is hardly
necessary to attempt to make our definitions more precise.
Orders of greatness. Similar definitions are at once suggested to
meet the case in which <p (x) is large (positively or negatively) when x is
small. We shall say that <fi (x) is of the £th order of greatness when x is small
if (p (x)jx~ k =x k (f)(x) tends to a limit different from as x tends to 0.
These definitions have reference to the case in which x-*-0. There are of
course corresponding definitions relating to the cases in which x-*~ go or x -*■ a.
Thus if x k cj)(x) tends to a limit other than zero, as o,-^-oo , then we say that
<j)(x) is of the kth order of smallness when x is large: while if (x-a) k <j>(x)
tends to a limit other than zero, as x-*-a, then we say that (f> (x) is of the £th
order of greatness when x is nearly equal to a.
*7. lim N / (l+.r) = hniv'(l-..i;) = b [Put l+x=y or \-x=y, and use
Ex. xxxv. 8.]
8. lim{ N /(l+.r)- v /(l —x)}jx=\. [Multiply numerator and denominator
hy^(l+x) + s /(l-x).]
* In the examples which follow it is to be assumed that limits as x-*0 are
required, unless (as in Exs. 19, 22) the contrary is explicitly stated.
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9. Consider the behaviour of { N /(l +x m ) - v /(l - x m )}/x n as #-*-<), m and n
being positive integers.
10. lina { v /(l +.V+A' 2 ) - l}lx=$.
nm v /(l-* 2 W(l-*)
12. Draw a graph of the function
r- {j^t +^i +^j + ^} /{^r + irj + j^t + ,4j} •
Has it a limit as x-*-01 [Here y=l except for x=l, i, A, J, when y is
not defined, and y-*~l as ,r-*-0.]
13. lim S -^=l.
x
[It may be deduced from the definitions of the trigonometrical ratios* that
if x is positive and less than \rt then
sin#<#<tan#
sin x ,
or cos.r< <1
x
ot 0<1 -<l-cos# = 2sin 2 i.r.
x
But2sin 2 ^<2(ia') 2 <^' 2 Hence lim (l - — ")=(), and lim — =1.
x-*-+o\ x J z-*~+0 x
As — - is an even function, the result follows.]
x J
t . .. 1-cosa' . ,_ ,. sino» T ,,. , .» _.
14. lim — — =\. 15. lim — — =a. Is this true it a = 2
16. lim = 1. [Put.r = siny.]
. . tan ax . . arc tan ax
17. hm = a, lim =a.
x x
.. cosec x - cot x , ,« t l + cos7r.r ,
18. lim = \. 19. lim— — ., — =*.
x x-*-\ t* n nX
* The proofs of the inequalities which are used here depend on certain pro-
perties of the area of a sector of a circle which are usually taken as geometrically
intuitive ; for example, that the area of the sector is greater than that of the
triangle inscribed in the sector. The justification of these assumptions must be
postponed to Ch. VII.
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[V
20. How do the functions sin(l/x), (l/.r)sin (l/x), xsin(llx) behave
as x-*-0? [The first oscillates finitely, the second infinitely, the third
tends to the limit 0. None is defined when # = 0. See Exs. xv. 6, 7, 8.]
21. Does the function
y= ( Bin f)/( Si1 ^
tend to a limit as x tends to ? [No. The function is equal to 1 except when
sin(l/#) = 0; i.e. when#=l/jr, 1 /2tt, ...,-1/tt, -1/2it, .... For these values the
formula for y assumes the meaningless form 0/0, and y is therefore not defined
for an infinity of values of x near x — 0.]
22. Prove that if m is any integer then [#]-»-«i and x — [x]-a-0 as
x-*-m +0, and [#]-»- m -I, x- [#]-*- 1 as x-*-m - 0.
98. Continuous functions of a real variable. The
reader has no doubt some idea as to what is meant by a continuous
curve. Thus he would call the curve C in Fig. 29 continuous,
the curve C generally continuous but discontinuous for x = g and
x = £ .
Y
C
Fig. 29.
Either of these curves may be regarded as the graph of a
function </> (x). It is natural to call a function continuous if its
graph is a continuous curve, and otherwise discontinuous. Let us
take this as a provisional definition and try to distinguish more
precisely some of the properties which are involved in it.
In the first place it is evident that the property oi the
function y = <f)(x) of which C is the graph may be analysed into
some property possessed by the curve at each of its points.
To be able to define continuity for all values of x we must first
define continuity for any particular value of x. Let us there-
fore fix on some particular value of x, say the value x = £
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corresponding to the point P of the graph. What are the
characteristic properties of <£ (x) associated with this value of x ?
In the first place $ (x) is defined for x = f . This is obviously
essential. If <p (£) were not defined there would be a point
missing from the curve.
Secondly <j> (x) is defined for all vahies of x near x = £; i.e. we
can find an interval, including x = f in its interior, for all points
of which <f> (x) is denned.
Thirdly if x approaches the value % from either side then <f> (x)
approaches the limit </> (£)•
The properties thus defined are far from exhausting those
which are possessed by the curve as pictured by the eye of
common sense. This picture of a curve is a generalisation from
particular curves such as straight lines and circles. But they are
the simplest and most fundamental properties : and the graph of
any function which has these properties would, so far as drawing
it is practically possible, satisfy our geometrical feeling of what a
continuous curve should be. We therefore select these properties
as embodying the mathematical notion of continuity. We are thus
led to the following
Definition. The function <f> (x) is said to be continuous for .
x=g if it tends to a limit as x tends to £ from either side, and
each of these limits is equal to <£ (£).
We can now define continuity throughout an interval. The
function <f> (x) is said to be continuous throughout a certain
interval of values of x if it is continuous for all values of x in that
interval. It is said to be continuous everywhere if it is continuous
for every value of x. Thus [x] is continuous in the interval
(e, 1 — e), where e is any positive number less than ^; and 1 and x
are continuous everywhere-
If we recur to the definitions of a limit we see that our
definition is equivalent to ' <f>(x) is continuous for x= £ if, given 8,
we can choose e (8) so that | </> (x) — <£ (£) | < 8 if ^ | x — f | ^ e (8)'.
We have often to consider functions defined only in an interval
(a, b). In this case it is convenient to make a slight and obvious
/
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[V
change in our definition of continuity in so far as it concerns the
particular points a and b. We shall then say that $ (x) is con-
tinuous for x = a if </> (a + 0) exists and is equal to $ (a), and for
x = b if (/> (b — 0) exists and is equal to (f> (b).
99. The definition of continuity given in the last section may
be illustrated geometrically as follows. Draw the two horizontal
lines y = <j> (f ) - 8 and y = (f ) + 8. Then | (a?) - <f> (f ) | < S ex-
presses the fact that the point on the curve corresponding to x lies
f+f
Fig. 30.
between these two lines. Similarly | x — £ | ^ e expresses the fact
that x lies in the interval (£— e, £+e). Thus our definition asserts
that if we draw two such horizontal lines, no matter how close
together, we can always cut off a vertical strip of the plane by
two vertical lines in such a way that all that part of the curve
which is contained in the strip lies between the two horizontal
lines. This is evidently true of the curve G (Fig. 29), whatever
value £ may have.
We shall now discuss the continuity of some special types of
functions. Some of the results which follow were (as we pointed
out at the time) tacitly assumed in Ch. II.
Examples XXXVII. 1. The sum or product of two functions continuous
at a point is continuous at that point. The quotient is also continuous
unless the denominator vanishes at the point. [This follows at once from
Ex. xxxv. 1.]
2. Any polynomial is continuous for all values of x. Any rational
fraction is continuous except for values of x for which the denominator
vanishes. [This follows from Exs. xxxv. 6, 7.]
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3. v /.r is continuous for all positive values of x (Ex. xxxv. 8). It is not
defined when x < 0, but is continuous for x = in virtue of the remark made at
the end of § 98- The same is true of x'"' n , where m and n are any positive
integers of which n is even.
4. The function x m ' n , where n is odd, is continuous for all values of x.
5. l/.r is not continuous for .r = 0. It has no value for x = 0, nor does it
tend to a limit as x-*-0- In fact \jx-*- +oo or I/a?-*- — oo according as x-*-Q
by positive or negative values.
6. Discuss the continuity of x~ m >' 1 , where m and n are positive integers,
for x=0.
7. The standard rational function R(x) = P (x)jQ(x) is discontinuous for
x=a, where a is any root of Q (x) = 0. Thus (x 2 + l)j(x 2 -Sx + 2) is discon-
tinuous for x=l. It will be noticed that in the case of rational functions a
discontinuity is always associated with (a) a failure of the definition for a
particular value of x and (b) a tending of the function to + oo or — x as x
approaches this value from either side. Such a particular kind of point of
discontinuity is usually described as an infinity of the function. An 'infinity'
is the kind of discontinuity of most common occurrence in ordinary work.
8. Discuss the continuity of
v ' {(x -a)(b- x% # {(x - a) (b - x)}, v '{(.r - «)/(& - .r)}, #{(* - a)/(6 - .r)}
9. sin x and cos x are continuous for all values of x.
[We have sin (x + h) — sin x=2 sin \h cos (x+\h).
which is numerically less than the numerical value of A.J
10. For what values of x are tana;, cot x, sec x, and cosec v continuous
or discontinuous ?
11. If f (y) is continuous for ?/ = »?, and (x) is a continuous function of
x which is equal to rj when $=£, then /{<£ (.r)} is continuous for #=£.
12. If (f) (x) is continuous for any particular value of x, then any poly-
nomial in (p (x), such as a {<f> (x)\ m + ..., is so too.
13. Discuss the continuity of
l/(acos 2 .r-r-&sin 2 .r), ^/C2, + cosx), x '(l -f sin.r), l/s/(l + sin. r).
14. sin (l/.r), .r sin (l/x), and a? 2 sin (l/.r) are continuous except for x = 0.
15. The function which is equal to x sin (l/x) except when x = 0, and to
zero when x = 0, is continuous for all values of x.
16. [r] and x — [x\ are discontinuous for all integral values of x.
17. For what (if any) values of x are the following functions discon-
tinuous : [x*\ Wx], <J(x -[*]), [x] + J(x-[x]), [2x], [#]+[-#]?
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18. Classification of discontinuities. Some of the preceding examples
suggest a classification of different types of discontinuity.
(1) Suppose that (x) tends to a limit as x->-a either by values less
than or by values greater than a. Denote these limits, as in § 95, by (a - 0)
and (a + 0) respectively. Then, for continuity, it is necessary and sufficient
that (x) should be denned for x= a, and that (a - 0) = (a) - (a +0). Dis-
continuity may arise in a variety of ways.
(a) 0(a-O) may be equal to (a+0), but 0(a) may not be denned, or
may differ from (a- 0) and 0(a+O). Thus if (#) = #sin (l/x) and a = 0,
(0 - 0) = (0 + 0) =0, but (x) is not defined for x = 0. Or if (x) = [1 - x 2 ]
anda = 0, (0-0) = $ (0 + 0) = 0, but 0(0) = 1.
(/3) (a - 0) and (a + 0) may be unequal. In this case (a) may be
equal to one or to neither, or be undefined. The first case is illustrated
by (#) = [>], for which (0 - 0)= - 1, (0 + 0)=$ (0) = ; the second by
(a?) = [*•] - [ - x], for which (0 - 0) = - 1 , $ (0 + 0) = 1 , $ (0) = ; and the third
by 0(.r) = [.»;] + x sin (l/.f), for which $ (0-0)= - 1, (0 + 0) = 0, and $ (0) is
undefined.
In any of these cases we say that (x) has a simple discontinuity at
x = a. And to these cases we may add those in which (f>(x) is defined only
on one side of x— a, and (a -0) or $ (a + 0), as the case may be, exists, but
(x) is either not defined when x = a or has when x=a a value different from
0(a-O) or cj){a + 0).
It is plain from § 95 that a function which increases or decreases steadily
in the neighbourhood of x = a can have at most a simple discontinuity for x=a.
(2) It may be the case that only one (or neither) of (a - 0) and (a + 0)
exists, but that, supposing for example (a + 0) not to exist, (#)-»- + oo or
(x)-*~- oo as x-^a + 0, so that (x) tends to a limit or to +oo or to - qo as
x approaches a from either side. Such is the case, for instance, if (x) = l/x or
(x) = Ijx 2 , and a = 0. In such cases we say (cf. Ex. 7) that x=a is an infinity
of (x). And again we may add to these cases those in which (.r)-»- +oo
or (p (x)-*- — cc&sx-*-a from one side, but (x) is not defined at all on the
other side of x — a.
(3) Any point of discontinuity which is not a point of simple discon-
tinuity nor an infinity is called a point of oscillatory discontinuity. Such
is the point x = for the functions sin (l/x), (ljx) sin (l/#).
19. What is the nature of the discontinuities at x = of the functions
(smx)lx, [x] + [-x], cosec x, <J(l/x), f/(llx), cosec(l/.r), sin (1 J x)/ sin (l/x) ?
20. The function which is equal to 1 when x is rational and to when
x is irrational (Ch. II, Ex. xvi. 10) is discontinuous for all values of x. So too
is any function which is defined only for rational or for irrational values of x.
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21. The function which is equal to x when x is irrational and to
\/{( 1 +P 2 )/( 1 + ? 2 )} wnen x is a rational fraction p/q (Ch. II, Ex. xvi. 11) is
discontinuous for all negative and for positive rational values of .v, but
continuous for positive irrational values.
22. For what points are the functions considered in Ch. IV, Exs. xxxi
discontinuous, and what is the nature of their discontinuities ? [Consider,
e.g., the function y = lini x n (Ex. 5). Here y is only defined when -l<.r<l :
it is equal to when -\<x<\ and to 1 when x=\. The points x=l and
x= — 1 are points of simple discontinuity.]
100. The fundamental property of a continuous function.
It may perhaps be thought that the analysis of the idea of a con-
tinuous curve given in § 98 is not the simplest or most natural
possible. Another method of analysing our idea of continuity is the
following. Let A and B be two points on the graph of (x) whose
coordinates are x , <f>(x ) and x 1} <}>(%i) respectively. Draw any
straight line X which passes between A and B. Then common
sense certainly declares that if the graph of </> (x) is continuous it
must cut X.
If we consider this property as an intrinsic geometrical
property of continuous curves it is clear that there is no real
loss of generality in supposing X to be parallel to the axis of x.
In this case the ordinates of A and B cannot be equal : let us
suppose, for defmiteness, that <f) (^ 2 ) > <p (x ). And let X be the
line y = ?/, where $ (x ) < r/ <<f> (x,). Then to say that the graph
of <f)(x) must cut X is the same thing as to say that there is a
value of x between x and a^ for which <£ (x) = rj.
We conclude then that a continuous function <f> (x) must
possess the following property : if
4>{oc ) = y a , <f)(x 1 ) = !/ 1 ,
and y () <ri< y 1 ,then there is a value of x between x and x x for which
cf) (#) = rj. In other words as x varies from x to x 1} y must assume
at least once every value between y and y x .
We shall now prove that if </> (x) is a continuous function of x in
the sense denned in § 98 then it does in fact possess this property.
There is a certain range of values of x, to the right of x , for which
<b(.r)< v . For (p{x u )<r/, and so <£ (x) is certainly less than ?; if
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<f> (x) — <f> (x ) is numerically less than 77 — <£ (x ). But since <£ (x)
is continuous for x = x , this condition is certainly satisfied if x is
near enough to x . Similarly there is a certain range of values,
to the left of x 1} for which cf> (x) > 77.
Let us divide the values of x between x and x x into two classes
L, R as follows :
(1) in the class L we put all values f of x such that <f> (x) < 77
when x = £ and for all values of x between x and £ ;
(2) in the class R we put all the other values of x, i.e. all
numbers f such that either </> (£) = 7; or there is a value of x between
x and £ for which <f> (as) = 77.
Then it is evident that these two classes satisfy all the
conditions imposed upon the classes L, R of § 17, and so constitute
a section of the real numbers. Let f be the number corresponding
to the section.
First suppose <£ (£ ) > 77, so that £ belongs to the upper class :
and let (f> (£ ) = V + k, say. Then <£ (£') < 77 and so
for all values of £' less than £ , which contradicts the condition of
continuity for x = £ .
Next suppose <£ (£„) = r/ — k < rj. Then, if £' is any number
greater than £„, either <£(£') = 77 or we can find a number £"
between £ and £' such that <£(£") = 77. In either case we can
find a number as near to £ as we please and such that the corre-
sponding values of (f> (x) differ by more than Jc. And this again
contradicts the hypothesis that <f> (x) is continuous for x = £ .
Hence <f> (£ ) = 77, and the theorem is established. It should
be observed that we have proved more than is asserted explicitly
in the theorem ; we have proved in fact that | is the least value
of x for which cf> (x) = tj. It is not obvious, or indeed generally
true, that there is a least among the values of x for which a
function assumes a given value, though this is true for continuous
functions.
It is easy to see that the converse of the theorem just proved is not
true. Thus such a function as the function $ (.r) whose graph is represented
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by Fig. 31 obviously assumes at least once every value between (.v ) and
0(- y i) : y e ^ $ ( x ) * s discontinuous. Indeed it is not even true that (x) must
be continuous when it assumes each value once and once only. Thus let (x)
be denned as follows from .r=0 to x = l. If ,x- = let (x)=0; if < x < 1
let cf)(x) = l-x; and if x=l let <f>(x) = l. The graph of the function is
shown in Fig. 32; it includes the points 0, C but not the points A, D. It
is clear that, as x varies from to 1, (x) assumes once and once only every
value between (0) = and 0(1) = 1 ; but 0(.r) is discontinuous for x = and
x=l.
Fig. 31.
As a matter of fact, however, the curves which usually occur in elementary
mathematics are composed of a finite number of pieces along which y always
varies in the same direction. It is easy to show that if ?/ = (x) always varies
in the same direction, i.e. steadily increases or decreases, as x varies from
.r tl to Xi, then the two notions of continuity are really equivalent, i.e. that if
(x) takes every value between (x ) and fa) then it must be a continuous
function in the sense of § 98 For let £ be any value of x between x and
x v As. r-»-£ through values less than £, 0(#) tends to the limit 0(£ — 0)
(§ 95). Similarly as x-^^ through values greater than £, (x) tends to the
limit 0(|+O). The function will be continuous for *'=£ if and only if
<M£-o)=0(£)=0(|+o)
But if either of these equations is untrue, say the first, then it is evident that
<f>(x) never assumes any value which lies between (£ — 0) and (£), which
is contrary to our assumption. Thus (x) must be continuous. The net
result of this and the last section is consequently to show that our common-
sense notion of what we mean by continuity is substantially accurate, and
capable of precise statement in mathematical terms.
101. In this and the following paragraphs we shall state and
prove some general theorems concerning continuous functions.
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Theorem 1. Suppose that <f>(x) is continuous for x=%, and
that <£(£) is positive. Then we can determine a positive number e
such that <£ (£) is positive throughout the interval (£ — e, £ + e).
For, taking 8 = \$ (£) in the fundamental inequality of p. 175,
we can choose e so that
|*(«)--*(0I<**(0
throughout (£ — e, £ + e), and then
*(*)s*(0-i£(*)-*<0i>to(e)>o,
so that <£ {x) is positive. There is plainly a corresponding theorem
referring to negative values of <£ (x).
Theorem 2. If(f> i x ) ^ s continuous for x = f, and </> (a;) vanishes
for values of x as near to £ as we please, or assumes, for values of
x as near to £ as we please, both positive and negative values, then
*({)- a
This is an obvious corollary of Theorem 1. If (/>(£) is not zero,
it must be positive or negative ; and if it were, for example, positive,
it would be positive for all values of x sufficiently near to £, which
contradicts the hypotheses of the theorem.
102. The range of values of a continuous function. Let
us consider a function (f> (x) about which we shall only assume at
present that it is defined for every value of x in an interval (a, b).
The values assumed by <£ (x) for values of x in (a, b) form an
aggregate S to which we can apply the arguments of § 80, as we
applied them in § 81 to the aggregate of values of a function of n.
If there is a number K such that <j> (x) % K, for all values of x in
question, we say that cf> (x) is bounded above. In this case cf) (x)
possesses an upper bound M : no value of <£ (x) exceeds M, but any
number less than M is exceeded by at least one value of </> (an).
Similarly we define 'bounded below', 'lower bound', 'bounded', as
applied to functions of a continuous variable x.
Theorem 1. If <£ (x) is continuous throughout (a, b), then it is
bounded in (a, b).
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We can certainly determine an interval (a, £), extending to
the right from a, in which (f> (x) is bounded. For since (/> (as) is
continuous for x = a, we can, given any positive number 8 however
small, determine an interval (a, £) throughout which <£ (x) lies
between <f>(a)—8 and <£ (a) + 8; and obviously </> (x) is bounded in
:his interval.
Now divide the points £ of the interval (a, b) into two classes
L, R, putting £ in L if </> (£) is bounded in (a, £), and in R if this
is not the case. It follows from what precedes that L certainly
exists: what we propose to prove is that R does not. Suppose
that R does exist, and let ft be the number corresponding to the
section whose lower and upper classes are L and R. Since <$> (x)
is continuous for x = ft, we can, however small 8 may be, determine
an interval (ft — rj, ft + rj)* throughout which
<f>(ft)-8<c}>(x)< ( f>(ft) + 8.
Thus $ (x) is bounded in (ft — n, ft + y). Now ft — n belongs to L.
Therefore <f)(x) is bounded in (a, ft — ri): and therefore it is
bounded in the whole interval (a, ft + ?;). But ft + 77 belongs to R
and so <£ (x) is not bounded in (a, ft + rj). This contradiction
shows that R does not exist. And so <f> (x) is bounded in the
whole interval (a, b).
Theorem 2. If <fi (x) is continuous throughout (a, b), and M
and m are its upper and lower bounds, then <£ (x) assumes the values
M and m at least once each in the interval.
For, given any positive number 8, we can find a value of x for
which M - <£> O) < 8 or 1/{M - </> (x)} > 1/8. Hence 1/[M - (x)}
is not bounded, and therefore, by Theorem 1, is not continuous.
But M—cf)(x) is a continuous function, and so l/[M—<f>(x)} is
continuous at any point at which its denominator does not vanish
(Ex. xxxvil. 1). There must therefore be one point at which
the denominator vanishes: at this point tf>(x) = M. Similarly it
may be shown that there is a point at which (x) = in.
The proof just given is somewhat subtle and indirect, and it
may be well, in view of the great importance of the theorem,
to indicate alternative lines of proof. It will however be con-
venient to postpone these for a moment f.
* If j3 = b we must replace this interval by (8-ij, /3), and /3 + i? by /3, throughout
the argument which follows,
f See § 101.
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Examples XXXVIII. 1. If 0(a?) = l/# except when .r = 0, and <p(x) =
when x — 0, then <f>(x) has neither an upper nor a lower bound in any
interval which includes x = in its interior, as e.g. the interval ( — 1, +1).
2. If cf>(x) = l/x 2 except when x = 0, and <p(x) = when x=0, then <fi(x)
has the lower bound 0, but no upper bound, in the interval (— 1, +1).
3. Let <£(#) = sin (1/x) except when x = 0, and cf>(x) = when x—0. Then
(f> (x) is discontinuous for x — 0. In any interval ( - 8, + 8) the lower bound is
— 1 and the upper bound 4-1, and each of these values is assumed by $ (x) an
infinity of times.
4. Let <p (x) = x - [x]. This function is discontinuous for all integral
values of x. In the interval (0, 1) its lower bound is and its upper bound 1.
It is equal to when a?=0 or x=\, but it is never equal to 1. Thus <j>(x)
never assumes a value equal to its upper bound.
5. Let <p(x) = when x is irrational, and $ (•v) = q when x is a rational
fraction pjq. Then <£ (x) has the lower bound 0, but no upper bound, in any
interval (a, b). But if <£ (x) = ( — l) p q when x=pjq, then <f> (x) has neither an
upper nor a lower bound in any interval.
103. The oscillation of a function in an interval. Let
(f) (%) be any function bounded throughout (a, b), and M and m
its upper and lower bounds. We shall now use the notation
M (a, b), m(a, b) for M, m, in order to exhibit explicitly the de-
pendence of M and in on a and b, and we shall write
0(a, b) = M (a, b) - m {a, b).
This number (a, b), the difference between the upper and
lower bounds of <f> (a) in (a, b), we shall call the oscillation of </> (x)
in (a, b). The simplest of the properties of the functions M (a, b),
m (a, b), (a, b) are as follows.
(1) If a ^ c £ b then M (a, b) is equal to the greater of M (a, c)
and M(c, b), and m (a, b) to the lesser of m (a, c) and m (c, b).
(2) M (a, b) is an increasing, in (a, b) a decreasing, and (a, b)
an increasing function of b.
(3) 0(a,b)^0(a,c) + 0(c,b).
The first two theorems are almost immediate consequences of
our definitions. Let yu, be the greater of M (a, c) and M (c, b), and
let B be any positive number. Then </> (x) ^ /u, throughout (a, c)
and (c, b), and therefore throughout (a, b) ; and <p (w) > /x - 8
somewhere in (a, c) or in (c, 6), and therefore somewhere in (a, b).
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Hence M (a, b) = /x. The proposition concerning m may be proved
similarly. Thus (1) is proved, and (2) is an obvious corollary.
Suppose now that M x is the greater and M 2 the less of if (a, c)
and M (c, b), and that my is the less and m, the greater of m (a, c)
and m (c, b). Then, since c belongs to both intervals, </> (c) is not
greater than M 2 nor less than m,. Hence M 2 ^ m 2 , whether these
numbers correspond to the same one of the intervals (a, c) and
(c, b) or not, and
0(a,b) = My - wi, ^ M x + M 2 - w, - m 2 .
But (a, c) + (c, b) = M x + M, - m x - m, ;
and (3) follows.
104. Alternative proofs of Theorem 2 of § 102. The most straight-
forward proof of Theorem 2 of § 102 is as follows. Let £ be any number of
the interval (a, b). The function J/ (a, £) increases steadily with £ and never
exceeds M. We can therefore construct a section of the numbers £ by
putting £ in L or in R according as M (a, £) <M or M(a, £) = M. Let (i be
the number corresponding to the section. If a<8 <b, we have
M(a,8-r,)<M, M (a, 8 + 1,) = J/
for all positive values of 77, and so
#(/3-i7, I3 + t,) = M,
by (1) of § 103. Hence $ (.r) assumes, for values of x as near as we please to
8, values as near as we please to M, and so, since $ (x) is continuous, (f) (8)
must be equal to M.
If 8 = a then J/ (a, a +17)= J/. And if /3 = 6 then M (a, 6-17) < J/, and
so Jf (6 — 77, b) = M. In either case the argument may be completed as
before.
The theorem may also be proved by the method of repeated bisection
used in § 71. If M is the upper bound of cf> (x) in an interval PQ, and PQ
is divided into two equal parts, then it is possible to find a half Py Qy in which
the upper bound of $ (x) is also M. Proceeding as in § 71, we construct a
sequence of intervals PQ, PyQy, P2Q2, • •• in each of which the upper bound
of (x) is M. These intervals, as in § 71, converge to a point T, and it is
easily proved that the value of <fi (x) at this point is M.
105. Sets of intervals on a line. The Heine-Borel
Theorem. We shall now proceed to prove some theorems con-
cerning the oscillation of a function which are of a somewhat
abstract character but of very great importance, particularly, as
we shall see later, in the theory of integration. These theorems
depend upon a general theorem concerning intervals on a line.
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Suppose that we are given a set of intervals in a straight
line, that is to say an aggregate each of whose members is an
interval (a, ft). We make no restriction as to the nature of
these intervals ; they may be finite or infinite in number ; they
may or may not overlap*; and any number of them may be
included in others-
It is worth while in passing to give a few examples of sets of intervals to
which we shall have occasion to return later.
(i) If the interval (0, 1) is divided into n equal parts then the n intervals
thus formed define a finite set of non-overlapping intervals which just cover
up the line.
(ii) We take every point £ of the interval (0, 1), and associate with £ the
interval (£ — e, £ + e), where e is a positive number less than 1, except that
with we associate (0, e) and with 1 we associate (1 — e, 1), and in general we
reject any part of any interval which projects outside the interval (0, 1). We
thus define an infinite set of intervals, and it is obvious that many of them
overlap with one another.
(iii) We take the rational points pjq of the interval (0, 1), and associate
\M\th. plq the interval
(P_ e P + l
\q if q q-
where e is positive and less than 1. We regard as 0/1 and 1 as 1/1 : in
these two cases we reject the part of the interval which lies outside (0, 1). We
obtain thus an infinite set of intervals, which plainly overlap with one another,
since there are an infinity of rational points, other than p/q, in the interval
associated with pjq.
The Heine-Borel Theorem. Suppose that we are given an
interval (a, b), and a set of intervals I each of whose members is
included in (a, b). Suppose further that I possesses the following
properties :
(i) every point of (a, b), other than a and b, lies inside~\ at
least one interval of I ;
(ii) a is the left-hand end point, and b the right-hand end
point, of at least one interval of I.
Then it is possible to choose a finite number of intervals from
the set I which form a set of intervals possessing the properties (i)
and (ii).
* The word overlap is used in its obvious sense : two intervals overlap if they
have points in common which are not end points of either. Thus (0, f) aud (|, 1)
overlap. A pair of intervals such as (0, ^) and (£, 1) may be said to abut.
t That is to say ' in and not at an end of.
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We know that a is the left-hand end point of at least one
interval of /, say (a, a^. We know also that a t lies inside at least
one interval of /, say (a/, a 2 ). Similarly a 2 lies inside an interval
(a.2, a 3 ) of /. It is plain that this argument may be repeated in-
definitely, unless after a finite number of steps a n coincides with b.
If a n does coincide with b after a finite number of steps then
there is nothing further to prove, for we have obtained a finite set
of intervals, selected from the intervals of /, and possessing the
properties required. If a n never coincides with b, then the points
a 1} « 2 , a 3 , ... must (since each lies to the right of its predecessor)
tend to a limiting position, but this limiting position may, so far
as we can tell, lie anywhere in (a, b).
Let us suppose now that the process just indicated, starting
from a, is performed in all possible ways, so that we obtain all
possible sequences of the type a 1} a 2 , a 3 , .... Then we can prove
that there must be at least one suck sequence which arrives at b
after a finite number of steps.
S «s 4' S n 4" \
b
Fig. 33.
There are two possibilities with regard to any point £ between
a and b. Either (i) £ lies to the left of some point a n of some
sequence or (ii) it does not. We divide the points £ into two
classes L and R according as to whether (i) or (ii) is true. The
class L certainly exists, since all points of the interval (a, o 2 )
belong to L. We shall now prove that R does not exist, so that
every point f belongs to L.
If R exists then L lies entirely to the left of R, and the classes
L, R form a section of the real numbers between a and b, to
which corresponds a number | . The point £ lies inside an interval
of /, say (£', f "), and £' belongs to L, and so lies to the left of
some term a n of some sequence. But then we can take (£', £")
as the interval (a n ', a n+1 ) associated with a n in our construction
of the sequence a 1} a 2 , a 3 , ...; and all points to the left of £"
lie to the left of a n+1 . There are therefore points of L to the
right of £ , and this contradicts the definition of R. It is
therefore impossible that R should exist.
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Thus every point £ belongs to L. Now b is the right-hand
end point of an interval of i", say (6 1; b), and b x belongs to L.
Hence there is a member a n of a sequence a 1} a. 2> a z , ... such that
a n > bi . But then we may take the interval (a n ' t a n +i) corre-
sponding to a n to be (b 1} b), and so Ave obtain a sequence in which
the term after the nth coincides with b, and therefore a finite set
of intervals having the properties required. Thus the theorem is
proved.
It is instructive to consider the examples of p. 186 in the light of this
theorem.
(i) Here the conditions of the theorem are not satisfied the points
1/?!, 2/h, 3/n, ... do not lie inside any interval of I
(ii) Here the conditions of the theorem are satisfied. The set of
intervals
(0, 20, (e,3«), (2f, 4 C ), ..., (1-2*, 1),
associated with the points e, 2e, 3e, ..., 1 - e, possesses the properties re-
quired.
(iii) In this case we can prove, by using the theorem, that there are,
if « is small enough, points of (0, 1) which do not lie in any interval of I.
If every point of (0, 1) lay inside an interval of / (with the obvious
reservation as to the end points), then we could find a finite number of intervals
of / possessing the same property and having therefore a total length greater
than 1. Now there are two intervals, of total length 2e, for which g , = l, and
q-\ intervals, of total length 2e(q—l)/q ? ', associated with any other value
of q. The sum of any finite number of intervals of / can therefore not be
greater than 2e times that of the series
, 1 2 3
1+23 + 33 + 43+ .».
which will be shown to be convergent in Ch. VIII. Hence it follows that, if
e is small enough, the supposition that every point of (0, 1) lies inside an
interval of / leads to a contradiction.
The reader may be tempted to think that this proof is needlessly
elaborate, and that the existence of points of the interval, not in any interval
of /, follows at once from the fact that the sum of all these intervals is less
than 1. But the theorem to which he would be appealing is (when the set of
intervals is infinite) far from obvious, and can only be proved rigorously by
some such use of the Heine-Borel Theorem as is made in the text.
106. We shall now apply the Heine-Borel Theorem to the
proof of two important theorems concerning the oscillation of a
continuous function.
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Theorem I. If <j> (as) is continuous throughout the interval
(a, b), then we can divide (a, b) into a finite number of sub-intervals
(a, #,), (#!, :c 2 ), ... (cc n , b), in each of which the oscillation of <j>(x) is
less than an assigned positive number 8.
Let £ be any number between a and b. Since <£ (#) is con-
tinuous for x = £, we can determine an interval (f — e, £ + e) such
that the oscillation of <£ (#) in this interval is less than 8. It is
indeed obvious that there are an infinity of such intervals corre-
sponding to every £ and every 8, for if the condition is satisfied for
any particular value of e, then it is satisfied a fortiori for any smaller
value. What values of e are admissible will naturally depend upon
£; we have at present no reason for supposing that a value of e
admissible for one value of £ will be admissible for another. We
shall call the intervals thus associated with £ the 8-intervals of %.
If f- = a then we can determine an interval (a, a + e). and so an
infinity of such intervals, having the same property. These we
call the 8-intervals of a, and we can define in a similar manner the
S-intervals of b.
Consider now the set I of intervals formed by taking all the
S-intervals of all points of (a, b). It is plain that this set satisfies
the conditions of the Heine-Borel Theorem ; every point interior
to the interval is interior to at least one interval of /, and a and b
are end points of at least one such interval. We can therefore
determine a set /' which is formed by a finite number of intervals
of /, and which possesses the same property as / itself.
The intervals which compose the set /' will in general overlap
as in Fig. 34. But their end
points obviously divide up - =Z^ZI — ^ZZ.
(a, b) into a finite set of in- a b
tervals I" each of which is
included in an interval of /', and in each of which the oscillation
of (f> (x) is less than 8. Thus Theorem I is proved.
Theorem II. Given any positive number 8, we can find a
number rj such that, if the interval (a, b) is divided in any manner
into sub-intervals of length less than v, then the oscillation of <j>(x)
in each of them will be less than 8.
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Take 8 V < £8, and construct, as in Theorem I, a finite set of sub-
intervals j in each of which the oscillation of <f> (x) is less than 8 X .
Let 77 be the length of the least of these sub-intervals j. If
now we divide (a, b) into parts each of length less than 77, then any
such part must lie entirely within at most two successive sub-
intervals j. Hence, in virtue of (3) of § 103, the oscillation of <f> (x),
in one of the parts of length less than 77, cannot exceed twice the
greatest oscillation of </> (x) in a sub-interval j, and is therefore
less than 28 1} and therefore than 8.
This theorem is of fundamental importance in the theory of
definite integrals (Ch. VII). It is impossible, without the use of
this or some similar theorem, to prove that a function continuous
throughout an interval necessarily possesses an integral over that
interval.
107. Continuous functions of several variables. The
notions of continuity and discontinuity may be extended to
functions of several independent variables (Ch. II, §§ 31 et seg.).
Their application to such functions, however, raises questions
much more complicated and difficult than those which we have
considered in this chapter. It would be impossible for us to
discuss these questions in any detail here ; but we shall, in the
sequel, require to know what is meant by a continuous function of
two variables, and we accordingly give the following definition.
It is a straightforward generalisation of the last form of the de-
finition of § 98.
The function (j>(x, y) of the two variables x and y in said to be
continuous for x= £, y = 77 if given any positive number 8, how-
ever small, we can choose e (8) so that
\(f>(x,y)-(f) (|, 77) j < 8
when ^ | x — f | ^ e (8) and g | y — 77 1 s e (8); that is to say if we
can draw a square, ivhose sides are parallel to the axes of coordinates
and of length 2e (8), whose centre is the point (£, 77), and which is such
that the value of c}> (x, y) at any point inside it or on its boundary
differs from <$> (£, 77) by less than 8*
This definition of course presupposes that (f> (x, y) is defined at
all points of the square in question, and in particular at the point
* The reader should draw a figure to illustrate the definition.
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(£ 77). Another method of stating the definition is this : <f> (x, y) is
continuous for x=£, y= v if <f>(x,y) ^</>(£, n) ivhen x+\, y^ v
in any manner. This statement is apparently simpler; but it
contains phrases the precise meaning of which has not yet been
explained and can only be explained by the help of inequalities
like those which occur in our original statement.
It is easy to prove that the sums, the products, and in general
the quotients of continuous functions of two variables are them-
selves continuous. A polynomial in two variables is continuous for
all values of the variables ; and the ordinary functions of x and y
which occur in every-day analysis are generally continuous, i.e.
are continuous except for pairs of values of x and y connected by
special relations.
The reader should observe carefully that to assert the continuity of
<f> (x, y) with respect to the two variables x and y is to assert much more
than its continuity with respect to each variable considered separately. It is
plain that if <£ (x, y) is continuous with respect to x and y then it is certainly
continuous with respect to x (or y) when any fixed value is assigned to y
(or .r). But the converse is by no means true. Suppose, for example, that
(b (x, y) = .,
when neither x nor y is zero, and (p (x, y)=0 when either x or y is zero. Then
if y has any fixed value, zero or not, <f> (x, y) is a continuous function of x,
and in particular continuous for x = 0; for its value when x=0 is zero, and it
tends to the limit zero as x-*-0. In the same way it may be shown that
(p (x, y) is a continuous function of y. But q> (x, y) is not a continuous function
of x and y for aj=0, y = 0. Its value when x=0, y = is zero ; but if x and
y tend to zero along the straight line y = ax, then
(*i y) = T-r-t » lim 4> to y) = rrn; •
J. + it- 1 + a"
which may have any value between — 1 and 1.
108. Implicit functions. We have already, in Ch. II, met with
the idea of an implicit function. Thus, if x and y are connected by the
relation
y r '-xy-y-x = (1),
then y is an 'implicit function' of x.
But it is far from obvious that such an equation as this does really define
a function y of x, or several such functions. In Ch. II we were content to
take this for granted. We are now in a position to consider whether the
assumption we made then was justified.
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We shall find the following terminology useful. Suppose that it is possible
to surround a point («, b), as in § 107, with a square throughout which
a certain condition is satisfied. We shall call such a square a neighbourhood
of (a, 6), and say that the condition in question is satisfied in the neighbour-
hood of {a, b), or near (a, b), meaning by this simply that it is possible to find
some square throughout which the condition is satisfied. It is obvious that
similar language may be used when we are dealing with a single variable, the
square being replaced by an interval on a line.
Theorem. If (i) f(x, y) is a continuous function of x and y in the
neighbourhood of (a, b),
(ii) f{a,b)=0,
(iii) fix, y) is, for all values of x in the neighbourhood of a, a steadily
increasing function of y, in the stricter sense of % 95,
then (1) there is a unique function y = cf> (x) which, when substituted in the
equation f(x, y)=0, satisfies it identically for all values of x in the neighbour-
hood of a,
(2) <p (x) is continuous for all values of x in the neighbourhood of a.
In the figure the square represents a ' neighbourhood ' of (a, b) through-
out which the conditions (i) and (iii) are
satisfied, and P the point (a, b). If we
take Q and R as in the figure, it follows from
(iii) that/(#, y) is positive at Q and negative
at R. This being so, and f(x, y) being con-
tinuous at Q and at R, we can draw lines Qf/
and RR! parallel to OX, so that R'Q' is parallel
to OY and f(x, y) is positive at all points of
QQ' and negative at all points of RR'. In par-
ticular f(x, y) is positive at Q' and negative at
R', and therefore, in virtue of (iii) and § 100,
vanishes once and only once at a point P' on
/<"(/. The same construction gives us a unique point at which f(x,y) =
on each ordinate between RQ and R'Q'. It is obvious, moreover, that the
same construction can be carried out to the left of RQ. The aggregate of
points such as P' gives us the graph of the required function y = (f>(x).
It remains to prove that <£ (x) is continuous. This is most simply effected
by using the idea of the 'limits of indetermination ' of (f> (x) as x-^a (J) 96).
Suppose that x-*-a, and let X and A be the limits of indetermination of $ (x)
as x-*-a. It is evident that the points (a, X) and (a, A) lie on QR. Moreover,
we can find a sequence of values of x such that (f> (.>•)-»- X when x-*-a through
the values of the sequence; and since / {x, <f> (x)\ =0, and f(x,y) is a con-
tinuous function of x and y, we have
/(«,X) = 0.
Hence X = 7>; and similarly A=6. Thus cf> (x) tends to the limit b as x-*-a,
and so $>(x) is continuous for x=a. It is evident that we can show in
Q
Q.'
^
P'
(a.b)
'?
R'
R
Fig. 35.
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exactly the same way that <j> (x) is continuous for any value of x in the
neighbourhood of a.
It is clear that the truth of the theorem would not be affected if we were
to change 'increasing' to 'decreasing 5 in condition (iii).
As an example, let us consider the equation (1), taking a = 0, 6=0. It is
evident that the conditions (i) and (ii) are satisfied. Moreover
/(^y)-/(^y')=(y-y)(3/ 4 +3/¥+^y 2 +yy 3 +y 4 -x-i)
has, when x, y, and y' are sufficiently small, the sign opposite to that of
y-y'. Hence condition (iii) (with 'decreasing' for 'increasing') is satisfied.
It follows that there is one and only one continuous function y which
satisfies the equation (1) identically and vanishes with x.
The same conclusion would follow if the equation were
y 2 -xy-y-x = 0.
The function in question is in this case
y = h {1 +x- s /(l + 6x+x 2 )},
where the square root is positive. The second root, in which the sign of the
square root is changed, does not satisfy the condition of vanishing with x.
There is one point in the proof which the reader should be careful to ob-
serve. We supposed that the hypotheses of the theorem were satisfied 'in
the neighbourhood of (a, b)\ that is to say throughout a certain square
^-f = ^ = ^ + f] ^-(gj/<?) + e. The conclusion holds 'in the neighbourhood
of a: = a', that is to say throughout a certain interval £ — e t < x < £ + e x . There
is nothing to show that the e l of the conclusion is the e of the hypotheses, and
indeed this is generally untrue.
109. Inverse Functions. Suppose in particular that/(#, y) is of the
form F(y) - x. We then obtain the following theorem.
If F(y) is a function of y, continuous and steadily increasing {or decreasing),
in the stricter sense of § 95, in the neighbourhood of y = b, and F(b) = a, then
there is a unique continuous function y = <P (x) which is equal to b when x = a
and satisfies the equation F(y) = x identically in the neighbourhood of x=a.
The function thus defined is called the inverse function of F{y).
Suppose for example that y 3 = x, a = 0, b = 0. Then all the conditions of
the theorem are satisfied. The inverse function is x=f/y.
If we had supposed that y 2 = x then the conditions of the theorem would
not have been satisfied, for y 2 is not a steadily increasing function of y in any
interval which includes y = 0: it decreases when y is negative and increases
when y is positive. And in this case the conclusion of the theorem does not
hold, for y 2 =x defines two functions of x, viz. y=*Jx and y= -Jx, both of
which vanish when x—0, and each of which is defined only for positive values
of x, so that the equation has sometimes two solutions and sometimes none.
The reader should consider the more general equations
yin=x, y 2n + 1 = x,
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in the same way. Another interesting example is given by the equation
y h —y - .x'=0,
already considered in Ex. xiv. 7.
Similarly the equation siny = x
has just one solution which vanishes with x, viz. the value of arc sin a? which
vanishes with x. There are of course an infinity of solutions, given by the
other values of arc sin x (cf. Ex. xv. 10), which do not satisfy this condition.
So far we have considered only what happens in the neighbourhood of a
particular value of x. Let us suppose now that F(y) is positive and steadily
increasing (or decreasing) throughout an interval (a, b). Given any point £
of (a, b), we can determine an interval i including £, and a unique and con-
tinuous inverse function 0,- (x) defined throughout i.
From the set I of intervals i we can, in virtue of the Heine-Borel Theorem,
pick out a finite sub-set covering up the whole interval (a, b) ; and it is plain
that the finite set of functions <£; (x), corresponding to the sub-set of intervals i
thus selected, define together a unique inverse function (f> (x) continuous
throughout (a, b).
We thus obtain the theorem : if x = F(y), where F(y) is continuous and
increases steadily and strictly from A to B as x increases from a to 6, then there
is a unique inverse function y = (j) (x) which is continuous and increases steadily
and strictly from a to b as x increases from A to B.
It is worth while to show how this theorem can be obtained directly with-
out the help of the more difficult theorem of § 108. Suppose that A <£<B,
and consider the class of values of y such that (i) a <y < b and (ii) F(y) 5£ £.
This class has an upper bound rj, and plainly F(rj)2k£. If F(rj) were less
than £, we could find a value of y such that y > r) and F(y) < £, and rj would
not be the upper bound of the class considered. Hence F(j)) = g. The
equation F{y) = £ has therefore a unique solution y = T) = <p(£), say; and
plainly rj increases steadily and continuously with £, which proves the theorem.
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER V.
1. Show that, if neither a nor b is zero, then
ax n + bx n ~ x + . . . +k = ax n (1 + f x ),
where e x is of the first order of smallness when x is large.
2. If P (x) = ax 11 + bx n ~ 1 + . . . + fc, and a is not zero, then as x increases
P(x) has ultimately the sign of a; and so has P (x + \)-P(x), where X is
any constant.
3. Show that in general
(ax n + bx n ~ 1 + ...+k)/{Ax n + Bx n ~ l + ... + K)=a + ((3/x) (I + e x ),
where a = a/A, ji = {bA -aB)/A 2 , and e x is of the first order of smallness when
v is large. Indicate any exceptional cases.
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4. Express (ax 2 +bx + c)/(Ax 2 + Bx+C)
in the form a + (fi/s) + (y/x 2 ) (1 + e x ),
where e x is of the first order of smallness when x is large.
5. Show that li m s ?x { s l(x + a) - »Jx} = ^a.
[Use the formula ^(x + a) — K /x = al{ S/ '(x + a) + s ,fx}.]
6. Show that J(x+a) = s fx + ^ (a/ s /x) (1 + e x ), where e x is of the first order
of smallness when x is large.
7. Find values of a and j3 such that J (ax- + 2bx+c) - ax - ft has the limit
zero as x-*-cc ; and prove that liuxx{^/(ax 2 + 2bx + c) — ax— /3} = (ac - 6 2 )/2a.
8. Evaluate lim .t'{ s /[ l r 2 + N ^(.f 4 + l)]-.r x /2}.
9. Prove that (sec x — tan x) -»- as x -»- \ «-.
10. Prove that $ (x) = 1 - cos (1 - cos x) is of the fourth order of smallness
when x is small ; and find the limit of (j> (x)^ as x-*~Q.
11. Prove that <f> (x)—x sin (sin x) - sin 2 x is of the sixth order of smallness
when x is small ; and find the limit of $ ^jx 6 as x-*~Q.
12. From a point P on a radius OA of a circle, produced beyond the circle,
a tangent PT is drawn to the circle, touching it in T, and TN is drawn per-
pendicular to OA. Show that NA jAP-*~l as P moves up to A.
13. Tangents are drawn to a circular arc at its middle point and its
extremities ; A is the area of the triangle formed by the chord of the arc and
the two tangents at the extremities, and A' the area of that formed by the
three tangents. Show that A/A'-*-4 as the length of the arc tends to zero.
14. For what values of a does {a + sin (l/x)}/x tend to (1) oc , (2) - oc ,
as x-*-01 [To qo if a>\, to -00 if «<-l: the function oscillates if
-1 <«<1.]
15. If <p(x) = l/q when x=plq, and <j)(x) = when x is irrational, then
(f) (x) is continuous for all irrational and discontinuous for all rational values
of x.
16. Show that the function whose graph is drawn in Fig. 32 may be repre-
sented by either of the formulae
1 - x + [x~\- [1 - x], 1 - x - lim (cos 2n + 1 irx).
71-*- 00
17. Show that the function </>(#) which is equal to when #=0, to \ — x
when 0<x<^, toi when x=^, to f — x when ^<x<\, and to 1 when
,r = l, assumes every value between and 1 once and once only as x increases
from to 1, but is discontinuous for x=0, #=£, and x=l. Show also that
the function may be represented by the formula
^- x + i[2x]-h[l-±r].
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18. Let <f>(x) = x when x is rational and cf> (x) = 1 - x when x is irrational.
Show that <f) (x) assumes every value between and 1 once and once only as x
increases from to 1, but is discontinuous for every value of x except %=\.
19. As x increases from — \rt to \ir, ?/ = sin x is continuous and steadily
increases, in the stricter sense, from - 1 to 1. Deduce the existence of a
function #=arc sinj/ which is a continuous and steadily increasing function
of y from y = - 1 to y = \.
20. Show that the numerically least value of arc tan y is continuous for
all values of y and increases steadily from —\n to \n as y varies through all
real values.
21. Discuss, on the lines of §§ 108 — 109, the solution of the equations
y 2 -y-x=0, y*-y*-x*=0, tf-y*+x*=0
in the neighbourhood of x=0, y = 0.
22. If ax 2 + 2bxy + cy 2 + 2dx + 2ey=0 and A = 2bde-ae 2 -cd 2 , then one
value of y is given by y = ax + fix 2 + (y + c x ) a ' 3 j where
a=-d/e, = A/2e 3 , y = (cd - be) A/2e 5 ,
and e x is of the first order of smallness when x is small.
[If y-ax = rj then
— 2ex] = ax 2 + 2bx{r)-\- ax) + C (rj + ax) 2 = Ax 2 + 2Bxrj + Crj 2 ,
say. It is evident that rj is of the second order of smallness, xrj of the third,
and r] 2 of the fourth ; and - 2erj = Ax 2 — (AB/e) x 3 , the error being of the fourth
order.]
23. If x=ay + by 2 + cy 3 then one value of y is given by
y = ax + fix 2 + (y + e x ) x 3 ,
where a=l/a, /3= —b/a 3 , y=(2b 2 -ac)/a b , and e x is of the first order of small-
ness when x is small.
24. If x = ay + by n , where n is an integer greater than unity, then one
value of y is given by y = ax + fix 11 + (y + e x ) x 2n ~ l , where a=l/a, /9*= — 6/a n + 1 ,
y = nb 2 /a 2,l + 1 , and e x is of the (n— l)th order of smallness when x is small.
25. Show that the least positive root of the equation xy = sinx is a con-
tinuous function of y throughout the interval (0, 1), and decreases steadily
from 7r to as y increases from to 1. [The function is the inverse of
(sin x)jx : apply § 109.]
26. The least positive root of xy — tan x is a continuous function of y
throughout the interval (1, cc ), and increases steadily from to |?r as y
increases from 1 towards oo .
CHAPTER VI
DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS
110. Derivatives or Differential Coefficients. Let us return
to the consideration of the properties which we naturally associate
with the notion of a curve. The first and most obvious property
is, as we saw in the last chapter, that which gives a curve its
appearance of connectedness, and which we embodied in our defini-
tion of a continuous function.
The ordinary curves which occur in elementary geometry, such
as straight lines, circles and conic sections, have of course many
other properties of a general character. The simplest and most
noteworthy of these is perhaps that they have a definite direction
at every point, or what is the same thing, that at every point of
the curve we can draw a tangent to it. The reader will probably
remember that in elementary geometry the tangent to a curve at
P is defined to be ' the limiting position of the chord PQ, when Q
moves up towards coincidence with P '. Let us consider what is
implied in the assumption of the existence of such a limiting-
position.
In the figure (Fig. 36) P is a fixed point on the curve, and Q
a variable point; PM, QN are parallel to 0Y and PR to OX.
We denote the coordinates of P by x, y and those of Q by
% + h, y + k: h will be positive or negative according as N lies to
the right or left of M.
We have assumed that there is a tangent to the curve at P,
or that there is a definite ' limiting position ' of the chord PQ.
Suppose that PT, the tangent at P, makes an angle yjr with OX.
Then to say that PT is the limiting position of PQ is equivalent
to saying that the limit of the angle QPR is yp; when Q approaches
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P along the curve from either side. We have now to distinguish
two cases, a general case and an exceptional one.
N M
Fig. 36.
The general case is that in which yjr is not equal to |tt, so that
PT is not parallel to OY. In this case RPQ tends to the limit
yjr, and
RQ/ PR = tan RPQ
tends to the limit tan yfr. Now
RQ/PR = (NQ - MP)jMN = {$ (x + h) - <£ (x)}fh ;
.. <\> (x + h) - <f) O) , , ,_.
and so lim -^ ^ — 7- \ / _ tan ^ ^^
a ^- 'i
The reader should be careful to note that in all these equa-
tions all lengths are regarded as affected with the proper sign,
so that (e.g.) RQ is negative in the figure when Q lies to the left
of P ; and that the convergence to the limit is unaffected by the
sign of h.
Thus the assumption that the curve which is the graph of
$ (x) has a tangent at P, which is not perpendicular to the axis of
x, implies that cj> (x) has, for the particular value of x corresponding
to P, the property that [(f) (x + h) — <£ (x))jh tends to a limit when
h tends to zero.
This of course implies that both of
{<(> (x + h)-4> {x))lh, {0 (.r - h) - (tf)}/( - h)
tend to limits when h-*-d by positive values only, and that the two limits
are equal. If these limits exist but are not equal, then the curve y = <$> (x)
has an angle at the particular point considered, as in Fig. 37.
Now let us suppose that the curve has (like the circle or
ellipse) a tangent at every point of its length, or at any rate every
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portion of its length which corresponds to a certain range of
variation of x. Further let us suppose this tangent never per-
pendicular to the axis of x : in the case of a circle this would of
course restrict us to considering an arc less than a semicircle.
Then an equation such as (1) holds for all values of x which fall
inside this range. To each such value of x corresponds a value of
tan -v/r : tan ty is a function of x, which is defined for all values of
x in the range of values under consideration, and which may be
calculated or derived from the original function (f>(x). We shall
call this function the derivative or derived function of <£ (x), and
we shall denote it by
<f>'(x).
Another name for the derived function of $ (x) is the differ-
ential coefficient of <£ (x) ; and the operation of calculating
<£' (x) from cf> (x) is generally known as differentiation. This
terminology ■ is firmly established for historical reasons : see
§ 115.
Before we proceed to consider the special case mentioned
above, in which yjr — \tt, we shall illustrate our definition by some
general remarks and particular illustrations.
111. Some general remarks. (1) The existence of a derived
function <f>' (x) for all values of x in the interval a ^ x £b implies
that <j6 (x) is continuous at every point of this interval. For it is
evident that {<£ (x + h) — <f> (x)}/h cannot tend to a limit unless
lim </> (x + h) = <$>(x), and it is this which is the property denoted
by continuity.
(2) It is natural to ask whether the converse is true, i.e.
whether every continuous curve has a
definite tangent at every point, and
every function a differential coefficient
for every value of x for which it is
continuous.* The answer is obviously
No : it is sufficient to consider the
curve formed by two straight lines pi g 37#
meeting to form an angle (Fig. 37).
* We leave out of account the exceptional case (which we have still to examine)
in which the curve is supposed to have a tangent perpendicular to OX: apart from
this possibility the two forms of the question stated above are ecpivalent.
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The reader will see at once that in this case {<£ (x + li) — <$> (x)}/h
has the limit tan/3 when h^>-0 by positive values and the limit
tan a when h-*~0 by negative values.
This is of course a case in which a curve might reasonably be said to have
two directions at a point. But the following example, although a little more
difficult, shows conclusively that there are cases in which a continuous curve
cannot be said to have either one direction or several directions at one of its
points. Draw the graph (Fig. 14, p. 53) of the function a?sin(l/#). The
function is not denned for x=0, and so is discontinuous for x=0. On
the other hand the function defined by the equations
<£(#)=a?sin(l/#) U'4=0), 0(.r) = O (x=0)
is continuous for x=0 (Exs. xxxvu. 14, 15), and the graph of this function
is a continuous curve.
But <f)(%) has no derivative for x = 0. For $' (0) would be, by definition,
lim {(p (h) - <f> (0)}/A or lim sin (l//t) ; and no such limit exists.
It has even been shown that a function of x may be continuous and yet
have no derivative for any value of x, but the proof of this is much more
difficult. The reader who is interested in the question may be referred to
Bromwich's Infinite Series, pp. 490-1, or Hobson's Theory of Functions
of a Real Variable, pp. 620-5.
(3) The notion of a derivative or differential coefficient was
suggested to us by geometrical considerations. But there is
nothing geometrical in the notion itself. The derivative </>' (x) of
a function (j> (x) may be defined, without any reference to any kind
of geometrical representation of (/> (x), by the equation
^ (w)silim ^±E^M. t
h
and <£ (x) has or has not a derivative, for any particular value of x,
according as this limit does or does not exist. The geometry of
curves is merely one of many departments of mathematics in which
the idea of a derivative finds an application.
Another important application is in dynamics. Suppose that a particle is
moving in a straight line in such a way that at time t its distance from a fixed
point on the line is s = (t). Then the 'velocity of the particle at time t' is
by definition the limit of
<t>(t + h)-(f)(t)
h
as h-*~0. The notion of ' velocity ' is in fact merely a special case of that of
the derivative of a function.
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Examples XXXIX. 1. If <£ (a>) is a constant then $' (a?)=0. Interpret
this result geometrically.
2. If <f)(x) = ax+b then <f)'(x) = a. Prove this (i) from the formal de-
finition and (ii) by geometrical considerations.
3. If $ (x)=x m , where m is a positive integer, then <£' (x)=mx m ~\
[For <£' (.i-) = lim (* + h T- xm
= lim lm.v m - 1 + 171 ^ m ~ \ v m - 2 h + ... + h m - 1 \ .
The reader should observe that this method cannot be applied to apto,
where pjq is a rational fraction, as we have no means of expressing {x + ICfii
as a finite series of powers of h. We shall show later on (§ 118) that the result
of this example holds for all rational values of m. Meanwhile the reader
will find it instructive to determine <f>' (x) when m has some special fractional
value {e.g. £), by means of some special device.]
4. If (f> (x) = sin x, then <£' (x) = cos x ; and if <j> (x) = cos x, then
<j)' (x) = - sin x.
[For example, if (o?) = sin x, we have
{0 (x+h) - (f> (x)}/h = {2 sin \h cos (x + lh)}/h,
the limit of which, when A-»-0, is cos x, since lim cos (# + M) = cos x (the cosine
being a continuous function) and lim {(sin |A)/M} = 1 (Ex. xxxvi. 13).]
5. Equations of the tangent and normal to a curve y=(f>(x). The
tangent to the curve at the point (.r , y ) is the line through (.r , y ) which
makes with OX an angle ^, where tan ^ = $' (x ). Its equation is therefore
y-#o=(#-#o)0'(#o) ;
and the equation of the normal (the perpendicular to the tangent at the
point of contact) is
We have assumed that the tangent is not parallel to the axis of y. In
this special case it is obvious that the tangent and normal are x=x and
y=y respectively.
6. Write down the equations of the tangent and normal at any point of
the parabola x 2 = 4ay. Show that if x = 2a/m, y = a/m 2 , then the tangent
at (x Q , y ) is x=my + (a/m).
112. We have seen that if </> (x) is not continuous for a value
of x then it cannot possibly have a derivative for that value of x.
Thus such functions as lfx or sin (l/x), which are not denaed for
x = 0, and so necessarily discontinuous for x = 0, cannot have
derivatives for x = 0. Or again the function [x], which is discon-
tinuous for every integral value of x, has no derivative for any
such value of x.
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Example. Since [.r] is constant between every two integral values of x,
its derivative, whenever it exists, has the value zero. Thus the deriva-
tive of fa?], which we may represent by [x]', is a function equal to zero for
all values of x save integral values and undefined for integral values. It
is interesting to note that the function 1 - ■ has exactly the same
properties.
We saw also in Ex. xxxvil. 7 that the types of discontinuity
which occur most commonly, when we are dealing with the very
simplest and most obvious kinds of functions, such as polynomials
or rational or trigonometrical functions, are associated with a
relation of the type
</> (x) -» + oo
or <j> (x) -*- — oo . In all these cases, as in such cases as those con-
sidered above, there is no derivative for certain special values of x.
Q
Q. Q
R R
,Q Q
(*)
^R
(&)
Fig. 38.
In fact, as was pointed out in § 111, (1), all discontinuities of<f)(x) are
also discontinuities of cf)' (x). But the converse is not true, as we
may easily see if we return to the geometrical point of view of § 110
and consider the special case, hitherto left aside, in which the graph
of <f) (x) has a tangent parallel to OY. This case may be subdivided
into a number of cases, of which the most typical are shown in
Fig. 3<8. In cases (c) and (d) the function is two valued on one side
of P and not denned on the other. In such cases we may consider
the two sets of values of $ (x), which occur on one side of P or the
other, as defining distinct functions <$>i{x) and <$> 2 (x), the upper
part of the curve corresponding to fa (x).
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The reader will easily convince himself that in (a)
{$ (x + h)-cf> (x)}/h — + cc ,
as h-*-0, and in (6)
{<f>(x + h) — <j)(x)}(h-*-—cG ;
while in (c)
{fa (x + h) - fa (x)}/h-^ + co , {<f> 2 (x + h) - fa (x)}/h -■ — cd ,
and in (d)
{(f), (x + h) - fa (x)}/h-* — oo , {<f> 2 (x + h) - fa (x)}/k-*~+ oo ,
though of course in (c) only positive and in (d) only negative
values of h can be considered, a fact which by itself would preclude
the existence of a derivative.
We can obtain examples of these four cases by considering the
functions defined by the equations
(a) y 3 = x, (b) y*=-x, (c) y" = x, (d) y" = -x,
the special value of x under consideration being x = 0.
113. Some general rules for differentiation. Through-
out the theorems which follow we assume that the functions
f{x) and F(x) have derivatives /'(#) and F'{x) for the values of
x considered.
(1) If cf> (x) =f(x) + F (x), then (x) has a derivative
fa(x)=f(x) + F'(x).
(2) If (f> (x) = kf (x), where h is a constant, then <£ (x) has a
derivative
fa(x) = lcf(x).
We leave it as an exercise to the reader to deduce these results
from the general theorems stated in Ex. xxxv. 1.
(3) If <f> (x) =f(x) F(x), then cf> (x) has a derivative
4,\x)=f(x)F\x)+f( x )F(x).
For fW -l im /(« + *) J '<« + ^-/W J '<*)
.to |/ ( , + ;,) *■(«+» -*■(«> + > ( ./»+*)-/W[
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(4) If (x) = >--t , then <f> (x) has a derivative
J\ x )
In this theorem we of course suppose that f(x) is not equal to
zero for the particular value of x under consideration. Then
* ( *>- 1,m A !/(. + *)/(«) J - {/(5)}«-
(5) If (ji(x)= ^rr-{ , then <$> (x) has a derivative
Jf (x)
.,, , f(x)F(x)-f(x)F'(x)
( P W_ " {F(x)\*
This follows at once from (3) and (4).
(6) If 4>(x) = F {/(&")}> th en 4> ( x ) h (ts a derivative
<j>'(x)=F'{f(x)}f'(x).
For let /0)=?/, f(x + h)=y + k.
Then k-*0 as h-*-0, and kjh-^f(x). And
= F'(y)f(x).
This theorem includes (2) and (4) as special cases, as we see on
taking F(x) = kx or F(x) = ljx. Another interesting special case
is that in which f(x) = ax + b : the theorem then shows that the
derivative of F (ax + b) is aF' (ax + b).
Our last theorem requires a few words of preliminary explana-
tion. Suppose that x = yjr (y), where yjr (y) is continuous and
steadily increasing (or decreasing), in the stricter sense of § 95, in
a certain interval of values of y. Then we may write y = </> (x),
where <f> is the ' inverse ' function (§ 109) of ifr.
(7) If y = cf>(x), ivhere (j> is the inverse f miction of yjr, so that
x = yfr (y), and -ty (y) has a derivative i/r' (y) which is not equal to
zero, then <£ (x) has a derivative
d,'( a -) = _J_.
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For if <£ (as + hi) = y + k, then k -*■ as /t-*»0, and
# w = Hm »(« + *)-»(«) = lim (y+k)- y = _1_
A ^o (x + h)-x k + ^r (y + k) - f (y) ^ (y)
The last function may now be expressed in terms of x by means
of the relation y = </> (x), so that <$>{x) is the reciprocal of yjr'{<j> (x)}.
This theorem enables us to differentiate any function if we know
the derivative of the inverse function.
114. Derivatives of complex functions. So far we have
supposed that y = <f> (x) is a purely real function of x. If y is a
complex function <f> (x) + i-^r (x), then we define the derivative of y
as being <f>' (x) + iyfr' (x). The reader will have no difficulty in
seeing that Theorems (1) — (5) above retain their validity when
cf>(x) is complex. Theorems (6) and (7) have also analogues for
complex functions, but these depend upon the general notion of
a ' function of a complex variable ', a notion which we have en-
countered at present only in a few particular cases.
115. The notation of the differential calculus. We have
already explained that what we call a derivative is often called a
differential coefficient. Not only a different name but a different
notation is often used ; the derivative of the function y = cf) (x)
is often denoted by one or other of the expressions
«* &
Of these the last is the most usual and convenient : the reader
must however be careful to remember that dyjdx does not mean
' a certain number dy divided by another number dx ' : it means
' the result of a certain operation D x or d/dx applied to y = <£ (x) ',
the operation being that of forming the quotient {(f> (x + h) — <f> (x)}/h
and making /i-*0.
Of course a notation at first sight so peculiar would not have been
adopted without some reason, and the reason was as follows. The denomi-
nator h of the fraction {<fi (x + h) - (p (x)}/h is the difference of the values x + h,
x of the independent variable x ; similarly the numerator is the difference of
the corresponding values <p(x + h), (x) of the dependent variable y. These
differences may be called the increments of x and y respectively, and denoted
by hx and by. Then the fraction is 8y/8x, and it is for many purj^oses
convenient to denote the limit of the fraction, which is the same thing as
206 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
cf)' (x), by dy/dx. But this notation must for the present be regarded as
purely symbolical. The dy and dx which occur in it cannot be separated,
and standing by themselves they would mean nothing : in particular dy and
dx do not mean lim Sy and lim 8x, these limits being simply equal to zero.
The reader will have to become familiar with this notation, but so long as it
puzzles him he will be wise to avoid it by writing the differential coefficient in
the form D x y, or using the notation (f> (x), (f>'(x), as we have done in the
preceding sections of this chapter.
In Ch. VII, however, we shall show how it is possible to define the symbols
dx and dy in such a way that they have an independent meaning and that
the derivative dy/dx is actually their quotient.
The theorems of § 113 may of course at once be translated into
this notation. They may be stated as follows :
(i) ify = y,+y„ then £-§£+{£;
(2) if y= ley,, then ^ = *^i
,«v t dv dy., dy,
(3) »/y = y,y„ then £ = y,± + y>±i
(5) ify^then %-{»%-&)/*
(6) if y is a function of x, and z a function of y, then
dz _dz dy
dx dy dx '
m £-»/©■
Examples XL. 1. If y =3/12/23/3 then
dy dy x dy 2 , dy,
dx=^ 3 dx + ^dx + ^di
and if 3/ =3/13/2 --^n then
dy » dy r
In particular, if-?/ = 2", then d,y/dx=nz n ~ 1 (dz/dx) : and if y=x n , then
dyjdx=nx n ~ l , as was proved otherwise in Ex. xxxix. 3.
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y dx y x dx y 2 dx y n dx '
In particular, if y = z n , then - -~ = - — .
1 ' 3 ' y dx z dx
116. Standard forms. We shall now investigate more
systematically the forms of the derivatives of a few of the
simplest types of functions.
A. Polynomials. If (x) = a x n + ai x n ~ l + . . . + a n , then
<f>' (x) = nctoX 11 - 1 + (n - 1) a.x 71 - 2 + ...+ a n ^.
It is sometimes more convenient to use for the standard form of a
polynomial of degree n in x what is known as the binomial form,
viz.
ciox 11 + (Jj a l aP~ 1 + (fj a,x n ->+ ... + a n .
In this case
The binomial form of <f>(x) is often written symbolically as
(o , Qii, ..., a n ^x, i.) j
and then (f>'(x) = n(a , a 1} ..., «„_!"$#, l) n_1 .
We shall see later that <f> (x) can always be expressed as the
product of n factors in the form
<£ (a?) =a (x- a x ) (x - a 2 ) . .. (a? - or n ),
where the a's are real or complex numbers. Then
</>' (a;) = a 2 (a? - or 2 ) (x - a s ) . . . (x - a n ),
the notation implying that we form all possible products of n — 1
factors, and add them all together. This form of the result holds
even if several of the numbers a are equal ; but of course then
some of the terms on the right-hand side are repeated. The
reader will easily verify that if
<£ (x) = a (x - cO'"' (x - ar 3 ) m ' ...(x- a t ) m ",
then 0' (»= aoXtih (x - a,)**" 1 ( x ~ a *)" h ...(*- «,)'""•
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Examples XLI. 1. Show that if (x) is a polynomial then <f>' (x) is
the coefficient of h in the expansion of $ (x + h) in powers of h.
2. If (x) is divisible by (x — a) 2 , then <£' (a?) is divisible by x — a : and
generally, if cp (x) is divisible by (x — a) m , then <j>' (x) is divisible by (x — a) m ~K
3. Conversely, if (x) and 0' (#) are both divisible by x — a, then $ (#) is
divisible by (%- a) 2 ; and if (a-) is divisible by x - a and cf>' (x) by (#- a) m ~ 1 >
then (a-) is divisible by (x - a)" 1 .
4. Show how to determine as completely as possible the multiple roots
of P(x) = 0, where P (x) is a polynomial, with their degrees of multiplicity,
by means of the elementary algebraical operations.
[If H x is the highest common factor of P and P', H 2 the highest common
factor of H x and P", H 3 that of H 2 and P"', and so on, then the roots of
ff 1 H 3 /E 2 2 =0 are the double roots of P=0, the roots of H 2 II i /H 3 2 = the treble
roots, and so on. But it may not be possible to complete the solution of
HiHslHf^Q, H 2 H i IH 3 2 = 0, .... Thus if P(x) = (x-l) 3 (x*-x-7) 2 then
Hi R 3 / H 2 2 = x 6 — x -7 and If 2 FI i jII 3 2 = x—l ; and we cannot solve the first
equation.]
5. Find all the roots, with their degrees of multiplicity, of
x i + 3x 3 - 3x 2 - 1 Ix - 6 = 0, afi + 2a 5 - 8x* - 1 4x* + 1 lx 2 + 28j? + 1 2 = 0.
6. If ax 2 + 2bx+c has a double root, i.e. is of the form a(x-a) 2 , then
2 (ax + b) must be divisible by x - a, so that n= - fe/a. This value of # must
satisfy ax 2 + 2bx + c = 0. Verify that the condition thus arrived at is
ac — b 2 —0.
7. The equation ll(x- a) + lj(x-b) + \/(x-c) = can have a pair of
equal roots only if a = b = c. (Math. Trip. 1905.)
8. Show that ax 3 + Sbx 2 + 3cx + d=0
has a double root if £ 2 + 4# 3 =0, where II=ac-b 2 , O = a 2 d - Sabc + 2b\
[Put ax+b=y, when the equation reduces to y 3 + 3ffy + G=Q. This
must have a root in common with y 2 + II=0.~\
9. The reader may verify that if a, /3, y, 8 are the roots of
ax* + Abx 3 + Qcx 2 + 4dx + e = 0,
then the equation whose roots are
iW(°-i3)(y-8)-(y~a)(/3-8)},
and two similar expressions formed by permuting a, $, y cyclically, is
453-^-^=0,
where g 2 = ae - Abd + 3c 2 , g 3 = ace + 2bcd - ad 2 - eb 2 - c 3 .
It is clear that if two of a, /3, y, 8 are equal then two of the roots of this cubic
will be equal. Using the result of Ex. 8 we deduce that g 2 3 -27g 3 2 =0.
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10. Rolle's Theorem for polynomials. If <f> (x) is any polynomial,
then between any pair of roots of(f>(x)=0 lies a root o/ <£'(#) = 0.
A general proof of this theorem, applying not only to polynomials but to
other classes of functions, will be given later. The following is an algebraical
proof valid for polynomials only. We suppose that a, /3 are two successive
roots, repeated respectively m and n times, so that
(x) = (x - a) m (x - /3)» 8 (x),
where 6 (x) is a polynomial which has the same sign, say the positive sign, for
a?gx?gft. Then
<t>' (x) = (x - a) m (x - /3) n & (x) + {m (x - a) m - > (x - j3)» + n (x - a) m (x - /3)» " »} 6 (x)
= (x - a^-^x-py-^ix- a )(x-p)ff \x) + {7n(x-p) + n(x-a)}d(x)]
= (x-a) m - 1 (x-^t) n - 1 F (x),
say. Now F(a) = vi(a-&) 6 (a) and F (/3) = n (/3 - a) 0(/3), which have opposite
signs. Hence F(x), and so <p' (x), vanishes for some value of x between
a and /3
117. B. Rational Functions. If
where P and Q are polynomials, it follows at once from § 113, (5) that
_ P'(x)Q(x)-P(x)Q'{x)
and this formula enables us to write down the derivative of any-
rational function. The form in which we obtain it, however, may or
may not be the simplest possible. It will be the simplest possible if
Q (x) and Q' (x) have no common factor, i.e. if Q (x) has no repeated
factor. But if Q(x) has a repeated factor then the expression
which we obtain for R' (x) will be capable of further reduction.
It is very often convenient, in differentiating a rational
function, to employ the method of partial fractions. We shall
suppose that Q(x), as in § 116, is expressed in the form
a (x - aO'" 1 (x - a 2 ) m * ...(x- <x v ) m v.
Then it is proved in treatises on Algebra* that R(x) can be
expressed in the form
nl \ , -^1,1 . -"-1,2 . . -"■] , TO,
(x) + - — '■ f- -. — + ... 4- , —~—
x — a x (x — aj' {x — a x )" h
x — a 2 (x — a 2 )- (x — a 2 )'" 2
* See, e.g., Chrystal's Algebra, vol. i, pp. 151 et seq.
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210 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
where II (x) is a polynomial; i.e. as the sum of a polynomial and
the sum of a number of terms of the type
A
where a is a root of Q (x) = 0. We know already how to find the
derivative of the polynomial: and it follows at once from Theorem (4)
of § 113, or, if a is complex, from its extension indicated in § 114,
that the derivative of the rational function last written is
pA (x - ay- 1 _ pA
' ~Xx^ajw~ ~ («-a)* +1 *
We are now able to write down the derivative of the general
rational function R (x), in the form
TT' ( \ — '* "-"1,2 Ao-i ^A 2>2 _
W (a; -a,) 2 (a-^) 3 '" (x-a 2 f (x-a 2 V ""
Incidentally we have proved that the derivative of x m is ma; 1 ' 1 - 1 ,
for all integral values of m positive or negative.
The method explained in this section is particularly useful
when we have to differentiate a rational function several times
(see Exs. XLV).
Examples XLII. 1. Prove that
d ( x \ —x 1 d f\—x l \
dx
( x \ 1-m? d ( l-x^ \ 4x
2. Prove that
d ( ax 2 + 2bx + c \ (ax + 6) (Bx + 0)- (bx + c)(Ax+B)
\x \Ax*+\
2Bx + CJ (A a? + 2Bx + Vf
3. If Q has a factor (x-a) m , then the denominator of R' (when R' is
reduced to its lowest terms) is divisible by (x — a)"' +1 but by no higher power
of x — a.
4. In no case can the denominator of R' have a simple factor x-a.
Hence no rational function (such as 1/x) whose denominator contains any
simple factor can be the derivative of another rational function.
118. C. Algebraical Functions. The results of the pre-
ceding sections, together with Theorem (6) of § 113, enable us to
obtain the derivative of any explicit algebraical function whatsoever.
The most important such function is x m , where m is a rational
number. We have seen already (§ 117) that the derivative of this
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function is mas"* -1 when m is an integer positive or negative ; and
we shall now prove that this result is true for all rational values
of m. Suppose that y = x m = xi )l( i, where p and q are integers and
q positive ; and let z = x x, i, so that x = zi and y = z p . Then
2-sy©.-*"-
mx'
2
This result may also be deduced as a corollary from Ex. xxxvi.
3. For, if (x) = x m , we have
.. P n -X m
= hm ^-tt = ma;" 1-1 .
?— a; ? — *
It is clear that the more general formula
j- (ax + b) m = ma (ax + b) m ~ 1
holds also for all rational values of m.
The differentiation of implicit algebraical functions involves
certain theoretical difficulties to which we shall return in Ch. VII.
But there is no practical difficulty in the actual calculation of the
derivative of such a function : the method to be adopted will be
illustrated sufficiently by an example. Suppose that y is given by
the equation
X s + y ?j — Saxy = 0.
Differentiating with respect to x we find
x ' + y"- d £- a {« +xd £t°
, dy x 1 — ay
and so -r- = — „ .
ax y 2 — ax
•Examples XLIII 1. Find the derivatives of
2. Prove that
d_ ( :v_ }
dx p (a 2 + fyj (a? + .x' 2 ) 3 ' 2 ' dx [J {a* - * 2 )j {a- - a? 2 ) 3 a "
3. Find the differential coefficient of?/ when
(i) ax' 2 + 2hxy + by- + %gx + %fy + c = 0, (ii) a' 5 + # 5 - 5a.<% 2 = 0.
14—2
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119. D. Transcendental Functions. We have already
proved (Ex. xxxix. 4) that
D x sin x = cos x, D x cos x = — sin x.
By means of Theorems (4) and (5) of § 113, the reader will
easily verify that
D x tan x = sec 2 x, D x cot x — — cosec 2 x,
D x sec x = tan x sec x, D x cosec x = — cot x cosec x.
And by means of Theorem (7) we can determine the derivatives
of the ordinary inverse trigonometrical functions. The reader
should verify the following formulae :
D x arc sin x = ± 1/V(1 — oc"), D x arc cos x = + 1/V(1 - &)>
D x arc tana; = 1/(1 + a; 2 ), D x arc cot x = — 1/(1 + x-),
D x arc sec a; = ± l/{x^/(x 2 — 1)}, D^ arc cosec a; = + l/{x\/(x i — 1)}.
In the case of the inverse sine and cosecant the ambiguous sign
is the same as that of cos (arc sin a;), in the case of the inverse
cosine and secant the same as that of sin (arc cos a;).
The more general formulae
D x arc sin (xja) = ± l/\/(a 2 — x 2 ), D x arc tan (x/a) = a/(x 2 + a 2 ),
which are also easily derived from Theorem (7) of § 113, are also
of considerable importance. In the first of them the ambiguous
sign is the same as that of a cos {arc sin (x/a)}, since
a V{1 - (a; 2 /a 2 )} = ± V(a 2 - O
according as a is positive or negative.
Finally, by means of Theorem (6) of § 113, we are enabled to
differentiate composite functions involving symbols both of alge-
braical and trigonometrical functionality, and so to write down
the derivative of any such function as occurs in the following
examples.
Examples XLIV.* 1. Find the derivatives of
cos m #, sin" 1 *, cos*™, sin a;"*, cos (sin*), sin(cos.r),
It n n . 19 • 9 \ COS * Sin *
x /(a 2 cos-* * + b 2 si n 2 *), -r— — ,
v ( a cos x + b sm x )
x arc sin * + ,J(1 — x 2 ), (1 + *) arc tan *Jx — s tx.
* In these examples m is a rational number and a, b, ... , a, /3, ... hr-ve such
values that the functions which involve them are real.
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2. Verify by differentiation that arc sin x + arc cos x is constant for all
values of x between and 1, and arc tan u;+arc cot x for all positive values
of x.
3. Find the derivatives of
arc sin N /( 1 - x 2 ), arc sin {2x % /( 1 - # 2 )}, arc tan ( ■ ) .
How do you explain the simplicity of the results 1
4. Differentiate
1 , ax+b 1 . ax+b
arc tan - T . j^r , — ;- s arc sin
sj(ac - b 2 ) " — J(ac _ b 2 ) ' V( - «) V(& 2 - ™) '
5. Show that each of the functions
has the derivative
V{(«-*)(*-/3)}'
6 Prove that
3S r° C ° S v(^)| = V (cos 6 cos 3d) *
(J/aM. Trip. 1904.)
7 Show that
1_ _d_r /(Q (ax 2 +c) }
J{G{Ac-aa)}dx[_ &rCGm \J \c(Ax 2 +C)j
(Ax 2 +C)J(ax 2 +c)
8. Each of the functions
1 (a
arc cos
— r- 1 1 -77-5 — ttn arc tan \ x / ( T ) tan kv[
+ bcosx/' s l(a 2 -b 2 ) \\ \a + bj 2 J
s !{a 2 -b 2 )
has the derivative l/(a + bcosx).
9. If X= a + b cos x+c sin a?, and
1 aX-a 2 + b 2 + c 2
V- v ' (a 2_ fe 2_ c2) arc cos JTVC^ + c 3 ) '
then dy/dx=l/X.
10. Prove that the derivative of F[/{0(a?)}]is ^/ {$<>)}]/' (00*0} <$>'{x),
and extend the result to still more complicated cases.
11. If u and v are functions of x, then
D x arc tan (%/■») = {vD x u — uD x v)j(u 2 -f v 2 ).
12. The derivative of y = (tan x + sec x) m is my sec x.
13. The derivative of y = cos &■ + 1 sin # is ly.
14. Differentiate x cos a?, (sin#)/.r. Show that the values of # for which
the tangents to the curves y=x cos x, y=(sin #)/# are parallel to the axis of x
are roots of cot#=.r, tan#=.r respectively.
214 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
15. It is easy to see (cf. Ex. xvn. 5) that the equation sin x—ax, where a
is positive, has no real roots except #=0 if a > 1, and if a< 1 a finite number of
roots which increases as a diminishes. Prove that the values of a for which
the number of roots changes are the values of cos £, where £ is a positive root
of the equation tan £ = £. [The values required are the values of a for which
y = ax touches y=sin #.]
16. If <£(.z)=# 2 sin(l/#) when j; + 0, and </> (0)=0, then
<f>' (x) = 2x sin (1 \x) - cos (1/x)
when #=#0, and <j>'(0)-0. And <£' (x) is discontinuous for x = (cf. § 111,
(2))-
17. Find the equations of the tangent and normal at the point (x , y )
of the circle x 2 +y'*=a 2 .
[Here y= / J{a 2 -x 2 ), dyjdx= —x/ s f(a 2 -x 2 ), and the tangent is
y -y*= (-p - #o) { - -^o/\/(« 2 - V)}>
which maybe reduced to the form xx +yy = a 2 . The normal is xy -yx =0,
which of course passes through the origin.]
18. Find the equations of the tangent and normal at any point of the
ellipse (x/a) 2 + (ylb) 2 =l and the hyperbola (xja) 2 - (y/6) 2 = 1.
19. The equations of the tangent and normal to the curve x = <f>(t) T
y = \jf (t), at the point whose parameter is t, are
^'to° = 7(if ' {x " * (0} *' (0 + [y ~ * (0} *' w = °-
120. Repeated differentiation. We may form a new function
</>"(#) from <£'(#) just as we formed <// (#) from <j> (x). This
function is called the second derivative or second differential
coefficient of </> (#). The second derivative of y = <j) (x) may also
be written in any of the forms
^ . / d y d 2 u
In exactly the same way we may define the nth derivative or
nth differential coefficient of y = cf> (x), which may be written in any
of the forms
r<-i D *"* (s)V g-
But it is only in a few cases that it is easy to write down a
general formula for the nth differential coefficient of a given
function. Some of these cases will be found in the examples
which follow.
119, 120] DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 215
Examples XL V. 1. If 4>(x)=x m then
(j)( n ) (x) s=m (»i - 1) ... (m— n + 1) x m - ".
This result enables us to write down the nth derivative of any polynomial.
2. If $ (x) = (ax+b) m then
<£(>•) (a?) = m (m - 1 ) . . . (m - n + 1 ) a n (ax + b) m ~ ".
In these two examples m may have any rational value. If m is a positive
integer, and n>m, then <£( n ) (x) = 0.
3. The formula
(AY A =( 1Y P(P + V-(P+n-VA
\dx) (x-a)P K ' (x-a)P + n
enables us to write down the nth derivative of any rational function expressed
in the standard form as a sum of partial fractions.
4. Prove that the nth derivative of 1/(1 —x 2 ) is
£(» !){(1 -#)-»-i +(-l)»(l +#)-»- J}.
5. Leibniz' Theorem. If y is a product uv, and we can form the
first n derivatives of u and v, then we can form the nth derivative of y by
means of Leibni£ Theorem, which gives the rule
(uv) n = u n v + (J) u n _ , v 1 + r M
v 2 + ... + [ )u n _ r v r + ...+uv n ,
where suffixes indicate differentiations, so that u n , for example, denotes the
?ith derivative of u. To prove the theorem we observe that
(uv)i=u l v+uv 1 ,
(itv) 2 = z u 2 v + 2u l v 1 + uv2,
and so on. It is obvious that by repeating this process we arrive at a
formula of the type
Let us assume that a n ,.= ( ) for r=l, 2, ... n — 1, and show that if this
is so then a, i + i, ,• = ( ) f° r r — lj 2, ... n. It will then follow by the
principle of mathematical induction that a iu r = ( ) for all values of n and r
in question.
When we form («v) n + 1 by differentiating (uv) n it is clear that the coefficient
of u n + l _ r v r is
«».,+«>, ,- 1 =Q + ( r ! 1 )=('^ 1 ).
This establishes the theorem.
216 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
G. The nth derivative of x m f{x) is
_J!Ll_^-»/(*) + .» r -4^fi>-* +1 /(*)
(m-n) ! J K (m-n + 1) !
+ ~1.2 (m-»+2)!* 7 W + ""
the series being continued for n + 1 terms or until it terminates.
7. Prove that ZV cos a- = cos (a'+^wjt), ZV sin o?=sin (.r + inrr)
8. If # = A cos ma- + B sin m# then ZVy + m 2 y = 0. And if
y=A cos wi# + B sin »i.a? + P n (x),
where P M (#) is a polynomial of degree », then D x n + 3 y + m 2 D x n + 1 y = 0.
9. If x 2 D x 2 y + xD x y+y = then
.z 2 Z)s n + 2 y + (2;i + l):rZV + 1 y + (>j 2 + l)Z)/y=0.
[Differentiate ?i times by Leibnitz' Theorem.]
10. If U n denotes the «th derivative of ( Lx + M )/(x 2 - ~2Bx + C), then
[First obtain the equation when n = ; then differentiate n times by
Leibnitz' Theorem.]
11. The nth derivatives of aj{a 2 +x 2 ) and xj(a 2 +x 2 ). Since
1/1 1 \ x 1/1 1
a 2 + x 2 1i\x — cti x + ai)'' a 2 + x 2 "Z\x — ai x + ai
we have
/ a \ (-l)»»l f 1 1 1
* V + a?V 2t \(a?-at)" + 1 (# + ai) n + , j'
and a similar formula for D x " {x/(a 2 + x 2 )}. If p = J(x 2 + a 2 ), and # is the
numerically smallest angle whot>e cosine and sine are x/p and a/p, then
x + ai=p Cis and x - ai=p Cis ( - 0), and so
ZV {a/(a 2 + x 2 )} = {( - l)»w !/2i} p""" 1 [Cis {(»+ 1)0}- Cis {- (n + Y) 6}]
= (-l)"n! (x 2 + a 2 )-i n + 1 )' 2 sin {(» + l) arc tan (a/a?)}.
Similarly
ZV W(« 2 + - r 2 )} = ( - 1 )" n ! (x 2 + a 2 ) ~ (« + iV 2 cos {(» + 1 ) arc tan (a/a?)}.
12. Prove that
Z» x " {(cos a?)/a?} = {P w cos (x + \ mr) + Q n sin (x + ^nn)} jx n + \
D x n {(sin a?)/a?} = {P n sin (a? + ^ mr ) - Q n cos (x + \ mr)}/x n + 1 ,
where P n and Q n are polynomials in x of degree n and ?i - 1 respectively.
13. Establish the formulae
^£_i /7^\ ****- <% /(dyY <Px__(<Py dy_ fd 2 y\] I (dyV>
dy~ l\dx)' dy 2 ~ dx 2 / \dx) ' oy»~ \dV> tfa; \&)j/\di) m
z
2\
22
= 1 ! y* y-i
2\
22
2 3
y 2 ' y-i yA'
22
z 3
24
{Math. Trip. 1905.)
y
Z
U
, dashes denoting differentiations with
y'
2'
u'
y"
z"
u"
120, 121] DERIVATIVES. AND INTEGRALS 217
14. If yz=l andy r =(l/r!) Djy, *,«(!/« I) D x »z, then
15. If W(y, z, u) =
respect to x, then W (y, z, u)=y i W i\, -, -).
16. If ax 2 + 2kxy + by 2 + 2gx + 2fy + c = 0,
then dy\dx = - (ax + hy +g)/(hx + by +/ )
and d 2 y\dx 2 = (abc+2fgh - a/ 2 - bg 2 - ch 2 )/(hx + by+f)\
121. Some general theorems concerning derived func-
tions. In all that follows we suppose that </> (%) is a function of x
which has a derivative <£' (x) for all values of x in question. This
assumption of course involves the continuity of <f)(x).
The meaning of the sign of <£ (x). Theorem A. If
<£' (x ) > then (f> (x) < (f> (x ) for all values of x less than x but
sufficiently near to x , and cf)(x)> <f)(x ) for all values of x greater
than x but sufficiently near to oc .
For {<£ (x + h) — (x )}/h converges to a positive limit <£' (#•„) as
h-*-0. This can only be the case if </> (x + h) — (f> (x ) and h have
the same sign for sufficiently small values of h, and this is precisely
what the theorem states. Of course from a geometrical point of
view the result is intuitive, the inequality 0' (x) > expressing
the fact that the tangent to the curve y = </> (x) makes a positive
acute angle with the axis of x. The reader should formulate for
himself the corresponding theorem for the case in which <f>' (x) < 0.
An immediate deduction from Theorem A is the following
important theorem, generally known as Rolle's Theorem. In view
of the great importance of this theorem it may be well to repeat
that its truth depends on the assumption of the existence of the
derivative <£' (x) for all values of x in question.
Theorem B. If (a) = and cf> (b) = 0, then there must be at
least one value of x which lies between a and b and for which
<f>' (x) = 0.
There are two possibilities : the first is that <£ (x) is equal to
218 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
zero throughout the whole interval (a, b). In this case <f>' (x) is
also equal to zero throughout the interval. If on the other hand
cf> (x) is not always equal to zero, then there must be values of
x for which <£ (x) is positive or negative. Let us suppose, for
example, that <f> (as) is sometimes positive. Then, by Theorem 2 of
§ 102, there is a value £ of x, not equal to a or b, and such that (/> (£)
is at least as great as the value of <f> (x) at any other point in
the interval. And <f>' (£) must be equal to zero. For if it were
positive then <f>(x) would, by Theorem A, be greater than <f) (£) for
values of x greater than £ but sufficiently near to f, so that there
would certainly be values of <f> (x) greater than (f) (f ). Similarly we
can show that <f>' (£) cannot be negative.
Cor. 1. If <£ (a) — <fr(b) = k, then there must be a value of x
between a and b such that <f> (x) = 0.
We have only to put <f> (x) — k = -ty (x) and apply Theorem B
to ty (x).
Cor. 2. If §' (x) > for all values of x in a certain interval,
then <f> (x) is an increasing function of x, in the stricter sense o/§ 95,
throughout that interval.
Let #! and x 2 be two values of x in the interval in question,
and x x < x 2 . We have to show that <f> (x^) < (#.,). In the first
place </> (a-j) cannot be equal to (f> (x 2 ) ; for, if this were so, there
would, by Theorem B, be a value of x between x 1 and x 2 for which
<£' (x) = 0. Nor can <f) (x^ be greater than <f> (x 2 ). For, since 0' (x^
is positive, <f> (x) is, by Theorem A, greater than <f> (a^) when x is
greater than x x and sufficiently near to x x . It follows that there is
a value x 3 of x between x 1 and x 2 such that <f) (x 3 ) = $ (x^) ; and so,
by Theorem B, that there is a value of as between x x and x 3 for
which <f>' (x) = 0.
Cor. 3. The conclusion of Cor. 2 still holds if the interval
(a, b) considered includes a finite number of exceptional values of x
for which <f>' (x) does not exist, or is not positive, provided <£ (x) is
continuous even for these exceptional values of x.
It is plainly sufficient to consider the case in which there is
one exceptional value of x only, and that corresponding to an end
of the interval, say to a. If a < x 1 < x 2 < b, we can choose a + e
so that a + e < as lt and <£' (x) > throughout (a + e, b), so that
<f> (#i) < <f> (x 2 ), by Cor. 2. All that remains is to prove that
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DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS
219
<f>(a)< <f> (xj). Now <f> (xj) decreases steadily, and in the stricter
sense, as x x decreases towards a, and so
<f> (a) = <f> (a + 0) = Km <£ (x x ) < <£ (<i\).
■rt+0
Cor. 4. If (}>' (x) > throughout the interval (a, b), and cf> (a) ^ 0,
then <f> (x) is positive throughout the interval (a, b).
The reader should compare the second of these corollaries very carefully
with Theorem A. If, as in Theorem A, we assume only that <f>'(x) is positive
at a single point x = x , then we can prove that <j> (xi)<(f>(x 2 ) when X\ and x 2
are sufficiently near to x and x 1 <x <x 2 . For 0(.r 1 )<<^)(^ o ) and (p(x 2 )xp(x ),
by Theorem A. But this does not prove that there is any interval including
x throughout which $ (x) is a steadily increasing function, for the assumption
that X\ and x 2 lie on opposite sides of x is essential to our conclusion. AVe
shall return to this point, and illustrate it by an actual example, in a moment
(§ 124).
122. Maxima and Minima. We shall say that the value </>(£)
assumed by <f> (x) when x = £ is a maximum if </> (£) is greater than
any other value assumed by <f> (x) in the immediate neighbourhood
of x = £, i.e. if we can find an interval (£ — e, £ + e) of values of
x such that </> (£) > <f> (x) when £ — e < x < £ and when £ < x < l~+e:
and we define a minimum in a similar manner. Thus in the figure
the points A correspond to maxima, the points B to minima of
Bo
Fig. 39.
the function whose graph is there shown. It is to be observed that
the fact that A 3 corresponds to a maximum and B x to a minimum
is in no way inconsistent with the fact that the value of the
function is greater at B l than at A 3 .
Theorem C. A necessary condition for a maximum or
minimum value of <f)(x) at x=i; is that <£'(£) = 0.*
* A function which is continuous but has no derivative may have maxima and
minima. We are of course assuming the existence of the deiivative.
220 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
This follows at once from Theorem A. That the condition is not
sufficient is evident from a glance at the point G in the figure.
Thus if y = x 3 then 4>'(x) = 3x 2 , which vanishes when x = 0. But
x = does not give either a maximum or a minimum of x z , as is
obvious from the form of the graph of x 3 (Fig. 10, p. 45).
But there will certainly be a maximum at x = g if $'(£) = 0,
<f>' (x) > for all values of x less than but near to f, and <$>' (x) <
for all values of x greater than but near to f : and if the signs
of these two inequalities are reversed there will certainly be a
minimum. For then we can (by Cor. 3 of § 121) determine an
interval (£ — e, £) throughout which <f> (x) increases with x, and an
interval (£, £ + e) throughout which it decreases as x increases:
and obviously this ensures that </> (£) shall be a maximum.
This result may also be stated thus. If the sign of <f> (x)
changes at x = £ from positive to negative, then x = f gives
a maximum of </> (x) : and if the sign of <£' (x) changes in the
opposite sense, then x = £ gives a minimum.
123. There is another way of stating the conditions for a
maximum or minimum which is often useful. Let us assume
that (f> (x) has a second derivative <f>" (x) : this of course does not
follow from the existence of </>' (x), any more than the existence of
</>' (x) follows from that' of </> (x). But in such cases as we are
likely to meet with at present the condition is generally satisfied.
Theorem D. If </>'(£)=0 and <J>"(!) + 0, then <f>(x) has a
maximum or minimum at x=£, a maximum if <£"(f)<0, a
minimum if <£" (£) > 0.
Suppose, e.g., that <f>" (£) < 0. Then, by Theorem A, <tf (x) is
negative when x is less than £ but sufficiently near to £, and
positive when x is greater than £ but sufficiently near to |. Thus
x = £ gives a maximum.
124. In what has preceded (apart from the last paragraph) we have
assumed simply that (f>(x) has a derivative for all values of x in the interval
under consideration. If this condition is not fulfilled the theorems cease to
be true. Thus Theorem B fails in the case of the function
y = \-J{x%
122-124] DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 221
where the square root is to be taken positive. The graph of this function is
shown in Fig. 40. Here <£(-l) = <Ml) = 0: but #' (a?), as is evident from the
figure, is equal to 1 if x is negative and to - 1 if x is positive, and never
vanishes. There is no derivative for x=0, and no tangent to the graph
at P. And in this case x=0 obviously gives a maximum of <£(#), but
<f>' (0), as it does not exist, cannot be
equal to zero, so that the test for a
maximum fails.
The bare existence of the derivative
(j>' (x), however, is all that we have as-
sumed. And there is one assumption
in particular that we have not made,
and that is that 0' (x) itself is a con-
tinuous function. This raises a rather -1 O
subtle but still a very interesting point. pj„ ^
Can a function <f> (x) have a derivative
for all values of x which is not itself continuous ? In other words can a
curve have a tangent at every point, and yet the direction of the tangent
not vary continuously ? The reader, if he considers what the question means
and tries to answer it in the light of common sense, will probably incline
to the answer No. It is, however, not difficult to see that this answer is
wrong.
Consider the function $ (x) defined, when x 4= 0, by the equation
<f)(x)=x 2 sm(\/x) ;
and suppose that 0(0) =0. Then (f){x) is continuous for all values of x.
If #4=0 then
<£' (x) = 2x sin (1/x) — cos (l/x) ;
while <f> (0) = lira 7^— ; = 0.
7t-*o ll
Thus (f>' (x) exists for all values of x. But cf>' (x) is discontinuous for x=0;
for 2#sin (l/x) tends to as x-*-Q, and cos (l/x) oscillates between the limits
of indetermination —1 and 1, so that <£' (x) oscillates between the same
limits.
What is practically the same example enables us also to illustrate the
point referred to at the end of § 121. Let
<j) (x) =x 2 sin (l/.r) +ax,
where < a < 1 , when x 4= 0, and (0) = 0. Then 0' (0) = a > 0. Thus the
conditions of Theorem A of § 121 are satisfied. But if x 4=0 then
$' (x) = 2x sin (l/x) — cos (l/#) + a,
which oscillates between the limits of indetermination a — 1 and a + las x-^0.
As a-l<0, we can find values of x, as near to as we like, for which
<))'(x)<0; and it is therefore impossible to find any interval, including x=0,
throughout which (a?) is a steadily increasing function of x.
222 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
It i.s, however, impossible that <f)'(x) should have what was called in
Ch. V (Ex. xxxvu. 18) a 'simple' discontinuity; e.g. that (])'(x)-*-a when
,r^- + 0, (f)'(.v)-*-b when %-*--0, and $'(0) = c, unless a = b = c, in which case
4>'(x) is continuous for x = 0. For a proof see § 125, Ex. xlvii. 3.
Examples XL VI. 1. Verify Theorem B when (x) = (x- a) m (x - b) n or
(f) (x) = (x-a) m (x-b) n (x- c) p , where m, n, p are positive integers and a<b<c.
[The first function vanishes for so=a and x = 6. And
<j)'(x) = (x- a) m ~ l (x- b)"- 1 {{m + n) x-mb-na)
vanishes for x=(mb + na)l(m + n), which lies between a and b. In the
second case we have to verify that the quadratic equation
(m + n +p) x n - - {m (6 + c) + n (c + a) +p (a + b)} x + mbc + nca +pab =
has roots between a and b and between b and c]
2. Show that the polynomials
2x- 3 + 3.r 2 - 12a; + 7, 3.r 4 + 8a- 3 - 6# 2 - 24r + 19
are positive when x>l.
3. Show that x - sin # is an increasing function throughout any interval
of values of x, and that tan.r-.r increases as x increases from -\ir to \tt.
For what values of a is ax — amx a steadily increasing or decreasing function
of xl
4. Show that tana? — on also increases from x = \ir to x=Sir, from a?= In-
to ,r = ^7r, and so on, and deduce that there is one and only one root of the
equation t;u\x—x in each of these intervals (cf. Ex. xvn. 4).
5. Deduce from Ex. 3 that sin# — x<0 if x>0, from this that
cos x- 1 + 2 x- >0, and from this that &mx-x+ ^x 3 >0. And, generally,
prove that if
v- r 2m
CW = cos*-l+' 2! -...-(-l)><' — ,
X
.2m + 1
^ 2m + 1 = sin.r-^ + --...-(-ir (2 — 1): ,
and .r>0, then C 2 m an d #2m+i are positive or negative according as m is odd
or even.
6. If f(x) and /" (x) are continuous and have the same sign at every
point of an interval (a, b), then this ii terval can include at most one root of
either of the equations /(.r)=0,/' (.r) = 0.
7. The functions ??, v and their derivatives ?t', v' are continuous
throughout a certain interval of values of x, and uv' — u'v never vanishes
at any point of the interval. Show that between any two roots of «=0
lies one of v = 0, and conversely. Verify the theorem when u = cosx, i>=sin:r.
[If v does not vanish between two roots of u = 0, say a and /3, then the
function ujv is continuous throughout the interval (a, /3) and vanishes at its
extremities. Hence (ujv)' = (u'v — uv')lv 2 must vanish between a and /3, which
contradicts our hypothesis.]
124] DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 223
8. Determine the maxima and minima (if any) of (cc— l) 2 (.r + 2), a?-Z%
2.c 3 -3.£ 2 -36.r+10, 4^-18a; 2 + 27.>,'-7, 3x i -4x s +l, afi- 15u; :i + 3. In each
case sketch the form of the graph of the function.
[Consider the last function, for example. Here <£' (x) = bx 2 (x 2 - 9), which
vanishes for x= -3, x=0, and x = Z. It is easy to see that x= -3 gives a
maximum and x=3 a minimum, while x = gives neither, as <f>'(x) is negative
on both sides of #=0.]
9. Discuss the maxima and minima of the function (x - a) m (x - b) n , where
m and n are any positive integers, considering the different cases which occur
according as m and n are odd or even. Sketch the graph of the function.
10. Discuss similarly the function (x - a) (x - b) 2 (x - c) s , distinguishing
the different forms of the graph which correspond to different hypotheses as
to the relative magnitudes of a, b, c.
11. Show that (ax + b)/(cx + d) has no maxima or minima, whatever
values a, b, c, d may have. Draw a graph of the function.
12. Discuss the maxima and minima of the function
y = (ax 2 + 2bx + c)/(Ax 2 + 2Bx + c),
when the denominator has complex roots.
[We may suppose a and A positive. The derivative vanishes if
(ax + b)(Bx + C)-(Ax + B)(bx + c) = (1).
This equation must have real roots. For if not the derivative would always
have the same sign, and this is impossible, since y is continuous for all values
of x, and y->-a/A as x->- + qo or x-*~— oo . It is easy to verify that the curve
cuts the line y = a/A in one and only one point, and that it lies above this
line for large positive values of x, and below it for large negative values, or
vice versa, according as bja> BjA or b/a<BjA. Thus the algebraically
greater root of (1) gives a maximum if bja>BjA, a minimum in the contrary
case.]
13. The maximum and minimum values themselves are the values of A
for which ax 2 + 2bx + c-\(Ax 2 + 2Bx + C) is a perfect square. [This is the
condition that y = \ should touch the curve.]
14. In general the maxima and minima of R(x) = P(x)jQ(x) are among
the values of X obtained by expressing the condition that P(x) — \Q(x) =
should have a pair of equal roots.
15. If Ax 2 ~[-2Bx + C=0 has real roots then it is convenient to proceed as
follows. We have
y - (a/A ) = (Xv+n)/{A(Ax 2 + 2nx + C)},
where \=bA— aB, p=cA—aC. Writing further £ for X.r + /x and r) for
(A/X 2 )(Ay-a), we obtain an equation of the form
9=l/{(|-i>)(|-?)}.
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This transformation from (x, y) to (£, rj) amounts only to a shifting of the
origin, keeping the axes parallel to themselves, a change of scale along each
axis, and (if X <0) a reversal in direction of the axis of abscissae; and so a
minimum of y, considered as a function of x, corresponds to a minimum of 7
considered as a function of |, and vice versa, and similarly for a maximum.
The derivative of r\ with respect to £ vanishes if
(£-p)(|-?)-K£-p)-£(£-?)=o,
or if £ 2 =pq. Thus there are two roots of the derivative if p and q have the
same sign, none if they have opposite signs. In the latter case the form of
the graph of r\ is as shown in Fig. 41 a.
Fig. 41a.
Fig. 41c.
Y
v__
O
*2 X
Fiir. 42.
When p and q are positive the general form of the graph is as shown in
Fig. 41 b, and it is easy to see that i- = *J(pq) gives a maximum and |= — *J{pq)
a minimum.*
In the particular case in which p — q the
function is
v=§K£-p)\
and its graph is of the form shown in Fig. 41c.
The preceding discussion fails if X = 0, i.e.
if a/A = b/B. But in this case we have
y-{alA)=pl{A (Ax 2 + 2Bx+C)}
= ^l{A 2 (x-x 1 )(x-x 2 )},
say, and dy/dx = gives the single value x = ^(xi + x.>). On drawing a graph
it becomes clear that this value gives a maximum or minimum according as
\i is positive or negative. The graph shown in Fig. 42 corresponds to the
former case.
[A full discussion of the general function y = (ax 2 + 2bx + c)/(A x 2 + 2Bx + C) r
by purely algebraical methods, will be found in Chrystal's Algebra, vol i,
pp. 464-7.]
16. Show that (x-a) (x — ft)/(x-y) assumes all real values as x varies, if
y lies between a and /3, and otherwise assumes all values except those included
in an interval of length 4 v /(|a-y| |/3--y|).
* The maximum is -ll(\fp- Jq)\ the minimum -ll(Jp + Jq) 2 , of which the
latter is the greater.
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17. Show that
_ x 2 + 2x+e
can assume any real value if <c < 1, and draw a graph of the function in
this case. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
18. Determine the function of the form (ax 2 + 2bx + c),(Ax 2 +2Bx + C)
which has turning values (i.e. maxima or minima) 2 and 3 when x=\ and
tt= - 1 respectively, and has the value 2-5 when x = 0. (Math. Trip. 1908.)
19. The maximum and minimum of (x + a)(x + b)j(x-a) (x-b), where a
and b are positive, are
Wa+Jby /Ja-Jby
20. The maximum value of (x - l) 2 /(# + 1)3 is -^.
21. Discuss the maxima and minima of
x (x - \)\(x 2 + 3x + 3), **/(* - 1 ) (x - 3)3,
(x-Yf- (3x 2 - 2x-31)l(x + o) 2 (3x 2 - Ux- 1).
(Math. Trip. 1898.)
[If the last function be denoted by P(x)/Q(x), it will be found that
P'Q-PQ' = -2 (x - 7) (x -3)(x-l)(x + l) (x + 2) (x + 5).]
22. Find the maxima and minima of a cos x + b sin x. Verify the result
by expressing the function in the form A cos (x — a).
23. Find the maxima and minima of
a 2 cos 2 x + b 2 si n 2 x, A cos 2 x + 2 H cos x si n x + B si n 2 x.
24. Show that sin (x + a)/sin (a- + b) has no maxima or minima. Draw
a graph of the function.
25. Show that the function
sin 2 # .„ .
sin (a + a) sin (# +6)
has an infinity of minima equal to and of maxima equal to
- 4 sin a sin 6/sin 2 (a - b). (Math. Trip. 1909.)
26. The least value of a 2 sec 2 x + b 2 cosec 2 x is (a + b) 2 .
27. Show that tan 3x cot 2a; cannot lie between ^ and f.
28. Show that, if the sum of the lengths of the hypothenuse and another
side of a right-angled triangle is given, then the area of the triangle is a
maximum when the angle between those sides is 60°. (Math. Trip. 1909.)
29. A line is drawn through a fixed point (a, b) to meet the axes OX, OY
in P and Q. Show that the minimum values of PQ, OP+OQ, and OP. OQ
are respectively (a 2/3 + b 2/3 f 12 , (*Ja + Jb)\ and Aab.
H. 15
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30. A tangent to an ellipse meets the axes in P and Q. Show that the
least value of PQ is equal to the sum of the semiaxes of the ellipse.
31. Find the lengths and directions of the axes of the conic
ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 = 1 .
[The length r of the semidiameter which makes an angle 6 with the axis
of x is given by
\\r 2 = a cos 2 6 + 2A cos 6 sin 6 + b sin 2 6.
The condition for a maximum or minimum value of r is tan2# = 2/t/(« — b).
Eliminating 6 between these two equations we find
{a-(l/!*)}{&-(l/^}=A«]
32. The greatest value of x m y n , where x and v are positive and
x+y = k, is
m m n n l m + n /(m + n) m + n . .
33. The greatest value of ax + by, where x and y are positive and
x 2 + xy+y i = 3K 2 , is
2k VO 2 -ab + b 2 ).
[If ax-Vby is a maximum then a + b(dy/dx) = 0. The relation between x
and y gives (2x+y) + (x+2y) (dy!dx) = Q. Equate the two values of dy/dx.]
34. If 6 and are acute angles connected by the relation asecd + bsec<j> = c,
where a, b, c are positive, then a cos 6 + b cos ^ is a minimum when 6 = (f>.
125. The Mean Value Theorem. We can proceed now to
the proof of another general theorem of extreme importance, a
theorem commonly known as ' The Mean Value Theorem or ' The
Theorem of the Mean'.
Theorem. If <f> (x) has a derivative for all values of x in the
interval (a, b), then there is a
value i; of x between a and b,
such that
m
<p(a)
*(&)-* («*)-(& -a)*' (ft
Before we give a strict proof
of this theorem, which is perhaps
the most important theorem in
the Differential Calculus, it will
be well to point out its obvious
geometrical meaning. This is
simply (see Fig. 43) that if the
curve APB has a tangent at all points of its length then there
Fig. 43.
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must be a point, such as P, where the tangent is parallel to All.
For </>'(£) is the tangent of the angle which the tangent at P
makes with OX, and {<f> (b) - </> («)}/(& - a) the tangent of the angle
which AB makes with OX.
It is easy to give a strict analytical proof. Consider the
function
*(&)-*(*)-|^ {*(&)-* (a)},
which vanishes when x = a and x = b. It follows from Theorem B
of § 121 that there is a value £ for which its derivative vanishes.
But this derivative is
jz^r -f(#);
0(ft)-0(Q)
a
which proves the theorem. It should be observed that it has not
been assumed in this proof that <f>' (x) is continuous.
It is often convenient to express the Mean Value Theorem in
the form
<j>(b) = cf> (a) + (b-a) 4>' {a + d(b- a)},
where is a number lying between and 1. Of course a + 6(b—a)
is merely another way of writing 'some number £ between a and b\
If we put b = a + h we obtain
</> (a + li) = <j> (a) + h(f>' (a + 6h),
which is the form in which the theorem is most often quoted.
Examples XL VII. 1. Show that
.0 (6) -0(#)-|^& (&)-*(«)}
is the difference between the ordinates of a point on the curve and the
corresponding point on the chord.
2. Verify the theorem when cf> (,v) = x 2 and when <£ (x) = x 3 .
[In the latter case we have to prove that (6 3 — a 3 )/(b — a) = 3£ 2 , where
a<£<b; i.e. that if J (b 2 + ab + a 2 ) = £ 2 then £ lies between a and b.]
3. Establish the theorem stated at the end of § 1 24 by means of the Mean
Value Theorem.
[Since <f>'(0) = c, we can find a small positive value of .r such that
{(f>(x)-(f>(0)}/x is nearly equal to c; and therefore, by the theorem, a small
positive value of £ such that $ (£) is nearly equal to c, which is inconsistent
with lim (f>'(x) = a, unless a = c. Similarly 6 = c]
15—2
228 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI |
4. Use the Mean Value Theorem to prove Theorem (6) of § 113, assuming
that the derivatives which occur are continuous.
[The derivative of F{f(x)} is by definition
F{f(x + h)}-F{f(x)}
nm h '
But, by the Mean Value Theorem, f(x+h)=f(x) + hf '(g), where £ is a number
lying between x and x + h. And
F{f(.v)+hf'(g)}=F{f(x)}+hf (£)*" (£),
where £j is a number lying between/(o;) and f(x) + hf (£). Hence the deriva-
tive of F{f(x)) is
lim/' (|) F' «,)=/' (x)F'{f(x)},
since £-»-# and £i-*~f(x) as A-»-0.]
126. The Mean Value Theorem furnishes us with a proof of a
result which is of great importance in what follows : if <f>' (x) = 0,
throughout a certain interval of values of x, then </> (x) is constant
throughout that interval.
For, if a and b are any two values of x in the interval, then
</> (b) - (/> (a) = (b - a) <£' {a + d (b - a)} = 0.
An immediate corollary is that if <f>' (x) = y\r' (x), throughout a
certain interval, then the functions cf> (x) and -^ (x) differ through-
out that interval by a constant.
127. Integration. We have in this chapter seen how we can
find the derivative of a given function (f> (x) in a variety of cases,
including all those of the commonest occurrence. It is natural to
consider the converse question, that of determining a function
whose derivative is a given function.
Suppose that yfr (x) is the given function. Then we wish to
determine a function such that <f>' (x) = \jr (x). A little reflection
shows us that this question may really be analysed into three
parts.
(1) In the first place we want to know whether such a
function as <f> (x) actually exists. This question must be carefully
distinguished from the question as to whether (supposing that*
there is such a function) we can find any simple formula to
express it.
(2) We want to know whether it is possible that more than
one such function should exist, i.e. we want to know whether our
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problem is one which admits of a unique solution or not ; and
if not, we want to know whether there is any simple relation
between the different solutions which will enable us to express all
of them in terms of any particular one.
(3) If there is a solution, we want to know how to find an
actual expression for it.
It will throw light on the nature of these three distinct ques-
tions if we compare them with the three corresponding questions
which arise with regard to the differentiation of functions.
(1) A function <f> (x) may have a derivative for all values of x,
like x m , where m is a positive integer, or sin x. It may generally,
but not always have one, like \/x or tan# or sec a;. Or again
it may never have one : for example, the function considered in
Ex. xxxvii. 20, which is nowhere continuous, has obviously no
derivative for any value of x. Of course during this chapter we
have confined ourselves to functions which are continuous except for
some special values of x. The example of the function ZJx, how-
ever, shows that a continuous function may not have a derivative
for some special value of x, in this case x = 0. Whether there
are continuous functions which never have derivatives, or con-
tinuous curves which never have tangents, is a further question
which is at present beyond us. Common-sense says No : but, as
we have already stated in § 111, this is one of the cases in which
higher mathematics has proved common-sense to be mistaken.
But at any rate it is clear enough that the question ' has (j> (x)
a derivative <£' (x) ? ' is one which has to be answered differently
in different circumstances. And we may expect that the converse
question ' is there a function <f> (x) of which y{r (x) is the deriva-
tive ? ' will have different answers too. We have already seen
.that there are cases in which the answer is No : thus if yfr (x) is
the function which is equal to a, b, or c according as x is less than,
equal to, or greater than 0, then the answer is No (Ex. xlvii. 3),
unless a = b = c.
This is a case in which the given function is discontinuous.
In what follows, however, we shall always suppose yjr(x) continuous.
And then the answer is Yes : if ^r{x) is continuous then there is
always a function <f> (x) such that <f>' (x) = yjr (x). The proof of this
will be given in Ch. VII.
230 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
(2) The second question presents no difficulties. In the case
of differentiation we have a direct definition of the derivative
which makes it clear from the beginning that there cannot
possibly be more than one. In the case of the converse problem
the answer is almost equally simple. It is that if <f> (x) is one
solution of the problem then <f> (x) + G is another, for any value of
the constant C, and that all possible solutions are comprised in
the form <f> (x) + C. This follows at once from § 126.
(3) The practical problem of actually finding <£' (x) is a fairly
simple one in the case of any function defined by some finite com-
bination of the ordinary functional symbols. The converse problem
is much more difficult. The nature of the difficulties will appear
more clearly later on.
Definitions. If \jr (x) is the derivative of <£ (x), then we call
(f> (x) an integral or integral function of -^ (./'). The operation
of forming yjr (x) from </> (x) ive call integration.
We shall use the notation
<f)(x)= I yjr (x) dx.
It is hardly necessary to point out that \...dx like djdx must, at
present at any rate, be regarded purely as a symbol of operation :
the I and the dx no more mean anything when taken by them-
selves than do the d and dx of the other operative symbol djdx.
128. The practical problem of integration. The results
of the earlier part of this chapter enable us to write down at once
the integrals of some of the commonest functions. Thus
r x m+1 [ . f .
I x m dx = , I cos xdx = sin x, I sin xdx = — cos x. . .(1).
These formulae must be understood as meaning that the
function on the right-hand side is one integral of that under
the sign of integration. The most general integral is of course
obtained by adding to the former a constant C, known as the
arbitrary constant of integration.
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There is however one case of exception to the first formula, that
in which m= — 1. In this case the formula becomes meaningless,
as is only to be expected, since we have seen already (Ex. xlii. 4)
that l/x cannot be the derivative of any polynomial or rational
fraction.
That there really is a function F(x) such that D x F(x) = 1/sc
will be proved in the next chapter. For the present we shall be
content to assume its existence. This function F(x) is certainly
not a polynomial or rational function ; and it can be proved that
it is not an algebraical function. It can indeed be proved that
F(x) is an essentially new function, independent of any of the
classes of functions which we have considered yet, that is to sav
incapable of expression by means of any finite combination of the
functional symbols corresponding to them. The proof of this is
unfortunately too detailed and tedious to be inserted in this book;
but some further discussion of the subject will be found in Ch. IX,
where the properties of F(x) are investigated systematically.
Suppose first that x is positive. Then we shall write
'dx
i
= lo^# (2),
x ° w '
and Ave shall call the function on the right-hand side of this
equation the logarithmic function : it is defined so far only for
positive values of x.
Next suppose x negative. Then — x is positive, and so log (— x)
is defined by what precedes. Also
dx ° — x x'
so that, when x is negative,
/
^ = log(-*) (3).
The formulae (2) and (3) may be united in the formulae
'dx
j— = \og(±x) = \og\x\ (4),
J 00
where the ambiguous sign is to be chosen so that ± x is positive
these formulae hold for all real values of x other than x = 0.
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The most fundamental of the properties of log x which will be proved in
Ch. IX are expressed by the equations
log 1 = 0, log (1/x) = - log x, log xy = log re + log y,
of which the second is an obvious deduction from the first and third. It is
not really necessary, for the purposes of this chapter, to assume the truth of
any of these formulae ; but they sometimes enable us to write our formulae
in a more compact form than would otherwise be possible.
It follows from the last of the formulae that log.r 2 is equal to 21og.^ if
x > and to 2 log ( - x) if x < 0, and in either case to 2 log | x \ . Either of the
formulae (4) is therefore equivalent to the formula
I
/'
_L = i log x 2 (5).
The five formulae (1) — (3) are the five most fundamental
standard forms of the Integral Calculus. To them should be
added two more, viz.
I = arc tan x, \ -jyz -. = + arc sin x* (6).
129. Polynomials. All the general theorems of § 113 may of
course also be stated as theorems in integration. Thus we have,
to begin with, the formulae
!{f(x) + F(x)} dx= ff(x)dx + JF{x)dx (1),
!kf(x)dx = kjf(x)dx (2).
Here it is assumed, of course, that the arbitrary constants are
adjusted properly. Thus the formula (1) asserts that the sum of
any integral of f(x) and any integral of F (x) is an integral of
f{x) + F(x).
These theorems enable us to write down at once the integral
of any function of the form £ A „/„(#), the sum of a finite number
of constant multiples of functions whose integrals are known. In
particular we can write down the integral of any polynomial:
thus
/
x 7 a a" +1 a,x 11
(fl(/t'' 1 + ttiX 71 - 1 + ... + a n ) dx — — -—- H + . . . + a n x.
n + l n
* See § 119 for the rule for determining the ambiguous sign.
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130. Rational Functions. After integrating polynomials
it is natural to turn our attention next to rational functions.
Let us suppose R (x) to be any rational function expressed in the
standard form of § 117, viz. as the sum of a polynomial II (x) and
a number of terms of the form A/(x — ol)p.
We can at once write down the integrals of the polynomial
and of all the other terms except those for which p = 1, since
/i
A , A 1
ax = —
(x - a)P p - 1 {x - a)^ 1 '
whether a be real or complex (§ 117).
The terms for which p = 1 present rather more difficulty.
It follows immediately from Theorem (6) of § 113 that
\F'{f{x)}f'{x)alx = F{f(x)} (3).
In particular, if we take f(x) = ax + b, where a and b are real,
and write <p (x) for F (x) and i/r (x) for F' (x), so that </> (x) is an
integral of yfr (x), we obtain
/
■fr(ax + b) dx = -<f) (ax + b) (4).
Thus, for example,
dx 1,, 7
—v = - log \ax-\- b
ax + b a
and in particular, if a is real,
dx
/,
/
a = \og\x-a\.
We can therefore write down the integrals of all the terms in
i? (as) for which p = 1 and a. is real. There remain the terms for
which p = 1 and a is complex.
In order to deal with these we shall introduce a restrictive
hypothesis, viz. that all the coefficients in R (x) are real. Then if
a = ry + 8i is a root of Q (x) = 0, of multiplicity m, so is its con-
jugate a = y — Bi; and if a partial fraction A p /(x—a) p occurs in
the expression of R (x), so does A p /(x — a)P, where A p is conjugate
to A p . This follows from the nature of the algebraical processes
by means of which the partial fractions can be found, and which
are explained at length in treatises on Algebra*.
* See, for example, Ckrystal's Algebra, vol. i, pp. 151-9.
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Thus, if a term (A. + fii)/(x — y — Si) occurs in the expression
of R (x) in partial fractions, so will a term (A — fii)/(x — y + Si) ;
and the sum of these two terms is
(x-y) 2 +B 2
This fraction is in reality the most general fraction of the form
Ax + B
ax 2 + 2bx + c '
where b 2 < ac. The reader will easily verify the equivalence of
the two forms, the formulae which express A, /a, y, 8 in terms of
A, B, a, b, c being
A = A/2a, (x = - D/(2ch/A), y = -bja, S = \/A/a,
where A = ac — b 2 , and D= aB—bA.
If in (3) we suppose j^ {f{x)\ to be log \f(x) |, we obtain
|^^ = log|/(.r)i (5);
and if we further suppose that/(#) = (x — X) 2 + /a 2 , we obtain
And, in virtue of the equations (6) of § 128 and (4) above, we
have
f , ~ 2 ^ , ^ 2S arc tan (^±) .
These two formulae enable us to integrate the sum of the two
terms which we have been considering in the expression of R (x) ;
and we are thus enabled to write down the integral of any real
rational function, if all the factors of its denominator can be deter-
mined. The integral of any such function is composed of the sum
of a polynomial, a number of rational functions of the type
A 1
p - 1 (x - ay- 1 '
a number of logarithmic functions, and a number of inverse tangents.
It only remains to add that if a. is complex then the rational
function just written always occurs in conjunction with another in
which A and a are replaced by the complex numbers conjugate to
them, and that the sum of the two functions is a real rational function.
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Examples XL VIII. 1. Prove that
[_^±B_ _A . D \ a x + b- s !{-A)\
(where X=ax 2 +2bx + c) if A<0, and
{, i X Z B + ^ 9 -log|2-| + -4-arcten ("+*)
J ax*+2bx+c 2a ° ' ' ajA \ Ja J
if A > 0, A and D having the same meanings as on p. 234.
2. In the particular case in which ac = b 2 the integral is
D A ,
-\ — log ax + b \.
a (ax + b) a
3. Show that if the roots of Q(x)=0 are all real and distinct, and P(x)
is of lower degree than Q (,r), then
Il(x)dx = ^^\og\x-a\,
the summation applying to all the roots a of Q (x) = 0.
[The form of the fraction corresponding to a may be deduced from the
facts that
Q( x ) rut \ / \ »/ \ P( a )
I
as #-»-a.]
4. If all the roots of Q (x) are real and a is a double root, the other roots
being simple roots, and P (x) is of lower degree than Q (x), then the integral
is Aj(x-a) + A' \og\ x- a | + 2 B log | x-fi |, where
2PW 2{3P'(a)Q"(a)-P(a)Q"'(a)} P(/3)
"«"(«)' ' 3{§"(«)} 2 ' ^~e(/3)'
and the summation applies to all roots 13 of Q (x) = other than a.
dx
5. Calculate
[
L)(^ 2 +l)} 2 '
[The expression in partial fractions is
1 _1 i 2-t t 2 + i
4(^-l) 2 ~ 2~(>-l) " 8(a?-i)* + 8(*-i) + 8 (# +i)* + 8 (#+i) '
and the integral is
1
4(^-1) 4(^+1)
- \ log | x — 1 1 + 1 log (.t- + 1) + j arc tan x.]
6. Integrate
x
{x-a)(x-b)(x-cY {x-af(x-by (x-a) 2 (x-b) 2 ' (x-a) 3 '
x x 2 x 2 — a 2 x 2 — a 2
(x 2 + a 2 ) (x 2 + b 2 ) ' (x 2 + a 2 ) (x 2 + b) 2 ' x 2 {x 2 + a 2 ) ' x {x 2 + a-) 2 *
h
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7. Prove the formulae :
l+#* 4V2\ B \1-*V2+*"/ \l-«*/J
131. Note on the practical integration of rational functions.
The analysis of § 130 gives us a general method by which we can find the
integral of any real rational function R (a?), provided ice can solve the equation
Q{x) = 0. In simple cases (as in Ex. 5 above) the application of the method
is fairly simple. In more complicated cases the labour involved is some-
times prohibitive, and other devices have to be used. It is not part of the
purpose of this book to go into practical problems of integration in detail.
The reader who desires fuller information may be referred to Goursat's Cows
d? Analyse, second ed., vol. i, pp. 246 et seq., Bertrand's Calcid Integral, and
Dr Bromwich's tract Elementary Integrals (Bowes and Bowes, 1911).
If the equation Q(.v)=0 cannot be solved algebraically, then the method of
partial fractions naturally fails and recourse must be had to other methods'*.
132. Algebraical Functions. We naturally pass on next to
the question of the integration of algebraical functions. We have
to consider the problem of integrating y, where y is an algebraical
function of x. It is however convenient to consider an apparently
more general integral, viz.
/
R (x, y) dx,
where R (x, y) is any rational function of x and y. The greater
generality of this form is only apparent, since (Ex. XIV. 6) the
function R (x, y) is itself an algebraical function of x. The choice
of this form is in fact dictated simply by motives of convenience :
such a function as
px + q + \f(ax 2 + 2bx + c)
px + q — \/(ax 2 + 2bx + c)
is far more conveniently regarded as a rational function of x and
the simple algebraical function *J(ax 2 + 2bx + c), than directly as
itself an algebraical function of x.
* See the author's tract "The integration of functions of a single variable"
{Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics, No. 2, second edition, 1915). This does not
often happen in practice.
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133. Integration by substitution and rationalisation.
It follows from equation (3) of § 130 that if I ty (a?) das = <£(#) then
* {/(*)}/ (t)dt = <}>{f(t)} (1).
/
This equation supplies us with a method for determining the
integral of yjr (x) in a large number of cases in which the form of
the integral is not directly obvious. It may be stated as a rule as
follows: put x=f(t), where f (t) is any function of a new variable
t which it may be convenient to choose ; multiply by f it), and
determine (if possible) the integral of -v/r {f(t)}f (t); express the
result in terms of x. It will often be found that the function of t
to which we are led by the application of this rule is one whose
integral can easily be calculated. This is always so, for example,
if it is a rational function, and it is very often possible to choose
the relation between x and t so that this shall be the case. Thus
the integral of R (\Jx), where R denotes a rational function, is
reduced by the substitution x=t 2 to the integral of 2tR(t 2 ),
i.e. to the integral of a rational function of t. This method of
integration is called integration by rationalisation, and is of
extremely wide application.
Its application to the problem immediately under consideration
is obvious. If we can find a valuable t such that x and y are both
rational functions oft, say x = R^t), y = R 2 (t), then
f R(x, y) dx = JR {R^t), R 2 (t)} Ri(t)dt,
and the latter integral, being that of a rational function of t, can be
calculated by the methods o/§ 130.
It would carry us beyond our present range to enter upon any
general discussion as to when it is and when it is not possible to
find an auxiliary variable t connected with x and y in the manner
indicated above. We shall consider only a few simple and inter-
esting special cases.
134. Integrals connected with conies. Let us suppose
that x and y are connected by an equation of the form
ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 + 2gx + 2fy + c = 0;
in other words that the graph of y, considered as a function of x
238 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
is a conic. Suppose that (£, rj) is any point on the conic, and
let x — £ = X, y — t] = Y. If the relation between x and y is
expressed in terms of X and Y, it assumes the form
aX 2 + 2hXY + bY 2 + 2GX + 2FY = 0,
where F=hi; + br}+f, G = ag + hrj + g. In this equation put
Y = tX. It will then be found that X and Y can both be
expressed as rational functions of t, and therefore x and y can
be so expressed, the actual formulae being
2 ( G + Ft) _ 2t(G + Ft)
x ~s- a +2ht + bt 2 ' y V a + 2ht + bt*'
Hence the process of rationalisation described in the last section
can be carried out.
The reader should verify that
hx + by+f=-%(a+2ht + to) ~ ,
S0 that J hxTbf+f ~ " J a+2ht + to '
When h- > ab it is in some ways advantageous to proceed as
follows The conic is a hyperbola whose asymptotes are parallel
to the lines
ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 = 0,
or b(y- fix) (y - fi'x) = 0,
say If we put y — fxx = t, we obtain
?rriB + 2/V + c
and it is clear that x and y can be calculated from these equations
as rational functions of t. We shall illustrate this process by an
application to an important special case.
135. The integral
/ -77 — o . nt — ; — c« Suppose in particular that
J J (ax 1 + 2bx + c) rr r
y 2 = ax 2 + 2bx + c, where a>0. It will be found that, if we put y+x s /a = t,
we obtain
dx _ (t i + c)Ja + 2bt _ (t* + c) Ja + 2 bt
dt~ (tja + b? ' y ~ ~tja + b "'
and so
fdx f dt 1 . , b \
J J = JT7a^b = 7a lOS r* /a + 9J+ ;ra\ ^
/;
134-136] DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 239
If in particular a = l, 6 = 0, c=a 2 , or a=l, b = 0, c= -a 2 , we obtain
equations whose truth may be verified immediately by differentiation. With
these formulae should be associated the third formula
v/(a 2 -^ ) = arCSin( - y/a) < 3 )'
which corresponds to a case of the general integral of this section in which
a < 0. In (3) it is supposed that a > ; if a < then the integral is arc sin (.v/ 1 a j)
(cf. § 119). In practice we should evaluate the general integral by reducing it
(as in the next section) to one or other of these standard forms.
The formula (3) appears very different from the formulae (2) : the reader
will hardly be in a position to appreciate the connection between them until
he has read Ch. X.
/* X«£ -f- Lt
136. The integral — — - — -£ dx. This integral can
J *J(ax- + Ibx+c) °
be integrated in all cases by means of the results of the preceding
sections. It is most convenient to proceed as follows. Since
Xx + fj, = (X/a) (ax + b) + /x - (Xb/a),
dx = *J(ax- + 2bx + c),
I
V(a# 2 + 2bx + c)
we have
t (Xx + fx)dx X , , oi , \ . ( ^\ f dx
—rr £r "v = - *J(ax- + Zbx + C) + [ a -,-, —^ r .
) ^(ax* + 2bx +c) a Y v ; V aJJ s /(ax- + 2bx+c)
In the last integral a may be positive or negative. If a is
positive we put x *Ja + (b/\Ja) = t, when we obtain
dt
if.
J a J i
y/a J i\/(t % + k) '
where k = (ac — b 2 )/a. If a is negative we write A for — a and
put x\JA —(b/\/A) = t, when we obtain
1 f dt
*J{-a)} sj{-K-Vy
It thus appears that in any case the calculation of the integral
may be made to depend on that of the integral considered in
§ 135, and that this integral may be reduced to one or other
of the three forms
f dt f dt f dt
J vV 3 + a 2 ) ' 1 V(« s ~ a 2 ) ' J v^ 2 - 1 2 ) '
240 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
137. The integral l(\x + tJ.)*J(ax 2 + 2bx + c)dx. In exactly the same
way we find
f(Xx + h ) <J(ax 2 + %>x + c) dx = (£\ (ax 2 + 2bx + c) 3 ' 2
+ ( '—) J (<** 2 +2bx + c) dx ;
and the last integral may be reduced to one or other of the three forms
fj(P + a*)dt, U(f-a*)dt, fj(a 2 -P)dt.
In order to obtain these integrals it is convenient to introduce at this point
another general theorem in integration.
138. Integration by parts. The theorem of integration by
parts is merely another way of stating the rule for the differentia-
tion of a product proved in § 113. It follows at once from
Theorem (3) of § 113 that
jf (0) F(x) dx =f(x) F (x) - ff(x) F' (0) dx.
It may happen that the function which we wish to integrate is
expressible in the form f'(x) F (x), and that f (x) F' (x) can be
integrated. Suppose, for example, that $ (x) = xty (x), where yfr (x)
is the second derivative of a known function x ( x )- Then
J <j> (x) dx= J x X " (0) dx = x X ' (0) -jx 0) dx = x X ' (0) - % (0).
We can illustrate the working of this method of integration by applying
it to the integrals of the last section. Taking
/ (x) = ax +b, F (a?) = J (ax 2 + 2bx +c)=y,
we obtain
a h/dx=(a.v + b)y- J — '- dx=(ax + b)y - a J ydx+(ac-b 2 ) /— ,
,, , [ , (ax + b)y , ac-b 2 [dx
so that J^ = L__il + __J_.
and we have seen already (§ 135) how to determine the last integral
Examples XLIX. 1 Prove that if a>0 then
J slix* + a 2 ) dx =\x sjix 1 + a 2 ) +| a 2 log {x + v /(.r 2 + n 2 )} ,
J v /(.f 2 - a 2 ) dx=hx s !(x 2 - a 2 ) - \ a 2 log | x + s l(x 2 - a 2 ) | ,
I s /(a 2 — x 2 ) dx = \x *J(a 2 - x 2 ) + 1 a 2 arc sin (xja).
137, 138] DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 241
2. Calculate the integrals / ~-- 2 *_ / v /( a 2 _ x t } j x by moans of the
substitution x=asm6, and verify that the results agree with those obtained
in § 135 and Ex. 1.
3. Calculate / x (x + a) m dx, where m is any rational number, in three
ways, viz. (i) by integration by parts, (ii) by the substitution (x+a) m = t, and
(iii) by writing (x+a)-a for x ; and verify that the results agree.
4. Prove, by means of the substitutions ax + b=l/t and x=l/u, that (in
the notation of §§ 130 and 138)
[dx _ ax + b fxdx _ b.r
}f~ Ay ' J'y 1 " '~t
+ G
Ay
f dx
5. Calculate I -j- — ^-, where b>a, in three ways, viz. (i) by
J \! ((X a) (U X))
the methods of the preceding sections, (ii) by the substitution (b - x)/(x — a) — t 2 ,
and (iii) by the substitution x=a cos 2 d + b sin 2 d ; and verify that the results
agree.
6. Integrate s /{(x -a)(b- x)} and s/{(b - x)/(x - a)} .
7. Show, by means of the substitution 2x + a + b = \ (a — b) {t 2 + (l/t) 2 },
or by multiplying numerator and denominator by J{x + a) - *J(x + b), that if
a > b then
L+ g )t/(^r K/(3 " 6) (' + s?) : -
f dx
8. Find a substitution which will reduce I , cjs— -, c^s to the
J (x + a) 6ii + (x — a) 312
integral of a rational function. (Math. Trip. 1899.)
9. Show that JR{x, %/(ax + b)}dx is reduced, by the substitution
ax + b=y n , to the integral of a rational function.
10. Prove that
ff" {x)F(x)dx=f (x) F(x)-f(x) F 1 . (x) + ff(x) F"(x) dx
and generally
f /(») (x) F(x) dx=f( n ~ " (x) F{x) - /(» - 2 > (x) F' (x) + ..: + (- 1 )" f f(x) FW (x) dx.
11. The integral I (1 +x) p xP dx, where p and q are rational, can be found
in three cases, viz. (i) if p is an integer, (ii) if q is an integer, and (iii) if
p + q is an integer. [In case (i) put x=u s , where s is the denominator of q ;
in case (ii) put 1 +x=t s , where s is the denominator of p ; and in case (iii) put
1 +x=xt 8 , where s is the denominator of p.]
n. 16
242 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
12. The integral / x m (ax n + b)"dx can be reduced to the preceding
integral by the substitution ax n =bt. [In practice it is often most con-
venient to calculate a particular integral of this kind by a 'formula of
reduction' (cf. Misc. Ex. 39).]
13. The integral I R {x, ^(ax + b), sj(cx + d)} dx can be reduced to that of
a rational function by the substitution
4x= - (5/o) {t+mr - (die) {t- (l/o} 2 .
14. Reduce I R (x, y) dx, where y 2 (x — y) = x 2 , to the integral of a rational
function. [Putting y=tx we obtain x=l/{t 2 (l — t)}, y = l/{t(l -t)}.]
15. Reduce the integral in the same way when (a) y(x — y) 2 =x,
(b) (x 2 +y 2 ) 2 =a 2 (x 2 -y 2 ). [In case (a) put x — y = t: in case (6) put
x 2 +y 2 =t(x- y), when we obtain x = a 2 t (t 2 + a 2 )/(* 4 + a 4 ), y = a 2 t (t 2 - a 2 )/(* 4 + a 4 ). ]
f dx
16. If y (x-y) 2 =x then I — — = J log {(x — y) 2 — 1}.
J x—3y
17. If {x 2 +y 2 ) 2 =2c 2 (x 2 -y 2 ) then \—*L—~ = - - 9 log (^±2*) .
a ' * J y(x i +y 2 + c 2 ) c 2 °\x-yj
139. The general integral
I .ft (a?, y) dx, where y 2 =ax 2 + 2bx+c.
The most general integral, of the type considered in § 134, and associated with
the special conic y 2 =ax 2 + 2bx +c, is
/
R(x,*JX)dx (1),
where X=y 2 —ax 2 + 2bx + c. We suppose that R is a real function.
The subject of integration is of the form P/Q, where P and Q are poly-
nomials in x and *JX. It may therefore be reduced to the form
A + BJX _ {A + BJX){C-DJX) _ 1Pl „ /y
C+DJX C 2 - D 2 X -& + !< v a,
where A, B, ... are rational functions of x. The only new problem which
arises is that of the integration of a function of the form F JX, or, what is
the same thing, G/JX, where G is a rational function of x. And the integral
G
I
x dx (2)
can always be evaluated by splitting up G into partial fractions. When we
do this, integrals of three different types may arise.
(i) In the first place there may be integrals of the type
/
-p* dx (3),
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where m is a positive integer. The cases in which m=Oorm=l have been
disposed of in § 136. In order to calculate the integrals corresponding to
larger values of m we observe that
where a, /3, y are constants whose values may be easily calculated. It is clear
that, when we integrate this equation, we obtain a relation between three
successive integrals of the type (3). As we know the values of the integral
for m = and m = 1, we can calculate in turn its values for all other values of m.
(ii) In the second place there may be integrals of the type
dx
(x-p) m ,JX ^ )'
where p is real. If we make the substitution x — p = \jt then this integral is
reduced to an integral in t of the type (3).
/
(iii) Finally, there may be integrals corresponding to complex roots of the
denominator of G. We shall confine ourselves to the simplest case, that in
which all such roots are simple roots. In this case (cf. § 130) a pair of con-
jugate complex roots of G gives rise to an integral of the type
Lx+M
Si
dx (5).
(Ax 2 + 2Bx + C) V (ax 2 + 2bx + c
In order to evaluate this integral we put
_ftt+V
X ~t+\ '
where p and v are so chosen that
apv + b(jj.+v)+c=0, A^v + B(fj. + v) + C=0;
so that fi and v are the roots of the equation
(aB-bA)£ 2 -(cA-a(7)$ + (bC-cB) = 0.
This equation has certainly real roots, for it is the same equation as
equation (1) of Ex. xlvi. 12 ; and it is therefore certainly possible to find
real values of /x and v fulfilling our requirements.
It will be found, on carrying out the substitution, that the integral (5)
assumes the form
tdt „ /" dt_
(at 2 +® J(yt*+8y J (at 2 +(3) J(yt 2 + 8)
The second of these integrals is rationalised by the substitution
t
* k \wt-°
which srives
/
J(yt' + 8) w '
dt f die
(at 2 + 0) J(yt 2 + 8) J + (ad - /Sy) u 2
16-
244 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
Finally, if we put t=l/u in the first of the integrals (6), it is transformed into
an integral of the second type, and may therefore be calculated in the manner
just explained, viz. by putting uU(y+8u 2 ) = u, i.e. l//J(yt 2 + 8) = v.*
Examples L. 1. Evaluate
f dx f dx f dx
JxJ(a?+2x + 3y ]{x~-ijj(x* + l)' ](x + l)<J(l + 2x~^~x T )-
2. Prove that
f dx _ 2 // x-g \
J (x-P)<s/{(z-P)(x-Q)} ~ 2 ~P V \x-p) '
3. If ag 2 + ch 2 = - v < then
( *L_ _ = -JL arc tan rV M^ 2 + c)H _
J (Jix+g) ,J(ax 2 + c) Jv [_ ch-agx J
f dv
4. Show that I ; ; , where ?/ 2 = a.v 2 + 2bx + c, may be expressed in one
J(x-x )y
or other of the forms
axx + b(x+x )+c + y ?/
1 (axx + b(x + x n ) + c
- arc tan '
log
#o oc-ooq z ( yz Q
according as ax 2 + 2bxo + c is positive and equal to y - or negative and equal
to — z 2 .
5. Show by means of the substitution y = Sf f(ax 2 + 2bx+c)/(x-p) that
f dx _ f dy
J (* - P) V(«* 2 + 2bx + c)~~ J J(\y 2 - fi) '
where \ = ap 2 + 2bp + c, /j. = ac-b 2 . [This method of reduction is elegant but
less straightforward than that explained in § 139.]
6. Show that the integral
dx
I
' xj(3x 2 + 2x+l)
is rationalised by the substitution x=(l+y 2 )/(3-y 2 ). (Math. Trip. 1911.)
7. Calculate
(x + l)dx
I
(x 2 + 4)J(.e 2 + 9)'
* The method of integration explained here fails if ajA = bjB; but then the
integral may be reduced by the substitution ax + b — t. For further information
concerning the integration of algebraical functions see Stolz, Grundziige der
Differential-und-integralrechnung, vol. i, pp. 331 et seq.; Bromwicb, Elementary
Integrals (Bowes and Bowes, 1911). An alternative method of reduction has been
given by Sir G. GreenhiJl: see his A Chapter in the Integral Calculus, pp. 12 et
seq , and the author's tract quoted on p. 236.
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8. Calculate
i
dx
(5x 2 + Ux + 8) s t(5a? + 2% - 7) *
[Apply the method of § 139. The equation satisfied by M and v is
£ 2 + 3£ + 2 = 0, so that /x=-2, i/=-l, and the appropriate substitution is
x= -(2t+l)/(t + l). This reduces the integral to
_ f dt r tdt
J (4*3 + 1-) N /(9* 2 - 4) J (4f~ + l)7(9^-~4) *
The first of these integrals may be rationalised by putting */V(9* 2 -4) = m and
the second by putting l/ v /(9< 2 - 4) = v.]
9. Calculate
f (*+l)«fc f (x-\)dx
J (2a,- 2 - 2x+ 1) N /(3o; 2 - 2*+ 1).' J (2a,- 2 - Or + 5) s l(7x* - 22.r +19)*
(JfeA. Trip. 1911.)
10. Show that the integral I ^ (.r, y) dx, where y 2 = ax 1 + 2bx + c, is ration-
alised by the substitution t = (x-p)j(y + q), where (p, j) is any point on the
conic y 2 =a.r 2 + 26.r+c. [The integral is of course also rationalised by the
substitution t = {x—p)l(y — q) : cf. § 134.]
140. Transcendental Functions. Owing to the immense
variety of the different classes of transcendental functions, the
theory of their integration is a good deal less systematic than
that of the integration of rational or algebraical functions. We
shall consider in order a few classes of transcendental functions
whose integrals can always be found.
141. Polynomials in cosines and sines of multiples of x.
We can always integrate any function which is the sum of a
finite number of terms such as
A cos m ax sin m ax cos 1l bx sm n 'bx...,
where m, m, n, n, ... are positive integers and a, b, ... any real
numbers whatever. For such a term can be expressed as the
sum of a finite number of terms of the types
a cos {(pa + qb + ...) x\, /3sin {(pa + qb + ...)x]
and the integrals of these terms can be written down at once.
246 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
Examples LI. 1. Integrate sin 3 x cos 2 2x. In this case we use the
formulae
sin 3 x = \ (3 sin x - sin 3x), cos 2 2x= |(1 + cos 4a?).
Multiplying these two expressions and replacing sin x cos 4x, for example,
by \ (sin bx — sin 3d;), we obtain
Jg I (7 sin a; - 5 sin 3a? + 3 sin bx — sin 7a?) dx
= - /g- cos x + -fg cos 3a; — £% c °s 5a; +i^2 cos 7x.
The integral may of course be obtained in different forms by different
methods. For example
I sin 3 x cos 2 2xdx — I (4 cos 4 x - 4 cos 2 x+ 1) (1 — cos 2 a?) sin xdx,
which reduces, on making the substitution cosx=t, to
/ (4l 6 -8t i + 5t 2 -l)dt = f- cos 7 x - f cos 5 a; + § cos 3 a; - cos x.
It may he verified that this expression and that obtained above differ only by
a constant.
2. Integrate by any method cos ax cos bx, sin ax sin bx, cos ax sin fea?,
cos 2 .?;, sin 3 .*;, cos 4 a?, cos x cos 2x cos 3a?, cos 3 2a? sin 2 3.r, cos 6 a; sin 7 a;. [In cases of
this kind it is sometimes convenient to use a formula of reduction (Misc.
Ex. 39).]
142. The integrals I x 11 cos x dx, J x n sin x dx and associated
integrals. The method of integration by parts enables us to
generalise the preceding results. For
I x n cos x dx = x 11 sin x — n I a; 71-1 sin x dx,
I x n sin x dx = — x n cos x + n I a;' 1-1 cos a? <fo,
and clearly the integrals can be calculated completely by a
repetition of this process whenever n is a positive integer. It
follows that we can always calculate I x n cos ax dx and I x 11 sin axdx
if n is a positive integer; and so, by a process similar to that of
the preceding paragraph, we can calculate
/
P (x, cos ax, sin ax, cos bx, sin bx, . . .) dx,
where P is any polynomial.
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Examples LII. 1. Integrate a;sin#, a? coax, ^cos 2 ^, x 2 sin 2 x sin 2 2x,
X sin 2 x cos 4 x, x 3 sin 3 \x.
2. Find polynomials P and Q such that
/ {(3.r- 1) cos x+(l - 2x) sin x) dx= P cos x+Q sin x.
3. Prove that I ^ ,l cos .zofo;= P w cos x + Q n sin x, where
P, i = n.i-»- 1 -?i(«-l)(»-2)^»-3+..., &«*»-ri(n-l) «»-«+....
143. Rational Functions of cos x and sin a*. The integral
of any rational function of cos x and sin x may be calculated by
the substitution tan \x = t. For
1 - 1 2 . It dx 2
cos#=- -. sina;= , — - = ,
l+t 2 ' l+t 2 ' dt l + t*'
so that the substitution reduces the integral to that of a rational
function of t.
Examples LIII. 1. Prove that
I sec xdx = log | sec x + tan x\, J cosec x dx = log | tan hx |.
[Another form of the first integral is log | tan {\^+\x)\' t a third form is
h log | (1 + sin x)j( 1 - sin x) | .]
2. I tan xdx = -log | cos x |, / cot . v dx= log | sin x\, /sec 2 xdx=t&n x,
J cosec 2 a' dx = — cot #, / tan # sec .r dx = sec a?, I cot x cosec # efcc = — cosec . v.
[These integrals are included in the general form, but there is no need to
Tise a substitution, as the results follow at once from § 119 and equation (5)
of § 130.]
3. Show that the integral of l/(a + bcosx), where a + b is positive, may
be expressed in one or other of the forms
J(b + a) + tJ(b-a)
tan f\/(^)}' ^ 2 W) l0g
J{b + a)-t s !{b-a)
where < = tan^.r, according as a 2 >b 2 or a 2 < b 2 . If a 2 = ft 2 then the integral
reduces to a constant multiple of that of sec 2 ix or cosec 2 J.r, and its value
may at once be written down. Deduce the forms of the integral when a + b
is negative.
4. Show that if y is defined in terms of x by means of the equation
{a + b cos x) (a-b cos y) = a 2 — b 2 ,
where a is positive and a?>b 2 , then as x varies from to n one value of y
also varies from to n. Show also that
sj{a 2 - b 2 ) sin y sin x dx BJny
sino.'=
a-bcosy ' a + bcosx dy a—bcosy'
248 DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS [VI
and deduce that if < x < n then
I
dx 1 (a cos x + b
arc cos
a + b cos x V ( a ~ " ) \a + b cos .r/
Show that this result agrees with that of Ex. 3.
5. Show how to integrate 1 j(a + b cos x + c sin x). [E xpress b cos x + c sin #
in the form *J(b 2 + c 2 ) cos (x — a).]
6. Integrate (a + 6 cos x + c sin x)/(a+j3 cos # + 7 sin .r)
[Determine X, ju, i> so that
a + 6 cos # + c sin x= X +/x (a +/3 cos # + 7 sin a;) + v ( — /3 sin x+y cos #).
Then the integral is
11 -in/" <^- r -1
u^ + i' log a 4-/3 cos .r 4 7 sin # +\ I — ■ : — .1
r ° ' ' ' ' J a 4 /3 cos a? + 7 sin X J
7. Integrate l/(acos 2 a7 + 26cos^sin.r + c sin 2 .^). [The subject of inte-
gration may be expressed in the form l/(A+Bco$2x + Csm2x), where
A=\(a+c\ B=\(a — c), C=b : but the integral may be calculated more
simply by putting tnnx=t, when we obtain
f sec 2 x dx _ f dt ,
J a + 2bt&nx + cta,ri*x ~ J a + 2bt + ct 2 '*
144. Integrals involving arc sin x, arc tan x, and log x. The
integrals of the inverse sine and tangent and of the logarithm can
easily be calculated by integration by parts. Thus
f C oc dx
I arc sin xdx — x arc sin x — I 77^ -. = x arc sin x + J (I — x 2 ).
J J^(l-x-)
f f xdx
I arc tan xdx = x arc tan x — I — n = x arc tan x — \ log (1 + x 2 ),
J J -I 4" X"
I log xdx = x log x — I dx = x (log x — 1).
It is easy to see that if we can find the integral of y —f{x)
then we can always find that of x = <j> (y), where <f> is the function
inverse to/ For on making the substitution y =f(x) we obtain
Jcf>(y)dy=j xf (x) dx = xf{x) - jf(x) dx.
The reader should evaluate the integrals of arc sin y and arc tan y
in this way.
Integrals of the form
I P (x, arc sin x) dx, I P (x, log x) dx,
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249
where P is a polynomial, can always be calculated. Take the
first form, for example. We have to calculate a number of integrals
of the type I x m (arc sin x) n dx. Making the substitution as = sin y,
we obtain y n sin m y cos ydy, which can be found by the method of
§ 142. In the case of the second form we have to calculate a number
of integrals of the type I x' n (log x) n dx. Integrating by parts we
obtain
I x m (log x) n dx = afm+1 ( lo S x ) n _ _ JL_ j x m ( log x y-i dx>
and it is evident that by repeating this process often enough we
shall always arrive finally at the complete value of the integral.
145. Areas of plane curves. One of the most important
applications of the processes of integration which have been
explained in the preceding sections is to the calculation of areas
of plane curves. Suppose that P^PP' (Fig. 44) is the graph of
a continuous curve y = </> (x) which lies wholly above the axis of x,
P being the point (x, y) and P' the point (x + h, y + k), and h being
either positive or negative (positive in the figure).
P'
N,
N N'
Fig. 44.
The reader is of course familiar with the idea of an 'area', and
in particular with that of an area such as ONPP . This idea we
shall at present take for granted. It is indeed one which needs
and has received the most careful mathematical analysis : later on
we shall return to it and explain precisely what is meant by
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ascribing an ' area' to such a region of space as ONPP . For the
present we shall simply assume that any such region has associated
with it a definite positive number (0NPP ) which we call its
area, and that these areas possess the obvious properties indicated
by common sense, e.g. that
{PRP') + (NN'RP) = (NN'P'P), (N, NPP, ) < ( ONPP ),
and so on.
Taking all this for granted it is obvious that the area 0NPP
is a function of x ; we denote it by <& (x). Also O (x) is a
continuous function. For
®(x + h)-<P (x) = (NN'P'P)
= (NN'RP) + (PRP') = h<f> (x) + (PRP').
As the figure is drawn, the area PRP' is less than hk. This is
not however necessarily true in general, because it is not neces-
sarily the case (see for example Fig. 44 a) that the arc PP'
should rise or fall steadily from P to P'. But the area PRP'
is always less than \h\\ (h), where \ (h) is the greatest distance of
any point of the arc PP' from PR. Moreover, since <£ (x) is a
continuous function, \(h)-^-0\s h-^~0. Thus we have
3> (X + h)-& (X) = h {(f) (X) + fi (h)},
where \fi (h)\ < X (h) and X (h) -*0 as h -*0. From this it follows
at once that <3> (x) is continuous. Moreover
<J> (x) = hm — ' — = hm {cf>(x) + fi (h)} = <£ (x).
Thus the ordinate of the curve is the derivative of the area, and the
area is the integral of the ordinate.
We are thus able to formulate a rule for determining the
area ONPP . Calculate <&(x),the integral of<f>(x). This involves
an arbitrary constant, which we suppose so chosen that <I> (0) = 0.
Then the area required is <t> (x).
If it were the area N 1 NPP 1 which was wanted, we should of course deter-
mine the constant so that * (#,) = 0, where x x is the abscissa of P x . If the
curve lay below the axis of x, * (x) would be negative, and the area would be
the .absolute value of * (x).
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146. Lengths of plane curves. The notion of the length
of a curve, other than a straight line, is in reality a more difficult
one even than that of an area. In fact the assumption that P P
(Fig. 44) has a definite length, which we may denote by S(x),
does not suffice for our purposes, as did the corresponding as-
sumption about areas. We cannot even prove that 8 (x) is con-
tinuous, i.e. that lim {S (P') - S (P)} = 0. This looks obvious
enough in the larger figure, but less so in such a case as is shown
in the smaller figure. Indeed it is not possible to proceed further,
with any degree of rigour, without a careful analysis of precisely
what is meant by the length of a curve.
It is however easy to see what the formula must be. Let
us suppose that the curve has a tangent whose direction varies
continuously, so that <$>' (x) is continuous. Then the assumption
that the curve has a length leads to the equation
{S(x+h)-S(x)}/h = {PP'}lh = (PP'lh) x ({PP'}/PP'),
where {PP'\ is the arc whose chord is PF". Now
PP' = V(PP* + RF*) = h ^/(l + 1) ,
and & = (/>(# + /i) — </> {x) = h<f)' (£),
where £ lies between x and x + h. Hence
lim (PP'jh) = lim V{1 + [</>' (£)?} = V{ 1 + W (*)?}.
If also we assume that
lim{PP'}/PP' = l,
we obtain the result
S' (x) = lim {S (x + h)-S (x)}/h = V{1 + W O)] 2 }
and so S(.v) = j^{l + [(f>'(x)J}dx.
Examples LIV. 1. Calculate the area of the segment exit off from the
parabola y = x~\A.a by the ordinate #=|, and the length of the arc which
bounds it.
2. Answer the same questions for the curve ay 2 =z 3 , showing that the
length of the arc is
3. Calculate the areas and lengths of the circles x i +y- = a 1 , x~+y 2 =2ax
by means of the formulae of §§ 145 — 146.
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4. Show that the area of the ellipse (# 2 /a 2 ) 4- (j/ 2 /6 2 ) = 1 is nab.
5. Find the area bounded by the curve y=sinx and the segment of the
axis of x from x=0 to x= < 2nr. [Here * (x) = - cos x, and the difference
between the values of - cos x for x=0 and #=27r is zero. The explanation of
this is of course that between x=tt and ^=27r the curve lies below the axis
of x, and so the corresponding part of the area is counted negative in applying
the method. The area from x=0 to x=ir is -costt+cos0=2; and the
whole area required, when every part is counted positive, is twice this,
i.e. is 4.]
6. Suppose that the coordinates of any point on a curve are expressed
as functions of a parameter t by equations of the type x=cj)(t), y=^r{t),
<j) and \\r being functions of t with continuous derivatives. Prove that
if x steadily increases as t varies from t to t it then the area of the region
bounded by the corresponding portion of the curve, the axis of x, and the two
ordinates corresponding to t and ti, is, apart from sign, A (t{) — A (t ), where
A(t) = j^{t)<t>'{t)dt=jy d £ t dt.
7. Suppose that C is a closed curve formed of a single loop and not
met by any parallel to either axis in more than two points. And suppose
that the coordinates of any point P on the curve can be expressed as in Ex. 6
in terms of t, and that, as t varies from t to t x -, P moves in the same
direction round the curve and returns after a single circuit to its original
position. Show that the area of the loop is equal to the difference of the
initial and final values of any one of the integrals
this difference being of course taken positively.
8. Apply the result of Ex. 7 to determine the areas of the curves
given by
... x 1— t 2 y 2t .... „ , . „
9. Find the area of the loop of the curve x 3 +y 3 =3axy. [Putting
y = tx we obtain x=Satj(l +t 3 ), y = 3at 2 /(l+t 3 ). As t varies from towards
oo the loop is described once. Also
. [( dx dy\ . f 9 dfy\. . f 9a?t* , t 3« 2
which tends to as t^~x> . Thus the area of the loop is ::a 2 .]
10. Find the area of the loop of the curve x 5 +y f ' = 5ax 2 y 2 .
11. Prove that the area of a loop of the curve x=asu\2t, y = asint is
fa 2 . {Math. Trip. 1908.)
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12.- The arc of the ellipse given by a>=acost, g = h>imt, between the
points t = ti and t = t 2 , is F(t 2 ) — F(ti), where
F(t) = a fj(l-e 2 ski 2 t)dt,
e being the eccentricity. [This integral cannot however be evaluated in
terms of such functions as are at present at our disposal.]
13. Polar coordinates. Show that the area bounded by the curve
r=f(8), where f(8) is a one-valued function of 8, and the radii 8 = 8 X , 8 — 8 2 , is
F{8 2 )-F(8 l \ where F(8) = ±lr 2 d8. And the length of the corresponding
arc of the curve is <!> (8 2 ) - $ (8 t ), where
^A/WITH-
Hence determine (i) the area and perimeter of the circle r=2ask\8;
(ii) the area between the parabola r=^lsec 2 ^8 and its latus rectum, and the
length of the corresponding arc of the parabola ; (iii) the area of the liniacon
r = a + bcos8, distinguishing the cases in which a>b, a=b, and a<b ;
and (iv) the areas of the ellipses l/7- 2 =acos 2 + 2Acos0sin0 + &sin 2 # and
f d8
llr=\ + ecosd. [In the last case we are led to the integral I- — , ,
' L ° J(l+ecos0) 2
which may be calculated (cf. Ex. liii. 4) by the help of the substitution
(l+ecos<9)(l-ecos$) = l-e 2 .]
14. Trace the curve 2#=(a/r) + (?•/«)> and show that the area bounded
by the radius vector 8 = /3, and the two branches which touch at the point
r = a, 8=1, is % a 2 (£ 2 - 1 ) 3 ' 2 . {Math. Trip. 1900.)
15. A curve is given by an equation p = f(r), r being the radius vector
and p the perpendicular from the origin on to the tangent. Show that the
calculation of the area of the region bounded by an arc of the curve and two
radii vectores depends upon thai/ of the integral ^ I —~ —
P 2 )
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER VI.
1. A function f{x) is defined as being equal to 1 -\-x when .r^O, to x when
0<#<1, to 2 — x when \S.x?L% and to 3x — x 2 when x>2. Discuss the
continuity of f{x) and the existence and continuity of f'(x) for x=0, x=l,
and x = 2. (Math. Trip. 1908.)
2. Denoting a, ax + b, ax 2 + 2bx + c, ... by u , u : , u 2 , ..., show that
u 2 u 3 — <Su () u 1 U2 + 2u l 3 and u ;< 4 — 4w : u 3 + 3« 2 2 are independent of x.
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3. If a , a u ..., a 2n are constants and U r =(a u , a u ..., a r \x, l) r , then
V U*~2nU 1 U*- l + 2n f*-V U 2 U,„_ 2 -...+ U in U
is independent of x. {Math. Trip. 1896.)
[Differentiate and use the relation U r ' = rU r ^i.]
4. The first three derivatives of the function arc sin (ji sin x) - sn, where
H>1, are positive when 0£.x^Itt.
5. The constituents of a determinant are functions of x. Show that its
differential coefficient is the sum of the determinants formed by differentiating
the constituents of one row only, leaving the rest unaltered.
6. If fiffiffs, A are polynomials of degree not greater than 4, then
A A A A
A' fi A' A'
A" A" A" A"
A" A'" A'" A'"
is also a polynomial of degree not greater than 4. [Differentiate five times,
using the result of Ex. 5, and rejecting vanishing determinants.]
7. liy 3 + 3yx + 2x 3 = then x^il+x^y" -%xy' +y=0. (Math. Trip. 1903.)
8. Verify that the differential equation y = <f>{^(yi)} + 4>{ :v - y P , (j/\yh
where y x is the derivative of y, and ^ is the function inverse to cj)', is
satisfied by y = (j> (c) + <f> (x - c) or by y = 2<f>(%x).
9. Verify that the differential equation y = {xj-^r {y x )} <f> {\p- (y{)}, where the
notation is the same as that of Ex. 8, is satisfied by y = ccf)(xlc) or by y=fix,
where /3=0(a)/a and a is any root of the equation 4>(a)- a$'(a) = 0.
10. If ax + by + c=0 then y^=0 (suffixes denoting differentiations with
respect to x). We may express this by saying that the general differential
equation of all straight lines is yo = 0. Find the general differential equations
of (i) all circles with their centres on the axis of x, (ii) all parabolas with
their axes along the axis of x, (iii) all parabolas with their axes parallel to
the axis of y, (iv) all circles, (v) all parabolas, (vi) all conies.
[The equations are (i) \+y*+yy 2 =0, (ii) y x 2 +yy 2 =0, (iii) y 3 = 0,
(iv) (l+#i 2 )j/3=3#iy 2 2 , (v) 5?/3 2 = 3y 2 y4, (vi) ^y2 2 i/6-^5y 2 y 3 y i + i0y. i 3 = 0.
In each case we have only to write down the general equation of the curves
in question, and differentiate until we have enough equations to eliminate all
the arbitrary constants.]
11. Show that the general differential equations of all parabolas and of
all conies are respectively
£* 2 (3/2- 2;3 ) = 0, A; 3 (y 2 - 2 <' 3 ) = 0.
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[The equation of a conic may be put in the form
y=ax + b± s f(px 2 + 2qx + r).
From this we deduce
y%~ ± (pr - q 2 )/(p.v 2 + 2qx + r) 3 ' 2 .
If the conic is a parabola then p = 0.]
._ _. ,. dy 1 d 2 y 1 d 3 y 1 d i u ,
12. Denoting ^, - ^, - -Jf„ - -£, ... by t, a, b, c, ... and
dx 1 d 2 x 1 oRr 1 d*x
dy> 2! o^ ' 3! dy 3 ' 4! %5' '" by T ' a ' & * "' show that
Aac - 5& 2 = (4ay - 5/3 2 )/r 8 , bt-a 2 =- (/3r - a 2 )/r 6 .
Establish similar formulae for the functions a 2 d-3abc — 2b 3 , (l+t 2 )b — 2a 2 t
2ct - bob.
13. Prove that, if y k is the £th derivative of y=sin (n are sin x), then
(1 -x 2 )y k + 2 - (2k+ 1) xy k + , + (?t 2 - k 2 )y k =Q.
[Prove first when £=0, and differentiate k times by Leibniz' Theorem.]
14. Prove the formula
vD x » u = zy («v) - »zy - » (mz>^) + w( f ~ 1} zy - - ( nzy ») - ■
where » is any positive integer. [Use the method of induction.]
15. A curve is given by
,r=a(2cosi + cos2£), y = a (2 sin t~sh\2t).
Prove (i) that the equations of the tangent and normal, at the point P
whose parameter is t, are
xsin^t+ycos^t=asm^t, xcos^t-y sin|£=3aco,s : }t ;
(ii) that the tangent at P meets the curve in the points Q, R whose para-
meters are — \t and ir — \t; (iii) that QR = 4a; (iv) that the tangents at Q
and R are at right angles and intersect on the circle x 2 +y 2 = a 2 ; (v) that the
normals at P, Q, and R are concurrent and intersect on the circle x 2 +y 2 = 9a 2 ;
(vi) that the equation of the curve is
(x 2 +3/ 2 +l lax + 9a 2 ) 2 = 4a (2x + 3a) 3 .
Sketch the form of the curve.
16. Show that the equations which define the curve of Ex. 15 may
be replaced by £/a = 2w + (l/« 2 ), rjja = (2/w) + u 2 , where £=x+yi, rj=x-yi,
«=Cis t. Show that the tangent and normal, at the point defined by u, are
u 2 £ -ur\ = a (u 3 - 1), u 2 £ + urj = 2a (u 3 + 1 ),
and deduce the properties (ii)— (v) of Ex. 15.
17. Show that the condition that x i +4px 3 -4qx-l=0 should have
equal roots may be expressed in the form (p + q) 2l3 -(p-qf l3 =l:
(Math. Trip. 1898.)
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18. The roots of a cubic f(x) = are a, /3, y in ascending order of magni-
tude. Show that if (a, /3) and (/3, y) are each divided into six equal sub-intervals,
then a root of f'(x) = will fall in the fourth interval from /3 on each side.
What will be the nature of the cubic in the two cases when a root of/' (x) =
falls at a point of division? (Math. Trip. 1907.)
19. Investigate the maxima and minima of f(x), and the real roots of
f(x) = 0, f(x) being either of the functions
x — sin x — tan a (1 — cos x), x — sin x — (a — sin a) — tan \a (cos a - cos x),
and a an angle between and tt. Show that in the first case the condition for
a double root is that tan a — a should be a multiple of w.
20. Show that by choice of the ratio X : /j. we can make the roots of
\ (ax 2 + bx+c) + /x (a' x 2 + b'x + c')=0 real and having a difference of any mag-
nitude, unless the roots of the two quadratics are all real and interlace ; and
that in the excepted case the roots are always real, but there is a lower limit
for the magnitude of their difference. (Math. Trip. 1895.)
[Consider the form of the graph of the function (ax 2 + bx+c)J(a'x 2 + b'x + c'):
cf. Exs. xlvi. 12 et seq.]
t-. ,ii sin irx
21. Prove that n <— — <4
x(l — x)
when < x < 1, and draw the graph of the function.
22. Draw the graph of the function
1 l
7T COt TTX - .
X x-l
23. Sketch the general form of the graph of y, given that
* t«*+.-i)C.-iyc+iy (M^n^uoii
ax x i r '
24. A sheet of paper is folded over so that one corner just reaches the
opposite side. Show how the paper must be folded to make the length of the
crease a maximum.
25. The greatest acute angle at which the ellipse (x 2 ja 2 ) + (y 2 /^ 2 ) = 1 can
be cut by a concentric circle is arc tan {(a 2 — b-)j-2nb}. (Math. Trip. 1900.)
26. In a triangle the area A and the semi-perimeter s are fixed. Show that
any maximum or minimum of one of the sides is a root of the equation
s(x — s)x 2 + 4A 2 = 0. Discuss the reality of the roots of this equation, and
whether they correspond to maxima or minima.
[The equations a + b + c = 2s, s(s- a)(s-b) (s— c) = A 2 determine a and b
as functions of c. Differentiate with respect to c, and suppose that da/dc = 0.
It will be found that b = c, s-b = s-c = ^a, from which we deduce that
«(a-s)« 2 + 4A 2 = 0.
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This equation has three real roots if s 4 >27a 2 , and one in the contrary
case. In an equilateral triangle (the triangle of minimum perimeter for a
given area) s 4 = 27A 2 ; thus it is impossible that s 4 <27A 2 . Hence the
equation in a has three real roots, and, since their sum is positive and their
product negative, two roots are positive and the third negative. Of the two
positive roots one corresponds to a maximum and one to a minimum.]
27. The area of the greatest equilateral triangle which can be drawn
with its sides passing through three given points A, B, C is
a 2 + b 2 + c 2
a, 6, c being the sides and A the area of A BC. {Math. Trip. 1809.)
28. If A, A' are the areas of the two maximum isosceles triangles which
can be described with their vertices at the origin and their base angles on the
cardioid r=a (1 -f-cos 6), then 256AA' = 25a 4 y/5. (Math. Trip. 1907.)
29. Find the limiting values which (x 2 - 4y + 8)/(y 2 - 6.r + 3) approaches
as the point (x, y) on the curve x 2 y — 4r 2 — 4xy+y 2 + 16x — 2y— 7 = ap-
proaches the position (2, 3). (Math. Trip. 1903.)
[If we take (2, 3) as a new origin, the equation of the curve becomes
£ 2 1 — £ 2 +q 2 = 0> an d the function given becomes (£ 2 + 4£- 4i;)/(jj 2 + 6j7 -6£). If
we put Tj = tg, we obtain £ = (1 — t 2 )jt, r) = l — t 2 . The curve has a loop branching
at the origin, which corresponds to the two values t= — 1 and t=l. Expressing
the given function in terms of t, and making t tend to • 1 or 1, we obtain the
limiting values - f, - §.]
30. If /(*) = -■ —. . \ ,
sin x — sin a (x — a) cos a
then — {lim f(x)}— lim /' (x) = f sec 3 a — T S o sec a.
da, x-*-a x-*-a
(Math. Trip. 1896.)
31. Show that if (a?) = l/(l +x 2 ) then 0<"> (x) = Q n (x)j(l+x 2 ) n + \ where
Q n (x) is a polynomial of degree n. Show also that
(i) Q n + i = (l+x 2 )Qn'-2(n + l)xQ n ,
(ii) Qn + 2 + ^(n + 2)xQ )l + 1 + (n + 2) (n+l) (l+x 2 ) Q n = 0,
(iii) (l+x 2 )Q n "-2nxQ n ' + ?i(n + l)Q n =0,
(iv) ^ = (-l)»n!J(n + l)^- (?l + 1) 3 W , (?l ~ 1) ^- 2 +..j,
(v) all the roots of Q n = are real and separated by those of 0„_i = O.
32. If f(x), <fr (x), >Jr (x) have derivatives when a ^ x £.b, then there is
a value of £ lying between a and b and such that
f(a) <j>(a) +(a) =0.
f(b) </>(&) +(b)
/'(£) *'(£) *'(£)
h. 17
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[Consider the function formed by replacing the constituents of the third
row hyf(x), (x), -<//■ (x). This theorem reduces to the Mean Value Theorem
(§ 125) when <f>(x) = x and ^(x) = l.]
33. Deduce from Ex. 32 the formula
f(b)-f(a) _/'(£)
0(6) -0(a) 0'(£)
34. If $' (x)-*-a as x-*-co, then (x)/x-*-a. If 0' (#)-*-<» then
(#)-*- cc . [Use the formula (a?) - (# ) =(af — # ) 0' (£), where ^ < ^ < - r -]
35. If {x)-*-a as #-»- oo , then 0' (x) cannot tend to any limit other than
zero.
36. If (.r) + 0' (x)-*-a as ar-*-oo, then <f>(x)-*-a and 0' (x)-»-0.
[Let (f)(x) = a + \^(x), so that \//- (:r) + ^ ; (#)-*-0. If ^r' (,r) is of constant
sign, say positive, for all sufficiently large values of x, then ^ (x) steadily
increases and must tend to a limit I or to oo . If -^ (x)-*~ oo then \// (a:) -»- — oo ,
which contradicts our hypothesis. If y\r(x)-*-l then yjs' (x)-» — I, and this
is impossible (Ex. 35) unless £=0. Similarly we may dispose of the case in
which \|/ (x) is ultimately negative. If \js (x) changes sign for values of x which
surpass all limit, then these are the maxima and minima of yfr (x). If x has
a large value corresponding to a maximum or minimum of y^(x), then
\}s (x) + yjf' (x) is small and i// (x)=0, so that \|/- (.r) is small. A fortiori are the
other values of xfr (x) small when x is large.
For generalisations of this theorem, and alternative lines of proof, see a
paper by the author entitled "Generalisations of a limit theorem of Mr Mercer,"
in volume 43 of the Quarterly Journal of Mathematics. The simple proof
sketched above was suggested by Prof. E. W. Hobson.]
37. Show how * reauoe )r {*, Jg$. J(^f jdx u>
the integral of a rational function. [Put 7nx+n=\jt and use Ex. xlix. 13.1
38. Calculate the integrals :
( dx f /(x-\\dx f xdx
](l+afir J\/\x+l)x> ] s /(l+x)->/(l + x)>
dx /"cos x sin xdx f
(2-sin^)(2+sin*-sin^)' J cos* .r + sin* a; ' J cos ec *V(sec 2*) <&,
f dx fx+sinx . f f
M(l+sin*)(2+sin*)}' JT+^Tx d ^ j^'^^dx, J (arc sin •)><*«
[ j [% arc sin x 7 /"arc sin x , /"arc sin x
jx.rcvnxdx, J^^^, ./— ,-^, j-— § dx ,
f are tan a? /"aretena? /"log(a 2 +/3% 2 ) , Hog (a+0*) ,
DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 259
39. Formulae of reduction, (i) Show that
a/ iw i n ( dx x + ^p
«*»-*) j$r.
[Put x + ^p = t, q — \p 2 — \: then we obtain
[ dt 1 [_dt__ _1 [ J?dt
j (««+x)» ~ x j (^ + x)»- 1 x J (*q-xy
X J (< 2 + X)»- 1 + 2X (n-1) J rf< U* 2 + X)»- _1 J ''
and the result follows on integrating by parts.
A formula such as this is called a formula of reduction. It is most useful
f dx
when n is a positive integer. We can then express l-r-s r in terms
1 ° r J (x'+px + q) n
f dx
of / 7 -s — ; — r, and so evaluate the integral for every value of n in
turn.]
(ii) Show that if /,,, 7 = j x p (1 +x) q dx then
{p + l)l p>q = xr>^(\+xy-ql p + l>q _ x ,
and obtain a similar formula connecting l p>q with ip_i, a+ j.. Show also, by
means of the substitution x= —yj{\ +y), that
4«=(- l) p+1 /^ p (l +y)- p - q - 2 dy.
(iii) Show that if X= a + bx then
i xX~ 1 ' 3 dx= - 3 (3a - Zbx) AT^/lOfc 2 ,
I
/•
a?X~ !/ 3 dtf = 3 (9a 2 - 6afcr + SbW) X 2 '' 3 /40& 3 .
.>;A' - V4 cfo= - 4 (4a - 3&.r) A' 3 ' 4 /21& 2 ,
v 2 X-Wdx=4: (32a 2 - 24a&z + 21&V ! ) A' 3 /*/23] 6 3 .
I
(iv) If 7 m , „ = | ( ' l + J )W then
2(»-l)4 Iitt =-a? B »- 1 (l+« 2 )-( n - 1 )+(wi-l)/ w _2, B _ 1 .
(v) If /„ = I # n cos fix dx and J n = I #" sin £.£ dx then
/3/ n =a; n sin/3^-?it7 (t _i, /3-/, t = -# n cos/&i* + tti n _i.
17—2
260
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[VI
(vi) If Z ra = I cos" .rote and J n = \sin n xdx then
nl n = sin x cos n ~ 1 x+{n-l) 4_ 2 , nJ n = - cos x sin' 1-1 x+(n - 1) J n -i-
(vii) If 4= \\&VL n xdx then (n- 1) (4 + / n _ 2 ) = tan"- 1 .r.
(viii) If I nh „ = I cos m x sin" # c&p then
(?n + 7i)I„ hn = — cos m+1 #sin w-1 .£ + (?i- 1) /,„,,; _2
= cos TO - 1 ^sin n + 1 A , + (m-l) l m -%n>
[We have
(m + 1 ) I m< n = — / sin™ ~ x j? t- (cos m + 1 x) dx
= -eos m+i xsin n ~ 1 x + (n — \) lcos m+2 xsh\ n ~' 2 xdx
= _ cos" 1 + » a- sin" - * ar + (to - 1) (/ TO ,„_ 2 - 4, n),
which leads to the first reduction formula.]
(ix) Connect /„,,„= J sin m # sin nxdx with J w _2,n- {Math. Trip. 1897.)
(x) If I m< n = I x™ cosec n x d.v then
(n-l)'(n- 2) /,„,« = (» -2) 2 / min _ 2 + «i(m-l)/ OT _2, n _2
— #"• - i cosec n ~ x # {wi sin x + (n — 2) x cos #} . (Math. Trip. 1 896. )
(xi) If I n = J (a + b cosx)~ u dx then
(«-l)(a 2 -6 2 )/ n =-fesin.r(a + 6cos^)-("- ] ) + (2H,-3)a/ n _ 1 -(n-2)/ n _ 2 .
(xii) If I n = l(acos 2 x+2hcosxsmx+bsm' i x)~ n dx then
An (»+ l)(o6 - A 2 ) 4+2- 2n (2m + 1) (a + o) I n+l +4m?I n = - ~ ,
(Math. Trip. 1898.)
(xiii) If I m< n = / x m (log x) n dx then (m + 1 ) /,„, „ = x m + » (log x) n - nJ m< „ _ , .
40. If » is a positive integer then the value of / x m (log x) n dx is
xm + 1 Kl?g * )" _ ttGog^)"- 1 w(n-l) (log .*)"-» _ (-!)" » : \
\m + l (m + lf (m + 1) 3 '" + (?h, + 1)" + 1 J '
41. Show that the most general function (p(x), such that <p" + a 2 (p = for
all values of x, may be expressed in either of the forms A cos ax +B sin ax,
p cos(ax+e), where A, B, p, c are constants. [Multiplying by 2cf>' and
d 2 I n
DERIVATIVES AND INTEGRALS 261
integrating we obtain #' 2 +a 2 $ 2 = a 2 & 2 , where b is a constant, from which we
deduce that ax= \ ..... .„, .]
./x/(6 2 -0-)
42. Determine the most general functions y and z such that y' + a>2 =
and z'-a>y = 0, where w is a constant and dashes denote differentiation with
respect to x.
43. The area of the curve given by
sin a sin . sinacosd)
#=cos0+ 2 — ^rr, y = smd)-- — — 1 ,
l-cos-asm-<£ J r 1 - cos 2 a sm 2 </> '
where a is a positive acute angle, is Jtt (1 +sin a) 2 /sin a. (i/a^. Trip, 1904.)
44. The projection of a chord of a circle of radius a on a diameter is of
constant length 2a cos j3 ; show that the locus of the middle point of the chord
consists of two loops, and that the area of either is a 2 (/3 — cos /3 sin /3).
{Math. Trip. 1903.)
45. Show that the length of a quadrant of the curve (x/a)i + (yjb)s = l is
(a 2 + ab + b 2 )l(a + b). (Math. Trip. 1911.)
46. A point A is inside a circle of radius a, at a distance b from the
centre. Show that the locus of the foot of the perpendicular drawn from
J. to a tangent to the circle encloses an area 7r (a 2 + |6 2 ). (Math. Trip. 1909.)
47. Prove that if (a, b, c, f, g, h~$x, y, 1) 2 = is the equation of a conic, then
A
dx . PT n
(Lv + my + n)(hx + by+f) a PT
where PT, PT' are the perpendiculars from a point P of the conic on the
tangents at the ends of the chord Ix + my + n=0, and a, /3 are constants.
(Math. Trip. 1902.)
,. . ax 2 + 2bx + c 7
48. Show that t-t- „ — a -_ — - ~ „ dx
(Ax 1 + 2Bx + C) 2
will be a rational function of x if and only if one or other of AC—B 2 and
aC+cA - 2bB is zero.*
/
B<&*
49. Show that the necessary and sufficient condition that
m
{F(x)} 2
where / and F are polynomials of which the latter has no repeated factor,
should be a rational function of x, is that f'F' -fF" should be divisible by F.
(Math. Trip. 1910.)
,. . fa cos .r+/3 sin .r + -y ,
50. Show that I — ., K r^ dx
J (1 - e cos x)-
is a rational function of cos x and sin x if and only if ae + y=0 ; and determine
the integral when this condition is satisfied. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
* See the author's tract quoted on p. 236.
CHAPTER VII
ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL AND
INTEGRAL CALCULUS
147. Higher Mean Value Theorems. In the preceding
chapter (§ 125) we proved that if f(x) has a derivative f'(x)
throughout the interval (a, b) then
/(&) -/(a) = (&-«)/' (a
where a<i;<b; or that, if f(x) has a derivative throughout
(a, a + h), then
f(a + h)-f(a) = hf'(a + e i h) (1) 3
where < 6 X < 1. This we proved by considering the function
which vanishes when x = a and when x = b.
Let us now suppose that / (a?) has also a second derivative
f" (x) throughout (a, b), an assumption which of course involves
the continuity of the first derivative /' (x), and consider the
function
f(b) - f(x) - (b - x)f (x) - (|^|J {fib) -f(a) -(b- a)f («)}.
This function also vanishes when x = a and when x = b; and its
derivative is
^pjg? {/(b) -/(«) " (fi " «)/ («) " i (& - «) 2 /" («».
and this must vanish (§ 121) for some value of a; between a and 6
(exclusive of a and 6). Hence there is a value £ of x, between
147] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 203
a and b, and therefore capable of representation in the form
a + 6 2 (b - a), where < 6 2 < 1, for which
f(b) -/(a) + (b - a)f (a) + \ (6 - a)'/" (f).
If we put b = a + h we obtain the equation
f(a + h)=f(a) + hf'(a) + $h*f'(a + 2 h) (2),
which is the standard form of what may be called the Mean Value
Theorem of the second order.
The analogy suggested by (1) and (2) at once leads us to
formulate the following theorem :
Taylor's or the General Mean Value Theorem. If
f{x) is a function of x which has derivatives of the first n orders
throughout the interval (a, b), then
f(b)=f(a) + (b-a)f(a)+ ( t^^f'(a) + ...
where a< %<b; and ifb = a + h then
f(a + h)=f(a) + hf'(a) + W"(a)+...
(n-l)l
where < 6 n < 1.
The proof proceeds on precisely the same lines as were adopted
before in the special cases in which n = 1 and n = 2. We consider
the function
F n (x)-(^jF n {a),
where F n {x)=f(b) -f{x)~ (b-x)f ( x ) -^-^ f" { x ) - ...
This function vanishes for x = a and x = b; its derivative is
and there must be some value of x between a and b for which
the derivative vanishes. This leads at once to the desired result.
264 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
In view of the great importance of this theorem we shall give
at the end of this chapter another proof, not essentially distinct
from that given above, but different in form and depending on
the method of integration by parts.
Examples LV. 1. Suppose that f{x) is a polynomial of degree r.
Then /(") (x) is identically zero when n > r, and the theorem leads to the
algebraical identity
f{a+h)=f{a)+hf (a) + ~ f" (a) + ...+£j /W (a).
2. By applying the theorem to f{x) = l/x, and supposing x and x + h
positive, obtain the result
1 1 A A 2 (-I)' 1 - 1 /*"- 1 {-l) n h n
x + h x x 2 x 3 '" x n {x + 6 n h) n + 1 '
1 1 h IP ( _ i)n-i^«-i r-iyhn
[Since — - r = 2 + ^3-—+- ~ZZ + ., , ,x ,
1 x + h x or x 6 x' 1 x n (x + h)
we can verify the result by showing that at* {x + h) can be put in the form
{x + H h) n+1 , or that x n + 1 <x n {x+h) < (# + A) n + 1 , as is evidently the case.]
3. Obtain the formula
• ,. n . , A 2 . h 3
sin {x + h) = sm x+h cos x— — sin x— ^-j cos # + ...
+ ( ~ 1)n_1 (2^Tj~! C ° S ' r + ( " 1)n £ Shl (* + M)>
the corresponding formula for cos {x+h), and similar formulae involving
powers of h extending up to A'~" + 1 .
4. Show that if m is a positive integer, and n a positive integer not
greater than m, then
{ x +hy»=?x m + (™) x m - i h + ...+ (j"\x m - n+1 h n - l +(™){x+dj i ) m -»h».
Show also that, if the interval {x, x + h) does not include x=0, the formula
holds for all real values of m and all positive integral values of n ; and that,
even if x <0<x + h or x + h<0 <x, the formula still holds if m-n is
positive.
5. The formula / {x + h) =/ {x) + hf {x + 8 x h) is not true if / {x) = 1 \x and
x<0<x+h. [For f(x+k)-f{x)>0 and A/' {x + d 1 h)= -/</(# + V) 2 < : it
is evident that the conditions for the truth of the Mean Value Theorem arc
not satisfied.]
6. If x=-a, A = 2a, f{x) = x 113 , then the equation
f{x + h)=f{x) + hf{x + 8 l h)
is satisfied by ^i=^.±iV\ / 3. [This example shows that the result of the
theorem may hold even if the conditions under which it was proved are
not satisfied.]
147] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 205
7. Newton's method of approximation to the roots of equations. Let
£ be an approximation to a root of an algebraical equation/ (a?) = 0, the actual
root being £ + h. Then
=/(£ + h) =/(£) + hf (£) + \Wf (| 4- 6 2 k),
so that k--m-w£t§+W,
It follows that in general a better approximation than x = £ is
If the root is a simple root, so that /' (| + A) #= 0, we can, when A is small
enough, find a positive constant A' such that \f (x) | > K for all the values of
x which we are considering, and then, if h is regarded as of the first order of
smallness, /(£) is of the first order of smallness, and the error in taking
£ — {/(£)//' (£)} as the root is of the second order.
8. Apply this process to the equation x 2 =Z, taking £ = 3/2 as the first
approximation. [We find h— -1/12, £ + A = 17/12=l - 417..., which is quite a
good approximation, in spite of the roughness of the first. If now we repeat
the process, taking £=17/12, we obtain £ + A = 577/408 = L414215..., which
is correct to 5 places of decimals.
9. By considering in this way the equation .r 2 — l-y = 0, where y is
small, show that ^/(l +y) = 1 +\y - (j3/ 2 /(2+y)} approximately, the error being
of the fourth order.
10. Show that the error in taking the root to be £ — (///') - \ iff" If 3 )-,
where £ is the argument of every function, is in general of the third order.
11. The equation &mx=ax, where a is small, has a root nearly equal to
7r. Show that (1 — a) ir is a better approximation, and (l-a + a 2 )ir a better
still. [The method of Exs. 7 — 10 does not depend on /(^) = being an
algebraical equation, so long as/' and/" are continuous.]
12. Show that the limit when A-»-0 of the number 6 n which occurs in
the general Mean Value Theorem is l/(?t-+-l), provided that f n + 1 )(x) is
continuous.
[Vorf(x + h) is equal to each of
/(*) + ...+ £/W (*+<U), f{x) + ...+ £/>) (*) + ^^/<»+»(*+0 B+1 / 4 ),
where #„ + 1 as well as 6 n lies between and 1. Hence
,, w , n „ w v /lf<- n+1 )(x + d n+ lh)
/(») (* + 6 n h) =/(») (x) + -I A_^ +U
But if we apply the original Mean Value Theorem to the function /(") (x),
taking 6 n h in place of A, we find
/w (x + 6 n h) =/w (x) + e n hf(" + v(x+ eejt),
2G6 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
where 6 also lies between and I. Hence
from which the result follows, since /(» + ] > (x + 6d n h) and /<•» + x > (a? + 0„ + 1 A) tend
to the same limit /< n+1 )(ar) as /i -*►().]
1 3. Prove that {f(x + 2A) - 2f(x + k) +f(x)}/h 2 +f" (x) as A-^0, provided
that/" (#) is continuous. [Use equation (2) of § 147.]
14. Show that, if the/(") (x) is continuous for a?=0, then
f(x) = a + a 1 x + a 2 x' i + ... + (a n + e x )x n ,
where a r = /(''> (0)/r ! and t^-^O as #-9-0.*
15. Show that if
a +a 1 x+a 2 x 2 + ... + (a n +e x )x n =b + b 1 x + b 2 x' 2 +...+(b n + ri x )x n ,
where e x and t] x tend to zero as.r-»-0, then a =6 , ai = &i, ..., a n =b n . [Making
x-^0 we see that a =b . Now divide by x and afterwards make x-*-0.
We thus obtain a^—bi; and this process may be repeated as often as is
necessary. It follows that if f(x) = a + a 1 x+a 2 x 2 +... + (a n + e x )x n , and the
first n derivatives oif(x) are continuous, then a r —f( r )(0)/r !.]
148. Taylor's Series. Suppose that f{x) is a function all
of whose differential coefficients are continuous in an interval
{a — i], a + 7)) surrounding the point x = a. Then, if h is numeri-
cally less than 77, we have
f(a + h) =f{a) + hf (a) + . . . + —^y,/^ (a) + £/« (a + B n h),
where < 6 n < 1, for all values of n. Or, if
S n = 2 -,/» (a), K = ^/<»>(a + e n h).
V '. 71 :
we have f(a + h) — S n = R n .
Now let us suppose, in addition, that we can prove that
R n -*~0 as n^co . Then
/(a + h) = lim $, =/(a) + hf (a) + ~-f" (a) + . . . .
This expansion of f(a+h) is known as Taylor's Series.
When a = the formula reduces to
f(h)=f(0) + hf'(0)+£f'{Q) + ...,
* It is in fact sufficient to suppose that/( n ' (0) exists. See R. H. Fowler, "The
elementary differential geometry of plane curves " (Cambridge Tracts in Mathe-
matics, No. 20, p. 104).
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which is known as Maclaurin's Series. The function R n is known
as Lagrange's form of the remainder.
The reader should be careful to guard himself against supposing that the
continuity of all the derivatives of f(x) is a sufficient condition for the validity
of Taylor's series. A direct discussion of the behaviour of R n is always
essential.
Examples LVI. 1. Let/(#)=siii x. Then all the derivatives of/(.e)
are continuous for all values of x. Also \f n (x) | ^ 1 for all values of x and n.
Hence in this case | R n | < h n jn !, which tends to zero as»->-Qo (Ex. xxvn. 12)
whatever value h may have. It follows that
..... , . li- . h? W .
sin (x+h) = sm x+h cos x - —-. am x - -- cos x + -—, sin^+...,
2 ! 3 ! 41
for all values of x and h. In particular
. . . h? ¥
for all values of h. Similarly we can prove that
cos (x + a) = cos x — k sin x — — cos x + — sin x+ ..., cos A = 1 — — - -\ :-....
2* 1 3 . 2 ! 4 !
2. The Binomial Series. Let f(x) = (l+x) m , where m is any rational
number, positive or negative. Then /(") (x) = m (m — l)...(m — ?i4-l)(l+a-') m-n
and Maclaurin's Series takes the form
(i +xr= i + W x+ M z*+...
When m is a positive integer the series terminates, and we obtain the
ordinary formula for the Binomial Theorem with a positive integral exponent.
In the general case
/?n= S /(n)( ^ )= C0' rn(i+ ^ r)
and in order to show that Maclaurin's Series really represents (l+#) m for
any range of values of x when m is not a positive integer, we must show that
R n -*-0 for every value of x in that range. This is so in fact if - 1 <.r<l,
and may be proved, when 0^.f<l, by means of the expression given above
for R n , since (1 + 6 n x) m ~ n < 1 if ?i > m, and ( ) x n -^0 a,sn-*~oo (Ex. xxvn. 13).
But a difficulty arises if -K.r<0, since \+6 n x<\ and (l + 0„.r)" i-n > 1 if
n > m ; knowing only that < 6 n < l,we cannot be assured that 1 +6 ri .c is not
quite small and (l + ^) m_n quite large.
In fact, in order to prove the Binomial Theorem by means of Taylor's
Theorem, we need some different form for R n , such as will be given later
(§ 162).
268 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
149. Applications of Taylor's Theorem. A. Maxima
and minima. Taylor's Theorem may be applied to give greater
theoretical completeness to the tests of Ch. VI, §§ 122 — 123,
though the results are not of much practical importance. It
will be remembered that, assuming that <j> (x) has derivatives of
the first two orders, we stated the following as being sufficient
conditions for a maximum or minimum of </> (x) at x = ^:fora
maximum, 0'(£) = O, <£"(£)< 0; for a minimum, <f>'(%) = 0, <£"(f)>0.
It is evident that these tests fail if cf>" (£) as well as </>'(£) is zero.
Let us suppose that the first n derivatives
<\>'{x), <f>"(x), .... 0«(«)
are continuous, and that all save the last vanish when x = f . Then,
for sufficiently small values of h,
In order that there should be a maximum or a minimum this
expression must be of constant sign for all sufficiently small
values of h, positive or negative. This evidently requires that n
should be even. And if n is even there will be a maximum or a
minimum according as <$> {n) (£) is negative or positive.
Thus we obtain the test : if there is to be a maximum or
minimum the first derivative which does not vanish must be an even
derivative, and there will be a maximum if it is negative, a minimum
if it is positive.
Examples LVII. 1. Verify the result when $ (x) = (x — a) m , m being a
positive integer, and £=a.
2. Test the function {x - a) m (x - b) n , where m and n are positive integers,
for maxima and minima at the points x=a, x=b. Draw graphs of the
different possible forms of the curve y = (x — a) m (x-b) n .
3. Test the functions sin^— x, $inx — x + '—, sin x — x-\—^ — — — , ...,
o o 120
cos x — 1, cos x — 1 + — , cos x - 1+ '-- — '— , ... for maxima or minima at x = 0.
150. B. The calculation of certain limits. Suppose
that /(a?) and <j> (x) are two functions of x whose derivatives f (x)
and <f>' (x) are continuous for x = £ • and that /'(£) and <£ (£) are
both equal to zero. Then the function
^(x)=f{x)i<j>(x)
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is not denned when x = £. But of course it may well tend to a
limit as x-*-%.
Now f(x) =f(x) -/(£) = {x- £)/' ( Xl ),
where x 1 lies between £ and x ; and similarly <£ (x) = (x — %) </>' (x^),
where x 2 also lies between £ and x. Thus
yjr (x) =/' (a$W («?,).
We must now distinguish four cases.
(1) If neither/' (£) nor (£' (£) is zero, then
f{*JlH")'-+-fWifo
(2) If/'(£) = 0,f(£)4=0,then
(3) lf/(f) + 0,f (f)=O,then/(aO/0(a;) becomes numerically
very large as x-^-%: but whether f(x)/<p (x) tends to oo or — oo ,
or is sometimes large and positive and sometimes large and
negative, we cannot say, without further information as to the way
in which <// (x)-*~0 as x-^-t;.
(4) If/'(£) = 0, <f>'(i;) = 0, then we can as yet say nothing about
the behaviour of /(#)/</> (x) as x-*~0.
But in either of the last two cases it may happen that f(x}
and </> (x) have continuous second derivatives. And then
f{x) = f{x) -fit) -ix- g)/ (£) = i (* - f) 2 /" «),
*(«)-*(*)-*(f)-(*-f)f (f) = M*-£) a f (**),
where again a? x and a; 3 lie between £ and a; ; so that
We can now distinguish a variety of cases similar to those
considered above. In particular, if neither second derivative
vanishes for x = £, we have
/<*)/*(*)-/'(*)/*" (0-
It is obvious that this argument can be repeated indefinitely,
and we obtain the following theorem: suppose that fix) and <j>ix)
and their derivatives, so far as may be wanted, are continuous for
x = %. Suppose further that f {p) ix) and <£ (<?) (x) are the first
derivatives of fix) and <f>ix) which do not vanish when x — g. Then
(i) ifp = q, /(«)/*<*W w (©/*««);
(2) ifp>q, /(«)/* (»)*0;
270 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
(3) if p<q, and q—p is even, either f(x)/<j> (x)-^+oc or
f(x)/(f> (x) -*-— oo , the sign being the same as that off {p) (£)/<£ (9) (£)',
(4) if p<q and q—p is odd, either f(x)j(f>(x)^+cc or
f(x)/<f>(x) -* — oo as #^£ + 0, the sign being the same as that of
f ip) (£)/<£ w (IX while if x-*-tj — the sign must be reversed.
This theorem is in fact an immediate corollary from the
equations
f( X ) = fc=^/ « (-0. <f> (*) = (f Yr' <P> <«£
Examples LVIII. 1. Find the limit of
{x - (n + 1) x u + » + na;» + 2 }/(l - a) 2 ,
as ,r-*-l. [Here the functions and their first derivatives vanish for x=l,
and/"(l)=»(n+l), <£"(1)=2.]
2. Find the limits as x-*-0 of
(tan x - x)/(x — sin x), (tan H.r - n tan .r)/(% sin x— sin ?«;).
3. Find the limit of x {>J(x 2 + a 2 ) - x) as #-*-<» . [Put x=\jy!\
4. Prove that
hm (x — n) cosec^77r = - , lim ^cosec#7r — .— -r— }-=.— -- ' — ,
»-*.» 7T 0-»*£ — n ^ (#-«)7rJ 6
n being any integer ; and evaluate the corresponding limits involving cot xtt.
5. Find the limits as x-*~0 of
1 / 1 x\ 1 / 1 x\
- 3 ^coscc^----j, -(^cot.r-- + 3J.
G. (sin x arc sin x — x 2 )lx 6 -*- ^g, (tan .r arc tan a- - x'^/x 6 -*- §, as a.'-*- 0.
151. C. The contact of plane curves. Two curves are
said to intersect (or cut) at a point if the point lies on each of them.
They are said to touch at the point if they have the same tangent
at the point.
Let us suppose now that f(x), (j> {x) are two functions which
possess derivatives of all orders continuous for x = i;, and let us
consider the curves y =f(x), y = <f> ( x )- In general /" (^) and (f> (f)
will not be equal. In this case the abscissa x = £ does not corre-
spond to a point of intersection of the curves. If however
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271
/(£) = <£ (£)> the curves intersect in the point x=%, 2/=/(£)=<K£).
Let us suppose this to be the case. Then
in order that the curves should not only
cut but touch at this point it is obviously
necessary and sufficient that the first
derivatives f (x), <f>' (a?) should also have
the same value when x = £.
The contact of the curves in this
case may be regarded from a different
point of view. In the figure the two
curves are drawn touching at P, and QR
is equal to <f> (f + h) -f(£ + h), or, since <£(£)=/(£), <£'(£)=/' <B to
where 6 lies between and 1. Hence
hm £? = £{*" (£)-/"(£)},
when h^O. In other words, when the curves touch at the point
whose abscissa is £, the difference of their ordinates at the point
whose abscissa is £ + h is at least of the second order of smallness
when h is small.
The reader will easily verify that lira (QR/h) = <f)' (£) -/' (£) when the curves
cut and do not touch, so that QR is then of the first order of smallness only.
It is evident that the degree of smallness of QR may be taken
as a kind of measure of the closeness of the contact of the curves.
It is at once suggested that if the first n — 1 derivatives of /
and <f> have equal values when x = %, then QR will be of the
?ith order of smallness; and the reader will have no difficulty
in proving that this is so and that
lim^ = l^'«)(0-/ w (f)}.
We are therefore led to frame the following definition :
Contact of the nth order. // /(£) = <£ (£), /' (£) = <£' (£),
..., y(«)(^) = ( ^ ) (n)(^ ) i ut /"^(D^^f'+^d), then the curves
y =f(x), y = <f> (x) will be said to have contact of the nth order
at the point whose abscissa is %.
The preceding discussion makes the notion of contact of the
nth order dependent on the choice of axes, and fails entirely
272 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
when the tangent to the curves is parallel to the axis of y. We can
deal with this case by taking y as the independent and x as the
dependent variable. It is better, however, to consider x and y as
functions of a parameter t. An excellent account of the theory will
be found in Mr Fowler's tract referred to on p. 266, or in de la
Vallee Poussin's Cours d' Analyse, vol. ii, pp. 396 et seq.
Examples LIX. 1. Let <£ (x) = ax+b, so that y = <f> (x) is a straight line.
The conditions for contact at the point for which x=£ are f(£) = ag + b,
f (£) = a. If we determine a and b so as to satisfy these equations we find
a=f (£), &=/(£) - £/' (£), and the equation of the tangent to y=f(x) at the
point x=£ is
?=*/'(£)+{/<£-)-£/' (I)h
or y -f (0 = (x - ©/.' (|). Cf. Ex. xxxix. 5.
2. The fact that the line is to have simple contact with the curve
completely determines the line. In order that the tangent should have
contact of the second order with the curve we must have /" (£) = <f>" (£), i.e.
f" (£) = 0. A point at which the tangent to a curve has contact of the
second order is called a point of inflexion.
3. Find the points of inflexion on the graphs of the functions 3a, 4 - 6.r s -f 1,.
2o-7(l+ x 2 ), sin a?, a cos 2 a; +6 sin 2 a?, tana?, arc tan x.
4. Show that the conic ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 + 2g.v+2fy+c=0 cannot have a
point of inflexion. [Here ax + hy +g + (hx + by+f)y l = and
a + 2hy, + tyi 2 + {hx + by +f ) y. z = 0,
suffixes denoting differentiations. Thus at a point of inflexion
a + 2hy 1 + by{ i = 0,
or a {hx+ by +/) 2 - 2h (ax + hy +g) (hx + by +/) + b (ax + hy+gf=Q y
or (ab - h 2 ) {ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 + 2gx + 2fy} + af 2 - 2fgh + bg 2 = 0.
But this is inconsistent with the equation of the conic unless
af 2 - 2fgh + bg 2 =c(ab- h 2 )
or abc + 2fgh-af' 2 -bg 2 -ch 2 =0 ; and this is the condition that the conic
should degenerate into two straight lines.]
5. The curve y = (ax 2 +2bx + c)/(ax 2 + 2@x + y) has one or three points of
inflexion according as the roots of ax 2 + 2j3x + y = are real or complex.
[The equation of the curve can, by a change of origin (cf. Ex. XLVi. 15), be
reduced to the form
where p, q are real or conjugate. The condition for a point of inflexion will
be found to be £ 3 — Spq^+pq (p-\-q} = 0, which has one or three real roots
according as {pq (p — q)\ is positive or negative, i.e. according as p and q are:
real or conjugate.]
151] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 273
6. Discuss in particular the curves y = (l - x)/(l+x 2 ), y=(l — x 2 )/(l+x 2 ),
y=(l + s*)/(l-a*).
7. Show that when the curve of Ex. 5 has three points of inflexion, they
lie on a straight line. [The equation £ 3 — 3pq$ +pq ( p + q) = can be put in
the form (£—£>) (£-<?) (H+P + q) + (p — 90 2 £ = O> so that the points of inflexion
lie on the line £ + A (p-q) 2 r)+p + q=0 or A£- 4 (AC- B 2 )r ) = 2B.]
8. Show that the curves y=xsinx, y = (smx)/x have each infinitely
many points of inflexion.
9. Contact of a circle with a curve. Curvature*. The general
equation of a circle, viz.
(x-a) 2 + (y-b) 2 =r 2 (1),
contains three arbitrary constants. Let us attempt to determine them so
that the circle has contact of as high an order as possible with the curve
y=f(x) at the point (£, r,), where r, =/($). We write m , m for /' (£), f" (£).
Differentiating the equation of the circle twice we obtain
(* - a) +(y- 6)^1=0 (2),
i+yi 2 +(y-^)y 2 =o (3).
If the circle touches the curve then the equations (1) and (2) are satisfied
when #=£ y=t), y 1 =ij 1 . This gives (|-a)/ij,= -(r ] -b) = rlJ(l + r ]l 2 ). If
the contact is of the second order then the equation (3) must also be satisfied
when y2 — f]2- Thus b=r] + {(\ +r) 1 2 )/r) 2 } ; and hence we find
The circle which has contact of the second order with the curve at the point
(£, tj) is called the circle of curvature, and its radius the radius of curvature.
The measure of curvature (or simply the curvature) is the reciprocal of the
radius : thus the measure of curvature is /" (£)/ {1 + [/' (£)] 2 } 3/2 , or
del x
d£
10. Verify that the curvature of a circle is constant and equal to the
reciprocal of the radius ; and show that the circle is the only curve whose
curvature is constant.
>
11. Find the centre and radius of curvature at any point of the conies
y 2 —Aax, (xla) 2 + (ylb) 2 =l.
12. In an ellipse the radius of curvature at P is CD 3 jab, where CD is
the semi-diameter conjugate to CP.
* A much fuller discussion of the theory of curvature will be found in Mr Fowler's
tract referred to on p. 272.
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13. Show that in general a conic can be drawn to have contact of the
fourth order with the curve y=/(#) at a given point P.
[Take the general equation of a conic, viz.
ax 2 + %hxy + by 2 + 2gx + %fy + c = 0,
and differentiate four times with respect to x. Using suffixes to denote
differentiation we obtain
ax + fy+g + {hx + by +/) y, = 0,
a + 2hy l + by? + {has + by +/) y. 2 = 0,
3 (A + by x ) y 2 + {hx + by +/) y 3 = 0,
4 (A + by{) y 3 + Zbyi 2 + (hx+by +/) y 4 = 0.
If the conic has contact of the fourth order, then these five equations must
be satisfied by writing £, 17, 171, 172* *7s> ^ for a?, y, y u y- 2 , ys, yi- We have thus
just enough equations to determine the ratios a : b : c : f : g : h.~]
14. An infinity of conies can be drawn having contact of the third order
with the curve at P. Show that their centres all lie on a straight line.
[Take the tangent and normal as axes. Then the equation of the conic is
of the form 2y = ax 2 + 2hxy+by 2 , and when x is small one value of y may be
expressed (Ch. V, Misc. Ex. 22) in the form
y = \ax 2 + {hah + e x ) x s ,
where e x ->-0 with x. But this expression must be the same as
y-i/ w (0)*»+{*/ w (0)+«,'}*»
where e x '-*-0 with x, and so a=f" (0), h=f" (0)/3/" (0), in virtue of the result
of Ex. lv. 15. But the centre lies on the line ax + hy = 0.]
15. Determine a parabola which has contact of the third order with the
ellipse {x/a)' i + {y/b)' i =l at the extremity of the major axis.
16. The locus of the centres of conies which have contact of the third
order with the ellipse (.r/a) 2 + (y/6) 2 = l at the point (a cos a, b sin a) is the
diameter xj{a cos a) =yj{b sin a). [For the ellipse itself is one such conic]
152. Differentiation of functions of several variables.
So far we have been concerned exclusively with functions of a
single variable x, but there is nothing to prevent us applying the
notion of differentiation to functions of several variables x, y, ....
Suppose then that/(#, y) is a function of two* real variables
x and y, and that the limits
]i m f( x + h >y)-f( x >y) lim f(x>y + k)-f(x, y)
* The new points which arise when we consider functions of several variables
are illustrated sufficiently when there are two variables only. The generalisations
of our theorems for three or more variables are in general of an obvious character.
151, 152] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 275
exist for all values of x and y in question, that is to say that
f(x, y) possesses a derivative df/dx or D x f(x,y) with respect to x
and a derivative df/dy or D y f(x, y) with respect to y. It is usual
to call these derivatives the partial differential coefficients of/, and
to denote them by
y v
dx' dy
OT fxip,y), fy{os,y)
or simply fj,fy orf x , f y . The reader must not suppose, .however,
that these new notations imply any essential novelty of idea:
' partial differentiation ' with respect to x is exactly the same
process as ordinary differentiation, the only novelty lying in the
presence in / of a second variable y independent of x.
In what precedes we have supposed x and y to be two real
variables entirely independent of one another. If x and y were
connected by a relation the state of affairs would be very different.
In this case our definition of f x would fail entirely, as we could
not change x into x + h without at the same time changing y.
But then f{oc,y) would not really be a function of two variables
at all. A function of two variables, as we defined it in Ch. II,
is essentially a function of two independent variables. If y depends
on x, y is a function of x, say y = <£ (x) ; and then
/<>> 2/) =./>> </><>)}
is really a function of the single variable x. Of course we may also
represent it as a function of the single variable y. Or, as is often
most convenient, we may regard x and y as functions of a third
variable t, and then f (x, y), which is of the form f{cj> (t), ijr(t)},
is a function of the single variable t.
ExamplesLX. 1. Provethatif x=rcos$, y=rsind, so that r=v/(.r 2 +j/ 2 ),
# = arc tan (yjx), then
dr _ x dr _ y dd _ y dd _ x
dx \/(^'"+3/ 2 )' dy v '(x 2 +# 2 )' dx x 2 +y 2 ' dy x^+y 21
COG C2J v3C OU
-~ = cos#, ^ = sin#, ^= — rsind, ^~ = rcosd.
dr dr dd dd
2. Account for the fact that ^-=|=l/(^j and 5-, 4=1 / (ia) • [When
we were considering a function y of one variable x it followed from the
definitions that dy/dx and dx/dy were reciprocals. This is no longer the
18—2
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[VII
Fig. 46.
case when we are dealing with functions of two variables. Let P (Fig. 46)
\>e the point (x, y) or (r, 6). To find dr/dx we must increase x, say by an
increment MM x = bx, while keeping y constant. This brings P to P x . If
along 0P X we take OP' = OP, the increment of r is P'P 1 = Sr, say; and
dr/dx =lim(8r/dtf). If on the other hand we want to calculate 3a?/3r, a; and
y being now regarded as functions of r
and 0, we must increase r by Ar, say,
keeping constant. This brings P to
P 2 , where PP 2 = Ar: the corresponding
increment of x is JO/i = Ax, say ; and
• dxjdr =lim. (Ax/ Ar).
Now A.z=&r* : but Ar=¥8r. Indeed it is
easy to see from the figure that
lim (8r/8x) = lim (P'A / PP X ) = cos 6,
but lim (Ar/Aa?) = lim (PP 2 / ^A) = sec 6,
so that lim (Sr/Ar) = cos 2 0.
"The fact is of course that dxjdr and
dr/dx are not formed upon the same hypothesis as to the variation of P.]
3. Prove that if z =f(ax + by) then b (dz/dx) = a (dz/dy).
4. Find dX/dx, dX/dy, ... when X+Y—x, Y=xy. Express x, y as
functions of X, Y and find 3#/3X, 3^/3 7, ....
5. Find dX/dx, ... when X+7"+Z=a', Y+Z=xy, Z=xyz; express
x, y, z in terms of X, Y, Z and find dx/dX, ....
[There is of course no difficulty in extending the ideas of the last section
to functions of any number of variables. But the reader must be careful to
impress on his mind that the notion of the partial derivative of a function of
several variables is only determinate when all the independent variables are
specified. Thus if u = x+y + z, x, y, and z being the independent variables,
then du/dx—1. But if we regard u as a function of the variables x, x+y — rj,
and x+y + z = {, so that u = (, then du/dx=0.~\
153. Differentiation of a function of two functions.
There is a theorem concerning the differentiation of a function
of one variable, known generally as the Theorem of the Total
Differential Coefficient, which is of very great importance and
depends on the notions explained in the preceding section re-
garding functions of two variables. This theorem gives us a rule
for differentiating
with respect to t.
* Of course the fact that Ax = 8x is due merely to the particular value of Ar
that we have chosen (viz. PP2). Any other choice would give us values of Ax, Ar
proportional to those used here.
152, 153] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 277
Let us suppose, in the first instance, that f(x, y) is a function
of the two variables x and y, and that f x ', f y ' are continuous
functions of both variables (§ 107) for all of their values which
come in question. And now let us suppose that the variation of
x and y is restricted in that (x, y) lies on a curve
x = <f> (t), y = yfr (t),
where cf> and ty are functions of t with continuous differential
coefficients <f>' (t), yjr' (t). Then/O, y) reduces to a function of the
single variable t, say F(t). The problem is to determine F' (t).
Suppose that, when t changes to t + r, x and y change to
x + £ and y + y. Then by definition
^T = Si r [/ {<j3 (t + T) ' * {t + T)] ~ f tt (t) > + OH
= lim ; I/O + ly + v) -/(*, y)}
= Y im [f( x + ^y + v)-f( x >y + v) I , /(*» y + v) -/(*, y) 5
L £ T 7; T
But, by the Mean Value Theorem,
{/(« + & y + v) -/(*, y + vM -/.' (* + 0£ y + *),
{/(«. y + v) -/(*. y)}A? =// («, y + ^)>
where and 0' each lie between and 1. As t-*-0, £-^0 and
r)-*-0, and Z/T-*-<f)' (t), rj/T-^y{r'(t): also
/.' (* + 0$ y + * W.' fe y), /,' (^ y + 0^ W* (* y).
Hence
J" (0 = A/{* (0, * (0} -/.' (* y) f (0 +/*' te y) t' (0,
where we are to put x = <£ (£), y = ty(t) after carrying out the
differentiations with respect to # and y. This result may also be
expressed in the form
df = dfdx + d/dy
dt dx dt dy dt
Examples LXI. 1. Suppose <f> (t) = (1 - f-)l(l + fi), ^ (t) = 2t/(l + 1% so
that the locus of (x, y) is the circle x 2 +y 2 =l. Then
4>' (o = - 4*/(i + * 2 ) 2 , ^' W = 2 (i - W + ' 2 ) 2 >
i?» (o={-4*/(i+m/.'+{2 a - w+ w»'.
where # and y are to he put equal to (1 - « 2 )/(l + 1 2 ) and 2t/(l + t 2 ) after
carrying out the differentiations.
278 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
We can easily verify this formula in particular cases. Suppose, e.g.,
that /(#, y) = x 2 + y 1 . Then f x = 2x, /„' = 2y, and it is easily verified that
F' (t) = 2x (f)' (t) + 2i/^' (t) = 0, which is obviously correct, since F(t) = l.
2. Verify the theorem in the same way when (a) x—t m , y=l — t"\
f(x,y) = x+y; (b) %=acoat, y = asmt, f(x, y) = x 2 +y 2 .
3. One of the most important cases is that in which t is x itself. We
then obtain
D x f{x, ^{x))=D x f(x, y) + DJ(x, y) *'(#)•
where y is to be replaced by \fr (x) after differentiation.
It was this case which led to the introduction of the notation df/dx, df/dy.
For it would seem natural to use the notation df/dx for either of the functions
D x f{x, ty (x)\ and D x f(x, y), in one of which y is put equal to ^ (x) before
and in the other after differentiation. Suppose for example that y=\—x
and f(x, y)=x+y. Then D x f(x, l-x) = D x I = 0, but B x f(x, y)=\.
The distinction between the two functions is adequately shown by
denoting the first by dfjdx and the second by df/dx, in which case the
theorem takes the form
df = df df dy m
dx dx dy dx '
though this notation is also open to objection, in that it is a little misleading
to denote the functions f{x, -v//- (x)} and f(x, y), whose forms as functions of x
are quite different from one another, by the same letter /in df/dx and df/dx.
4. If the result of eliminating t between x=4> (t), y = ^r(t) is f(x, y) = 0,
then
dfdx + dfdy = Q
dx dt dy dt
5. If x and y are functions of t, and r and 6 are the polar coordinates of
(x, y), then r'=(xx' +yy')/r, & = (xy' - yx')/r 2 , dashes denoting differentiations
with respect to t.
154. The Mean Value Theorem for functions of two
variables. Many of the results of the last chapter dejoended
upon the Mean Value Theorem, expressed by the equation
<£ (x + h)-cf> O) = /;/' O + 6h),
or as it may be written, if y = (p (%),
8y=f(x + 08x)8x.
Now suppose that z =f(x, y) is a function of the two inde-
pendent variables x and y, and that x and y receive increments
h, k or 8x, 8y respectively : and let us attempt to express the
corresponding increment of z, viz.
hz=f{x + h,y + k)-f{m,y),
in terms of h, k and the derivatives of z with respect to x and y.
153, 154] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 279
Let f(x + ht,y + kt) = F(t). Then
f(v + h,y + k)-f(x,y) = F(l)-F(0) = F'(e),
where < < 1. But, by § 153,
F'(t) = D t f(x + ht,y + M)
= hfx O + ht,y + kt) + hfy (x. + ht,y + kt).
Hence finally
8z =f(x + h, y+k) -f(x, y)=hf x '(x + 0h, y+6k) + kf;(x + 0h,y + 6k),
which is the formula desired. Since f x , f y ' are supposed to be
continuous functions of x and y, we have
f x (x + eh, y + 6k) =f x ' (x, y) + e h)k ,
f y ' (x + 6h, y + ek) =// (as, y) + r} h)k ,
where e^h and r) hik tend to zero as h and k tend to zero. Hence
the theorem may be written in the form
8z = (f x ' + e)8x + (f; + v )8y (1),
where e and i) are small when 8x and 8y are small.
The result embodied in (1) may be expressed by saying that the
equation
8z =f x '8x +f y '8y
is approximately true ; i.e. that the difference between the two
sides of the equation is small in comparison with the larger of 8x
and By*. We must say 'the larger of 8x and 8y' because one of
them might be small in comparison with the other; we might
indeed have 8x — or 8y = 0.
It should be observed that if any equation of the form 8z=\8x+p8i/
is 'approximately true' in this sense, we must have X =f x ', p=f y '- For we
have
&? -/*' & v -fv'fy=*Sx + r lty, 8z-\8x-p.8y = e 8x + rj' 8y
where e, rj, c', rj' all tend to zero as 8x and 8y tend to zero ; and so
(X -U) 8x + (ji-f v f ) 8y = P 8x +p'fy
where p and p tend to zero. Hence, if £ is any assigned positive number, we
can choose o- so that
I (\ -/«*) &* + 0* -//) fy I < C ( I 8 * I + 1 8 v I )
for all values of 8x and 83/ numerically less than o\ Taking 8y=0 we obtain
1 (\-/J) 8x I < f I &r I , or I X -/.' | < £, and, as f may be as small as we please,
this can only be the case if X = f x '. Similarly p—f y '.
* Or with \8x\ + \8y\ or ,J {dx* + 8y n -).
280 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
155. Differentials. In the applications of the Calculus,
especially in geometry, it is usually most convenient to work with
equations expressed not, like equation (1) of § 154, in terms of the
increments Bx, By, Bz of the functions x, y, z, but in terms of what
are called their differentials dx, dy, dz.
Let us return for a moment to a function y=f(x) of a single
variable x. Iff (x) is continuous then
By={f(x)+e}Bx (1),
where e-^0 as Bx-^0: in other words the equation
By=f'{x)Bx (2)
is 'approximately ' true. We have up to the present attributed
no meaning of any kind to the symbol dy standing by itself. We
now agree to define dy by the equation
dy=f'(x)Bx (3).
If we choose for y the particular function x, we obtain
dx = Bx (4),
so that dy=f'(x)dx (5).
If we divide both sides of (5) by dx we obtain
t-fto ^
where dyfdx denotes not, as heretofore, the differential coefficient
of y, but the quotient of the differentials dy, dx. The symbol
dy/dx thus acquires a double meaning ; but there is no incon-
venience in this, since (6) is true whichever meaning we choose.
The equation (5) has two apparent advantages over (2). It is exact and
not merely approximate, and its truth does not depend on any assumption as
to the continuity of/' (x). On the other hand it is precisely the fact that we
can, under certain conditions, pass from the exact equation (5) to the approxi-
mate equation (2), which gives the former its importance. The advantages of
the ' differential ' notation are in reality of a purely technical character. These
technical advantages are however so great, especially when we come to deal
with functions of several variables, that the use of the notation is almost
inevitable.
When /' (x) is continuous, we have
limfUl
when S.r-^0. This is sometimes expressed by saying that dy is the principal
part of by when bx is small, just as we might say that ax is the ' principal
part ' of ax + bx 2 when x is small.
155] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 281
We pass now to the corresponding definitions connected with
a function z of two independent variables x and y. We define the
differential dz by the equation
dz=f x '$a;+fy'8y (7).
Putting z = x and z = y in turn, we obtain
dx = Bx, dy = By (8),
so that dz =f x 'dx +f,fdy (9),
which is the exact equation corresponding to the approximate
equation (1) of § 154. Here again it is to be observed that the
former is of importance only for reasons of practical convenience
in working and because the latter can in certain circumstances be
deduced from it.
One property of the equation (9) deserves special remark. "We saw in
§ 153 that if z=f(x, y), x and y being not independent but functions of a
single variable t, so that z is also a function of t alone, then
dz _ df dx df dy
dt dx dt dy dt '
Multiplying this equation by dt and observing that
. dx . 7 dy . 7 dz .
dx =di dt > d y=tt dt > dz= dt dt >
we obtain dz=f x 'dx+f y 'dy,
which is the same in form as (9). Thus the formula which expresses dz in terms
of dx and dy is the same whether the variables x and y are independent or not.
This remark is of great importance in applications.
It should also be observed that if z is a function of the two independent
variables x and y, and
dz=\dx + fidy,
then \=fx, p—fy- This follows at once from the last paragraph of § 154.
It is obvious that the theorems and definitions of the last three sections
are capable of immediate extension to functions of any number of variables.
Examples LXII. 1. The area of an ellipse is given by A = trab, where
a, b are the semiaxes. Prove that
dA _ da db
and state the corresponding approximate equation connecting the increments
of the axes and the area.
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2. Express A, the area of a triangle ABC, as a function of (i) a, B, C,
(ii) A, b, c, and (iii) a, b, c, and establish the formulae
dA „ da cdB bdC dA , . , A db do
= 2 1 : =H : ~, = COtAdA + ^--\ ,
A a asmB asmC A be 7
dA = R (cos Ada + cos Bdb + cos Cdc),
where R is the radius of the circumcircle.
3. The sides of a triangle vary in such a way that the area remains
constant, so that a may be regarded as a function of b and c. Prove that
da cos B da _ cos C
db ~ cos A ' dc cos A '
[This follows from the equations
da = ^rdb -»- =- dc, cos Ada + cos Bdb + cos Cdc =0.
db dc
4. If a, b, c vary so that R remains constant, then
da db dc
and so
cos A cos B cos C
da _ cos A da _ cos A
db ~~ cos B ' dc ct is C
[Use the formulae a=2i2sin.4j ..., and the facts that R and A + B + C &re
constant.]
5. If 2 is a function of u and v, which are functions of x and y, then
dz _ 9,3 du dz dv dz _ dz du dz dv
dx~dudx 3v3#' dy dudy dvdy'
[We have
7 dz 7 dz , 7 du 7 du 7 , 3d 7 3d 7
cfo = k- du + x- dv, du = *—dx + 7r- dy, dv=^r-dx + K - dy.
ou ov ox dy ox oy
Substitute for du and dv in the first equation and compare the result with
the equation
7 dz , dz 7 n
ds= dx dx + dy d ^
6. Let z be a function of x and y, and let X, Y, Z be defined by the
equations
x=a 1 X+b l Y+c 1 Z, y = a 2 X+b 2 Y+c 2 Z, z=a 3 X+b 3 Y+c 3 Z.
Then Z may be expressed as a function of Jf and Y. Express dZ/dX,
dZ/dY in terms of 82/3*, dzjdy. [Let these differential coefficients be denoted
by P, Q and p, q. Then dz - pdx - qdy — 0, or
(c x p + c 2 q- c 3 ) dZ+ (a x p + a 2 q- a 3 ) dX+ {btf + b^q- b 3 ) d Y= 0.
155, 156] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS
283
Comparing this equation with dZ—PdX- QdY=Q we see that
P=-
a 1 p + a 2 q-a 3
q_ 6lff + & 2 g -&3 -i
7.
tlien
Cip + c 2 q-c 3 ' v cip + c 2 q-c 3
If (a x x + b x y + Cj z) p + (a. 2 x + b 2 y + c 2 z)q = a 3 x+b 3 y + c 3 z,
(a^r+M'+CjZ) P+(a 2 X+b 2 Y+c 2 Z) Q = a 3 X+b 3 Y+c 3 Z.
(Math. Trip. 1899.)
8. Differentiation of implicit functions. Suppose that/(#, y) and its
derivative f y ' (x, y) are continuous in the neighbourhood of the point (a, b),
and that
f(a,b) = 0, ft(a,b)*0.
Then we can find a neighbourhood of (or, b) throughout which f v ' (x, y) has
always the same sign. Let us suppose, for example, that fj (x, y) is positive
near (a, b). Then f(x, y) is, for any value of x sufficiently near to a, and for
values of y sufficiently near to b, an increasing function of y in the stricter
sense of § 95. It follows, by the theorem of § 108, that there is a unique
continuous function y which is equal to b when x= a and which satisfies the
equation /(.r, y) = for all values of x sufficiently near to a.
Let us now suppose that f(x,y) possesses a derivative f x ' (x,y) which is
also continuous near (a, b). If f(x, y)=0, x=a + h, y = b + k, we have
where and ~\ tend to zero with h and k. Thus
h f h ' + r)~* /ft"
fb'+
1
dy
dx ~ ~
fa
7»
9. The equation of the tangent to the curve / (x, y) = 0, at the point
(x - x ) f Xo ' (x ,y ) + (2/-y ) f y ' (x , y ) = 0.
156. Definite Integrals and Areas. It will be remembered
that, in Ch. VI, § 145, we assumed that, if f{x) is a continuous
function of x, and PQ is the
graph of y=f{x), then the
region PpqQ shown in Fig. 47
has associated with it a definite
number which we call its area.
It is clear that, if we denote
Op and Oq by a and x, and
allow x to vary, this area is a
function of x, which we denote
byF(x).
Fig. 47.
284 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
Making this assumption, we proved in § 145 that F' (x) =/(#),
and we showed how this result might be used in the calculation
of the areas of particular curves. But we have still to justify
the fundamental assumption that there is such a number as the
area F(x).
We know indeed what is meant by the area of a rectangle,
and that it is measured by the product of its sides. Also the
properties of triangles, parallelograms, and polygons proved by
Euclid enable us to attach a definite meaning to the areas of
such figures. But nothing which we know so far provides us with
a direct definition of the area of a figure bounded by curved lines.
We shall now show how to give a definition of F{x) which will
enable us to prove its existence.*
Let us suppose f{x) continuous throughout the interval (a, b),
and let us divide up the interval into a number of sub-intervals
by means of the points of division x , x u x 2 , ..., x n , where
Oj -— OCq "V. #1 \ . . • ^ OC^i — i \ Ou)i — 0,
Further, let us denote by S„ the interval {x v , x v+1 ), and by m v the
lower bound (§ 102) of/(#) in 8„, and let us write
s = m S + m 1 8 1 + ... +m ll S n = 'Zm v 8 v>
say.
It is evident that, if M is the upper bound of f(x) in (a, b), then
s^ M (b — a). The aggregate of values of s is therefore, in the
language of § 80, bounded above, and possesses an upper bound
which we will denote by j. No value of s exceeds j, but there are
values of s which exceed any number less thanj.
In the same way, if M v is the upper bound off(x) in 8„, we can
define the sum
S=1M„K>
It is evident that, if m is the lower bound of f{x) in (a, b), then
S ^ m (b — a). The aggregate of values of S is therefore bounded
below, and possesses a lower bound which we will denote by J.
No value of S is less than J, but there are values of S less than any
number greater than J.
* The argument which follows is modelled on that given in Goursat's Cours
d' Analyse (second edition), vol. i, pp. 171 et seq. ; but Goursat's treatment is much
more general.
156]
ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS
285
It will help to make clear the significance of the sums s and S if
we observe that, in the simple case
in which f(x) increases steadily
from x=a to x — b, m v is f(x v )
and M v is f(x v + {). In this case s
is the total area of the rectangles
shaded in Fig. 48, and S is the
area bounded by a thick line. In
general s and S will still be areas,
composed of rectangles, respectively
included in and including the curvi-
linear region whose area we are
trying to define.
We shall now show that no
sum such as s can exceed any
Fig. 48.
sum such as S. Let s, S be the sums corresponding to one mode of
subdivision, and s', S' those corresponding to another. We have
to show that s ^ S' and s ^ S.
We can form a third mode of subdivision by taking as dividing
points all points which are such for either s, S or s, S'. Let s, S
be the sums corresponding to this third mode of subdivision.
Then it is easy to see that
s^s, s^s', S^S, S^S' (1).
For example, s differs from s in that at least one interval S„ which
occurs in s is divided into a number of smaller intervals
so that a term m„S„ of s is replaced in s by a sum
m vA £„,! + w„ ]2 S„ >2 + ... + m v p h vp ,
where m, A , m„ >2 , ... are the lower bounds of f(x) in 8 Vjl , S„ >2 , ....
But evidently m„ a =?/i„,m„ j2 = m v , ..., so that the sum just written
is not less than m v 8„. Hence s.= s; and the otherinequalities (1)
can be established in the same way. But, since s ^ S, it follows
that
s^s^S^S',
which is what we wanted to prove.
It also follows that j ^ J. For we can find an s as near to j
as we please and an S as near to J as we please *, and so j >J
would involve the existence of an s and an S for which s > S.
The s and the S do not in general correspond to the same mode of subdivision.
286 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS [VII
So far we have made no use of the fact that/(#) is continuous.
We shall now show that j = J, and that the sums s, S tend to the
limit J when the points of division x v are multiplied indefinitely
in such a way that all the intervals 8 V tend to zero. More pre-
cisely, we shall show that, given any positive number e, it is possible
to find 8 so that
0^J-s<e, 0^S-J<e
whenever 8 V < 8 for all values of v.
There is, by Theorem II of § 106, a number 8 such that
M v — m v < ej(b-a),
whenever every 8„ is less than 8. Hence
S-s = t(M v -m„)8 v <e.
But S-s = (S-J) + (J-j) + (j - s) ;
and all the three terms on the right-hand side are positive, and
therefore all less than e. As J — j is a constant, it must be zero.
Hence j = J and ^ j — s< e, 0^S — J<e, as was to be proved.
We define the area of PpqQ as being the common limit of s and
S, that is to say J. It is easy to give a more general form to this
definition. Consider the sum
<T = $f,8 l/
where /„ denotes the value of f(x) at any point in 8 V . Then <r
plainly lies between s and S, and so tends to the limit J when the
intervals 8 V tend to zero. We may therefore define the area as
the limit of o\
157. The definite integral. Let us now suppose that f{x)
is a continuous function, so that the region bounded by the curve
y =f(x), the ordinates x = a and x = b, and the axis of x, has a
definite area. We proved in Ch. VI, § 145, that if F(x) is an
' integral function ' oif(x), i.e. if
F'(x)=f(x), F(x)=\f(x)dx,
then the area in question is F(b) — F(a).
As it is not always practicable actually to determine the form
of F (x), it is convenient to have a formula which represents the
area PpqQ and contains no explicit reference to F (x). We shall
(PpqQ)=ff(*)dx.
156, 157] ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS 287
The expression on the right-hand side of this equation may
then be regarded as being defined in either of two ways. We
may regard it as simply an abbreviation for F(b) — F(a), where
F(x) is some integral function of f(x), whether an actual formula
expressing it is known or not ; or we may regard it as the value of
the area PpqQ, as directly defined in § 156.
rb
The number f{x)dx
J a
is called a definite integral; a and b are called its lower and
upper limits; f{%) is called the subject of integration or
integrand; and the interval (a, b) the range of integration.
The definite integral depends on a and b and the form of the
function f{x) only, and is not a function of x. On the other hand
the integral function
F(x) = ff(x)dx
is sometimes called the indefinite integral off(x).
The distinction between the definite and the indefinite integral is merely
fb
one of point of view. The definite integral / f(x)dx=F(b)-F(a) is a
function of b, and may be regarded as a particular integral function of f(b).
On the other hand the indefinite integral F(x) can always be expressed by
means of a definite integral, since
F(.v) = F(a)+f X f(t)dt.
J a
But when we are considering ' indefinite integrals ' or { integral functions '
we are usually thinking of a relation between two functions, in virtue of which
one is the derivative of the other. And when we are considering a ' definite
integral ' we are not as a rule concerned with any possible variation of the
limits. Usually the limits are constants such as and 1 ; and
l f(x)dx = F(l)-F(0)
i:
is not a function at all, but a mere number.
It should be observed that the integral / f(t)dt, having a differential
J a
coefficient f(x), is a fortiori a continuous function of a*.
Since 1/x is continuous for all positive values of x, the investigations of
the preceding paragraphs supply us with a proof of the actual existence of the
function logx, which we agreed to assume provisionally in § 128.
288
ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE CALCULUS
[VII
Fig. 49.
158. Area of a sector of a circle. The circular functions.
The theory of the trigonometrical functions cos x, sin x, etc., as
usually presented in text-books of elementary trigonometry, rests
on an unproved assumption. An angle is the configuration formed
by two straight lines OA, OP; there is no particular difficulty in
translating this ' geometrical ' definition into purely analytical
terms. The assumption comes at the next stage, when it is assumed
that angles are capable of numerical measurement, that is to say
that there is a real number x associated
with the configuration, just as there is
a real number associated with the region
PpqQ of Fig. 47. This point once ad-
mitted, cos x and sin# may be defined
in the ordinary way, and there is no
further difficulty of principle in the
elaboration of the theory. The whole
difficulty lies in the question, what is the
x which occurs in cos x and sin x ? To answer this question, we
must define the measure of an angle, and we are now in a position
to do so. The most natural definition would be this: suppose that
AP is an arc of a circle whose centre is and whose radius is
unity, so that OA = OP = 1. Then x, the measure of the angle, is
the length of the arc A P. This is, in substance, the definition
adopted in the text-books, in the accounts which they give of the
theory of ' circular measure '. It has however, for our present pur-
pose, a fatal defect; for we have not proved that the arc of a curve,
even of a circle, possesses a length. The notion of the length of a
curve is capable of precise mathematical analysis just as much as
that of an area; but the analysis, although of the same general
character as that of the preceding sections, is decidedly more
difficult, and it is impossible that we should give any general
treatment of the subject here.
We must therefore found our definition on the notion not of
length but of area. We define the measure of the angle AOP as
twice the area of the sector AOP of the unit circle.
Suppose, in particular, that OA is y = and that OP is y = mx,
where m > 0. The area is a function of m, which we may denote
by (f> (m).. If we write //, for (1 +m 2 ) - -, P is the point (/x, m/u,), and
158] AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 289
we have
</> (m) = \m^ + V(l - « 2 ) dec.
Differentiating with respect to m, we find
1 Cm fa
* (M)= 2o+^)' * ( " )ta *j.r+?-
Thus the analytical equivalent of our definition would be to define
arc tan m by the equation
[ m dt
arc tan m =
oi+r
and the whole theory of the circular functions could be worked out
from this starting point, just as the theory of the logarithm is
worked out from a similar definition in Ch. IX. See Appendix III.
Examples LXIII. Calculation of the definite from the indefinite
integral. 1. Show that
/,
6 7 b n * l - a" + 1
x n dx = ,
t n + 1
[i 1
and in particular that / x n dx =
. F Jo »+l
f b . sin mb- sin ma f b .
2. / cos mxdx= . j si
J a m J a
3. / — - L - 7, = arc tan b — arc tan a, \ - — — s=i7r.
& . sin m&- sin ma /" ft . . cos ma- cos m&
sin mx ax = — ,
/:
[There is an apparent difficulty here owing to the fact that arc tan x is a
many valued function. The difficulty may be avoided by observing that, in
the equation
"* dt
„ = arc tan x,
ol + «-
arc tan x must denote an angle lying between -\n and \n. For the integral
vanishes when x = and increases steadily and continuously as x increases.
Thus the same is true of arc tan x, which therefore tends to \n as x-*-x>.
In the same way we can show that arc tan a?-*-— J w as x-*- — cc . Similarly,
in the equation
dt
i:
-^ = arc sin x,
ox/(l-6
where — 1<jk<1, arc sin x denotes an angle lying between -\ir and \n.
Thus, if a and b are both numerically less than unity, we have
' b dx
/.
„. = arc sin b — arc sin a.l
a J(l-x 2 )
f l dx _ 2tt f 1 dx it
J l-#+u; 2- 373' j l+x+x T2 ~3 s /3
u, 19
290 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII
5 J — - = -—. — if — 7r<a<7r, except when a = 0, when the
J l+2xcosa + x 2 2 sin a
value of the integral is ^, which is the limit of \a coseca as a^~0.
6. f J(\-x 2 )dx=liv, j^(a 2 -x 2 )dx=^ira 2 (a>0).
Jo Jo
Jo a-
, if a > | b | . [For the form of the indefinite
i + b cos x s/(a 2 - b 2 )
integral see Exs. till. 3, 4. If | a |<| b | then the subject of integration has an
infinity between and ir. What is the value of the integral when a is
negative and - a>\ b \ ?]
if a and b are positive. What is the
J a 2 cos 2 x + b 2 sin 2 x 2ab '
value of the integral when a and b have opposite signs, or when both are
negative ?
9. Fourier's integrals. Prove that if m and n are positive integers then
I cos rax sin ?j.i- dx
Jo
is always equal to zero, and
/"27T r2TT
I cos wi.r cos «A* dx, I sin m.r sin nx dx
Jo Jo
are equal to zero unless m = n, when each is equal to n.
10. Prove that I cos mx cos jza cfo; and I sin )m sin n# dx are each equal
Jo Jo
to zero except when m = n, when each is equal to £n- ; and that
/""■ • t 2ra /"^ .
| cos ??i.r sin nx dx = -= r , , cos m# sm nx dx = 0,
Jo ?i 2 -»i-' J
according as % — m is odd or even.
159. Calculation of the definite integral from its defini-
tion as the limit of a sum. In a few cases we can evaluate a
definite integral by direct calculation, starting from the definitions
of §§ 156 and 157. As a rule it is much simpler to use the
indefinite integral, but the reader will find it instructive to work
f 6
Examples LXIV, 1. Evaluate I xdx by dividing (a, b) into n equal
J a
rta by the points of division a=x , x u x 2 , ..., x n =b, and calculating the
lit as ft-*- oo of
fo - a?o)/(tfo) + (*2- *i)/0*i) + ..; + (4?»-#»_ 1 )/0f»_i).
158-160] AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 291
[This sum is
^[ a+ (. + ^) + ( a+2 ^) + ... + { (l+()( . 1) ^j]
= ^-['" ,+ ^ f < 1+2 - , ---+("- 1 K]=( i '-«){«+(''-<»)^ li }.
which tends to the limit | (b 2 - a 2 ) as»-*x. Verify the result by graphical
reasoning.]
2. Calculate / x 2 dx in the same way.
J a
3. Calculate / xdx, where 0<a< b, by dividing (a, 6) into % parts by
J a
the points of division a, ar, ar 2 , ... a?-" -1 , ar n , where r n =b\a. Apply the same
method to the more general integral / x m dx.
J a,
4. Calculate / cos mx dx and / sin mx dx by the method of Ex. 1.
J a J a
»— 1 1
5. Prove that n 2 —. „ -*-irr as n-*-cc .
[This follows from the fact that
n n n n ~ 1 (I In)
n 2 n 2 + l 2 n 2 + (n-l) 2 r=0 l+(?-/?t) 2 '
r\ d x
which tends to the limit I „ as n -*• oo , in virtue of the direct definition
Jo 1+ff-
of the integral.]
6. Prove that -*sV(»'- r 2 )-*-^. [The limit is /"V( I-*' 2 ) dx."\
n " r=0 J
160. General properties of the definite integral. The
definite integral possesses the important properties expressed
by the following equations.*
(1) \ b f(x)dx = -\ a f{x)dx.
J a J b
This follows at once from the definition of the integral by means of the
integral function F(x), since F(b)- F(a)= -{F(a)-F(b)}. It should be
observed that in the direct definition it was presupposed that the upper
limit is greater than the lower ; thus this method of definition does
not apply to the integral | f(x)dx when a<b. If we adopt this definition
Jb'
as fundamental we must extend it to such cases by regarding the equation (1)
as a definition of its right-hand side.
* All functions mentioned in these equations are of course continuous, as the
definite integral has been defined for continuous functions only.
19—2
292 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII
(2) \ a f(x)dx=0.
• a
(3) jf(x)dx+j f(x)dx = f(x)dx.
J a J b -'a
(4) ( kf(x)dx = k( f{x)dx.
(5) I {/OO + <£ 0)} dx=\ f(x) dx+f<f> (x) dx.
Ja J a J a
The reader will find it an instructive exercise to write out formal proofs
of these properties, in each case giving a proof starting from (a) the definition
by means of the integral function and (3) the direct definition.
The following theorems are also important.
(6) Iff(x) ^ when a^x^b, then j f(x) dx ^ 0.
J a
We have only to observe that the sum s of § 156 cannot be negative. It
will be shown later (Misc. Ex. 41) that the value of the integral cannot be
zero unless f(x) is always equal to zero : this may also be deduced from the
second corollary of § 121.
(7) If H ^ f{x) ^ K when a^x^b, then
H(b-a)^f f(x)dx^K(b-a).
J a
This follows at once if we apply (6) to/(.r) -if and K-f(x).
(8) [/(„) dx = (b-a)f(Z),
J a
where £ lies between a and b.
This follows from (7). For we can take H to be the least and K the
greatest value of f(x) in (a, b). Then the integral is equal to tj (b - a), where
»? lies between H and K. But, since fix) is continuous, there must be a
value of £ for which /(£) = >; (§ 100).
If F(x) is the integral function, we can write the result of (8) in the form
F(b)-F(a) = (b-a)F'(£),
so that (8) appears now to be only another way of stating the Mean Value
Theorem of § 125. We may call (8) the First Mean Value Theorem for
Integrals.
[160] AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 293
(9) The Generalised Mean Value Theorem for inte-
grals. If <f> (x) is positive, and H and K are defined as in (7), then
H ! $ (x) dx S i f{x) $ (x) dx^xf <£ (x) dx;
•la J a J a
and J f(x)(f)(x)dx=f(^) j <f>(x)dx,
J a J a
where f is defined as in (8).
This follows at once by applying Theorem (6) to the integrals
/ {f(x)-H}$(x)dx, f {K-f{x)}<\>{x)dx.
J a J a
The reader should formulate for himself the corresponding result which
holds when <£ (x) is always negative.
(10) The Fundamental Theorem of the Integral Cal-
culus . Th e function
F(x)=( X f(t)dt
J a
has a derivative equal to f{%).
This has been proved already in § 145, but it is convenient to
restate the result here as a formal theorem. It follows as a
corollary, as was pointed out in § 157, that F (x) is a continuous
function of x.
Examples LXV. 1. Show, by means of the direct definition of the
definite integral, and equations (1) — (5) above, that
(i) f a <f>(x 2 )dx=2 [ a (t>(x*)dx, f a x<j>(x 2 )dx=0;
J -a JO J -a
(ii) I (cos x) dx = I (j) (sin x) dx = ^ I (f> (sin x) dx ;
Jo Jo "Jo
(iii) I (f> (cos 2 3 - ) dx=m | cf> (cos 2 x) dx,
Jo Jo
m being an integer. [The truth of these equations will appear geometrically
intuitive, if the graphs of the functions under the sign of integration are
sketched.]
f 7T si ji 73,/r
2. Prove that / — dx is equal to rr or to according as n is odd or
J o sin x
sn. [Use the formula (smnx)/(smx) = 2 cos{(«- 1) x} + 2 cos{(?i-3).r} + ...,
i last term being 1 or 2 cos x.~\
3. Prove that I sin nx cot xdx is equal to or Lo it according as n is odd
Jo
or even.
294 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII
4. If (f> (x) = a + a i cos x + b\ s ™ x + a 2 cos 2# + . ,. + a„ cos nx + 6„ sin nx,
and £ is a positive integer not greater than n, then
f 2tt /" 2n- /" 2ff
I <f)(x) dx=2Tra , I coskx(f> (x) dx=na k , I sin«# {x)dx=irb k .
Jo Jo Jo
If k>n then the value of each of the last two integrals is zero. [Use
Ex. lxiii. 9.]
5. If (j) (x) = a + a x cos x + a 2 cos 2x+ ...+a n cos nx, and h is a positive
integer not greater than n, then
/(f) (x) dx= 7ra , I cos Lv(f) (x) dx—\tva k .
o Jo
It k>n then the value of the last integral is zero. [Use Ex. lxiii. IO.j
6. Prove that if a and b are positive then | --5 5 ,„ . _ = — =-.
J er cos^ x+ 6 J sin* a; a©
[Use Ex. lxiii. 8 and Ex. 1 above.]
fb fb
7. If/(.r) ^<f>(x) when a < .r < 6, then / fdx ^ I <£efo.
J a J a
8. Prove that
/"*»■ . , /"Jt /"It /"It
0<| sm n + 1 xdx< sin n xdx, 0<l tan" + 2 .r c£r < I tan".rrf#.
Jo Jo Jo Jo
/1/2 dx
— ^T < -524. [The first inequality follows
v ( 1 - # j
from the fact that ,/(l — x 2n )<l, the second from the fact that
x /(i-^»)> v /(i-4]
0v /(4-.^ 2 + ^ 3 ) b
11. Prove that (3^ + 8)/16< 1/^/(4 -»*+*•)< 1/^/(4 -3a?) if 0<#<1,
and hence that A?<| —r. ~<#.
12. Prove that -573 < \ Ul f ' g r-<-595. [Put x=l+u: then re-
place i + 3u 2 + u 3 by 2 + 4w 2 and by 2 + 3m 2 .]
13. If a and <p are positive acute angles then
[* dx
Jo V(l -sin 2 a
0< /n „;^.^ 8 ^ <-
sin 2 .^) >/(l — sin 2 a sin 2 0)*
If a=(f)=^7r, then the integral lies between - 523 and •541.
1 f b I f>
14. Prove that f(x)dx\ ^ / |/(*) | dx.
\ J a I /»
[If a is the sum considered at the end of § 156, and a the corresponding
sum formed from the function \f(x) \, then | <r | ^ cr' ]
15. If \f(x) I < M, then f f(x) (*) dx \ ^ M P | <f> (us) \ dx.
J a J a
* Exs. 9— la are taken from Prof. Gibson's Elementary Treatise on the Calculus.
160, 161] AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 295
161. Integration by parts and by substitution. It
follows from § 138 that
\ "fix) # (x) dx =f(b) <f> (b) -/(a) (a) - [ /' (x) <f> (*) dx.
This formula is known as the formula for integration of a
definite integral by parts.
Again, we know (§ 133) that if F(i) is the integral function of
/(«), then
J;
Hence, if <£ (a) = c, <f> (b) = d, we have
[7(0 dt=F(d)-F(c) = F{<f> (b)} -F{<f> (a)} = [7(0 (*)} </>' («) *d;
which is the formula for the transformation of a definite integral
by substitution.
The formulae for integration by parts and for transformation
often enable us to evaluate a definite integral without the labour
of actually finding the integral function of the subject of integra-
tion, and sometimes even when the integral function cannot be
found. Some instances of this will be found in the following
examples. That the value of a definite integral may sometimes
be found without a knowledge of the integral function is only to
be expected, for the fact that we cannot determine the general
form of a function F(x) in no way precludes the possibility that
we may be able to determine the difference F(b) — F(a) between
two of its particular values. But as a rule this can only be
effected by the use of more advanced methods than are at
present at our disposal.
Examples LXVI. 1. Prove that
f b xf" (x) dx={bf (b) -f(b)} - {af (a) -/(a)}.
fb
2. More generally, / x m /( m + 1 ) (x)dx=F(b) — F(a), where
J a
F(x) = x m f( m ) (x) - mx m ~ 1 p n ~ l )x + m (m - 1) x m - 2 f( m - 2 )x-... + (-\) m m !/(.?).
3. Prove that
I arc sm.xdx=\TT — 1, / a?aarctana;cfo?=j7r— \.
Jo Jo
296 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [Vll
4. Prove that if a and b are positive then
i' r xcosxs'mxdx n
l„
(a 2 cos 2 x + b' A sin 2 x) % \ab' 1 (a + b)'
[Integrate by parts and use Ex. lxiii. 8.]
5. If Mx)=[ X f(t)dt, f 3 {x)= f X fi(t)dt,...,Mx)=( x f k -,{t)dt,
Jo Jo Jo
then /* (*) = (1 ~ iy] // (0 (* - *)*" 1 dt.
[Integrate repeatedly by parts.]
6. Prove by integration by parts that if u m>n = I x m (l — x) n dx, where m
J o
and n are positive integers, then (m+n + l) ft m ,n := ? lM m,n~i> an d deduce that
m ! ft !
7. Prove that if u n = \ ta,n n xdx then «„ + w m _ 2 = l/(ft - 1). Hence
evaluate the integral for all positive integral values of ft.
[Put tan n #=tan n-2 a?(sec 2 #— 1) and integrate by parts.]
8. Deduce from the last example that u n lies between l/{2(n — 1)} and
l/{2(n+l)}.
9. Prove that if u n = I sin n x dx then u n = {(ft- l)/ft}«„_2- [Write
J o
sin™ -1 x sin x for sin n .r and integrate by parts.]
10. Deduce that u n is equal to
2.4.6..(ft-l) , 1.3.5..( ft-l)
3.5. 7. .ft ' *" 2. 4. 6.. ft '
according as n is odd or even.
11. The Second Mean Value Theorem. If f(x) is a function of x
which has a differential coefficient of constant sign for all values of x from
x = a to x=b, then there is a number £ between a and b such that
f b /(#) (*') dx=f(a) f * (j?) dx+f{b) t b (a.-) efc.
Jo .'a J f
[Let f X (f)(t)dt = ^{x). Then
f ^ /(*) (*) dx= f f{x) *' (#) <&=/(&) $ (6) - [ b f (x) * (a;) dx
J a J a J a
=/(&)*(&)-*(£) fV(*)«ki
J a
by the generalised Mean Value Theorem of § 160 : i.e.
1
b f(x)cj>(x)dx=f(b)<l>(b) + {f(a)-f(b)}4>(£),
which is equivalent to the result given.]
161] AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 297
12. Bonnet's form of the Second Mean Value Theorem. If/' (x) is
of constant sign, and/(6) and /(a) -/(ft) have the same sign, then
I f(x)<$>(x)dx=f(a) I cji(x)dx,
J a J a
where X lies between a and b. [For f(b)$(b) + {f(a)-f(b)}4>(£) = pf(a),
where fi lies between <J> (£) and * (5), and so is the value of * (x) for a value
of x such as X. The important case is that in which 0?gf(b)^f(x)g^f(a).]
Prove similarly that if f(a) and/ (6) -/(a) have the same sign, then
J V(a-) <£ (*) dW(&) f V (*) <**.
where X lies between a and 6. [Use the function ^ (£) = / <£ (x) dx. It
will be found that the integral can be expressed in the form
The important case is that in which 0^/(a)^/(.r)^/(6).]
13. Prove that j / -dx\<-j r if A">A~>0. [Apply the first
I J X x A.
formula of Ex. 12, and note that the integral of sin x over any interval what-
ever is numerically less than 2.]
14. Establish the results of Ex. lxv. 1 by means of the rule for sub-
stitution. [In (i) divide the range of integration into the two parts ( - a, 0),
(0, a), and put x= —y in the first. In (ii) use the substitution x = \tt — y to
obtain the first equation : to obtain the second divide the range (0, n) into
two equal parts and use the substitution x = ^rr+y. In (iii) divide the range
into m equal parts and use the substitutions x=?r+y, x=2n+y, ....]
15. Prove that I F (x) dx = I F(a + b- x) dx.
J a J a
16. Prove that I cos m xs\i\ m xdx=2~ m j cos m xdx.
Jo Jo
17. Prove that I x<p (siu.x)dx=^n I <ft (sin x)dx. [Put x=7r—y.]
Jo Jo
I
18. Prove that / — „- dx=\n' 1 .
Jo l+COS^
19. Show by means of the transformation x = a cos 2 6 + b sin 2 6 that
b
y/{(x — a)(b — x)} dx = \rt(b — df.
20. Show by means of the substitution (a + b cos x) (a -b cos y) = a 2 — b 2
that
r (a + b cos x) -» dx= (a 2 - 6 2 ) " < n ~ » J (a- b cos y) n ~ l dy,
when n is a positive integer and a>\b\, and evaluate the integral when
?i = l, 2, 3.
298 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII
21. If m and n are positive integers then
f h {x - a) m (b - x)« dx={b- «)« + » + » . OT ^' .
J a (m+» + l)l
[Put #= a + (& - a) y, and use Ex. 6.]
162. Proof of Taylor's Theorem by Integration by
Parts. We shall now give the alternative form of the proof of
Taylor's Theorem to which we alluded in § 147.
Let/(#) be a function whose first n derivatives are continuous,
and let
Fn («) -/<&) -/(•) - (b - *)f («)-.»- ( \~*i)i f {n 7 1] (•>
and
Then *V («) - - ( -^^/ (n) (4
so
^ (a) = F n (b) - \ h Fn (a) dx = -—!— ! f\b- •)«/» (x) dx.
.'a \" *■) -J a
If now we write a + h for b, and transform the integral by putting
cc = a + th, we obtain
f(a + h) =/(a) + hf (a) + ... + £L. { f*-V, (a) + R n . . .(1),
where R n = , h \,j \l- t) n -*f™ (a + th) dt (2).
Now, if p is any positive integer not greater than n, we have,
by Theorem (9) of § 160,
I" 1 (1 - n-1 / (n) (a + th) dt= [ (1 - t) n ~P(l - ty~ l fw (a + th) dt
Jo -o
= (i - ey-pp* (a + eh) (\i- ty-*dt,
Jo
where < 6 < 1. Hence
En = p(n-l)l (3) "
If we take p = n we obtain Lagrange's form of JB„ (§ 148). If
on the other hand we take p = 1 we obtain Cauchy's form, viz.
B »" 5TTi)l (4) •
* The method used in § 147 can also be modified so as to obtain these
alternative forms of the remainder.
161-164] AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 299
163. Application of Cauchy's form to the Binomial Series. If
f(x) = (l + x) m , where m is not a positive integer, then Cauchy's form of the
remainder is
_ m(m-I)...(m-n+l) (l-0)"- 1 ;r n
n ~ 1.2...(n-l) (l + 8x) n ~ m '
Now (1 — 0)1(1 + dx) is less than unity, so long as — \<x<l, whether
x is positive or negative; and (\ + 8x) m ~ 1 is less than a constant K for
all values of n, being in fact less than (14-|# |)" 1-1 if ?/i>l and than
(1 - | x | ) m_ x if m < 1 Hence
I r> i tt , I I fin — lM I I
\R n \<A\m\^ n _ l ^\x"\ = Pn ,
say But p n -*-0 as n-^cc , by Ex. xxvu. 13, and so R n -*-0. The truth of the
Binomial Theorem is thus established for all rational values of m and all
values of x between — 1 and 1. It will be remembered that the difficulty in
using Lagrange's form, in Ex. lvi. 2, arose in connection with negative
values of x.
164. Integrals of complex functions of a real variable.
So far we have always supposed that the subject of integration in
a definite integral is real. We define the integral of a complex
function f(x) = ^r (x) + ity (x) of the real variable x, between the
limits a and b, by the equations
rb rb rb rb
f{x)dx=-\ {</>(#) + ity (x)} dx = I (f)(x)dx + il yjr(x)dx;
J a J a J a J a
and it is evident that the properties of such integrals may be
deduced from those of the real integrals already considered.
There is one of these properties that we shall make use of
later on. It is expressed by the inequality
\ h f(x)dx ^! b \f(x)\dx (1)*.
J a J a
This inequality may be deduced without difficulty from the
definitions of §§ 156 and 157. If B v has the same meaning as in
§ 156, <f> v and yfr v are the values of <f> and ^ at a point of 8 V , and
f v = (f) v + iyjr v , then we have
rb rb ' rb
fdx = I (pdx + i I tydx = lim S <£„ 8 V + i lim S y\r v S v
J a J a J a
= lim 2 ((/>„ + iyfr v ) S„ = lim £/„§„,
and so I fdx = | lim 2/„o\, | = lim | 2/„o\, | ;
J a
* The corresponding inequality for a real integral was proved in Ex. lxv. 14.
300 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII.
while I \f\dx =*\im t\f v \ K-
J a
The result now follows at once from the inequality
|2/.8,|rf|/,|a..
It is evident that the formulae (1) and (2) of § 162 remain
true when f is a complex function <f> + iy}r.
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER VII.
1. Verify the terms given of the following Taylor's Series :
(1) ta,nx = x + ^x 3 +^ s x 5 + ...,
(2) secz = l+|# 2 + Wj.r t + ...,
(3) xcosecx=l+^x 2 + 5 ^x i + ...,
(4) xcotx=l — ^x 2 — ^ s x A —....
2. Show that if f(x) and its first n + 2 derivatives are continuous, and
f( n + !) (0) =t= 0, and 6 n is the value of 6 which occurs in Lagrange's form of the
remainder after n terms of Taylor's Series, then
_J_ n__ f /(» + 2 >(0) }
n ~ n + 1 + 2 (» + 1 ) 2 (n + 2) |/( n + J ) (0) + **} ^
where f x -a-0 as z-»-0. [Follow the method of Ex. lv. 12.]
3. Verify the last result when / O) = 1/(1+ x). [Here ( 1 + 8 n x) n + 1 = 1 +.r. ]
4. Show that if f{x) has derivatives of the first three orders then
fib) =/(«) +|(6- a) {/' (a) +/' (6)} - & (6 - a)*/'" ( a ),
where a < a < b. [Apply to the function
/ (*) -/(«) -*(*-«) {/' (a) +/" (*)}
^- a J [/ W -/(«) -* (6 - «) {/' («) +/' (&)}]
arguments similar to those of §• 147.]
5. Show that under the same conditions
f(b) =/ (a) + (b - a)f ft (a + 6)} + ^ (6 - a)*/'" ( a ).
6. Show that if/(#) has derivatives of the first five orders then
f(b)=f(a) + Ub-a)[f'(a)+f'(b) + 4f'{h(a + b)}]-^\ u (b-aff^(a).
7. Show that under the same conditions
/(&)=/(«) + l(& "«){/(«) +/(&)} - A (b - af{f'\b) -/" (a)} + 7 Js (6 - a)«/(5)( a )
AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS
301
(i)
Establish the formulae
9 (a) g( b )
where /3 lies between a and 6, and
!./(«) /(&) /(c)
(ii) | #(a) #(&) gr(c)
| A (a) A (b) A(c)
■■{b~a)
/(«) /'(/3)
= £(6-c)(c-a)(a-6)
/(«) /'(/3) /"(y)
.</(«) ^'(/3) <?"(y)
A (a) A' (/3) A"(>)
where /3 and y lie between the least and greatest of a, b, c. [To prove (ii)
consider the function
<{>(x) =
#(«) 0( 6 ) ^(*)
A (a) A (6) A(j?)
(a— a) (x — b)
(c-a) (c— b)
/(a) /(&) f(c)
9(<*) 9( b ) g(fi)
A (a) A (6) A (c)
which vanishes when x=a,x=b, and x=c. Its first derivative, by Theorem B
of § 121, must vanish for two distinct values of x lying between the least and
greatest of a, b, c; and its second derivative must therefore vanish for a value
y of x satisfying the same condition. We thus obtain the formula
/(«) fd>) /(«)
9( a ) 9( b ) 9( c )
h (a) A (6) A (c)
■■%(c-a)(c-rb)
/(«) f(P) f"(y)
gifl) g( b ) g"{y)
A (a) A (6) A"( y )
The reader will now complete the proof without difficulty.]
9. If F{x) is a function which has continuous derivatives of the first n
orders, of which the first n— 1 vanish when x = 0, and A ^ F(") (x) g B when
< # ^ A, then A {x n \n \)^F{x)^B (x n jn !) when 0^x< A.
Apply this result to
f(x)-f(0)-xf(0)-...-
and deduce Taylor's Theorem.
(n-1)
i/^KO),
10. If A h (f>(x) = (j)(x)-(j)(x+h), A h 2 (f>(x) = A h {A h (f)(x)}, and so on, and
(a?) has derivatives of the first n orders, then
A h n cf>(x) = 2(-i;
0(* + M) = (-A)»0<»)(&
where £ lies between x and x + nh. Deduce that if 0(") (#) is continuous then
{A h n <i>{x)}lh n ^-{ — l) n <£(")(#) as A^»0. [This result has been stated already
when » = 2, in Ex. lv. 13.]
11. Deduce from Ex. 10 that
' A h n x m -a- m (to — 1) . . . (to - n + 1) h n as
x -*- oo , m being any rational number and n any positive integer,
particular prove that
X *JX Wx-2 J(x + I) + sJ(x + 2)}-: J.
In
302 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII
12. Suppose that y = 4>(x) is a function of x with continuous derivatives
of at least the first four orders, and that <f> (0) = 0, cf>' (0) = 1, so that
y = <p (x) =x + a 2 x 2 + a 3 x 3 + (a 4 + e x ) x*,
where e x ->0as x^-0. Establish the formula
x = f (y) =y - a 2 y 2 + (2a 2 2 - a 3 ) y 3 - (5a 2 3 - 5tx 2 a 3 +a 4 + fy) 2/ 1 ,
where f tf -*-0 &s y-*-0, for that value of x which vanishes with y; and prove
that
<t>(x)^(x)-x 2 a .
#* 2
as x -*- 0.
13. The coordinates (|, q) of the centre of curvature of the curve x=f(t),
y=F(t), at the point (x, y), are given by
- (-1 - *)/y - (■? -y)/*' = -X 2 +y' 2 )Kxy - x "y') \
and the radius of curvature of the curve is
(x' 2 +y'Zfi 2 l(x'y" -x"y'),
dashes denoting differentiations with respect to t.
14. The coordinates (£, »;) of the centre of curvature of the curve
27a?/ 2 = 4a* 3 , at the point (x, y), are given by
3a(£+x) + 2x 2 =0, T)=4y + (day)lx. (Math. Trip. 1899.)
15. Prove that the circle of curvature at a point (x, y) will have contact
of the third order with the curve if (l+yi 2 )y 3 = 3yiy 2 2 at that point. Prove
also that the circle is the only curve which possesses this property at every
point ; and that the only points on a conic which possess the property
are the extremities of the axes. [Cf. Ch. VI, Misc. Ex. 10 (iv).]
16. The conic of closest contact with the curve y = ax 2 + bx 3 + cx A + ...+ kx n ,
at the origin, is a 3 y — a i x 2 + a 2 bxy+(ac — b 2 )y 2 . Deduce that the conic of
closest contact at the point (£, rj) of the curve y=f(x) is
l8r,j>T=9.T, 2 *(x-$)*+Gto%(x-$) T+^^-Ak 2 ) T 2 ,
where T=(^-t])- Vl (x-$). (Math. Trip. 1907.)
17. Homogeneous functions.* If u = x n f(yjx, z/x, ...) then u is un-
altered, save for a factor X™, when x, y, z, ... are all increased a in the ratio X : 1.
In these circumstances u is called a homogeneous function of degree n in the
variables x, y, z, .... Prove that if u is homogeneous and of degree n then
du du du
ox J oy oz
This result is known as Euler's Theorem on homogeneous functions.
18. If u is homogeneous and of degree n then dujdx, du/dy, ... are
homogeneous and of degree n—1.
* In this and the following examples the reader is to assume the continuity of
all the derivatives which occur.
AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 303
19. Let f(x, y) = be an equation in x and y {e.g. x n +y n -x=0), and let
F{x, y, z)=0 be the form it assumes when made homogeneous by the intro-
duction of a third variable z in place of unity (e.g. x n +y n -xz n - 1 = 0). Show
that the equation of the tangent at the point (£, t)) of the curve f(x, y) = is
xF s +yFr, + zFi=0,
where F%, F v , F$ denote the values of F x , F y , F z when x=$,y = r,, z=(=\.
20. Dependent and independent functions. Jacobians or functional
determinants. Suppose that u and v are functions of x and y connected by
an identical relation
<t>(u, v)=0 (1).
Differentiating (1) with respect to x and y, we obtain
3<£ du d(f) dv 30 du d<f> dv
du dx dv dx~ ' du dy dv dy~ *"''
and, eliminating the derivatives of <£,
J=
Vr
=u x v y -u y v x =0 (3),
where u x , u y , v x , v y are the derivatives of u and v with respect to x and y.
This condition is therefore necessary for the existence of a relation such
as (1). It can be proved that the condition is also sufficient ; for this we must
refer to Goursat's Cows d" 'Analyse, vol. i, pp. 125 et seq.
Two functions n and v are said to be dependent or independent accoi'dino-
as they are or are not connected by such a relation as (1). It is usual to call
J" the Jacobian or functional determinant of u and v with respect to x and y,
and to write
J= d (u, v)
9 (x, y) '
Similar results hold for functions of any number of variables. Thus three
functions u, v, w of three variables x, y, z are or are not connected by a
relation (u, v, w) = according as
u x u u « 2
«/=
v r . v„ V,.
d (u, v, id)
d (x, y, z)
does or does not vanish for all values of x, y, z.
21. Show that ax 2 + 2hxy + by 2 and Ax 2 + 2Hxy + By 2 are independent
unless aj A = h\R= b/B.
22. Show that ax 2 +by 2 +cz 2 + 2fyz + 2gzx+2hxy can be expressed as a
product of two linear functions of x, y, and z if and only if
abc + 2fgh - af 2 - bg 2 - ch 2 = 0.
[Write down the condition that px+qy+rz and p'x+q'y + r'z should be
connected with the given function by a functional relation.]
301 ADDITIONAL THEOREMS IN THE DIFFERENTIAL [VII
23. If u and v are functions of £ and tj, which are themselves functions
of x and y, then
8 («, *Q = 8 (m, *0 8 (& q)
9 to y) 8 (I. >?) 8 to y) '
Extend the result to any number of variables.
24. Let/ (#) be a function of x whose derivative is \\x and which vanishes
when x= 1. Show that if u=f(x)+f(y), v = xy, then u x v y — u y v x =0, and hence
that u and « are connected by a functional relation. By putting y = l, show
that this relation must hef(x)+f(y) -f(xy). Prove in a similar manner that
if the derivative of f(x) is 1/(1 +x 2 ), and /(0)=0, then f(x) must satisfy the
equation
/W+/<f>-/(£*).
25. Prove that if f(x) = J —rj- — -^ then
26. Show that if a functional relation exists between
«-/(*)+/<*)+/(*), r=/(y)/(«)+/(*)/(*)+/(*)/(y), w=f(x)f(y)f(z),
then / must be a constant. [The condition for a functional relation will be
found to be
/' to/' (y)/' (^) {/(y) -/(»)) {/(») -/to} {/to -/(y)} = o.]
27. If /(y, 2), /(z, #)> and /(#, y) are connected by a functional relation
then /(a?, #) is independent of x. (Math. Trip. 1909.)
28. If u—0, v = 0, w = are the equations of three circles, rendered
homogeneous as in Ex. 19, then the equation
d (u, v, w) _ n
8 to y, 2) ~
represents the circle which cuts them all orthogonally. (Math. Trip. 1900.)
29. If A, B, C are three functions of x such that
A A' A"
B B B"
G C C"
vanishes identically, then we can find constants A, p, v such that \A +fiB + vC
vanishes identically ; and conversely. [The converse is almost obvious. To
prove the direct theorem let a = BC - B'C, .... Then a' = BC" — B"C, ...,
and it follows from the vanishing of the determinant that /3y' — /3'y = 0, ... ;
and so that the ratios a : j3 : y are constant. But a A +j3B + yC=0.]
30. Suppose that three variables x, y, z are connected by a relation in
virtue of which (i) z is a function of x and y, with derivatives z x z u , and (ii) x
is a function of y and z, with derivatives x y , x„ . Prove that
Xy=—ZyjZ x , X z = LjZ X .
AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 305
[We have dz = z x dx + z y dy, dx = x y dy + x z dz
The result of substituting for dx in the first equation is
dz=(z x x y +z y )dy+z x x z dz,
which can be true only if z x x y +z y = 0, z x x z =l.~]
31. Four variables x, y, z, u are connected by two relations in virtue of
which any two can be expressed as functions of the others. Show that
where y z n denotes the derivative of y, when expressed as a function of z and u,
with respect to z. {Math. Trip. 1897.)
32. Find A , B, C, X so that the first four derivatives of
/(*) dt - x [Af(a) + Bf(a + \x) + Cf(a + x)]
/:
vanish when x=0 ; and A, B, C, D, X, p so that the first six derivatives of
( f(f) dt-x[A/(a)+B/(a + \x) + Cf(a + l ix) + J)/(a + x)]
J a
vanish when x=0.
33. If a > 0, ac — b 2 > 0, and x x > x , then
J a
<fo = ! arc tan ( ( ^-■r ) N /(ac-6 2 ) \
«# 2 + 2 6# + e ^(ac — b 2 ) \ax\Xo + 6 (# x + # ) + cj '
the inverse tangent lying between and tj-.*
I Sill n fr 7"
34. Evaluate the integral / = — - ■ n- . For what values of a is
° J _ x 1 — 2xcosa + x-
the integral a discontinuous function of a ? (Math. Trip. 1904.)
[The value of the integral is \n if 2nn < a < (2n + 1 ) tt, and -\n if
(2?i - 1) iv < a < 2iitt, n being any integer ; and if a is a multiple of 7r.]
35. If ax 2 + 2bx + c>0 when x ^x ^x^ , f (x) = ^ (ax 2 + 2bx + c), and
#=/»> yo=/(#o)> yi=/(*i)> ^=(*i-^o)/(3/i+yo)>
., pWx- 1 1 + X^a 2
then J, 7 = ^ los r^Tv«' ^^) arctan ^V(-°)}.
according as a is positive or negative. In the latter case the inverse
tangent lies between and \ir. [It will be found that the substitution
X — Xn f ^ dt
t— — reduces the integral to the form 2 I - : , .1
y+Vo Jo l ~ at ~
fa f ] T
3. Prove that :=&. (Math. Trip. 1913.)
J o • t/ ~t~ \'\ a ~ ^ )
If a > 1 then f ^"^ efce = it {a - V(« 2 - 1 )} .
J -i a — x
36.
37.
* In connection with Exs. 33 — 35, 38, and 40 see a paper by Dr Bromwich
in vol. xxxv of the Messenger of Mathematics.
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38. If>>l, 0<q<l, then
n dx 2cc
J o v'[{l + (P* ~ 1) 4 {1 - (1 - ? 2 ) *}] (i* + 2) si" » '
where w is the positive acute angle whose cosine is (l+jogO/^ + gO-
39. If«>6>0,thenJ o -^-^^^{a-^-6%
(Jfa& 2Wp. 1904.)
40. Prove that if a > »/(6 2 +c 2 ) then
r <** _ 2 arc tan K^ 2 - 62 - c2 ) ]
J a + &cos0 + C sin0-^(a*-& 2 -c2) arCtan t c J'
the inverse tangent lying between and it..
fb
41. If /(a?) is continuous and never negative, and I f(x)dx = 0, then
./ «
f(x) = for all values of # between a and &. [If/ (a;) were equal to a positive
number & when # = £, say, then we could, in virtue of the continuity of /(*•),
find an interval (£-8, £ + 8) throughout which /(a?) > \k ; and then the value
of the integral would be greater than 8L]
42. Schwarz's inequality for integrals. Prove that
(JW due) ^ ( <£ 2 dx f \p dx.
[Use the definitions of §§ 156 and 157, and the inequality
(Ch. I, Misc. Ex. 10).]
43. If Pn(x) = { p_\ )nn [ (dx) n {( x - a )(P-*V n > then P «(4 fs a P ()1 y-
nomial of degree n, which possesses the property that
/:
P n (x)6(x)dx=0
if 6(x) is any polynomial of degree less than n. [Integrate by parts m + 1
times, where m is the degree of 6 (x), and observe that 0( m + 1 )(.r) = O.]
44. Prove that I P m {x) P n (x)dx = if m 4= n, but that if m=« then the
value of the integral is (0 - a)j(2n + 1).
45. If Q n (a?) is a polynomial of degree n, which possesses the property
that I §« (a;) 6 (x) dx = if (x) is any polynomial of degree less than n, then
Q n {%) is a constant multiple of P n (x).
[We can choose k so that (? n — «P M is of degree %- 1 : then
j Qn(Qn-*Pn)dx = 0, j^ P n (Q n - K P n ) dx = 0,
AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS 307
and so I (Q n - <P n ) 2 dx = 0.
Now apply Ex. 41. J
46. Approximate Values of definite integrals. Show that the error
fb
in taking \{b — a) {0 (a) + (b)} as the value of the integral I {x) dx is less
than ^3/{b — a) 3 , where J/ is the maximum of |0"(.r)| in the interval (a, b);
and that the error in taking (o — a) {-| (a + b)} is less than -^M (b — a) 3 . [Write
f (j£) = (x) in Exs. 4 and 5.] Show that the error in taking
1(6 -a) [0(a) + 0(6) + 40 {£(« + &)}]
as the value is less than ogy/^-a) 5 , where 1/ is the maximum of 0( 4 )(:r).
[Use Ex. 6. This rule, which gives a very good approximation, is known as
Simpson's Rule. It amounts to taking one-third of the first approximation
given above and two-thirds of the second.]
Show that the approximation assigned by Simpson's Eule is the area
bounded by the lines x=a, x=b, y = Q, and a parabola with its axis parallel
to Y and passing through the three points on the curve 3/ = (#) whose
abscissae are a, \ (a + b), b.
It should be observed that if (x) is any cubic polynomial then 0( 4 ) (x) = 0,
and Simpson's Rule is exact. That is to say, given three points whose
abscissae are a, ^(a + b), b, we can draw through them an infinity of curves
of the type y=a + (3x+yx 2 + 8x 3 ; and all such ci;rves give the same area. For
one curve 8 = 0, and this curve is a parabola.
47. If (x) is a polynomial of the fifth degree, then
•l
Or) dx = J 5 {50 (a) + 80 (h) + 50 (£)},
a and /3 being the roots of the equation x 2 -x + ^ = 0. {Math. Trip. 1909.)
48. Apply Simpson's Rule to the calculation of ir from the formula
r i dx
j7r = I - 2 . [The result is '7833.... If we divide the integral into two,
J o l + x "
from to | and ^ to 1, and apply Simpson's Rule to the two integrals
separately, we obtain -7853916.... The correct value is -7853981....]
49. Show that 8-9 < f^(4: + x 2 )dx<9. {Math. Trip. 1903.)
50. Calculate the integrals
ifs' A'vcfer />"*><**■ fa™**
to two places of decimals. [In the last integral the subject of integration is
not defined when &'=0: but if we assign to it, when x = 0, the value 1, it
becomes continuous throughout the range of integration.]
20—2
CHAPTER VIII
THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES AND
INFINITE INTEGRALS
165. In Ch. IV we explained what was meant by saying
that an infinite series is convergent, divergent, or oscillatory, and
illustrated our definitions by a few simple examples, mainly
derived from the geometrical series
1 +x + w- + ...
and other series closely connected with it. In this chapter we
shall pursue the subject in a more systematic manner, and prove
a number of theorems which enable us to determine when the
simplest series which commonly occur in analysis are convergent.
We shall often use the notation
n
u m + u m+1 + ...+ u n = X (v),
m
00
and write Xu n , or simply 2t*„, for the infinite series w +Wi+« 2 + *
o
166. Series of Positive Terms. The theory of the con-
vergence of series is comparatively simple when all the terms of
the series considered are positive f. We shall consider such series
* It is of course a matter of indifference whether we denote our series by
w i + «2 + • • • ( as m Ch. IV) or by u + u 1 + ... (as here). Later in this chapter we
shall be concerned with series of the type a + a 1 x + a 2 x 2 + ...: for these the latter
notation is clearly more convenient. We shall therefore adopt this as our standard
notation. But we shall not adhere to it systematically, and we shall suppose that « x
is the first term whenever this course is more convenient. It is more convenient,
for example, when dealing with the series 1 + % + ^ + ... , to suppose that u n =ljn
and that the series begins with w 1( than to suppose that u„=l/(ra+l) and that the
series begins with u . This remark applies, e.g., to Ex. lxvii. 4.
t Here and in what follows ' positive ' is to be regarded as including zero.
165-168] THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES, ETC. 309
first, not only because they are the easiest to deal with, but also
because the discussion of the convergence of a series containing
negative or complex terms can often be made to depend upon
a similar discussion of a series of positive terms only.
When we are discussing the convergence or divergence of a
series we may disregard any finite number of terms. Thus, when
a series contains a finite number only of negative or complex terms,
we may omit them and apply the theorems which follow to the
remainder.
167 It will be well to recall the following fundamental
theorems established in § 77.
A. A series of positive terms must be convergent or diverge
to oo , and cannot oscillate.
B. The necessary and sufficient condition that %u n should be
convergent is that there shoidd be a number K such that
k + u x + ...+ u n < K
for all values of n.
C. The comparison theorem. If 2?/ n is convergent, and
v n = Un for all values of n, then Xv n is convergent, and Sv n ^ 2« M .
More generally, if v n ^Ku n , where K is a constant, then %v n
is convergent and 2v n ^ K%u n . And if Xu n is divergent, and
v n ^ Ku n , then 2v n is divergent.*
Moreover, in inferring the convergence or divergence of %v n
by means of one of these tests, it is sufficient to know that the
test is satisfied for sufficiently large values of n, i.e. for all values
of n greater than a definite value n . But of course the con-
clusion that %v n ^KXu n does not necessarily hold in this case.
A particularly useful case of this theorem is
D. If ^u n is convergent (divergent) and u n /v n tends to a limit
other than zero as n -*- oo , then Xv„ is convergent (divergent).
168. First applications of these tests. The one important
fact which we know at present, as regards the convergence of any
* The last part of this theorem was not actually stated in § 77, but the reader
will have no difficulty in supplying the proof.
310 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
special class of series, is that tr n is convergent if r < 1 and
divergent if rSL* It is therefore natural to try to apply
Theorem C, taking u n = r n . We at once find
1. The series %v n is convergent if v n g Kr 11 , where r < I, for all
sufficiently large values of n.
When K = 1, this condition may be written in the form v n l!n ^ r,
Hence we obtain what is known as Cauchy's test for the con-
vergence of a series of positive terms ; viz.
2. The series Xv n is convergent if v n Vn ^r, where r < 1, for
all sufficiently large values of n.
There is a corresponding test for divergence, viz.
2a. The series Xv n is divergent if v n vn = 1 for an infinity of
values of n.
This hardly requires proof, for v n 1/n ^ 1 involves v n ^ 1. The
two theorems 2 and 2a are of very wide application, but for
some purposes it is more convenient to use a different test of
convergence, viz.
3. The series Xv n is convergent if v n+1 fv n ^ r, where r < 1,/or
all sufficiently large values of n.
To prove this we observe that if v n +i/v n = r when n = n then
v n _, v n - 2 v no r' ! «
and the result follows by comparison with the convergent series %r n .
This test is known as d'Alembert's test. We shall see later that
it is less general, theoretically, than Cauchy's, in that Cauchy's
test can be applied whenever d'Alembert's can, and sometimes
when the latter cannot. Moreover the test for divergence which
corresponds to d'Alembert's test for convergence is much less
general than the test given by Theorem 2a. It is true, as the
reader will easily prove for himself, that if v n+1 /v n = r = 1 for all
values of n, or all sufficiently large values, then %v n is divergent.
But it is not true (see Ex. lxvii. 9) that this is so if only
v n+J /v n — r — 1 for an infinity q/ values of n, whereas in Theorem 2a
* We shall use r in this chapter to denote a number which is always positive
or zero.
168] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 311
our test had only to be satisfied for such an infinity of values.
None the less d'Alembert's test is very useful in practice, because
when v n is a complicated function v n+ Jv n is often much less
complicated and so easier to work with.
In the simplest cases which occur in analysis it often happens
that v n+1 /v n or v n Vn tends to a limit as n ->• oo .* When this limit
is less than 1, it is evident that the conditions of Theorems 2 or
3 above are satisfied. Thus
4. If v,i ln or v n+] /y n tends to a limit less than unity as ?i->- oo ,
then the series 1v n is convergent.
It is almost obvious that if either function tend to a limit
greater than unity, then %v n is divergent. We leave the formal
proof of this as an exercise to the reader. But when v n vn or
Vn+i/Vn tends to 1 these tests generally fail completely, and they
fail also when v n 1,n or v n+l /v n oscillates in such a way that, while
always less than 1, it assumes for an infinity of values of n values
approaching indefinitely near to 1. And the tests which involve
v n+1 /v n fail even when that ratio oscillates so as to be sometimes
less than and sometimes greater than 1. When v n Vn behaves in
this way Theorem 2a is sufficient to prove the divergence of the
series. But it is clear that there is a wide margin of cases in
which some more subtle tests will be needed.
Examples LXVII. 1. Apply Cauchy's and d'Alembert's tests (as
specialised in 4 above) to the series SjiV 1 , where k is a positive rational
number.
[Here v n + 1 / v n = {('>i + l)ln} k r-*-?', so that d'Alembert's test shows at once
that the series is convergent if r < 1 and divergent if /• > 1. The test fails if
r= 1 : but the series is then obviously divergent. Since limw 1/re = l (Ex. xxvir.
11), Cauchy's test leads at once to the same conclusions.]
2. Consider the series 2(A7i k + Bu k ~ 1 + ... +K)r n . [We may supposed
positive. If the coefficient of r H is denoted by P(n), then P{n)jn k ^-A and,
by D of § 167, the series behaves like 2?iV\]
3. Consider 2 ^L±^1±L^±A ,.» (J>0,a>0).
an 1 + fin 1 1 + ...+ k
[The series behaves like 2n Jc - l r n . The case in which r=l, k<l requires
further consideration.]
* It will be proved in Ch. IX (Ex. lxxxvii. 36) that if v n+1 lv n -*-l then v^l n -* I.
That the converse is not true may be seen by supposing that v n =l when n is odd
and v,,-2 when ?i is even.
312 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
4. We have seen (Ch. IV, Misc. Ex. 17) that the series
s 1 S I
w(»i + l)' n{n + \)...(n+p)
are convergent. Show that Cauchy's and d'Alembert's tests both fail when
applied to them. [For lim u n lln = lim (u n + 1 \u n ) = 1.]
5. Show that the series 2?i -J >, where p is an integer not less than 2, is
convergent. [Since lim {n(n+l)...(n+p-l)}jn p =l, this follows from the
convergence of the series considered in Ex. 4. It has already been shown
in § 77, (7) that the series is divergent if p — 1, and it is obviously divergent if
6. Show that the series
An* + Bn k ~ l + ... + K
an 1 + fin l ~ l + ... + <
is convergent if I > k + 1 and divergent if l<k + 1.
7. If m n is a positive integer, and »n B+1 >m n , then the series 2r m « is con-
vergent if r<l and divergent if r >1. For example the series l+r+?" 4 +?' 9 + ...
is convergent if r < 1 and divergent if ?-Sl.
8. Sum the series l + 2r+2> A + ... to 24 places of decimals when r='l
and to 2 places when r= 4 9. [If »'="1, then the first 5 terms give the
sum 1-2002000020000002, and the error is
2r 25 + 2r 36 +mi <2 r 25 + 2? .36 + £ r 47 + ... = 2?- 2 5/(l - r ll )<3/10 25 .
If r='9, then the first 8 terms give the sum 5'458..., and the error is less
than 2r 6i /(l -r«)< 003.]
9 If 0<a<6<l, then the series a + b + a 2 + b 2 -\-a 3 + ... is convergent.
Show that Cauchy's test may be applied to this series, but that d'Alembert's
test fails. [For
% + ik=(W" +1 -*». v 2n + 2 lv 2n + 1 = b («/&)>' + 2 ^0.]
10. The series 1+?-+^ + ^ + ... and 1 + r + ~ 2 + — + . . . are convergent
for all positive values of r.
11. If 2w„ is convergent then so are 2m„ 2 and 2w„/(l + u n ).
12. If 2w„ 2 is convergent then so is 2u n jn. [For 2u n /n^u n 2 + (l/n 2 ) and
2 (I/ft 2 ) is convergent.]
13. Show that l+- 2 + p+... = - M +- 2 + 1 + ...J and
1 1 1 11 1 _15 / 1 1
1 + 2 2 + 32 + 52 + g2 + 72 + Q2 +" • • • — TR 1 1 + 02 + Q2 + " •
168-170] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 313
[To prove the first result we note that
1 +p + S+'«-(i+J) + (p+J)+».
, 11 i /, l l \
-l+p + Bi+,« + p(l+p + p + ...),
by Theorems (8) and (6) of § 77.]
14. Prove by a reductio ad absurdum that 2 (l/«) is divergent. [If the
series were convergent we should have, by the argument used in Ex. 13,
i+Hl+.«=a+i+*+.»)+*(i+i+i+-)»
or x + i + i + ... = i + i + i + ...
which is obviously absurd, since every term of the first series is less than the
corresponding term of the second.]
169. Before proceeding further in the investigation of tests
of convergence and divergence, Ave shall prove an important general
theorem concerning series of positive terms.
Dirichlet's Theorem.* The sum of a series of positive
terms is the same in whatever order the terms are taken.
This theorem asserts that if we have a convergent series of
positive terms, u + u x + u 2 + . . . say, and form any other series
V + V 1 + V, + . . .
out of the same terms, by taking them in any new order, then the
second series is convergent and has the same sum as the first.
Of course no terms must be omitted : every u must come some-
where among the v's, and vice versa.
The proof is extremely simple. Let s be the sum of the series
of its. Then the sum of any number of terms, selected from the
u's, is not greater than s. But every v is a u, and therefore the
sum of airy number of terms selected from the v's is not greater
than s. Hence Xv n is convergent, and its sum t is not greater
than s. But we can show in exactly the same way that sli.
Thus s = t.
170. Multiplication of Series of Positive Terms. An
immediate corollary from Dirichlet's Theorem is the following
theorem :ifu +u 1 + u i + ...andv + v 1 + v 2 +... are two convergent
* This theorem seems to have first been stated explicitly by Dirichlet in 1837.
It was no doubt known to earlier writers, and in particular to Cauchy.
314
THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES
[VIII
series of positive terms, and s and t are their respective sums,
then the series
U V + («!«,, + MoWi) + (u 2 V + U 1 V 1 + U V a )+ ...
is convergent and has the sum st.
Arrange all the possible products of pairs u m v n in the form of
a doubly infinite array
u x v
U 2 V
u- 2 v 1
U 2 V 2
U 3 V
U 3 V 2
u z v 3
tl V 2
Wl V 2
U V S
■UiV-i
U 2 V 3
We can rearrange these terms in the form of a simply infinite
series in a variety of ways. Among these are the following.
(1) We begin with the single term u v for which m + n = 0;
then we take the two terms u^, u^ for which m + n = 1 ; then
the three terms u 2 v , u^, u v 2 for which m + n = 2 ; and so on.
We thus obtain the series
U a V Q + (ll^o + U 9 Vj) + (u 2 v + U x Uj + u v 2 ) + ...
of the theorem.
(2) We begin with the single term u v for which both
suffixes are zero; then we take the terms u^o, u l v 1 , w^ which
involve a suffix 1 but no higher suffix ; then the terms u 2 v 0> u 2 v 1}
u 2 v 2 , UiV 2 , it v 2 which involve a suffix 2 but no higher suffix; and
so on. The sums of these groups of terms are respectively equal to
U V , Oq + Mj) Oo + V y ) - U V ,
(« + «l + U 2 ) (V Q + Vi + V. 2 ) - (ll + Ux) (V + Vj), . . .
and the sum of the first n + 1 groups is
Oo +»i+...+ u n ) (v + v 1 + ... + v n ),
and tends to st as n -»■ oo . When the sum of the series is formed
in this manner the sum of the first one, two, three, ... groups
comprises all the terms in the first, second, third, ... rectangles
indicated in the diagram above.
The sum of the series formed in the second manner is st.
But the first series is (when the brackets are removed) a rearrange-
ment of the second; and therefore, by Dirichlet's Theorem, it con-
verges to the sum st. Thus the theorem is proved.
170, 171] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 315
Examples LXVIII. 1 Verify that if r < 1 then
l + r 2 + r + r i + r 6 + r 3 + ... = l+r + r 3 +r- + r 5 + ri + ... = l/(l-r).
2.* If either of the series n +Ux + ..., v + vi+... is divergent, then so is
the series «o i 'o + ( ? 'i l 'o + "o v i) + ( ?i 2 v o + w i v i+ M o y 2) + ---) except in the trivial
case in which every term of one series is zero.
3. If the series u Q + u x + ..., v +»i + ..., w$+Wx+.., converge to sums
r, s, t, then the series 2\ k , where \ k = ~2,u m v n w p , the summation being extended
to all sets of values of m, n, p such that m+n+p=& t convei-ges to the
sum rst.
4. If 2«, t and 2v» converge to sums s and t, then the series 2%, where
w n = 2uiV m , the summation extending to all pairs I, m for which lm = n,
converges to the sum st.
171. Further tests for convergence and divergence.
The examples on pp. 311 — 313 suffice to show that there are
simple and interesting types of series of positive terms which
cannot be dealt with by the general tests of § 168. In fact, if
we consider the simplest type of series, in which u n+1 /u n tends
to a limit as n ■-*■ oo , the tests q/§ 168 generally fail when this limit
is 1. Thus in Ex. lxvii. 5 these tests failed, and we had to fall
back upon a special device, which was in essence that of using
the series of Ex. lxvii. 4 as our comparison series, instead of
the geometric series.
The fact is that the geometric series, by comparison with which the tests
of § 168 were obtained, is not only convergent but very rapidly convergent,
far more rapidly than is necessary in order to ensure convergence. The tests
derived from comparison with it are therefore naturally very crude, and much
more delicate tests are often wanted.
We proved in Ex. xxvil. 7 that n ft r n -»-0 as n-s-ao, provided r<\, what-
ever value k may have; and in Ex. lxvii. 1 we proved more than this,
viz. that the series 2n k r n is convergent. It follows that the sequence
r, r 2 , 7' 3 , ..., r", ..., where r<l, diminishes more rapidly than the sequence
1-^2"*, 3 ~*,... •,»""*, .... This seems at first paradoxical if r is not much less
than unity, and k is large. Thus of the two sequences
2 4 8 .1 ] 1
3» 95 2T> ••• ' x ) 409(5' 53I441J ■■•
whose general terms are (f) n and w -12 , the second seems at first sight to
decrease far more rapidly. But this is far from being the case ; if only we
go far enough into the sequences we shall find the terms of the first sequence
very much the smaller. For example,
(2/3) 4 = 16/81<l/5, (2/3) 12 <(l/5)3<(l/10) 2 , (2/3) 1000 <(l/10) 166 ,
while 1000- 12 = 10"36;
* In Exs. 2 — i the series considered are of course series of positive terms.
31G THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
so that the 1000th term of the first sequence is less than the 10 130 th part of
the corresponding term of the second sequence. Thus the series 2 (2/3)" is
far more rapidly convergent than the series 2?i~ 12 , and even this series is
very much more rapidly convergent than 2« -2 .*
172. We shall proceed to establish two further tests for the
convergence or divergence of series of positive terms, Maclaurin's
(or Cauchy's) Integral Test and Cauchy's Condensation
Test, which, though very far from being completely general, are
sufficiently general for our needs in this chapter.
In applying either of these tests we make a further assumption
as to the nature of the function u n , about which we have so far
assumed only that it is positive. We assume that u n decreases
steadily with n: i.e. that u n+1 g u n for all values of n. or at any rate
all sufficiently large values.
This condition is satisfied in all the most important cases. From one
point of view it may be regarded as no restriction at all, so long as we are
dealing with series of positive terms : for in virtue of Dirichlet's theorem
above we may rearrange the terms without affecting the question of con-
vergence or divergence ; and there is nothing to prevent us rearranging the
terms in descending order of magnitude, and applying our tests to the series of
decreasing terms thus obtained.
But before we proceed to the statement of these two tests,
we shall state and prove a simple and important theorem, which
we shall call Abel's Theorem f. This is a one-sided theorem in
that it gives a sufficient test for divergence only and not for
convergence, but it is essentially of a more elementary character
than the two theorems mentioned above.
173. Abel's (or Pringsheim's) Theorem. If 2w„ is a convergent series of
positive and decreasing terms, then lim nn n = 0.
Suppose that nu n does not tend to zero. Then it is possible to find a
positive number 8 such that nu n ^.8 for an infinity of values of n. Let n x be
the first such value of n ; n 2 the next such value of n which is more than
* Five terms suffice to give the sum of 2« -12 correctly to 7 places of decimals,
whereas some 10,000,000 are needed to give an equally good approximation to 2h~ 2 .
A large number of numerical results of this character will be found in Appendix III
(compiled by Mr J. Jackson) to the author's tract ' Orders of Infinity' (Cambridge
Math. Tracts, No. 12).
t This theorem was discovered by Abel but forgotten, and rediscovered by
Pringsheim.
171-173] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 317
twice as large as «j ; ?? 3 the next such value of n which is more than twice
as large as n 2 ; and so on. Then we have a sequence of numbers n u n 2 , n 3 , ...
such that n 2 >2)i 1 , n 3 >2?i 2 , ... and so n 2 - n i >\n 2 , n z - n 1 >^n 3i ... ;
and also n^u^ g8, n 2 u m riS, .... But, since u n decreases as n increases,
we have
M + u l + • • • + «n, - 1= 1h U n, ~ §,
«», + ... +«« 2 -l ^(?^2-«l)Wn 2 > i^2«n 2 =iS,
« )l2 + ... +« n3 _i^(%-w 2 ) w„ 3 >|» 3 M„ 3 >^S,
and so on. Thus we can bracket the terms of the series 2 u n so as to obtain
a new series whose terms are severally greater than those of the divergent
series
8 + ^8+^8 + ...;
and therefore 2u n is divergent.
Examples LXIX. 1. Use Abel's theorem to show that 2 (1/n) and
2{l/(cm + 6)} are divergent. [Here nu H -*-\ or nu n ^-l/a.]
2. Show that Abel's theorem is not true if we omit the condition that u n
decreases as n increases. [The series
1 1111111 1
1 + 2^ + 32+4+ 52 + 62 + 72+82 + 9 + iq2 + "-'
in which v., n = \\n or l/» 2 , according as n is or is not a perfect square, is
convergent, since it may be rearranged in the form
1111111 / 1 1
22 + 32 + 52+^ + 72 +82 + I o,+ -+( 1 +4 + 9 + '
and each of these series is convergent. But, since nu H =l whenever u is a
perfect square, it is clearly not true that nu n -*-0.]
3. The converse of Abel's theorem is not true, i.e. it is not true that, if zi n
decreases with 11 and lim nu n = 0, then 1u n is convergent.
[Take the series 2 (l/n) and multiply the first term by 1, the second by ^,
the next two by $, the next four by J, the next eight by £, and so on. On
grouping in brackets the terms of the new series thus formed we obtain
i+i-f +£(£+£)+£(£+*+*+£)+•■•;
and this series is divergent, since its terms are greater than those of
1 ±1 I4.1 ill 1 4.
which is divergent. But it is easy to see that the terms of the series
satisfy the condition that m<«-^0. In fact nu n —\jv if 2" 2 <?t<2" \ and
v-z-oz as ?i-»-co.]
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174. Maclaurin's (or Cauchy's) Integral Test.* If w n
decreases steadily as n increases, we can write u n = (f> (n) and
suppose that <f> (n) is the value assumed, when x = n, by a con-
tinuous and steadily decreasing function $ (x) of the continuous
variable x. Then, if v is any positive integer, we have
<£0-l)^</><»^0)
when v — 1 ^ x £ v. Let
v„ = (f> (v - 1) - I c})(x)dx=l {</> (v - 1) - (/> 0)} dx,
J v—l J v-1
so that =S v v g $ (v - 1) - <£ (v).
Then 2v„ is a series of positive terms, and
v s + v 3 + ... + v n sS <f>(l) - <£ (w) ^ <£ (1).
Hence 2i>„ is convergent, and so v 2 + v 3 + . . . + v n or
M-l r'*
2 (f> (v) — </> (#) dx
i Ji
tends to a positive limit as 7i-*-<x> .
Let us write <£ (£) = I $ (#) <&»,
so that 3? (f) is a continuous and steadily increasing function of £.
Then
Wj + u„ + . . . + «„_i - <£ O)
tends to a positive limit, not greater than <£ (1), as n -*- oo . Hence
2w„ is convergent or divergent according as <J> (n) tends to a limit
or to infinity as n-^oo , and therefore, since <E> (n) increases steadily,
according as <£> (£) tends to a limit or to infinity as £-»- oo . Hence
i/" (/> (a;) is a function of x which is positive and continuous for all
values of x greater than unity, and decreases steadily as x increases,
then the series
£(l) + 0(2) + ...
does or does not converge according as
<£(£)=[ <f>(x)dx
does or does not tend to a limit I as £-*-oo ; and, in the first case,
the sum of the series is not greater than <fi (1) + 1.
* The test was discovered by Maclaurin and rediscovered by Cauchy, to whom
it is usually attributed.
174, 175] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 319
The sum must in fact be less than cp (l) + l. For it follows from (6) of
§ 160, and Ch. VII, Misc. Ex. 41, that v v <(f>(v-l)-<f>(v), unless <f> (x) = <j> (v)
throughout the interval (v - 1, v) ; and this cannot be true for all values of v.
Examples LXX. 1. Prove that
2. Prove that -i7r<2 -^— -^hn. (Math. Trip. 1909.)
3. Prove that if to > then
J_ _1 _1 TO + 1
TO 2 (to + 1) 2 (to + 2) 2 '" TO
175. The series S« _s . By far the most important applica-
tion of the Integral Test is to the series
1-8 + 2-* + 3-* + . . . + n -s + . . i;
where s is any rational number. We have seen already (§77 and
Exs. lxvii. 14, lxix. 1) that the series is divergent when s = 1.
If s ^ then it is obvious that the series is divergent. If
s > then u n decreases as n increases, and we can apply the test.
Here
'idx f- s -l
*(*)=/'
l X 8 1-5 '
unless s=l. If 5 > 1 then £ 1-s -^ as £-*- oo , and
say. And if 5 < 1 then £ 1_s -»- oo as £ -^ x , and so <I> (£) -^ oc .
Thus the series %n~ s is convergent if s>\, divergent if s ^ 1, and in
the first case its sum is less than s/(s — 1).
So far as divergence for s<l is concerned, this result might have
been derived at once from comparison with 2(l/«), which we already know
to be divergent.
It is however interesting to see how the Integral Test may be applied to
the series 2 (l/»), when the preceding analysis fails. In this case
' dx
•(0
and it is easy to see that <E> (£)-»- x> as £-*- o> . For if |>2" then
'°~"clv [*dx . [*dx . . [^ l d_x
X
*($)>/ — = — + —+...+
J i * 7 1 A " j 2 # y 2
320 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
But by putting x = 2 r u we obtain
f* +1 dx = f*du
J 2' X ~ J 1 U '
[ 2 du
and so <t> (£)>» I — 5 which shows that *(£)-»- co as £ -*-oo .
Examples LXXI. 1. Prove by an argument similar to that used above,
[idx
and without integration, that $ (£) = / -^-, where s< 1, tends to infinity with £.
2. The series 2w -2 , 2ft -3/2 , 2?i _11/1 ° are convergent, and their sums are
not greater than 2, 3, 1-1 respectively. The series 2?i -1/2 , 2n~ w l n are
divergent.
3. The series 2 n a '/(«.'+ a), where a>0, is convergent or divergent accord-
ng as t>\+s or i < 1 +s. [Compare with 2 m. 8- '.]
4. Discuss the convergence or divergence of the series
2 {a x n*i + a 2 n s 2+ ,..+a k n Sk )/(b 1 n t ^ + b 2 n t 2+ ...+bin tl )_
where all the letters denote positive numbers and the s's and fs are rational
and arranged in descending order of magnitude.
5. Prove that
^ < 27l + 372 + 473 + - < ^ 7r + 1 )-
{Math. Trip. 1911.)
6. If cf> (n) -*-l>l then the series 2 n ~ $ \ n ) is convergent. If (p (n) -»- 1 < 1
then it is divergent.
176. Cauchy's Condensation Test. The second of the
two tests mentioned in §172 is as follows: ifu n = <p(n) is a
decreasing function of n, then the series 20(«) is convergent or
divergent according as 22 n (2 n ) is convergent or divergent.
We can prove this by an argument which we have used
already (§ 77) in the special case of the series 2(l/n). In the
first place
0(3) + 0(4) =£20 (4),
0(5) + 0(6) +...+0(8)2; 40 (8),
(2 M + 1) + (2" + 2) + . . . + (2» +1 ) ^ 2 n (2 n+1 ).
If £2 w 0(2 n ) diverges then so do 22 n+1 0(2 n+1 ) and 2 2" (2 n+1 ),
and then the inequalities just obtained show that 2<f)(n) diverges.
175-177] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 321
On the other hand
0(2) + 0(3) ^20 (2), 0(4) + 0(5)+...+ 0(7) ^40 (4),
and so on. And from this set of inequalities it follows that
if 2 2 n (2' 1 ) converges then so does 2 (n). Thus the theorem is
established.
For our present purposes the field of application of this test is
practically the same as that of the Integral Test. It enables us
to discuss the series 2 n~ s with equal ease. For 2 n~ s will converge
or diverge according as 2 2" 2~ ns converges or diverges, i.e. ac-
cording as s > 1 or s £ 1.
Examples LXXII. 1. Show that if a is any positive integer greater
than 1 then 2 0(?i) is convergent or divergent according as 2a w 0(a n ) is
convergent or divergent. [Use the same arguments as above, taking groups
of a, a 2 , a 3 , ... terms.]
2. If 22 n <p (2™) converges then it is obvious that lim 2"0 (2") = 0. Hence
deduce Abel's Theorem of § 173.
177. Infinite Integrals. The Integral Test of § 174 shows
that, if (x) is a positive and decreasing function of x, then the
series 2 (n) is convergent or divergent according as the integral
function <I> (#) does or does not tend to a limit as x -*- oo . Let
us suppose that it does tend to a limit, and that
lim [ <p(t)dt = l.
x-*-*> J 1
Then we shall say that the integral
(0 dt
/;
ts convergent, awe? has the value I; and we shall call the
integral an infinite integral.
So far we have supposed (t) positive and decreasing. But it
is natural to extend our definition to other cases. Nor is there
any special point in supposing the lower limit to be unity. We
are accordingly led to formulate the following definition :
If<p (t) is a function oft continuous when t = a, and
lim I" <f>(t)dt =1,
x-^x> J a
n. 21
322 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
then we shall say that the infinite integral
r ${t)dt a)
J a
is convergent and has the value I.
The ordinary integral between limits a and A, as denned in
Ch. VII, we shall sometimes call in contrast a finite integral.
On the other hand, when
\ cj>(t)dt
J a
•CO,
we shall say that the integral diverges to co , and we can give a
similar definition of divergence to — oo . Finally, when none of
these alternatives occur, we shall say that the integral oscillates,
finitely or infinitely, as x •*■ oo .
These definitions suggest the following remarks.
(i) If we write j 4>{t)dt = $> (x),
J a
then the integral converges, diverges, or oscillates according as * (.r) tends to
a limit, tends to oo (or to - oo ), or oscillates, as #->- oo . If 4> (x) tends to a
limit, which we may denote by 3> (oo ), then the value of the integral is * (oo ).
More generally, if $ (x) is any integral function of <f> (x), then the value of the
integral is 4> (oo ) — $ (a).
(ii) In the special case in which <j> (t) is always positive it is clear
that *(#) is an increasing function of x. Hence the only alternatives are
convergence and divergence to oo .
(hi) The integral (1) of course depends on a, but is quite independent of t,
and is in no way altered by the substitution of any other letter for t (cf.
§ 157).
(iv) Of course the reader will not be puzzled by the use of the term
infinite integral to denote something which has a definite value such as
2 or \ir. The distinction between an infinite integral and a finite integral
is similar to that between an infinite series and a finite series : no one supposes
that an infinite series is necessarily divergent.
(v) The integral I $ (t) dt was defined in §§ 156 and 157 as a simple
J a
limit, i.e. the limit of a certain finite sum. The infinite integral is therefore
the limit of a limit, or what is known as a repeated limit. The notion of the
infinite integral is in fact essentially more complex than that of the finite
integral, of which it is a development.
177, 178] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 323
(vi) The Integral Test of § 174 may now be stated in the form : if <fi (x) is
positive and steadily decreases as x increases, then the infinite series 2$ (n) and the
infinite integral I <£ (x) dx converge or diverge together.
(vii) The reader will find no difficulty in formulating and proving theorems
for infinite integrals analogous to those stated in (1) — (6) of § 77. Thus the
result analogous to (2) is that if j cf> (x) dx is convergent, and b>a, then
J a
J (f> (x) dx is convergent and
■b
I <f>(x)dx = 4>(.v)dx+ cf)(x)dx.
J a J a J b
178. The case in which <£ (V) is positive. It is natural
to consider what are the general theorems, concerning the con-
vergence or divergence of the infinite integral (1) of § 177,
analogous to theorems A — D of § 167. That A is true of integrals
as well as of series we have already seen in § 177, (ii). Corre-
sponding to B we have the theorem that the necessary and sufficient
condition for the convergence of the integral (1) is that it should be
possible to find a constant K such that
t' % (f>(t)dt<K
J a
for all values of x greater than a.
Similarly, corresponding to C, we have the theorem : if
<f) (x) dx is convergent, and y{r (x) g Kcf> (x) for all values of x
greater than a, then I y}r (x) dx is convergent and
yjr (x) dx ^ K (f) (x) dx.
J a
We leave it to the reader to formulate the corresponding test for
divergence.
We may observe that D'Alembert's test (§ 168), depending
as it does on the notion of successive terms, has no analogue for
integrals ; and that the analogue of Cauchy's test is not of much
importance, and in any case could only be formulated when we
have investigated in greater detail the theory of the function
21—2
324
THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES
[VIII
(f) (#) = r x , as we shall do in Ch. IX. The most important special
tests are obtained by comparison with the integral
f'dx . AN
L * (a>0) -
whose convergence or divergence we have investigated in § 175,
and are as follows : if </> (x) < Kx~ s , where s >1, when x = a, then
I (f) (x) dx is convergent ; and if </> (x) > Kx~ s , where s ^1, when
• a
x = a, then the integral is divergent ; and in particular, if
lim X s (f> (x) = I, where I > 0, then the integral is convergent or
divergent according as s > 1 or s g 1.
There is one fundamental property of a convergent infinite series in
regard to which the analogy between infinite series and infinite integrals
breaks down. If 2<p(n) is convergent then $(?i)->-0; but it is not always
true, even when <£ (x) is always positive, that if I (f> (x) dx is convergent
then 4>(x)-*-0.
Consider for example the function $ (x) whose graph is indicated by the
thick line in the figure. Here the height of the peaks corresponding to the
points x=l, 2, 3, ... is in each case unity, and the breadth of the peak corre-
Fig. 50.
sponding to x=n is 2/(?i + l) 2 . The area of the peak is l/(n+l) 2 , and it is
evident that, for any value of £,
/;
cj>(x)dx<2
o(« + l) 2 '
so that / <[> (x) dx is convergent ; but it is not true that <£ (x) -=-0
J o
Examples LXXIII. 1. The integral
r ax r +px r - 1 + ...+\
J a Ax*+Bx*-i + ... + L clV >
where a and A are positive and a is greater than the greatest root of the
denominator, is convergent if s>r + l and otherwise divergent.
178] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 325
2. Which of the integrals
f x dx I' 00 dx f x dx_ f" xdx C x x 2 dx f" x 2 dx
J a «/•' J a X**' la C 2 + X 2 ' J a C^ + X 2 ' ) a C 2 +X*' J a a + 2^ 2 + y^
are convergent ? In the first two integrals it is supposed that a > 0, and
in the last that a is greater than the greatest root (if any) of the de-
nominator.
3. The integrals
I cos xdx, / am xdx, I cos(ax + (3)dx
J a J a J a
oscillate finitely as £-»- oo .
4. The integrals
I A'cos^efo, I x 2 sin xdx, I x n cos (ax + ft) dx,
J a J a J a
where n is any positive integer, oscillate infinitely as £^-qo .
ra
5. Integrals to - co . If I $ (#) efo tends to a limits as £-*-- co , then we
say that I <£ (.r) cfe- is convergent and equal to I. Such integrals possess
properties in every respect analogous to those of the integrals discussed in the
preceding sections : the reader will find no difficulty in formulating them.
<5. Integrals from - co to + co . If the integrals
ra r<*
I <j> (x) dx, I (x) dx
are both convergent, and have the values k, I respectively, then we say that
f °°
I <f> (x) dx
is convergent and has the value k + 1.
7. Prove that
f ° dx _ [ °" dx _ 1 f °* dx
8. Prove generally that
t (f>(x*)dx=2 ( (j>(x 2 )dx,
provided that the integral I <f> (x 2 ) dx is convergent.
9. Prove that if / xcf) (x 2 ) dx is convergent then J xcf)(x 2 )dx = 0.
Jo ./-<*>
326 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
10. Analogue of Abel's Theorem of § 173. If ${x) is positive and
steadily decreases, and I cp(x)dx is convergent, then x<j>(x)-a-0. Prove this
J a
(a) by means of Abel's Theorem and the Integral Test and (6) directly, by
arguments analogous to those of § 1 73.
11. If a = x <Xi<x^< ... and ,r n -9-ao, and u n = I <f> (x) dx, then the
n
convergence of I $ (x) dx involves that of 2 u n . If cf> (x) is always positive
J a
the converse statement is also true. [That the converse is not true in
general is shown by the example in which <f>(x) = coax, x n =mr.~\
179. Application to infinite integrals of the rules for
substitution and integration by parts. The rules for the
transformation of a definite integral which were discussed in
| 161 may be extended so as to apply to infinite integrals.
(1) Transformation by substitution. Suppose that
I™ 4>{x)dx (1)
J a
is convergent. Further suppose that, for any value of £ greater
than a, we have, as in § 161,
\* 4>(x)dx=\ T 4>{f(t))f{t)dt (2),
J a J b
where a=f(b), £=/(t). Finally suppose that the functional
relation x=f{t) is such that x^cc ast-^oo. Then, making t
and so £ tend to go in (2), we see that the integral
r4>{f(t))f(t)dt (3)
J b
is convergent and equal to the integral (1).
On the other hand it may happen that £-*■ go as t --* — oo
or as t-*- c. In the first case we obtain
l X (f>(x)dx= lim \ T ^{f{t)}f'{t)dt
J a t-*--xJ b
= ~ lim f b ^{f(t)}f(t)dt = -f b ${f{t)}f(t)dl
T- »■ —00 J T J —CD
In the second case we obtain
/ <f>(x)dx = \im W{fit)}f'(t)dt (4X
We shall return to this equation in § 181.
178, 179] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 327
There are of course corresponding results for the integrals
fa r<*>
J <f> (x) dx, I <fi (x) dx,
J — CO J —00
which it is not worth while to set out in detail : the reader will
be able to formulate them for himself.
Examples LXXIV. 1. Show, by means of the substitution x=t a ,
that if s > 1 and a > then
f x~»dx=a f t a(1 ~ $) - 1 dt;
and verify the result by calculating the value of each integral directly.
f°
2. If / (x) dx is convergent then it is equal to one or other of
J a
a 4>(at + P)dt, -a \ 4>(at + p)dt,
J (a-j8)/a J -«
according as a is positive or negative.
3. If (f> (x) is a positive and steadily decreasing function of x, and a and
/3 are any positive numbers, then the convergence of the series 2 (n) implies
and is implied by that of the series 2$(an + /3).
[It follows at once, on making . the substitution x=at-\-(3, that the
integrals
I d>(x)dx, I (f>(at + @)dt
J a J («-0)/a
converge or diverge together. Now use the Integral Test.]
f °° rfr
4. Show that .- . , = U. [Put*=* 2 .]
5. Show that | tt— — r» dx = \ir.
Jo (>■+%)
[Put x = t 2 aud integrate by parts.]
6. If <£ (x)->~k as .r-s-oo , and cf> (x)-*-fr as x^- - oo , then
[ {0 (x - a) - (x - b)} dx= -(a-b) (h - h).
[For I * {<f>(x-a)-c}>(x-b)}dx= \ <$>{x-a)dx- \ <f>(x-b)dx
J -i> J -t J -r
= 1 *~ a <}>(t)dt-f ' ~ b <t>(t)dt= f~ i ~ b <i>(t)dt- y r '4>{t)dt.
328
THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES
[viu
The first of these two integrals may be expressed in the form
r-t'-b
(a-b)k+ I pdt,
J -f'-a
where p->-0 as |'-^oo, and the modulus of the last integral is less than or
equal to | a - b \ k, where k is the greatest value of p throughout the interval
(-tj'-a, -£'-&). Hence
<p{t)dt+(a-b)Jc.
•e-a
The second integral may be discussed similarly.]
(2) Integration by parts. The formula for integration by
parts (§ 161) is
*/(«) </>' (as) dx =/(£) (f) -/(a) tf> (a) - f */' (*) * (•) dx -
z •> a
Suppose now that f-^-oo . Then if any two of the three terms
in the above equation which involve £ tend to limits, so does the
third, and we obtain the result
f "/(«) f («) cfe = Km /(f) £ ( j) -/(a) <£ (a) - f °°/ («) </> (*) dx.
There are of course similar results for integrals to — oo , or from
— oo to oo .
Examples LXXV. 1. Show that
(1+0!}
dx=\
dx
{\+x)
—r.dx-
,dx = l.
'o (1+^) 4 ' 3 Jo (l+#) 3
3. If m and n are positive integers, and I m , n — j n , \ m + w > then
I m ,n — {mftm+n — l)}/ m _ 1-n . Hence prove that J m , n = m ! (»-2)!/(ra-Hi — 1)!.
4. Show similarly that if / m , B = I n+a^m'+n tnen
4i,n=W( TO + ' l - 1 )} / m -i,n, 2/ m , n =»i!(»-2) !/(m + »-l)!.
Verify the result by applying the substitution x = t 2 to the result of Ex. 3.
180. Other types of infinite integrals. It was assumed,
in the definition of the ordinary or finite integral given in
Ch. VII, that (1) the range of integration is finite and (2) the
subject of integration is continuous.
It is possible, however, to extend the notion of the 'definite
integral ' so as to apply to many cases in which these conditions
179, 180] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 329
are not satisfied. The 'infinite' integrals which we have discussed
in the preceding sections, for example, differ from those of Ch. VII
in that the range of integration is infinite. We shall now suppose
that it is the second of the conditions (1), (2) that is not satisfied.
It is natural to try to frame definitions applicable to some such
cases at any rate. There is only one such case which we shall
consider here. We shall suppose that cj)(x) is continuous throughout
the range of integration (a, A) except for a finite number of values
of x, say a; = £ 1} f 2 , ...,and that <f>(x) -^cc or <£ (a?)-*-— oo as x tends
to any of these exceptional values from either side.
It is evident that we need only consider the case in which
(a, A) contains one such point £. When there is more than one such
point we can divide up {a, A) into a finite number of sub-intervals
each of which contains only one ; and, if the value of the integral
over each of these sub-intervals has been defined, we can then
define the integral over the whole interval as being the sum of
the integrals over each sub-interval. Further, we can suppose
that the one point f in {a, A) comes at one or other of the
limits a, A. For, if it comes between a and A, we can then
[A
define I </> (x) dx as
J a
I (/> (x) dx + I cf> (x) dx,
J a J £
assuming each of these integrals to have been satisfactorily de-
fined. We shall suppose, then, that £ = a ; it is evident that the
definitions to which we are led will apply, with trifling changes, to
the case in which £= A.
Let us then suppose </> (x) to be continuous throughout (a, A)
except for x = a, while <f)(x)-*~oc as x^-a through values greater
than a. A typical example of such a function is given by
<f> (x) = (x — a)~ s ,
where s > ; or, in particular, if a = 0, by <£ (x) = x~ s . Let us
therefore consider how we can define
f Ad 4 ax
Jo &"
when s > 0.
330 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
The integral | y*~- dy is convergent if s < 1 (§ 175) and means
J i/A
I'V
lim I y s ~ 2 dy. But if we make the substitution y = 1/x, we
obtain
rr, fA
r
y s ~'~ dy = I x s dx.
Thus lim / x~ s dx, or, what is the same thing,
«-»■» J lln
lim I x s dx,
exists provided that s < 1 ; and it is natural to define the value of
the integral (1) as being equal to this limit. Similar considerations
f A
lead us to define I (x — a)~ s dx by the equation
\ (x — a )~ s dx = lim I (x — a)~ s dx.
Ja e-»»+oia+e
We are thus led to the following general definition : if the integral
e'A
I <f> (x) dx
J a+e
tends to a limit I as e^+ 0, we shall say that the integral
ca
I (f> (x) dx
• a
is convergent and has the value I.
Similarly, when <f>(x)^oc as x tends to the upper limit A, we
[ A
define <j>(x)dx as being
rA-e
lim / <f) (x) dx :
(-*- + oJ a
and then, as we explained above, we can extend our definitions to
cover the case in which the interval (a, A) contains any finite
number of infinities of </> (x).
An integral in which the subject of integration tends to oo
or to — oo as x tends to some value or values included in the range
of integration will be called an infinite integral of the second kind :
the first kind of infinite integrals being the class discussed in
§§ 177 et seq. Nearly all the remarks (i) — (vii) made at the end of
§ 177 apply to infinite integrals of the second kind as well as to
those of the first.
180, 181] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 331
181. We may now write the equation (4) of § 179 in the form
r<t>{ X )dx=\ c <t>{f(t)}f(t)dt (i).
J a J b
The integral on the right-hand side is denned as the limit, as t-»-c, of the
corresponding integral over the range (6, r), i.e. as an infinite integral of the
second kind. And when $ {/(*)} /' (0 has an infinity at t = c the integral is
essentially an infinite integral. Suppose for example, that (x) = (l+x)~ m ,
where Km<2, and a = 0, and that/(0 = */(l -*)• Then 6 = 0, c=l, and (1)
becomes
("/i— ^= (\l-() m - 2 dt (2);
Jo (l + *') m V
and the integral on the right-hand side is an infinite integral of the second
kind.
On the other hand it may happen that </> {f(t)}f (t) is continuous for t=c.
In this case
j C b <p{f(t)}f'(t)dt
is a finite integral, and
lim f T <f>{f(t)}f'(t)dt=[ C <p{/(t)}f'(t)dt,
t-*-c J b J b
in virtue of the corollary to Theorem (10) of § 160. In this case the
substitution x=f{t) transforms an infinite into a finite integral. This case
arises if m 2. 2 in the example considered a moment ago.
Examples LXXVI. 1. If <j>(x) is continuous except for x=a, while
f A
<j>(x)-*-cc &sx-*-a, then the necessary and sufficient condition that I (%) dx
should be convergent is that we can find a constant K such that
I (f> (x) dx < K
J a+c
for all values of e, however small (cf. § 178).
It is clear that we can choose a number A' between a and A, such that
<f>{x) is positive throughout (a, A'). If cf>(x) is positive throughout the
whole interval (a, A) then we can of course identify A' and A. Now
fA fA' fA
I <j> (x) dx = I <f> (x) dx + I cf) (x) dx.
J a-e J a-*e J A'
The first integral on the right-hand side of the above equation increases
as e decreases, and therefore tends to a limit or to oo ; and the truth of the
result stated becomes evident.
If the condition is not satisfied then I (jj(x)dx-*-cc . We shall then say
J a—e
that the integral I (x) dx diverges to oo . It is clear that, if (x) -*- x
J a
as x-*-a+0, then convergence and divergence to oo are the only alternatives
for the integral. We may discuss similarly the case in which (x) -*-- oo .
332 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
2. Prove that
f A , s 7 U-a) 1 -*
Jj.v-a)sdx = K l _ 1 s
if 5 < 1, while the integral is divergent if s S 1.
3. If <f>(x)-»-ao as x->-a + Q and rp (x) < K (x — a) ~ s , where s<l, then
A
cji(x)dx is convergent; and if cp(x)> K(x — a)~*, where s >l, then the
/.
integral is divergent. [This is merely a particular case of a general com-
parison theorem analogous to that stated in § 178.]
4. Are the integrals
l' A dx f A dx f A dx
j a J{(x-a)(A-x)} ' J a (A-x)*/(x-a) ' J a (4-tf)^(4 -J?) '
f A dx f A dx f A dx f A dx
jasj^-a'y JaV(A3-a?y Ja&^d* J a A*^
convergent or divergent ?
f l dx f a+1 dr
5. The integrals / r>~ > J ajr~~~\ are convergent, and the value of
J -i \ fx J a -iv (•*•'-«)
each is zero.
C IT ($£
6. The integral / — — - is convergent. [The subject of integration
J o v(sm x)
tends to qo as x tends to either limit.]
7. The integral / —. r- is convergent if and only if s < 1.
,— — r , dx is convergent if t < s + 1.
o (sin*)'
/ SI 11 1*
9. Show that I — ir^x, where h >0, is convergent if p< 2. Show also
that, if <p < 2, the integrals
f*smx . f^"s\nx , f^sinx 7
I — r dx, I - dx, I — -— dx, ...
JO # P J* X" ' Jsrr -V p
alternate in sign and steadily decrease in absolute value. [Transform the
integral whose limits are kn and (k + \)w by the substitution x = kir+y.~\
— —dx, where 0</?<2, attains its greatest value
o xV
when h=ir. (Math. Trip. 1911.)
11. The integral I (cos x) 1 (sin x) m dx is convergent if and only if l> - 1,
Jo
m> - 1.
f °° x 8 ~*dv
12. Such an integral as / — : , where s<l, does not fall directly
under any of our previous definitions. For the range of integration is infinite
181] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 333
and the subject of integration tends to oo &sx^>- + 0. It is natural to
define this integral as being equal to the sum
P x s ~ 1 dx f x x s ~ 1 dx
Jo"l"+^T + J 1 1+x '
provided that these two integrals are both convergent.
The first integral is a convergent infinite integral of the second kind
if 0<s<l. The second is a convergent infinite integral of the first kind if
s <1. It should be noted that when s > 1 the first integral is an ordinary
finite integral ; but then the second is divergent. Thus the integral from to
oo is convergent if and only if < s < 1.
f * X s ' 1
13. Prove that I dx is convergent if and only if < 5 < t.
Jo l+x
/' X £8 — l _ yA — 1
- — - — dx is convergent if and only if < s< 1,
0<t<\. [It should be noticed that the subject of integration is undefined
when x=\ ; but (x s ~ 1 -x t ~ 1 )/(l -a?)-*- 1 — s as x-^-l from either side; so that
the subject of integration becomes a continuous function of x if we assign to it
the value t — s when x— 1.
It often happens that the subject of integration has a discontinuity which
is due simply to a failure in its definition at a particular point in the range
of integration, and can be removed by attaching a particular value to it at
that point. In this case it is usual to suppose the definition of the subject
of integration completed in this way. Thus the integrals
f \* sin mx 7 f i* sin mx ,
I ax, I —. dx
Jo no Jo sin x
are ordinary finite integrals, if the subjects of integration are regarded as
having the value m when x=0.]
15. Substitution and integration by parts. The formulae for trans-
formation by substitution and integration by parts may of course be extended
to infinite integrals of the second as well as of the first kind. The reader
should formulate the general theorems for himself, on the lines of § 179.
16. Prove by integration by parts that if s > 0, t > 1, then
[ 1 z»- 1 Q.-xj t - 1 da; = — /"\b«(1 -*)*-»<**
/i r s-i,7 r r °° f-srff
±_^: = »« [Put*=l/<.]
1+X Ji l+t ' J
18. IfO<s<lthen ^-—^—dx^i -1—^= f!
Jo 1+J? jo l + « Jo J
dt
l + t
19. Ifa + 6>0then
, , ' V u j* - „ "", , -, . (Math. Trip. 1909.)
6 (x+a)J(x-b) >J{a + b) r '
/;
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THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES
[VIII
20. Show, by means of the substitution x=t/(l - t), that if I and m are
both positive then
x doe= t l -^{\-t) m - l dt.
Jo (l + ^ + m jo V
21. Show, by means of the substitution x=pt/(p + \ -t), that if I, m, and
p are all positive then
dr IP
— = j fl-i (l - i)™- 1 dt
ClJ-p)lprn J Q l \ l l ' al -
xdx
^a){b-x)\
(i) by means of the substitution x = a + (b — a) t 2 , (ii) by means of the substitu-
tion {b—x)j{x — a)=t, and (iii) by means of the substitution x=a cos 2 t + b sin 2 1.
x l ~ x (\-x) m - 1 ,
_ ,, , f b dx , f b xdx . . . x
22. Prove that I - /77 ryr r-, = *" ancl I 7 u \7I vi = t* \ a + b )->
J aS J{{x-a){b-x)) J as /{(x-a)(b-x)}
23. If s>-l then
Jo JoV(l -a") Jo V(I-a-) Jo >/a?
24. Establish the formulae
P f(x)dx P"' ,, ■ AS ,A
/^ra^)r 2 /. i ' y( ; cos2 " +65i " !S) ^
/:/{\As?f>} rf ' l ' =4a /." /fton *> cos * 8i " * *
25. Pi-ovq that
P dx /l j_\
Mi+*)(2+*M*(i -•*)}"* w» s'6/
[Put .?;=sin 2 <9 and use Ex. lxiii. 8.J (vJ/a*/i TWp. 1912.)
182. Some care has occasionally to be exercised in applying the rule
for transformation by substitution. The following example affords a good
illustration of this.
Let
J= / ' (a?-Gx+lS)dx.
We find by direct integration that J = 48. Now let us apply the substitution
?/ = .r 2 -6.r+13,
which gives x=Z±.-J(y — £). Since y = 8 when x=l and # = 20 when x = 7, we
appear to be led to the result
The indefinite integral is
l( y _ 4)3/2+4 (y- 4)1/2,
arid so we obtain the value ± i % 1 , which is certainly wrong whichever sign we
choose.
181-183] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 335
The explanation is to be found in a closer consideration of the relation
between x and y. The function # 2 -6a'+13 has a minimum for .-£=3, when
y = ±. As x increases from 1 to 3, y decreases from 8 to 4, and dxjdy is
negative, so that
dx_ 1
dy~ 2 v /(y-4)-
As x increases from 3 to 7, y increases from 4 to 20, and the other sign must
be chosen. Thus
a formula which will be found to lead to the correct result.
Similarly, if we transform the integral I dx = n by the substitution
# = arc sin y, we must observe that dxjdy = \jj{\ — y 2 ) or dxjdy = — 1/^(1 — y 2 )
according as ^ x < \n or in- < x g. w.
Example. Verify the results of transforming the integrals
/( ix 2 — x + t^ ) dx, I cos 2 x dx
o Jo
by the substitutions 4x 2 -x + ^ s =y, .r=arc sin y respectively.
183. Series of positive and negative terms. Our defini-
tions of the sum of an infinite series, and the value of an infinite
integral, whether of the first or the second kind, apply to series
of terms or integrals of functions whose values may be either
positive or negative. But the special tests for convergence or
divergence which we have established in this chapter, and the
examples by which we have illustrated them, have had reference
almost entirely to the case in which all these values are positive.
Of course the case in which they are all negative is not essentially
different, as it can be reduced to the former by changing u n into
— u n or (f> (x) into — <f> (x).
In the case of a series it has always been explicitly or tacitly
assumed that any conditions imposed upon u n may be violated for
a finite number of terms : all that is necessary is that such a
condition {e.g. that all the terms are positive) should be satisfied
from some definite term onwards. Similarly in the case of an
infinite integral the conditions have been supposed to be satisfied
for all values of x greater than some definite value, or for all values
of x within some definite interval (a, a + 5) which includes the
336 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
value a near which the subject of integration tends to infinity.
Thus our tests apply to such a series as
v n 2 - 10
since rc 2 — 10 > when n = 4, and to such integrals as
r Sx-7 , rn-zx ,
since 3a; — 7 > when a; > §, and 1 — 2x > when < x < \.
But when the changes of sign of u n persist throughout the series,
i.e. when the number of both positive and negative terms is in-
finite, as in the series 1— \ + % — £+...; or when </> (x) continually
changes sign as x -*- oo , as in the integral
f °° sin x
i x"
dx,
or as x-*-a, where a is a point of discontinuity of <£ (x), as in
the integral
[ A . f 1 \ dx
sin ;
J a \x — a/ x — a
then the problem of discussing convergence or divergence becomes
more difficult. For now we have to consider the possibility of
oscillation as well as of convergence or divergence.
We shall not, in this volume, have to consider the more
general problem for integrals. But we shall, in the ensuing
chapters, have to consider certain simple examples of series con-
taining an infinite number of both positive and negative terms.
184. Absolutely Convergent Series. Let us then consider
a series %u n in which any term may be either positive or
negative. Let
|«n|=«n,
so that a n = u n if u n is positive and ct n = - u n if u n is negative.
Further, let v n = v n or v n = 0, according as u n is positive or negative,
and w n = — v n or w n = 0, according as u n is negative or positive ;
or, what is the same thing, let v n or w n be equal to a n according
as u n is positive or negative, the other being in either case equal
to zero. Then it is evident that v n and w n are always positive, and
that
u n = v n — w n) a n = v n + w n .
183, 184] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 337
If, for example, our series is 1 -(l,'2) 2 + (l/3) 2 - ..., then «„ = ( - l)"" 1 /** 2
and a, t = l//i 2 , while v n = ljn 2 or v n =0 according as n is odd or even and
w n = \jrfi or u', h = according as n is even or odd.
We can now distinguish two cases.
A. Suppose that the series 1a n is convergent. This is the
case, for instance, in the example above, where 2a n is
1 +(1/2)*+ (1/3)* + ....
Then both %v n and %w n are convergent : for (Ex. xxx. 18) any
series selected from the terms of a convergent series of positive
terms is convergent. And hence, by theorem (6) of § 77, £w n or
% (v n — w n ) is convergent and equal to £v n _ Sw».
We are thus led to formulate the following definition.
Definition. When Sa n or S u n j is convergent, the series Xu n
is said to be absolutely convergent.
And what we have proved above amounts to this : if "Eu n is
absolutely convergent then it is convergent; so are the series formed
by its positive and negative terms taken separately ; and the sum of
the series is equal to the sum of the positive terms plus the sum
of the negative terms.
The reader should carefully guard himself against supposing that the
statement ' an absolutely convergent series is convergent ; is a mere tautology.
When we say that 2 u n is ' absolutely convergent ' we do not assert directly
that 2«„ is convergent: we assert the convergence of another series 2|zf„|,
and it is by no means evident a priori that this precludes oscillation on
the part of 2?< /( .
Examples LXXVII. 1. Employ the 'general principle of convergence'
(§ 84) to prove the theorem that an absolutely convergent series is con-
vergent. [Since 2 | u n | is convergent, we can, when any positive number b is
assigned, choose n so that
K» 1+ i|+K>i+2[ + ---+ l"»J<8
when n 2 > «i = «o- -^ fortiori
| «», +1 +'«»i + 2+" .+Un i \<8,
and therefore 2?< n is convergent.]
2. If 2o,t is a convergent series of positive terms, and | b n | g. Ka n , then
2o„ is absolutely convergent.
3. If 2a n is a convergent series of positive terms, then the series "2a n x n is
absolutely convergent when — 1<#<1.
h. 22
338 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
4. If 2 a„ is a convergent series of positive terms, then the series 2 a,, cos n 0,
2"„sinH0 are absolutely convergent for all values of 6. [Examples are
afforded by the series 2r"cos«0, 2?"' sin n6 of § 88.]
5. Anv series selected from the terms of an absolutely convergent series
is absolutely convergent. [For the series of the moduli of its terms is a
selection from the series of the moduli of the terms of the original series.]
6. Prove that if 2 | u n | is convergent then
|2u*| g2|w»|,
and that the only case to which the sign of equality can apply is that in
which every term has the same sign.
185. Extension of Dirichlet's Theorem to absolutely-
convergent series. Dirichlet's Theorem (§ 169) shows that the
terms of a series of positive terms may be rearranged in any way
without affecting its sum. It is now easy to see that any abso-
lutely convergent series has the same property. For let %u n be
so rearranged as to become 2t< n ', and let a n ', v n ', w n ' be formed
from u n ' as a n , v n , w n were formed from u n . Then 2a,/ is con-
vergent, as it is a rearrangement of 2a», and so are 2v n ', %w n ',
which are rearrangements of 2v m , 2«> n . Also, by Dirichlet's
Theorem, %v n ' = 2v n and %w n ' = 2w n , and so
186. Conditionally convergent series. B. We have
now to consider the second case indicated above, viz. that in
which the series of moduli 2a» diverges to oo .
Definition. If %u n is convergent, but 2 | u n \ divergent, the
original series is said to be conditionally convergent.
In the first place we note that, if %u n is conditionally con-
vergent, then the series %v n , Xw n of § 184 must both diverge to oc .
For they obviously cannot both converge, as this would involve
the convergence of %(v n + w n ) or 2a n . And if one of them, say
%w n , is convergent, and 2v n divergent, then
N N N
Xu n = 2v„-2w„ (1),
and therefore tends to cc with N, which is contrary to the
hypothesis that tu n is convergent.
Hence 2v n , 2w n are both divergent. It is clear from equa-
tion (1) above that the sum of a conditionally convergent series
184-187] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 339
is the limit of the difference of two functions each of which tends
to co with n. It is obvious too that Xu n no longer possesses the
property of convergent series of positive terms (Ex. xxx. 18), and
all absolutely convergent series (Ex. lxxvii. 5), that any selection
from the terms itself forms a convergent series. And it seems more
than likely that the property prescribed by Dirichlet's Theorem
will not be possessed by conditionally convergent series ; at any
rate the proof of § 185 fails completely, as it depended essentially
on the convergence of Xv n and %w n separately. We shall see in a
moment that this conjecture is well founded, and that the theorem
is not true for series such as we are now considering.
187. Tests of convergence for conditionally convergent
series. It is not to be expected that we should be able to find
tests for conditional convergence as simple and general as those
of §§ 167 et seq. It is naturally a much more difficult matter to
formulate tests of convergence for series whose convergence, as is
shown by equation (1) above, depends essentially on the cancelling
of the positive by the negative terms. In the first instance there
are no comparison tests for convergence of conditionally convergent
series.
For suppose we wish to infer the convergence of %v n from
that of Xu n We have to compare
v +v x + ... + v n , 110 + 1^ + ... + u n .
If every u and every v were positive, and every v less than the
corresponding u, we could at once infer that
v + v x + ... +v n < v + ...+ u n ,
and so that 2,v n is convergent. If the us only were positive and
every v numerically less than the corresponding u, we could infer
that
\v \ + \v l \ + ... + \v n \<u + ...+ u n ,
and so that Sv n is absolutely convergent. But in the general case,
when the u's and vs are both unrestricted as to sign, all that we
can infer is that
| l'o| +\Vi | + ... + \v n \ <|« |+ ... +! U n \.
This would enable us to infer the absolute convergence of 2v n
from the absolute convergence of Xu n ; but if Xu n is only con-
ditionally convergent we can draw no inference at all.
340 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
Example. We shall see shortly that the series 1 — \+\-\ + ... is con-
vergent. But the series £+£+£+£+... is divergent, although each of its
terms is numerically less than the corresponding term of the former series.
It is therefore only natural that such tests as we can obtain
should be of a much more special character than those given in
the early part of this chapter.
188. Alternating Series. The simplest and most common
conditionally convergent series are what is known as alternating
series, series whose terms are alternately positive and negative.
The convergence of the most important series of this type is
established by the following theorem.
If (f> (n) is a positive function of n which tends steadily to
zero as n-^oo , then the series
*(0)-$(l)+*(2)-
is convergent, and its sum lies hetween <f> (0) and <£ (0) — (f> (1).
Let us write fa, <£j, ... for (f)(0), <f) (1), ... ; and let
s n = fa-fa + fa- ••• +(- 1) H fai-
Then
S«n+i — S 2 „-i = fam — #2»+l = 0> s m ~ S m - 2 = — (fa n -i ~ fan) = 0.
Hence s , s 2 , s 4 , ..., s 2n , ... is a decreasing sequence, and therefore
tends to a limit or to -co, and s lf s s , s 5 , ..., s 2n+1 , ... is an in-
creasing sequence, and therefore tends to a limit or to oo . But
lim (s m+1 — s m ) = lim (— l) 2 ' l+1 fa n+1 = 0, from which it follows that
both sequences must tend to limits, and that the two limits must
be the same. That is to say, the sequence s , s lt ...,s n , ... tends to
a limit. Since s = fa, $i = fa — fa, it is clear that this limit lies
between fa and fa — <£ x .
Examples LXXVIII. 1. The series
111 1 1 1
2 + 3 4 + '"' 1 ~72 + 73~V4" K "'
s (_l)» „ (-1)« „ (-1)» „ (-1)«
(7i + a)' V(» + «)' (Jn+Ja)' (Jn + Ja)*'
where a>0, are conditionally convergent.
2. The series 2 (-1)™ (% + «)~ s , where a>0, is absolutely convergent if
s>l, conditionally convergent if 0<5^1, and oscillatory if s^0.
187, 188] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 341
3. The sum of the series of § 188 lies between s n and s H + 1 for all values
of n ; and the error committed by taking the sum of the first n terms instead
of the sum of the whole series is numerically not greater than the modulus of
the (?i + l)th term.
4. Consider the series
(-1)"
N /rc+(-l)»'
which we suppose to begin with the term for which n = 2, to avoid any
difficulty as to the definitions of the first few terms. This series may be
written in the form
y r r (-i ) n i-m , (-ot
LU/»+(-l)» s'«> J s.'n J
r(-i) n i i
say. The series 2 \jr n is convergent ; but 2 x n is divergent, as all its terms are
positive, and lim ?^ H =1. Hence the original series is divergent, although it
is of the form 02 — $3 + 04 - •••> where (p H -^0. This example shows that the
condition that (f> a should tend steadily to zero is essential to the truth of the
theorem. The reader will easily verify that x /(2w + l) — 1 <s/(2n) + l, so that
this condition is not satisfied.
5. If the conditions of § 188 are satisfied except that <f> n tends steadily
to a positive limit I, then the series 2 ( — 1)" <j> n oscillates finitely.
6. Alteration of the sum of a conditionally convergent series by-
rearrangement of the terms. Let s be the sum of the scries 1— | + ;^-j + ...,
and s 2n the sum of its first 2n terms, so that lim s 2ll =s.
Now consider the series
1+W+HW+ a)
in which two positive terms are followed by one negative term, and let t 3n
denote the sum of the first 3n terms. Then
1 1 1 1 _1_
_1 1 1
~ S2n + 2n + l + 2n + 3 + '" + 4»-l
Now ii m [-I ri -^ + 2; -L^-... +4 -L T -l
=0,
since the sum of the terms inside the bracket is clearly less than
ra/(2n + l)(2»+2); and
,. / 1 1 1\ ... 1 n 1 , [ % dx
\2« + 2 2m + 4 An/ * n r= i\ + {rjn) Ji %
by §§ 156 and 158. Hence
.. , [*dx
J i •*
342 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
and it follows that the sum of the series (1) is not s, but the right-hand side of
the last equation. Later on we shall give the actual values of the sums of the
two series : see § 213 and Ch. IX, Misc. Ex. 19.
It can indeed be proved that a conditionally convergent series can always
be so rearranged as to converge to any sum whatever, or to diverge to co or
to — oo . For a proof we may refer to Bromwich's Infinite Series, p. 68.
7. The series 1 + 7o-72 + 75 + 77 - 74 + ■" diver § es to °° ■ [Here
1 1 1 n
' 3 »-* 2 » + 7(2^ + 1) + J(2n + Sy'" + N /(4/ i -l) >S2n + V(4»-l)'
where s 2)l = 1 — #s + ••• — j^~ > which tends to a limit as n->- oo .]
189. Abel's and Dirichlet's Tests of Convergence. A more general
test, which includes the test of § 188 as a particular test case, is the following.
Dirichlet's Test. If (j> n satisfies the same conditions as in § 188, and 2a n
is any series which converges or oscillates finitely, then the series
is convergent.
The reader will easily verify the identity
«O0O + «101 + '-- + «7 l ^> re = S O (0O-0l) + Sl(01-02) + ---+S„-l(0„- 1 -^ i) ) + S «^n-.
where s n =a n + ai + ...+a a . Now the series (</> — 0i) + (</>i — <£ 2 ) + --- is con
vergent, since the sum to n terms is 0o -</>«. an d lim<£„ = 0; and all its
terms are positive. Also since 2a n , if not actually convergent, at any rate
oscillates finitely, we can determine a constant K so that | s v | < K for all
values of v. Hence the series
2s„(#„-#„ + i)
is absolutely convergent, and so
tends to a limit as n -»- oo . Also <f> n , and therefore s H (p n , tends to zero
And therefore
tends to a limit, i.e. the series 2a„$„ is convergent.
Abel's Test. There is another test, due to Abel, which, though of less-
frequent application than Dirichlet's, is sometimes useful.
Suppose that <f) n> as in Dirichlet's Test, is a positive and decreasing
function of n, but that its limit as n -»- oo is not necessarily zero. Thus we
postulate less about <£„, but to make up for this we postulate more about
2« n , viz. that it is convergent. Then we have the theorem: if (j> n is a positive
and decreasing function of n, and "2a n is convergent, then 2«„0 n is convergent.
For <f) n has a limit as n -»- oo , say I : and lim ($„ - 1) = 0. Hence, by
Dirichlet's Test, 2a n ((p n -l) is convergent; and as 2a„ is convergent it
follows that 2a n cj) n is convergent.
188, 189] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 343
This theorem may be stated as follows : a convergent series remains con-
vergent if we multiply its terms by any sequence of positive and decreasing
facto7's.
Examples LXXIX. 1. Dirichlet's and Abel's Tests may also be established
by means of the general principle of convergence (§ 84). Let us suppose,
for example, that the conditions of Abel's Test are satisfied. We have
identically
fflj» $»» + «m + 1 </>m + 1 + • • • + a n <Pn = V m (<£ro ~ </>m + l) + V, m + 1 ($m + 1 ~ 4>m + Si)
+ ---+ s m,n-l(4>n-l-<l>n) + s m,n<t>n (1)>
where s m< v = a m + a m + 1 + ...+a v .
The left-hand side of (1) therefore lies between h(f) m and H<p m , where h and
H are the algebraically least and greatest of s m , m , s num + 1 , ..., s m<n . But,
given any positive number 8, we can choose »i so that | s m<v \<8 when m ^ m ,
and so
I «m</>m + «»i + l#m + l + ...+«„ <f> n \<8(f) m ^ S$l
when n>»i>m . Thus the series 2a n cf) n is convergent.
2. The series 2 cos ?i# and 2 sin nd oscillate finitely when 6 is not a
multiple of tt. For, if we denote the sums of the first n terms of the two
series by s„ and t n , and write z= Cis 0, so that | z |=1 and z 4= 1, we have
1-g "
1-2
>» + «*J =
1 + U"I
1 ! <
and so | s n | and | t n | are also not greater than 2/\l-z\. That the series are
not actually convergent follows from the fact that their nth terms do not tend
to zero (Exs. xxiv. 7, 8).
The sine series converges to zero if 8 is a multiple of it. The cosine
series oscillates finitely if 6 is an odd multiple of n and diverges if 6 is an
even multiple of n.
It follows that if (f> n is a positive function of n which tends steadily to
zero as /£->• co , then the series
2(f> n cosnd, 2(j> n smnd
are convergent^ except perhaps the first series when 6 is a multiple of 2n. In
this case the first series reduces to 2$,„ which may or may not be conver-
gent: the second series vanishes identically. If 2$„ is convergent then both
series are absolutely convergent (Ex. lxxvii. 4) for all values of 6, and the
whole interest of the result lies in its application to the case in which
2$ n is divergent. And in this case the series above written are con-
ditionally and not absolutely convergent, as will be proved in Ex. lxxix. 6.
If we put = tt in the cosine series we are led back to the result of § 188,
since cos nir = ( - l) n .
3. The series 2?i -s cosm#, 2«~ s sin?i0 are convergent if s>0, unless (in
the case of the first series) is a multiple of 2n and <s^l.
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4. The series of Ex. 3 are in general absolutely convergent if s>l,
conditionally convergent if 0<s < 1, and oscillatory if s < (finitely if s=0
and infinitely if s<0). Mention any exceptional cases
5. If 1a n n~ a is convergent or oscillates finitely, then 2a n n~ l is convergent
when t>s.
6. If 0« is a positive function of n which tends steadily to as n-°~- oo ,
and 2(f)n is divergent, then the series 2<£ n cosnd, 2<£ n sin?i# are not absolutely
convergent, except the sine-series when 6 is a multiple of it. [For suppose,
e.g., that 2(p n | cos nd | is convergent. Since cos 2 nd g | cos nO | , it follows that
2<£„cos 2 «0 or
|2<^), ( (l + cos2?i(9)
is convergent. But this is impossible, since 20„ is divergent and 2(f>n cos 2nd,
by Dirichlet's Test, convergent, unless 6 is a multiple of tt. And in this
case it is obvious that 2$»|cos??#| is divergent. The reader should write
out the corresponding argument for the sine-series, noting where it fails
when 6 is a multiple of it.]
190. Series of complex terms. So far we have confined
ourselves to series all of whose terms are real. We shall now
consider the series
XUn^ZiVn + nVn),
where v n and w n are real. The consideration of such series does
not, of course, introduce anything really novel. The series is
convergent if, and only if, the series
are separately convergent. There is however one class of such
series so important as to require special treatment. Accordingly
we give the following definition, which is an obvious extension of
that of §184.
Definition. The series 2wn, where u n = v n + iiv n , is said to be
absolutely convergent if the series %v n and %tv n are absolutely
convergent.
Theorem. The necessary and sufficient condition for the absolute
convergence of %a n is the convergence of 2 | u n \ or 2 \f{v,? + «/ n a ).
For if 2?< n is absolutely convergent, then both of the series
2 | v n | , 2 | w n | are convergent, and so 2 { | v n \ + | w n \ ) is con-
vergent : but
| u n | = s/(v n - 4- w^) ^ | v n | + | w n | ,
189-191] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 345
and therefore 2 | u n \ is convergent. On the other hand
| Vn I = VOn 2 + w n % | w n | = V<>» 2 + <),
so that S | «» | and 2 | w M | are convergent whenever 2 | w w | is con-
vergent.
It is obvious that an absolutely convergent series is convergent,
since its real and imaginary parts converge separately. And
Dirichlet's Theorem (§§ 169, 185) may be extended at once to
absolutely convergent complex series by applying it to the
separate series 2v M and 2w w .
The convergence of an absolutely convergent series may also be deduced
directly from the general principle of convergence (cf. Ex. lxxvii. 1). We leave
this as an exercise to the reader.
191. Power Series. One of the most important parts of
the theory of the ordinary functions which occur in elementary
analysis (such as the sine and cosine, and the logarithm and
exponential, which will be discussed in the next chapter) is that
which is concerned with their expansion in series of the form
"S,a n 0B n . Such a series is called a power series in x. We have
already come across some cases of expansion in series of this kind
in connection with Taylor's and Maclaurin's series (§ 148). There,
however, we were concerned only with a real variable x. We shall
now consider a few general properties of power series in z, where
z is a complex variable.
A. A 'power series Xa n z n may be convergent for all values of z,
for a certain region of values, or for no values except z = 0.
It is sufficient to give an example of each possibility.
1. The series 2 — r is converqent for all values of x. For if u lt = — ; then
K+i|/KH»l/(»+i)--*o
as n -*- oo , whatever value z may have. Hence, by d'Alembert's Test, 2 | u n \ is
convergent for all values of s, and the original series is absolutely con-
vergent for all values of z. We shall see later on that a power series, when
convergent, is generally absolutely convergent.
2. The scries 2n!s n is not convergent for any value of z except 2=0.
For if u n =n ! z n then | u n + 1 1/| u n | = (« + 1) | z \ , which tends to oo with n, unless
2 = 0. Hence (cf. Exs. xxvn. 1, 2, 5) the modulus of the ?ith term tends to oo
with n; and so the series cannot converge, except when 2 = 0. It is obvious
that any power series converges when 2 = 0.
346 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
3. The series 2z n is always convergent when |s|<l, and never convergent
when | z | ^ 1. This was proved in § 88. Thus we have an actual example of
each of the three possibilities.
192. B. If a power series 2 a n z n is convergent for a par-
ticular value of z, say z 1 = i\ (cos 6 1 + i sin 0^, then it is absolutely
convergent for all values of z such that \z\ <i\.
For lim a n z x n = 0, since 2a m s 1 n is convergent, and therefore we
can certainly find a constant K such that | a n z y n \ < K for all
values of n. But, if | z \ — r < r 1} we have
/r\ n I r\ n
K* B |H«»*i B l(-) < K {-)'
and the result follows at once by comparison with the convergent
geometrical series 2 (r/?' 1 ) n .
In other words, if the series converges at P then it converges
absolutely at all points nearer to the origin than P.
Example. Show that the result is true even if the series oscillates
finitely when z=z v [If s n =a +a 1 z 1 + ... + a n z 1 n then we can find K so that
| s n | < K for all values of n. But | a n zf 1 1 = | «„ — * B _ 1 1 g | s„ _i | + 1 «» | < 2 K,
and the argument can be completed as before.]
193. The region of convergence of a power series.
The circle of convergence. Let z — r be any point on the
positive real axis. If the power series converges when z = r then
it converges absolutely at all points inside the circle | z \ = r. In
particular it converges for all real values of z less than r.
Now let us divide the points r of the positive real axis into
two classes, the class at which the series converges and the class
at which it does not. The first class must contain at least the
one point z = 0. The second class, on the other hand, need not
exist, as the series may converge for all values of z. Suppose
however that it does exist, and that the first class of points
does include points besides z = 0. Then it is clear that every
point of the first class lies to the left of every point of the second
class. Hence there is a point, say the point z = R, which divides
the two classes, and may itself belong to either one or the other.
Then the series is absolutely convergent at all points inside the
circle \z\ = R.
191-193] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 347
For let P be any such point. We can draw a circle, whose
centre is and whose radius is
less than R, so as to include P
inside it. Let this circle cut OA
in Q. Then the series is con-
vergent at Q, and therefore, by
Theorem B, absolutely conver- °
gent at P.
On the other hand the series
cannot converge at any point P' g ' 81 "
outside the circle. For if it converged at P' it would converge
absolutely at all points nearer to than P ; and this is absurd,
as it does not converge at any point between A and Q' (Fig. 51).
So far we have excepted the cases in which the power series
(1) does not converge at any point on the positive real axis
except z = or (2) converges at all points on the positive real
axis. It is clear that in case (1) the power series converges
nowhere except when z = 0, and that in case (2) it is absolutely
convergent everywhere. Thus we obtain the following result: a
'power series either
(1) converges for z = and for no other value of z; or
(2) converges absolutely for all values of z ; or
(3) converges absolutely for all values of z ivithin a certain
circle of radius R, and does not converge for any value
of z outside this circle.
In case (3) the circle is called the circle of convergence
and its radius the radius of convergence of the power series.
It should be observed that this general result gives absolutely
no information about the behaviour of the series on the circle of
convergence. The examples which follow show that as a matter
of fact there are very diverse possibilities as to this.
Examples LXXX. 1. The series l + az + a?z 2 +... , where a > 0, has a
radius of convergence equal to \ja. It does not converge anywhere on its
circle of convei"gence, diverging when z — l/a and oscillating finitely at all other
points on the circle.
z z 2 z 3
2. The series r^-f ^ + ^> + ... has its radius of convergence equal to 1 ;
it converges absolutely at all points on its circle of convergence.
348 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
3. More generally, if | a n + 1 | /| a n | -*» X, or | a H \ 1,n -^ X, as n -*- cc , then the
series a + a 1 z + a 2 z 2 + ... has 1/X as its radius of convergence. In the first case
Iim | a n+i z n+i |/j a n z u | = X| z | ,
which is less or greater than unity according as \z\ is less or greater than
1/X, so that we can use D'Alenihert's Test (§ 168, 3). In the second case we
can use Cauchy's Test (§ 168, 2) similarly.
4. The logarithmic series. The series
is called (for reasons which will appear later) the 'logarithmic' series. It
follows from Ex. 3 that its radius of convergence is unity.
"When z is on the circle of convergence we may write 2 = cos#+i sin#,
and the series assumes the form
cos 6 - J cos 2(9 + J cos 3(9 -...+{ (sin 6 — h sin 2(9 + J sin 3(9 -...).
The real and imaginary parts are both convergent, though not absolutely
convergent, unless 6 is an odd multiple of it (Exs. lxxix. 3, 4). If 6 is an odd
multiple of it then z= — \, and the series assumes the form — 1 — £ — J — ...,
and so diverges to — oo . Thus the logarithmic series converges at all points
of its circle of convergence except the point z= — 1.
5. The binomial series. Consider the series
m (m — 1) „ m (m — 1) (w? — 2) „
l+ms+ ^ 2! ; 2 2 + _i ^ V + ...
If m is a positive integer then the series terminates. In general
I a n + 1 I _ I m — n I
\a„\ " n + 1 '
so that the radius of convergence is unity. We shall not discuss here the
question of its convergence on the circle, which is a little more difficult.*
194. Uniqueness of a power series. If Sa„f is a power series which
is convergent for some values of z at any rate besides 2=0, and f(z) is its
sum, then it is easy to see that/ (z) can be expressed in the form
O + a x Z + Oo £ 2 + • • • + («n + e a ) z n ,
where t 2 -*-0 as | z |-»-0. For if /x is any number less than the radius of con-
vergence of the series, and |2|<ii, then \a H \fj. n <K, where A' is a constant
(cf. § 192), and so
1/(2) -2a„2" ^!«„ + ilk , + 1 l + K + 2 ||2 n + 2 l + ...
I o '
/I 2 l\ m + 1 / I 2 I I 2 i 2 \ A" I
/x / \ it it 2 y ti" ( M - 1 2 1) '
* See Bromwich, Infinite Series, pp. 225 et seq. ; Hobson, Plane Trigonometry
(3rd edition), pp. 268 et seq.
193-195] AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 349
where K is a number independent of z. It follows from Ex. lv. 15 that
if 2a, i z n = 2b )l z n for all values of z whose modulus is less than some
number /x, then a n — b n for all values of n. This result is capable of considerable
generalisations into which we cannot enter now. It shows that the same
function f{z) cannot be represented by two different power series.
195. Multiplication of Series. We saw in § 170 that if
%u n and 1v n are two convergent series of positive terms, then
2« n x Xv n = ~iv n , where
W n = U V n + IhVn^ + . . . + U n V .
We can now extend this result to all cases in which %u n and 2v„
are absolutely convergent ; for our proof was merely a simple
application of Dirichlet's Theorem, which we have already ex-
tended to all absolutely convergent series.
Examples LXXXI. 1. If \z\ is less than the radius of convergence
of either of the series 2a a z H , "2b n z n , then the product of the two series is
2<v'\ vvhere c n =a b n +a 1 b, l _ 1 + ... + a n b Q .
2. If the radius of convergence of 2«„«" is E, and f(z) is the sum of
the series when | z | < E, and \z\ is less than either E or unity, then
f(z)/(l-z) = 2s n z n , where s n =a + a 1 + ... + a n .
3. Prove, by squaring the series for 1/(1 - z), that 1/(1 —z) 2 = 1 +2z + 3z 2 + ...
if|*|<l.
4. Prove similarly that 1/(1 -z) 3 =l+3z+6z 2 +..., the general term
being |(n + l)(w + 2)s".
5. The Binomial Theorem for a negative integral exponent. If
|s|<l, and in is a positive integer, then
(l_ z )m -*+«*+ 1>2 + - + 1.2.. .n Z + -'
[Assume the truth of the theorem for all indices up to m. Then, by Ex. 2,
1/(1- z) m + 1 = 2 s n z n , where
m(m + l) m(m + l)...(m + n-l) (m + l)(m + 2)...(m+n)
s n =l+m+ 1<2 +...+ ^g— — = ^ — ,
as is easily proved by induction.]
6. Prove by multiplication of series that if
/6M-i+(7) .+£)*•-.-,
and | z | < 1, then/ (mi, z)f(m', z) =f(m+m', z). [This equation forms the basis of
Euler's proof of the Binomial Theorem. The coefficient of z n in the product
CO
'iJU-ij + un»-2j + -+u-iHij + C
350 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
This is a polynomial in m and m! : but when m and m' are positive
integers this polynomial must reduce to ( , J , in virtue of the Binomial
Theorem for a positive integral exponent, and if two such polynomials are
equal for all positive integral values of m and ml then they must be equal
identically.]
7. If f(z)=l + z+ ol+... then f(z)f(z')=f(z + z'). [For the series for
f(z) is absolutely convergent for all values of z : and it is easy to see that if
(z + z') n
nl' " n\
«»-— i > v n=—< . then w n = — -y- .]
8. If C(,) = l-^ + ^-..., 0(,)=.-* + *-.„,
then 'C{z+z') = C{z)C(z')-S(z)S{z'), S(z+*)=S(z) CW + C^S &),
and {<7(,-)} 2 + {>S'(^)}' 2 = l.
9. Failure of the Multiplication Theorem. That the theorem is not
always true when 2% and 2v n are not absolutely convergent may be seen by
considering the case in which
(-1)"
Then
n 1
W n =(- 1)» j^———.
But V{(r + 1)(m + 1 -r)]^|(?i + 2), and so |w w |> (2n+2)/(»i + 2), which tends
to 2 ; so that 2 w n is certainly not convergent.
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER VIII.
1. Discuss the convergence of the series 2n k {J(n + l) -2 K hi+J(n-l)\ ,
where k is real. {Math. Trip. 1890.)
2. Show that 2?i r A fc (n 8 ),
where At*„ = «„ — «„ + 1 , A 2 ('„ = A (Am,,),
and so on, is convergent if and only if k">r+s+l, except when s is a positive
integer less than k, when every term of the series is zero.
[The result of Ch. VII, Misc. Ex. 11, shows that A k (n a ) is in general of
order n s ~ k .]
3. Show that
00 n2 + 9?i + 5 _ 5
? (n+l) (2n + 3) (2w + 5) (» + 4) ~ 36'
(1/a?/;. 2W]p. 1912.)
[Resolve the general term into partial fractions.]
AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 351
4. Show that, if R(n) is any rational function of n, we can determine
a polynomial P (n) and a constant A such that 2{R (n)- P(n) — (A/n)} is
convergent. Consider in particular the cases in which R(n) is one of
the functions l/(an + b), (an 2 + 2bii + c)/(an' 2 + 2^?i + y).
5. Show that the series
1 1 1 1 1_
1+s 2 2 + z + 3 3 + z + "'
is convergent provided only that s is not a negative integer.
6. Investigate the convergence or divergence of the series
2 sin-, 2 -sin-, 2(-l) n sin-, 2(1- cos-), 2 (- l) n n ( 1 -cos - ),
n n n n \ nj' \ nj
where a is real.
7. Discuss the convergence of the series
2 3 nj n
where 6 and a are real. (Math. Trip. 1899.)
8. Prove that the series
l_I_l4-Ij.l4.1_I_l_l_ 1 _|_
x 2 3~4~5 ' 6 7 8 9 10 ' ■■•»
in which successive terms of the same sign form groups of 1, 2, 3, 4, ... terms,
is convergent ; but that the corresponding series in which the groups contain
1, 2, 4, 8, ... terms oscillates finitely. (Math. Trip. 1908.)
9. If «i, u-i, M 3 , ... is a decreasing sequence of positive numbers whose
limit is zero, then the series
Mi-i(Mi + M 2 ) + H M l + M 2+ M 3)-"-l Ml-i(«l + «3)+i(Ml + M3 + M 5 )-...
are convergent. [For if (mi + m 2 +...+«„)/«=»„ then v ly v 2 , v 3 , ... is also a
decreasing sequence whose limit is zero (Ch. IV, Misc. Exs. 8, 27). This
shows that the first series is convergent ; the second we leave to the reader.
In particular the series
i-*(i+i)+Mi+i+*)--> W(i+i)+*a+i+*)--
ai'e convergent.]
10. If Uo + Ui + ic 2 -\-... is a divergent series of positive and decreasing
terms, then
(M0 + «2 + ---+«2!»)/C w l + M 3 + ." + «&t + l)- 9 \L
11. Prove that if a>0 then lim 2 (p + 7i)~ 1 ~ a = 0.
12. Prove that lim a 2 « -1-a =l. [It follows from § 174 that
0<l- 1 - a + 2- 1 - a +... + («-ir 1_a - I or x ~ a da:^l,
and it is easy to deduce that 2m _1- ° lies between 1/a and (l/a) + l.]
352 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
13. Find the sum of the series 2 u n , where
i
x n_ x -n-l 1 /
l " n ~(x n + x- n )(x n + ^ + x- n - 1 ) x-l\x n + x~ n x n + 1 +x~ n
for all real values of x for which the series is convergent. {Math. Trip. 1901.)
[If | x | is not equal to unity then the series has the sum #/{(# — 1) (a; 2 +l)}.
If x = l then «„ = and the sum is 0. If x=-l then Mn=§(-l) n+1 and
the series oscillates finitely.]
14. Find the sums of the series
2 _2z2_ 4a 4 s a 2 z 4
(in which all the indices are powers of 2), whenever they are convergent.
[The first series converges only if | z | < 1, its sum then being zj(\ — z) ; the
second series converges to zj{\ -z) if | z \ < 1 and to 1/(1 —z) if | z | > 1.]
15. If |«ti|^1 for all values of n then the equation
Q=\+a l z + a 2 z i + ...
cannot have a root whose modulus is less than •£, and the only case in which
it can have a root whose modulus is equal to ^ is that in which a„= - Cis(n0),
when 2=i Cis ( - 6) is a root.
16. Recurring Series. A power series 2a K s n is said to be a recurring
series if its coefficients satisfy a relation of the type
a n +Pia n -i+P2an-2+-~+Pk«n-k=Q (1),
where n^h and p x , p 2 , ..., pu are independent of n. Any recurring series is
the expansion of a rational function of z. To prove this we observe in the
first place that the series is certainly convergent for values of z whose modulus
is sufficiently small. For let O be the greater of the two numbers
1) \lh\ + \P2\ + — + \pk\-
Then it follows from the equation (1) that \a n \^Ga n , where a„ is the
modulus of the numerically greatest of the preceding coefficients ; and from
this that | a n \ < KG n , where K is independent of n. Thus the recurring series
is certainly convergent for values of z whose modulus is less t"han l/(r.
But if we multiply the series f(z) = 2a n z n by p t z, p 2 z 2 , ...p k ^, and add
the results, we obtain a new series in which all the coefficients after the
(k- l)th vanish in virtue of the relation (1), so that
(l+p 1 z+p 2 z°~ + ...+p k z k )f(z) = P + P 1 z+...+P k _ 1 z k -\
where P , P lt ..., P k -i are constants. The polynomial 1 +piz+p 2 z z +...+p k z k
is called the scale of relation of the series.
Conversely, it follows from the known results as to the expression of any
rational function as the sum of a polynomial and certain partial fractions of
the type Aj(z — a) p , and from the Binomial Theorem for a negative integral
AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 353
exponent, that any rational function whose denominator is not divisible by z
can be expanded in a power series convergent for values of z Whose modulus is
sufficiently small, in fact if \z | < p, where p is the least of the moduli of the roots
of the denominator (cf. Ch. IV, Misc. Exs. 18 et seq.). And it is easy to see,
by reversing the argument above, that the series is a recurring series. Thus
the necessary and sufficient condition that a power series shoidd be a recurring
series is that it shoidd be the expansion of such a rational function of z.
17. Solution of Difference-Equations. A relation of the type of (1)
in Ex. 16 is called a linear difference-equation in a n with constant coefficients.
Such equations may be solved by a method which will be sufficiently ex-
plained by an example. Suppose that the equation is
an-«n-i-8a»-2 + 12a B _3=0.
Consider the recurring power series 2a n z n . We find, as in Ex. 16, that its
sum is
ao + (ai-a )z + (a2-ai-8a )z 2 __ A x A 2 B
l-z-8^ + 122 3 ~ 1 - 2z + (1 - 2z) 2 T+3z '
where A\ t A 2 , and B are numbers easily expressible in terms of a , cq, and a 2 .
Expanding each fraction separately we see that the coefficient of z n is
a n =2«{A 1 + (n+l)A 2 } + (-S)»B.
The values of A x , A 2 , B depend upon the first three coefficients a , a u a 2 ,
which may of course be chosen arbitrarily.
18. The solution of the difference-equation u H — 2 cosd u n _ 1 + u n _ 2 = Q is
u n — A cos?j# + .Ssin nd, where A and B are arbitrary constants.
19. If u n is a polynomial in n of degree I; then 2u n z n is a recurring
series whose scale of relation is (1 -z) k + 1 . (Math. Trip. 1904.)
20. Expand 9/{(z — 1) (s + 2) 2 } in ascending powers of z.
(Math. Trip. 1913.)
21. Prove that if/(%) is the coefficient of z n in the expansion of 2/(1 + z + z 2 )
in powers of z, then
(1) /(»)+/(»-l)+/(n-2)=0, (2) /( m ) = (a, 3 »-a,3 2 '0/(co3-co3 2 ),
where a> 3 is a complex cube root of unity. Deduce that f(n) is equal to
or 1 or - 1 according as n is of the form 3£ or 3£ + l or 3£ + 2, and verify
this by means of the identity zj(\ + z + z 2 )=z (l-z)/(l -z 3 ).
22. A player tossing a coin is to score one point for every head he turns
up and two for every tail, and is to play on until his score reaches or passes
a total n. Show that his chance of making exactly the total n is J {2 -f- ( — I )»}.
(Math. Trip. 1898.)
[If p n is the probability thenp n =J (Pn-i+Pn-z) • also p =l, Pi = i-]
H. 23
/:
354 THE CONVERGENCE OF INFINITE SERIES [VIII
23. Prove that
1 1 1 /»\ J_ _ /n\ 1!
a+l + a+2 + " a+n \l/a + l W (« + l) (« + 2) *
if n is a positive integer and a is not one of the numbers -1, -2, ..., — n.
[This follows from splitting up each term on the right-hand side into partial
fractions. When a > - 1, the result may be deduced very simply from the
equation
1 ™n f 1 (Jiy
^-d.V= (1 _,;)«{! _(l-^)«}^
1 — X Jo X
by expanding (1 - x n )/(l -x) and l-(l-.r)' 1 in powers of x and integrating
each term separately. The result, being merely an algebraical identity, must
be true for all values of a save — 1, —2, ..., — n.]
24. Prove by multiplication of series that
oo z n cc l_\\n-l z n cc / i l Jv 2 n
2 —,2 { '—r- =2 l+H + o + -- ■ + -)—, •
o n ! i ?i . n ! t \ 2 3 »/ » l
[The coefficient of z n will be found to be
.M©-i© + S©-4
Now use Ex. 23, taking a = 0.]
25. If A n -*-A and B n ^~B as n-s-oo , then
(^£ n + J 2J B n _ x + . . . + J ^j)/^ .4 £.
[Let A n =A + e n . Then the expression given is equal to
A B 1 + B 2 + ... + B n e 1 B n +e 2 B n _ 1 + . ..+€ % B l
n n
The first term tends to AB (Ch. IV, Misc. Ex. 27). The modulus of
the second is less than /3 { | e x \ + | e 2 1 + . . • + 1 *n \ }/n, where ft is any number
greater than the greatest value of | B v | : and this expression tends to zero.]
26. Prove that if c n =a 1 b n + a 2 &„_i + ...+« n ^i an d
A n = a 1 + a 2 + ...+a n , B n = b 1 + b 2 + ... + b n , C n = c 1 + c 2 + ...+c„,
then
C n = a 1 B H +a 2 B n _ 1 + ... + a n B 1 = b 1 A n + b 2 A n _ 1 + ... + b n A 1
and C 1 + C 2 + ... + C n =A l B n + A 2 B n _ 1 + ... + A n B 1 .
Hence prove that if the series 1a n , 2b n are convergent and have the sums
A, B, so that A n -*-A, B n -*-B, then
(C 1 + C 2 + ... + C n )/n+AB.
Deduce that if 2c„ is convergent then its sum is AB. This result is known as
Abel's Theorem on the multiplication of Series. We have already seen
that we can multiply the series 2a„, s6 n in this way if both series are
absolutely convergent : Abel's Theorem shows that we can do so even if
one or both are not absolutely convergent, provided only that the product series
is convergent.
AND INFINITE INTEGRALS 355
27. Prove that
l(i-i+l-...)'-4-l(i+i)+i(i+Hi)-.»i
[Use Ex. 9 to establish the convergence of the series.]
28. For what values of m and n is the integral / sin"' x (1 - cos x) n dx
. Jo
convergent ? [If m + 1 and m + 2n + l are positive.]
29. Prove that if a > 1 then
f 1 dx it
J _! (a-*) v '(I^) = ^(a 2 -l) *
30. Establish the formulae
j" Fy{x* + \)-x)dx = hj^ (l + j^F{y)dy.
In particular, prove that if w > 1 then
f °° , „ /* r = f " V(* 2 + 1) - *} n dx = -^ .
Jo { N /(^ 2 + l)+^} n Jo X ' v?~\
[In this and the succeeding examples it is of course supposed that the
arbitrary functions which occur are such that the integrals considered have a
meaning in accordance with the definitions of §§ 177 et seq.]
31. Show that if 2y = ax—(bfx), where a and b are positive, then y in-
creases steadily from — oo to oc as x increases from to oc . Hence show that
/."4 (- ¥ i)} < b >-\r_jw+<*» I'+vT^h
2
f{J{y* + ab))dy.
a J o
32. Show that if 2y = ax + (b/x), where a and b are positive, then two
values of x correspond to any value of y greater than s /(ab). Denoting the
greater of these by x\ and the less by x 2 , show that, as y increases from
J(ab) towards oo, x x increases from Jibja) towards oo, and a? 2 decreases
from \/(b/a) to 0. Hence show that
f °° f(y) dx x = - {^ f(y)[ -irv-^jx + 1\ dy,
J V(6/«) a J y/(ab) W(f ' ab ) J
and that
("/^(W^l^- I"* -/{^ r dy = l (™ fy{z> + ab))dz.
Jo' V\ -WJ a]^ ab)s l{y' i -ab) ' a J
23—2
356 INFINITE SERIES AND INTEGRALS [VIII
33. Prove the formula
f n ., , iv dx f 17 ',' , dx
I / (sec * x + tan \ x) -rz-. r = / / (cosec x) -r—. . ,
34. If a and b are positive, then
f °° dx it f °° x 2 dx
J (x 2 + a 2 ) (x 2 + b 2 ) 2ab (a + b) ' J (x 2 + a 2 ) (x 2 + b 2 ) 2 (a + 6) '
Deduce that if a, /3, and y are positive, and /3 2 ^ ay, then
f x dx ir f°° x 2 dx it
J ax i + 2l3x* + y = 2 V(2y4) ' J a> + 2/3.V 2 + y = 2,J{2aA) '
where A = /3 + J {ay). Also deduce the last result from Ex. 31, by putting
f(y) = ll(c 2 +y 2 ). The last two results remain true when /3 2 <ay, but their
proof is then not quite so simple.
35. Prove that if b is positive then
/" °° x 2 dx n f °° .r 4 c/.r 7r
Jo (^ 2 -a :! ) 2 + 6 2 ^ 2 26' J {(^ 2 -a 2 ) 2 + 6 2 .^ 2 } 2 46 3 '
36. Extend Schwarz's inequality (Ch. VII, Misc. Ex. 42) to infinite
integrals of the first and second kinds.
37. Prove that if <f>(x) is the function considered at the end of § 178
then
Jc> W o^n+iy
38. Prove that
Establish similar results in which the limits of integration are and 1.
(Math. Trip. 1913.)
CHAPTER IX
THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS
OF A REAL VARIABLE
196. The number of essentially different types of functions
with which we have been concerned in the foregoing chapters
is not very large. Among those which have occurred the most
important for ordinary purposes are polynomials, rational functions,
algebraical functions, explicit or implicit, and trigonometrical
functions, direct or inverse.
We are however far from having exhausted the list of functions
which are important in mathematics. The gradual expansion of
the range of mathematical knowledge has been accompanied by
the introduction into analysis of one new class of function after
another. These new functions have generally been introduced
because it appeared that some problem which was occupying the
attention of mathematicians was incapable of solution by means of
the functions already known. The process may fairly be compared
with that by which the irrational and complex numbers were first
introduced, when it was found that certain algebraical equations
could not be solved by means of the numbers already recognised.
One of the most fruitful sources of new functions has been the
problem of integration. Attempts have been made to integrate
some function fix) in terms of functions already known. These
attempts have failed ; and after a certain number of failures it
has begun to appear probable that the problem is insoluble.
Sometimes it has been proved that this is so ; but as a rule such
a strict proof has not been forthcoming until later on. Generally
it has happened that mathematicians have taken the impossibility
for granted as soon as they have become reasonably convinced
of it, and have introduced a new function F (x) defined by its
358 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
possessing the required property, viz. that F' (x) =/(#). Starting
from this definition, they have investigated the properties of
F(x);and it has then appeared that F (x) has properties which
no finite combination of the functions previously known could
possibly have ; and thus the correctness of the assumption that
the original problem could not possibly be solved has been
established. One such case occurred in the preceding pages,
when in Ch. VI we defined the function log a; by means of the
equation
, fdx
log«-J-.
Let us consider what grounds we have for supposing log.r to be a really
new function. We have seen already (Ex. xlii. 4) that it cannot be a rational
function, since the derivative of a rational function is a rational function
whose denominator contains only repeated factors. The question whether it
can be an algebraical or trigonometrical function is more difficult. But it is
very easy to become convinced by a few experiments that differentiation will
never get rid of algebraical irrationalities. For example, the result of
differentiating v /(l +x) any number of times is always the product of ,J(l+x)
by a rational function, and so generally. The reader should test the
correctness of the statement by experimenting with a number of examples.
Similarly, if we differentiate a function which involves sin.*? or cos.r, one
or other of these functions persists in the result.
"We have, therefore, not indeed a strict proof that logx is anew function —
that we do not profess to give* — but a reasonable presumption that it is.
We shall therefore treat it as such, and we shall find on examination that its
properties are quite unlike those of any function which we have as yet
encountered.
197. Definition of log x. We define log x, the logarithm of x,
by the equation
We must suppose that x is positive, since (Ex. lxxvi. 2) the
integral has no meaning if the range of integration includes
the point x = 0. We might have chosen a lower limit other
than 1 ; but 1 proves to be the most convenient. With this
definition log 1=0.
We shall now consider how log x behaves as x varies from
towards go . It follows at once from the definition that log # is a
* For such a proof see the author's tract quoted on p. 236.
196, 197]
OF A REAL VARIABLE
359
continuous function of x which increases steadily with x and has
a derivative
D x log x = 1/x;
and it follows from § 175 that log x tends to oo as x ->- oo .
If a; is positive but less than 1, then logx is negative. For
i [* dt [ ldt a
l0gX = ] 1 l = -] x J < °-
Moreover, if we make the substitution t=l/u in the integral, we
obtain
. f'dt [V*du , ,_..
Iog " = i 1 T = -j 1 — -log(V*)-
Thus log x tends steadily to — oo as x decreases from 1 to 0.
The general form of the graph of the logarithmic function is
shown in Fig. 52. Since the derivative of log x is ljx, the slope of
Y
Fig. 52.
the curve is very gentle when x is very large, and very steep
Avhen x is very small.
Examples LXXXII. 1. Prove from the definition that if u > then
ttl(l+u) < log (1+u) < u.
/u c lf
-— , and the subject of integration lies between 1 and
o 1 + '
2. Prove that log(l + 2t) lies between u — — and u— — when a is
/u tdt
.]
3. If < u < 1 then u < - log (1 - u) < «/(l - u).
4. Prove that
.. log„r .. log (1 + ,
lira — £-= lim - ? v ; = l.
[Use Ex. 1.]
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198. The functional equation satisfied by logic. The
function \ogx satisfies the functional equation
/(*>/)= /(*) +f(y) (i).
For, making the substitution t = yu, we see that
_ f*» dt _ f x du _ f x du _ Plvdu
Jl t Jljy u Ji u J i u
= log x - log (1/y) = log x + log y,
which proves the theorem.
Examples LXXXIII. 1. It can be shown that there is no solution of
the equation (1) which possesses a differential coefficient and is fundamentally
distinct from log x. For when we differentiate the functional equation, first
with respect to x and then with respect to y, we obtain the two equations
yf ' (xy) =/' (*)> x f (xy) =/' (y) ;
and so, eliminating /' (xy\ xf' i (x)=yf (y). But if this is true for every pair
of values of x and y, then we must have xf (x) = C, or f (x) = Cjx, where C
is a constant. Hence
/(.,;)= / ^dx+C' = C\0gX+C,
and it is easy to see that C" = 0. Thus there is no solution fundamentally
distinct from log.r, except the trivial solution f(x) = 0, obtained by taking
2. Show in the same way that there is no solution of the equation
/w+/w-/(;_ + £)
which possesses a differential coefficient and is fundamentally distinct from
arc tan x.
199. The manner in which log x tends to infinity with x.
It will be remembered that in Ex. xxxvi. 6 we defined certain
different ways in which a function of x may tend to infinity with x,
distinguishing between functions which, when x is large, are of
the first, second, third, . . . orders of greatness. A function f (x)
was said to be of the A'th order of greatness when f (x)/x k tends to
a limit different from zero as x tends to infinity.
It is easy to define a whole series of functions which tend to
infinity with x, but whose order of greatness is smaller than the first.
Thus >Jx, tyx, \/x, . . . are such functions. We may say generally
that x a , where a is any positive rational number, is of the ath
order of greatness when x is large. We may suppose a as small
198-201] OF A REAL VARIABLE 3G1
as we please, e.g. less than "0000001. And it might be thought
that by giving a all possible values we should exhaust the
possible ' orders of infinity ' of f (x). At any rate it might be
supposed that if f (x) tends to infinity with x, however slowly, we
could always find a value of a. so small that x a would tend to
infinity more slowly still ; and, conversely, that if f(x) tends to
infinity with x, however rapidly, we could always find a value
of a so great that x a would tend to infinity more rapidly still.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the function log x is its
behaviour as x tends to infinity. It shows that the presupposition
stated above, which seems so natural, is unfounded. -The logarithm
of x tends to infinity with x, but more slowly than any positive 'power
of x, integral or fractional. In other words loga?-*- oo but
lo g^
of-
for all positive values of a. This fact is sometimes expressed
loosely by saying that ' the order of infinity of log x is infinitely
small '; but the reader will hardly require at this stage to be warned
against such modes of expression.
200. Proof that (logx)/x a -+0 as a?-*-oo. Let yS be any
positive number. Then \Jt< l/t 1 ^ when t > 1, and so
f x dt f x dt
l08W= ] 1 i < ! 1 t^'
or log x < (a> a — l)//3 < oP/ft,
when x > 1. Now if a is any positive number we can choose a
smaller positive value of (3. And then
< (log x)/x a < # 3_a //3 (x > 1).
But, since a > /3, #' 8-a //3^0 as x ^ oo , and therefore
(log®)/ oc* -^0.
201. The behaviour of log x as x -»- + 0. Since
(log x)fx a = -y a logy
if x = 1/y, it follows from the theorem proved above that
lim y a log y = — lim (log x)/x a = 0.
Thus logx tends to — oo and log(l/x) = — logx to co as x tends
to zero by positive values, but log (l/x) tends to oo more slowly
than any positive power of 1/x, integral or fractional.
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202. Scales of inrrnity. The logarithmic scale. Let us coumdar
: - - - - ::.:.::: :.?
• - sses - that, if / (x) and d»(*] are any twe
functions contained in it, then/(x) and <f> (*] both tend to x as x-»-x , while
-' - 6(x) tends to or to ao according - oeurs to the right or the
r in the ~:r:es. We can now ; this aeries by ib -ertion
of new terms to the right of all those already written i.^wn. We c-jin begin
with log*, which tends to infinity more .in any of the old terms.
Then N I g tends tc ddhr • -an log*, jTflog*] than N '(log.
so on. Thus we obtain a s
;-•••• - - -• %'--•? ■ < • r •• ; - -
formed of two aim] '" inffa rxanged :ne after the other. But this
is not aH sides the function log log*, the logarithm of log x. Since
(kjgx) x a -*-0, for all positive values of a, it follows on putting x=logy that
(loglogy togj -= log* ■• = — ().
Thus leg logy tends to x with y, but more slowly than any power or
Hence we may continue c :" jrm
, N . log , I _ J log . ' . . N : > : ■ N : T - : .
and it will by now be obTioos that by introducing the functions log log log *,
log log log log *, ... we can prolong the series to any : like. By
putti:. - = I ~e obtain a similar scale of infinity for functions of y which
tend: -rvalues.*
Examples LSX5IV. 1. E~:-r^n any two terms /(x . F % of the series
n. insert a new I ten Is to x more slowly than
• : . :■:■ . F bet ^ N " we could insert
N . 14 - ve could insert log* -. A:. 1, generally,
: = s F ' ited.]
Find a 1 Ib 1 x more slowly than s r x, but more
rapidly than *", where a is any rational number less than 11 [ N
~ :;1 .:";:_.- . r N ' . ". """.. --/-:- : > iny positive rational mnnber.]
3. Find a function wn to ao m re -1 " .;■" than N . ' .- mora
rapid. .. a *, where a is any rational number. [The fin
3, function. It will be gathered from these example -
{RCompZeteness is an inherent characteristic of the logarithmic scale of infinity.]
■L How does the function
= ■ logx^aogiog - - iog*)^aogiog*)^>
behave as * ten -i "If a±$ then the behaviour of
f = - i tog '" : - - ' ~ r
* For fuller information as to ' scales of ^infinity ' see the author
of Infr. 7 .nib. Math. 1 12.
202. 203] A KEAL VARIABLE Ho
is i:r_;~i-oi -v :i^: .i ..'-'- li -.= z ':.--. zl-. -._• " -: :' ;'_- yy-:- '--i
the behaviour of / x; is dominated by that of (logx * _y , Trnkss a —3". wmm
■ ■ ii - --.•-. _ ■ . - - T.. _- " -~ r. :
-= ~ ^ - r a = 5. a = z ^ z z. i - -~ '. -J. z < : =: " :
;= r. i = : i < : |
5. . s "'.'gj "•.•:*:•; -
- " ." - ?-'-■? ------- -.:•: riir-g v. :!•= riT-ii." ~.\z -_.::. :ir; --i;
kgkgx/(xlogxV, (kgx)/x, xlogkgxV(x*+ , -;
_ :_t : ^ r.
7. Arrange
. • 1: g 1 : g 1 ~ . N I:-g I . % .r -iz. - I :-z 1 .r . 1 - :-:>= ■ L:>g 1 /x
. : .:-:.: ...y :•: -._- z-.y^rr — r.'z. — :_:-i. -±tJ :~i.i :•: ziz-: -.- -■ —
- - - - -
2>xloglogx=: Z>.logloglogx=l -rlogxlogk^
- ■ - -
203. The number £
usually der - : f immense importance in higher
mathematics. I: is. like — :.r : :Le :n. _ .l_t: : . ;._-- -
. : :.:
We define e as the number whose logarithm
■wor - dned bv the equs -
Since logrj* is an ir. . -
rass once through the value 1. Hence oar
lefinition does in fact deni edniie r
N ."""._ = - _" - _
- -=--_ _ ='-_ -_ =
whri- is : satire im z Hence
- - : = - i : =
364 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
Again, if p and q are any positive integers, and e p/q denotes the
positive qth. root of e p , we have
p = log e? = log (<?2>/*)9 = q log e*/«,
so that \oge p,q = p/q. Thus, if 3/ has any positive rational value,
and e y denotes the positive ytih power of e, we have
\ogev = y (1),
and log e~ y = — log e y = — y. Hence the equation (1) is true for
all rational values of y, positive or negative. In other words the
equations
y = \ogx, x=e y (2)
are consequences of one another so long as y is rational and e y
has its positive value. At present we have not given any definition
of a power such as e y in which the index is irrational, and the
function e y is defined for rational values of y only.
Example. Prove that 2 < e < 3. [In the first place it is evident that
'2 eft
/
t <lj
1 I
and so 2 < e. Also
[ 3 dt_f 2 dt [ 3 dt_( 1 du f 1 du P du
)i T~ J l 7 + J, J~ Jo 2-uJo 2 + u~ Jo ^-Ti
so that e < 3.]
5>1,
204. The exponential function. We now define the ex-
ponential function e y for all real values of y as the inverse of
the logarithmic function. In other words we write
x — e y
if y = log x.
We saw that, as x varies from towards 00 , y increases
steadily } in the stricter sense, from — 00 towards 00 . Thus to
one value of x corresponds one value of y, and conversely. Also y
is a continuous function of x, and it follows from § 109 that x is
likewise a continuous function of y.
It is easy to give a direct proof of the continuity of the exponential function.
For if x=ev and z + £ = e y+r > then
■x+Sdt,
t
Thus hi is greater than £/(# + £) if £>0, and than |£|/# if £<0; and if rj is
very small £ must also be very small.
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OF A REAL VARIABLE
365
Thus e y is a positive and continuous function of y which
increases steadily from towards oo as y increases from — oo
towards oo . Moreover e y is the positive yih. power of the number
e, in accordance with the elementary definitions, whenever y is
a rational number. In particular e y = 1 when y = 0. The general
form of the graph of e y is as shown in Fig. 53.
X
Fig. 53.
205. The principal properties of the exponential
function. (1) If x = e y , so that y = log x, then dy/dx = l/x
and
dx
dy
= x= e y .
Thus the derivative of the exponential function is equal to the
function itself More generally, if x = e ay then dxjdy = ae ay .
(2) The exponential function satisfies the functional equation
This follows, when y and z are rational, from the ordinary rules
of indices. If y or z, or both, are irrational then we can choose two
sequences 2/j, 2/ 2 , •••> y^ ••• an d z lt z 2 , ..-,z n , ... of rational numbers
such that lim y n = y, Km z n = z. Then, since the exponential
function is continuous, we have
e y x e z = lim e y n x lim e z n = lim e y n +z n = e y+z .
In particular e y x e~ y = e° = 1, or e~ y = l/e y .
We may also deduce the functional equation satisfied by e y
from that satisfied by \ogx. For if y 1 = \ogx 1 , y 2 = \ogx. 2 , so that
^ = e y > , %. 2 = e y2 , then y x + y 2 = log x 1 + log x 2 — log x x x 2 and
e j/i+y> = glogx.x, _ XiXz — e y, x e y K
366 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [lX
Examples LXXXV. 1. If dx/dy = ax then x = Ke ay , where K is a
constant.
2. There is no solution of the equation f(y + z)=f(y)f(z) fundamentally
distinct from the exponential function. [We assume that / (3/) has a differential
coefficient. Differentiating the equation with respect to y and z in turn, we
obtain
/'(y+*)=/'(y)/(»). /'(y+»)=/(y)/'0
and so f Q/)lf(y)=f (z)lf(z), and therefore each is constant. Thus if x=f{y)
then dxjdy = ax, where a is a constant, so that x = Ke ay (Ex. 1).]
3. Prove that (e ay - 1 )/y -*- a as y ->- 0. [Applying the Mean Value
Theorem, we obtain e ay - 1 = aye« 1 ), where < 1 17 1 < \y | .]
206. (3) The function e y tends to infinity with y more rapidly
than any power of y, or
lim y a Je y = lim e~ y y a =
as y ->■ 00 , for all values of a however great.
We saw that (\ogx)/x^-»~0 as #-*-oo, for any positive value
of /3 however small. Writing a for 1//3, we see that (\ogx) a /x-*-0
for any value of a however large. The result follows on putting
x = e y . It is clear also that e"* y tends to co if 7 > 0, and to if
7 < 0, and in each case more rapidly than any power of y.
From this result it follows that we can construct a ' scale of infinity '
similar to that constructed in § 202, but extending in the opposite direction ;
i.e. a scale of functions which tend to 00 more and more rapidly as a;-*- so.*
The scale is
/v» /y>l /yO pX pZX /)£" /)3j3 pG
where of course e x °, ..., e eI , ... denote e(*'), ..., e( e *), ....
The reader should try to apply the remarks about the logarithmic scale,
made in § 202 and Exs. lxxxiv, to this 'exponential scale' also. The two scales
may of course (if the order of one is reversed) be combined into one scale
...loglog:r, ... log.?, ... x, ... e x , ... e e \ ....
207. The general power a x . The function a x has been
defined only for rational values of x, except in the particular case
* The exponential function was introduced by inverting the equation y = logx
into x = e y ; and we have accordingly, up to the present, used ?/ as the independent
and x as the dependent variable in discussing its properties. We shall now revert
to the more natural plan of taking x as the independent variable, except when it is
necessary to consider a pair of equations of the type y — log x, x = e y simultaneously,
or when there is some other special reason to the contrary.
205-207] OF A REAL VARIABLE 367
when a = e. We shall now consider the case in which a is any
positive number. Suppose that a; is a positive rational number
p/q. Then the positive value y of the power a vlq is given by
yi = a v \ from which it follows that
q\ogy=p log a, log y = (p/q) \oga = x log a,
and so y = e xloga .
We take this as our definition of a x when x is irrational. Thus
10 v/2 = e^ 2log10 . It is to be observed that a x , when x is irrational,
is defined only for positive values of a, and is itself essentially
positive; and that log a x = x log a. The most important properties
of the function a x are as follows.
(1) Whatever value a may have, a x x a y = a x+y and (a x ) y = a xy .
In other words the laws of indices hold for irrational no less than
for rational indices. For, in the first place,
cl x x a y = e xlosa x e yl ° Ba = e^ x+y> losa = a x+y ■
and in the second
(2) If a > 1 then a x = e xloga = e aX , where a is positive. The
graph of a x is in this case similar to that of e x , and a^-^x
as x -*■ oo , more rapidly than any power of x.
If a < 1 then a a; = e a;loga = e - ^, where /3 is positive. The graph
of a x is then similar in shape to that of e x , but reversed as regards
right and left, and a x -^0 as x^-cc , more rapidly than any
power of 1/x.
(3) a x is a continuous function of x, and
D x a x = D x e xloea = e xlosa log a = a x log a.
(4) a* is also a continuous function of a, and
D a a x = D a e xlosa = e xlosa (x/a) = xa x '\
(5) (a x — l)/x ^-loga as x-^0. This of course is a mere
corollary from the fact that D x a x = a x log a, but the particular
form of the result is often useful ; it is of course equivalent to the
result (Ex. LXXXV. 3) that (e"* — l)/x ^aasa'-*0.
In the course of the preceding chapters a great many results involving
the function a x have been stated with the limitation that x is rational. The
definition and theorems given in this section enable us to remove this
restriction.
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208. The representation of e x as a limit. In Ch. IV,
§73, we proved that {l+(l/n)\ n tends, as n-*-cc, to a limit
which we denoted provisionally by e. We shall now identify this
limit with the number e of the preceding sections. We can
however establish a more general result, viz. that expressed by
the equations
lim (l + -) l = \im(l--)~ a = e x (1).
n+* \ n/ »*»\ »/
As the result is of very great importance, we shall indicate alter-
native lines of proof.
(1) Since
Ct 1 ,- -v CO
^a + aO-TTrt'
it follows that
log(l + xh)
lim ° , = x.
If we put h = \j%, we see chat
( x^
lim £ log ( 1 + -s ■ = w
as f -^ oo or £ -^ — oo . Since the exponential function is con-
tinuous it follows that
(
&*
1 + ] = e eiog{i+(*/f)}^.g»
as £ -^- go or %-*•— °o : i.e. that
lim(l + C)= lim (l + f\=& (2).
If we suppose that £ -*- oo or £-^> — oo through integral values
only, we obtain the result expressed by the equations (1).
(2) If n is any positive integer, however large, and x > 1, we have
f x dt f x dt f x dt
] l fiT^)<] 1 7 < J 1 <I^(i/n)»
or i n(\-x~' l l n ) <\ogx <n{x l i n -\) (3).
Writing y for log.r, so that y is positive and x = e v , wc obtain, after some
simple transformations,
H)"<*<nr «•
Now let
V , V 1
l+- = '?i, 1-- = -.
n n t] 2
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Then 0<?; 1 <^2, at any rate for sufficiently large values of n ; and, by
(9) of §74,
V2 n ~ 7l" < W«? 2 n ~ l (t? 2 - 171) = fn2 n / n >
which evidently tends to as n-*-<x> . The result now follows from the
inequalities (4). The more general result (2) may be proved in the same way,
if we replace ljn by a continuous variable h.
209. The representation of log* as a limit. We can also prove
(cf. § 75) that
lim n (1 — x~ i,n ) = lim n (x 1 !* — 1 ) = log x. '
For n (#V» -l)-n(l-arW»)«» (x l > n - 1) (1 - x - V*),
which tends to zero as %-»-oo, since n(x 1, ' n — l) tends to a limit (§ 75) and
a?-V» to 1 (Ex. xxvil. 10). The result now follows from the inequalities (3) of
§ 208.
Examples LXXXVI. 1. Prove, by taking y=l and n=6 in the in-
equalities (4) of § 208, that 2 . 5 < e < 2 . 9.
2. Prove that if t> 1 then {t l i n -t-V n )l(t-t- 1 ) <l}n, and so that if
x > 1 then
/•* dt [» dt \[ x ( _ ±\ d A_l( 1 '
J it 1 - M J ! t 1 + (» ■'») < M J 1 V «/ * ~ » V + * _
Hence deduce the results of § 209.
3. If | B is a function of n such that n| n ->• I as w -*- qo , then (1 + £»)"-»- e\
[Writing n log (1 +£„) in the form
and using Ex. LXXXH. 4, we see that n log (1 + £„)-»-£.]
4. If «£„ -a- 00 , then (1 + |„) n -»- 00 ; and if 1 + £ n > and ng n -*--», then
(l + ln)"-0.
5. Deduce from (1) of § 208 the theorem that e y tends to infinity more
rapidly than any power of y.
210. Common logarithms. The reader is probably familiar
with the idea of a logarithm and its use in numerical calculation.
He will remember that in elementary algebra \og a x, the logarithm
of x to the base a, is defined by the equations
x = a y , y = \og a x.
This definition is of course applicable only when y is rational,
though this point is often passed over in silence.
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Our logarithms are therefore logarithms to the base e. For
numerical work logarithms to the base 10 are used. If
y — log x = logv x, z = log 10 x,
then x = ev and also x = 10-' = e z log, °, so that
log 10 # = (log e #)/(log e 10).
Thus it is easy to pass from one system to the other when once
log e 10 has been calculated.
It is no part of our purpose in this book to go into details
concerning the practical uses of logarithms. If the reader is
not familiar with them he should consult some text-book on
Elementary Algebra or Trigonometry.*
Examples LXXXVII. 1. Show that
D x e°* cosbx=re ax cos {bx + 6), D x e (tx sm bx = re ax sin (bx+6)
where r= v /(a 2 + 6 2 ), eos 6 = ajr, sin 6 = bjr. Hence determine the nth. deri-
vatives of the functions e ttX cosbx, e ax &mbx, and show in particular that
D x n e ux = a" e ax .
2. Trace the curve y=e~ ax sin bx, whore a and b are positive. Show
that y has an infinity of maxima whose values form a geometrical progression
and which lie on the curve
y = — _ — r^e-**. (Math. Trip. 1912.)
3 s f{a 2 f b 2 ) y f )
3. Integrals containing the exponential function. Prove that
/ 7 , a cos bx + b sin bx „„ f „„ . t , « sin bx — b cos bx „
e ax cos bxdx = 5 — r^ e ax . \ e ax sin bxdx= — — 5 — r „ e w .
a--\-b i J a 2 + b-
[Denoting the two integrals by 7, J, and integrating by parts, we obtain
al= e ax cos bx + bJ, a J = e ax sin bx - bl.
Solve these equations for /and J.]
4. Prove that the successive areas bounded by the curve of Ex. 2 and the
positive half of the axis of x form a geometrical progression, and that their
sum is
b \+e- aT -' b
a* + b*l-e- an/b '
5. Prove that if a > then
I e~ ax cos bxdx=-^ — r „, | e~ ax sin bxdx = — ■. — r^.
Jo « 2 + ^' 2 Jo "' + b 2
* See for example Chrystal's Algebra, vol. i, ch. xxi. The value of log e 10 is
2 302... and that of its reciprocal -434... .
210] OF A REAL VARIABLE 371
6. Ifl n =le ax x n dx then al n =e ax x n -nl n _i. [Integrate by parts. It
follows that I n can be calculated for all positive integral values of n.]
7. Prove that, if n is a positive integer, then
e~ x x n dx = n\ e~f ( ef- 1 -£- f-"-...-^-r )
\ 2 ! n !/
/:
and / e~ x x n dx = ?i !.
o
/;
8. Show how to find the integral of any rational function of e x . [Put
x — logu, when e x =%(, dx/du = l/u, and the integral is transformed into that
of a rational function of u.]
9. Integrate
(c V + a 2 e ~ x ) (cV + b 2 e ~ x ) '
distinguishing the cases in which a is and is not equal to b.
10. Prove that we can integrate any function of the form P(x, e ax , e bx , ...),
where P denotes a polynomial. [This follows from the fact that P can be
expressed as the sum of a number of terms of the type Ax m e kx , where m is a
positive integer.]
11. Show how to integrate any function of the form
P (x, e ax , e bx , ..., cos Ix, cos?nx, ..., sinlx, sinm#, ...).
12. Prove that I e-toR(x)dx, where A>0 and a is greater than the
greatest root of the denominator of R (x), is convergent. [This follows from
the fact that e kx tends to infinity more rapidly than any power of x.]
13. Prove that I e-^+wdx, where X > 0, is convergent for all values of
fx, and that the same is true of / e-^x 2 +iJ.xx n dx, where n is any positive
integer.
14. Draw the graphs of e* 2 , e'* 2 , xe x , xe~ x , xe* 2 , xe~ x2 , and .rlog^, deter-
mining any maxima and minima of the functions and any points of inflexion
on their graphs.
15. Show that the equation e ax =bx, where a and b are positive, has two
real roots, one, or none, according as b>ae, b = ae, or b < ae. [The tangent
to the curve y = e ax at the point (£, e a %) is
y — e°£=ae<£(x — £;),
which passes through the origin if a|=l, so that the line y=aex touches the
curve at the point (Ija, e). The result now becomes obvious when we draw
the line y = bx. The reader should discuss the cases in which a or 6 or both
are negative.]
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16. Show that the equation e x = l+x has no real root except x=0, and
that e x =l+x+%x 2 has three real roots.
1 7. Draw the graphs of the functions
log {x + s /(x 2 + 1)}, log [yZ^) ' e ~ aX cos2 hx >
e -(W, e-(i/*)V(l/#), e~ cotx , e~ cot2x .
18. Determine roughly the positions of the real roots of the equations
log{*+V(* l +l)}- i *j 6 , e *-|r|=io5oO. e*sin*=7, «*• sin tf=10000.
19. The hyperbolic functions. The hyperbolic functions cosh x,*
sinha?, ... are denned by the equations
cosh x= \ (e x + e ~~ x ), sinh a; = ^ (e* — e ~ x ),
tanh a; = (sinh .r)/(cosh a;), coth x= (cosh a;)/(sinh a;),
sech x= l/(cosh x), cosech x = l/(sinh a;).
Draw the graphs of these functions.
20. Establish the formulae
cosh ( — x) = cosh x, sinh ( — x) = — sinh x, tanh ( — x) = — tanh x,
cosh 2 x— sinh 2 a?=l, sech 2 .r + tanh 2 x=l, coth 2 a; — cosech 2 a?=l,
cosh 2x= cosh 2 a? + sinh 2 a,', sinh 2a; = 2 sinh a? cosh #,
cosh (x +y) = cosh x cosh 3/ + sinh x sinh ?/,
sinh (a; + y) = sinh # cosh y -f cosh a? sinh y.
21. Verify that these formulae may be deduced from the corresponding
formulae in cos x and sin x, by writing cosh x for cos x and i sinh x for sin a;.
[It follows that the same is true of all the formulae involving cos nx and
sin nx which are deduced from the corresponding elementary properties of
cos a; and sin a?. The reason of this analogy will appear in Ch. X.]
22. Express cosh x and sinh x in terms (a) of cosh 2x (b) of sinh 2x.
Discuss any ambiguities of sign that may occur. (Math. Trip. 1908.)
23. Prove that
2)3 cosh #= sinh a?, D x sinh x = cosh x, D x t&nh x= sech 2 a;, Z)^cotha;= — cosech 2 a\
D x sech x = - sech x tanh x, D x cosech x = — cosech x coth a;,
Z>^ log cosh x = tanh x, D x log | sinh a? | = coth a?,
D x arc tan e* = J sech a-', Z)^ log | tanh \ x \ = cosech x.
[All these formulae may of course be transformed into formulae in inte-
gration.]
* ' Hyperbolic cosine ' : for an explanation of this phrase see Hobson's Trigo-
nometry, ch. xvi.
210] OF A REAL VARIABLE 373
24. Prove that cosh x > 1 and — 1 < tanh x < 1.
25. Prove that if y=coskx then x=\og{y± s ?(y 2 — 1)}, if v/ = sinh.r then
«F=log[y-rV(«/ 2 + l)}, and if j/ = tanh.r then x = ^\og {(l+y)/(l — y)}. Account
for the ambiguity of sign in the first case.
26. We shall denote the functions inverse to cosh x, sinh x, tanh x by
arg cosh x, arg sinh x, arg tanh x. Show that arg cosh x is defined only when
.r^l, and is in general two-valued, while arg sinh x is defined for all real
values of x, and arg tanh x when — 1<.v<1, and both of the two latter
functions are one- valued. Sketch the graphs of the functions.
27. Show that if -\ir <x <\n and y is positive, and cos x cosh y = \, then
y = log (sec x + tan x), D x y — sec x, By x = sech y.
f dx . f dx
28. Prove that if a > then I — — r — 57 = arg sinh (xla), and I ,. ' — 5. is
J Jix' + a*) J s /(x~-a~)
equal to arg cosh (x/a) or to — arg cosh ( — x/a), according as x> or x < 0.
' f dx
29. Prove that if a>0 then I — ^ 2 is equal to — (1/a) arg tanh (.r/a) or
to — (1/a) arg coth (x/a), according as | x | is less than or greater than a. [The
results of Exs. 28 and 29 furnish us with an alternative method of writing
a good many of the formulae of Ch. VI.]
30. Prove that
l^Mr 2l0g{v ' ( "" a)W(l " A)} (a<b<x),
= - 2 log y(a - x) + s f(b - x)} (x«z< b),
sj{(a — x)(b-x)}
/ -777 rrr r =2arctan . /('^ ) (a<x<b).
j J{{x-a)(b-x)} V \b-xj K
31. Prove that
I ^log(l + i^)« T ^=|-|log-o<if 1 .r 2 ^ = ^.
/o 70
(1/a^. ZWjt>. 1913.)
32. Solve the equation a cosh .r + b sinh .r = c, where c > 0, showing that it
has no real roots if b 2 + c 2 — a 2 < 0, while if 6 2 -f c 2 — a 2 >0 it has two, one, or
no real roots according as a + 6 and a — b are both positive, of opposite signs,
or both negative. Discuss the case in which b 2 + c 1 — a 2 = 0.
33. Solve the simultaneous equations cosh x cosh y = a, sinh x sinh y = b.
34. xV* -^ 1 as x -*- 00 . [For a£/*=gP<**)/* and (log a?)/*- -*- 0. Cf.
Ex. xxvii. 11.] Show also that the function x llx has a maximum when
x = e, and draw the graph of the function for positive values of x.
35. x x -*~l as x + + 0.
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36. If {f(n+l)}l{f(n)}-*-l, where l>0, as n-*-<x>, then #{/(n)} +1.
[For log/(ji + l)-log/(»)-^l°g^ and so (l/«)log/(ra)-*-log* (Ch. IV, Misc.
Ex. 27).]
37. %(n !)/n -*- l/e as »-*-<».
[If/(n)=»"»»l then {/(n+l)}/{/(n)} = {l + (l/n)}-»-*l/«. Now use
Ex. 36.]
38. #{(2w) ! j(n !) 2 } -»• 4 as n ->■ oo .
39. Discuss the approximate solution of the equation e x = x mom .
[It is easy to see by general graphical considerations that the equation
has two positive roots, one a little greater than 1 and one very large* and one
negative root a little greater than - 1. To determine roughly the size of the
large positive root we may proceed as follows. If e * =#1000000 t^ eil
(\o<y lo°' x\
1 + ^.gg ) ,
roughly, since 13 - 82 and 263 are approximate values of log 10 6 and log log 10 6
respectively. It is easy to see from these equations that the ratios log x : 1382
and log log x : 2-63 do not differ greatly from unity, and that
a?=10 G (13-82 +log log «) = 10° (13-82 + 2-63) = 16450000
gives a tolerable approximation to the root, the error involved being roughly
measured by 10° (log log #-2-63) or (10°loglogx-)/13-82 or (10 e x 2-63)/13-82,
which is less than 200,000. The approximations are of course very rough,
but suffice to give us a good idea of the scale of magnitude of the root.]
40. Discuss similarly the equations e*= 1000000 .£ 1000000 , e* 5 = #1000000000.
211. Logarithmic tests of convergence for series and
integrals. We showed in Ch. VIII (§§ 175 et seq.) that
fff'j.if <a>0)
are convergent if s > 1 and divergent if s ^ 1. Thus 2(1/??) is
divergent, but 2 n~ x ~ a is convergent for all positive values of a.
We saw however in § 200 that with the aid of logarithms we
can construct functions which tend to zero, as n -*■ 00 , more
rapidly than 1/n, yet less rapidly than n -1_a , however small a may
be, provided of course that it is positive. For example l/(?ilog?i)
is such a function, and the question as to whether the series
n log n
* The phrase ' very large ' is of course not used here in the technical sense
explained in Ch. IV. It means ' a good deal larger than the roots of such equations
as usually occur in elementary mathematics '. The phrase ' a little greater than '
must he interpreted similarly.
210, 211] OF A REAL VARIABLE 375
is convergent or divergent cannot be settled by comparison with
any series of the type S n~ s .
The same is true of such series as
v _ J y log log n
~ n (log n)- ' n \J(\og n) '
It is a question of some interest to find tests which shall enable
us to decide whether series such as these are convergent or
divergent; and such tests are easily deduced from the Integral
Test of § 174.
For since
1 — s 1
D x (log x) l ~ s = —. r-, B x log log x =— : ,
v 6 ; a: (log a?) 8 ' 8 6 a; log a;'
we have
f * d, m (logf).--(lo gn )- [* d^ _ _
J a a; (log a;) s 1 - * J a? log a; & & ^ & & »
if a > 1. The first integral tends to the limit — (\oga) l ~ s /(l—s)
as £ •-*• go , if s > 1, and to co if s < 1. The second integral tends
to so . Hence the series and integral
» i_ r dx__
no n(lognj s ' J a x(logx) s '
where n Q and a are greater than unity, are convergent if s>l,
divergent if s S 1.
It follows, of course, that £<£(«) is convergent if <f>(n) is
positive and less than K '/ '{n (log n) s ) , where s > 1, for all values of n
greater than some definite value, and divergent if <£ (n) is positive
and greater than Kj{n log n) for all values of n greater than some
definite value. And there is a corresponding theorem for integrals
which we may leave to the reader.
Examples LXXXVIII. 1. The series
1 ^(log%) 100 ?i 2 -l 1
71 (log ft) 2 ' ^101/100 ' n 2 + l?i(l0g?l) 7 / 6
are convergent. [The convergence of the first series is a direct consequence
of the theorem of the preceding section. That of the second follows from
the fact that (log n) m is less than n^ for sufficiently large values of n, how-
ever small /3 may be, provided that it is positive. And so, taking /3 = 1/200,
(log ft) 100 ji-ioi/ioo j s ] ess than n~' m/m for sufficiently large values of n. The
convergence of the third series follows from the comparison test at the end of
the last section.]
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2. The series
1 1 n log n
2 n (log nf~ ' 2 ,7100/101 (i g w )ioo ' 2 (nlognf + 1
are divergent.
3. The series
(logn )P (log7t)P(loglog?Qg (log log »)>
n 1+ * ' n 1+ * ' %(log?i) 1 + 8 '
where s>0, are convergent for all values of p and q ; similarly the series
1 1 1
n 1 ~* (log n) p ' n 1 ~ s (log n) p (log log n)i ' w (log n) 1 ~ * (log log ?j)p
are divergent.
4. The question of the convergence or divergence of such series as
1 log log log n
n log n log log n ' 11 log n ^/(log log ?i)
cannot be settled by the theorem of p. 375, since in each case the function
under the sign of summation tends to zero more rapidly than l/(?ilogn) yet
less rapidly than n~ l (log?i) _1_a , where a is any positive number however
small. For such series we need a still more delicate test. The reader should
be able, starting from the equations
1 — s
x ( Og k X) - ^ l g -p l og2 x ^ .log fc _! X (lOgfc X)» '
D x logfc+ i X= —, 7 ; ; ,
° K+l #logX-log 2 A'...log i: _ 1 .zlog jl; .'t'
where log 2 #=loglog.r, log 3 .v=logloglog x, ..., to prove the following
theorem : the series and integral
<» 1 r dx
n wlog»log a w...log t _ 1 ?i (log fc n)° ' J a x log x log 2 X . . . log* _ 1 X (logjt x)»
are convergent if s~>\ and divergent if sgl, n and a being any numbers
sufficiently great to ensure that log fc ?i and log^A' are positive when n^.n ()
or x^a. These values of n and a increase very rapidly as k increases:
thus log#>0 requires x>l, log 2 .?'>0 requires x>e, loglog#>0 requires
x > e e , and so on ; and it is easy to see that e e > 10, e<? > e 10 > 20,000,
ge e<! •-> e 2o,ooo -> 10 s000 .
The reader should observe the extreme rapidity with which the higher
exponential functions, such as & eX and e e , increase with x. The same
remark of course applies to such functions as d aX and Cl a , where a has
any value greater than unity It has been computed that 99 9 has 369,693,100
figures, while lOlO™ has of course 10,000,000,000. Conversely, the rate of
increase of the higher logarithmic functions is extremely slow. Thus to make
log log log log x > 1 we have to suppose x a number with over 8000 figures.*
* See the footnote to p. 362.
211] OF A REAL VARIABLE 377
5. Prove that the integral / - jlog ( -U dx, where < a < 1, is con-
vergent if s < — 1, divergent if s > - 1. [Consider the behaviour of
i:i{
X)
as e-*-+0. This result also may be refined upon by the introduction of
higher logarithmic factors.]
6. Prove that / -< log ( - ) j- das has no meaning for any value of s.
[The last example shows that s < — 1 is a necessary condition for convergence
at the lower limit : but {log(l/.r)} 8 tends to co like (1— x) 3 , as a'-*-1-0, if s
is negative, and so the integral diverges at the upper limit when s < - 1.]
7. The necessary and sufficient conditions for the convergence of
/ x*- 1 -jlog ( - )[ dx are a>0, s> -1.
Examples LXXXIX. 1. Euler's limit. Show that
*(w)=l + 2 + 3 + ...+^ ri -log»
tends to a limit y as ?i-=>-ao, and that 0<y^l. [This follows at once from
§ 174. The value of y is in fact '577..., and y is usually called Euler's
constant.]
2 . If a and b are positive then
- + — rr+— T177+--- + - T7 Tw. _ t log (a + «6
a a + b a + 2b a + (n-l)o b
tends to a limit as n-*-<x> .
3. If < s < 1 then
:U9-US-U 4-fm.— ^-*_
l-S
(«,) = l + 2-«+3- 8 +... + (n-l)- s -
tends to a limit as n^- oo .
4. Show that the series
1 1 1
l + 2(l+|) + 3(l + i + ^) + '"
is divergent. [Compare the general term of the series with l/(%logn).]
Show also that the series derived from 2 n~ 8 , in the same way that the above
series is derived from 2 (l/«), is convergent if s > 1 and otherwise divergent.
5. Prove generally that if "2u n is a series of positive terms, and
S n = Ui + U 2 + ...+U n ,
then 2 (« n /* n _i) is convergent or divergent according as 2u n is convergent or
378 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
divergent. [If 2w n is convergent then s n _i tends to a positive limit I, and so
2(w n /s n -i) i s convergent. If 2u n is divergent then s n _ 1 -^aD, and
m w /s„_i > log {1 + («»/*»- 1)}= lo S (s,Ai-i)
(Ex. lxxxii. 1) ; and it is evident that
log («j/*i) + log (s 3 /s 2 ) + . . . + log (* B /*„_i) = log (sjsj)
tends to oo as n -»- co .]
6. Prove that the same result holds for the series 2 (« n / s »)- [The proof
is the same in the case of convergence. If "2u n is divergent, and u n <s n _ 1
from a certain value of n onwards, then s n <2s n _ 1 , and the divergence of
2 (ujs n ) follows from that of 2 {ujs n _^). If on the other hand «„>s„_i for
an infinity of values of n, as might happen with a rapidly divergent series,
then u n /s n ^ J for all these values of n.]
7. Sum the series 1 — -| +§■-... . [We have
1+ ^ + - + ^ =log(2 " + 1)+r+f "' 2 G + i + - +^ l )= 1 °s( ?i + 1 )+y+ f «'>
by Ex. 1, y denoting Euler's constant, and e n , e n ' being numbers which tend
to zero as n-*-<x> . Subtracting and making «-*•<» we see that the sum of the
given series is log 2. See also § 213.]
8. Prove that the series
2(-l)"(l + l + ... + ?T l T -log,-0)
oscillates finitely except when C=y, when it converges.
212. Series connected with the exponential and log-
arithmic functions. Expansion of e x by Taylor's Theorem.
Since all the derivatives of the exponential function are equal
to the function itself, we have
2! (n — 1)! nl
where 0< 6< 1. But x n jn ! -*-9 as n~>- oo , whatever be the value of x
(Ex. xxvii. 12); and e ex < e x . Hence, making n tend to oo , we have
e * = i + tf + |: + ... + 2 + (i).
The series on the right-hand side of this equation is known as
the exponential series. In particular we have
.-1 + 1+1+... + I + (2);
and so
, , 1 1 V _ of- x n /ox
1 + 1 + - + .. . + - + ... =l+x + -+...+ - + (3),
2! nl I 2! nl
211, 212] OF A REAL VARIABLE 379
a result known as the exponential theorem. Also
i • t \ (#loga) 2 ...
a x = e x]0 - a = 1 + (w\og a) + v — f^— L + (4)
for all positive values of a.
The reader will observe that the exponential series has the property of
reproducing itself when every term is differentiated, and that no other series
of powers of x would possess this property : for some further remarks in this
connection see Appendix II.
The power series for e x is so important that it is worth while to investigate
it by au alternative method which does not depend upon Taylor's Theorem.
Let
E n (x)=l+x+~ + ... + -,
and suppose that x > 0. Then
( 1+ -y_ 1+M ^ + »ifcii(£y + ... + ^i>^f?y
\ ii J \nj 1.2 \nj 1.2...M \nj
which is less than E n (x). And, provided n>x, we have also, by the binomial
theorem for a negative integral exponent,
Thus
( 1+ ?)"<«,(*)<(i-£f.
But (§ 208) the first and last functions tend to the limit e x as n-a-oo, and
therefore E n (x) must do the same. From this the equation (1) follows when
x is positive ; its truth when x is negative follows from the fact that the
exponential series, as was shown in Ex. lxxxi. 7, satisfies the functional
equation f{x)f{y) =f(x+y), so that / (*)/ ( - *) =/(0) = 1.
Examples XC. 1. Show that
cosh x = 1 + '— + '— } + ..., sinh x=x+'^ { + '— + ....
2. If x is positive then the greatest term in the exponential series is the
([x] + l)-th, unless x is an integer, when the preceding term is equal to it.
3. Show that n !>(n/e) re . [For n n jn ! is one term in the series for e n .]
4. Prove that e n = {n n \n !) (2 + S x + S 2 \ where
l + i/ (l+i>) (l+2i/j
and v = l/n; and deduce that « ! lies between 2 (?i/ti) re and 2 (ii + 1) (n/e) B .
5. Employ the exponential series to prove that e x tends to infinity more
rapidly than any power of x. [Use the inequality e x >x n jii !.]
380 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
6. Show that e is not a rational number. [If e=pjq, where p and q are
integers, we must have
p - 1 1 1 ,
q 2! 3 ! q\
or, multiplying up by q ! ,
q '\q 2! qlj q + 1 ^ (q + l) (q + 2)^
and this is absurd, since the left-hand side is integral, and the right-hand
side less than {l/(q + l)} + {l/(q + l)} 2 + ... = llq.]
to £.11
7. Sum the series 2 P r {%) — , where P r (n) is a polynomial of degree r
o n •
in n. [We can express P r (n) in the form
A + Ain + A 2 n(n-l) + ... + A r n(n — \)... (n-r + 1),
and
CO a*H CO /yiTl OO -v>H 00 /vVTl
2 P r (n) '—. = A 2 — + A t 2 - , -., + ...+ii r S , n
= (A + A 1 x + A 2 x 2 + ...+A r x r )e x .]
8. Show that
oo ^3 oo *t4
2 — x n = (x + 3x' i + x*)e x 2—.x n = (x + 7x' 1 + 6x :i + x i )e x ',
and that if £„ = l 3 + 2 3 + ...+n 3 then
2 S n ~ = k (4r + ltefi + toiP+x*) e*.
! ?i ! *
In particular the last series is equal to zero when x — —2. {Math. Trip. 1904.)
9. Prove that 2 (njn !) = e, 2 (tf/n !) = 2e, 2 (w 3 /« !) = be, and that 2 (w fc /n !),
where k is any positive integer, is a positive integral multiple of e.
10. Prove that 2 ^"V/! = {(* 2 - 3* + 3) e x + A.r 2 - 3}/**.
! (w + 2)w! u y 2 "
[Multiply numerator and denominator by n + 1, and proceed as in Ex. 7.]
11. Determine a, b, c so that {(x + a)e x + (bx + c)}/x 3 tends to a limit as
x-*-0, evaluate the limit, and draw the graph of the function e x + — .
° r x+a
12. Draw the graphs of 1+x, \+x+^x 2 , 1 + x + \x 2 + ^x 3 , and compare
them with that of e x .
13. Prove that e~ x — 1+x — '— + ... — ( — l) n '— t is positive or negative
Z I 71 !
according as n is odd or even. Deduce the exponential theorem.
212, 213] OF A REAL VARIABLE 381
14. If
X =e?, A\ = e x -1, X 2 = e x -l-x, X 3 = e*-l-x-(x 2 j2\), ...,
then dX v jdx=X v _ x . Hence prove that if t > then
ft ft ft ft ,2
A 1 (0=l X^dx<te\ X 3 (t)= I X l dx<\ xe*dx<e f xdx=—e l ,
Jo Jo Jo Jo 2 !
t v
and generally X v (t)<— eK Deduce the exponential theorem.
v !
15. Show that the expansion in powers of p of the positive root of
x 2+p =a 2 begins with the terms
a { 1 - \p log a + %p 2 log a (2 + log a)} . (Math. Trip. 1 909. )
213. The logarithmic series. Another very important
expansion in powers of x is that for log(l + x). Since
lo s (1 +*>=/! if?
and 1/(1 + 1) = 1 — t 4- t 2 — . . . if £ is numerically less than unity, it is
natural to expect* that log (1 + x) will be equal, when — 1 < x < 1,
to the series obtained by integrating each term of the series
1 — t + t 2 — ... from £=0 to t= x, i.e. to the series x — \x 2 + ^ a? —
And this is in fact the case. For
1/(1 + t) = 1 - t + t 2 - ... + (- \yn- H m-i + I J f
+
and so, if x > — 1,
dt
' x t m dt
+ t'
We require to show that the limit of R m> when m tends to oo ,
is zero. This is almost obvious when < x ^ 1 ; for then R m is
positive and less than
x m+1
t m dt =
fx r Jf r 2 T m
\og(l + x)=j^ t = x-2 + .-- + (-l) m ->- + (-l) m R m ,
fx pt
where i2 m = / j-
J o - 1
o w + 1 '
and therefore less than l/(m + 1). If on the other hand — 1<#<0,
we put t = — u and x = — £, so that
* See Appendix II for some further remarks on this subject.
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which shows that R m has the sign of (— 1)"\ Also, since the
greatest value of 1/(1 — u) in the range of integration is 1/(1 - £),
we have
< I R m I < = s u m du = j- -4m k <
1-fJo (ro + l)(l-£) (m+l)(l-f)'
and so i2 m -*■ 0.
Hence log (1 + x) = x — %a? + ^a?— ...,
provided that — 1 <oc ^ 1. If a; lies outside these limits the series
is not convergent. If co = 1 we obtain
loga-i-j+i-...,
a result already proved otherwise (Ex. lxxxix. 7).
214. The series for the inverse tangent. It is easy to
prove in a similar manner that
f x dt f x
arc tan x = I —— — \ (1 - t- + t* — . . .) dt
J o L + t~ Jo
— rp __ 1 /y>3 _!_. 1 /y.5 _
— iAj o tt/ T^ X • • • i
provided that -lS^gl. The only difference is that the proof is
a little simpler ; for, since arc tan x is an odd function of x, we need
only consider positive values of x. And the series is convergent
when x = — 1 as well as when x = 1. We leave the discussion to the
reader. The value of arc tan x which is represented by the series
is of course that which lies between — ^ir and \nr when — 1 g x ^ 1,
and which we saw in Ch. VII (Ex. lxiii. 3) to be the value
represented by the integral. If x= 1, we obtain the formula
J-7T— 1 —1-4-1 —
4 7T— X 3 -T 5
Examples XCI. 1. log(^-A=z+$x*+$x* + ... if -1 <.r<l.
2. arg fcanh x = \ log h^jj =#+ i *" + fr* 6 + . . . if - 1 <x < 1 ■
3. Prove that if x is positive then
i» g (i+*>=if!.+i(r^) 2 +i(i^) !+ ""
(i/aC/;. TWp. 1911.)
4. Obtain the series for log(l+#) and arc tan a; by means of Taylor's
theorem.
[A difficulty presents itself in the discussion of the remainder in the
213, 214] OF A REAL VARIABLE 383
first series when x is negative, if Lagrange's form R n = ( — l) n ~ 1 x n /{n (l + 8x) n }
is used ; Cauchy's form, viz.
#„=(-i)*- 1 (i-0) B - 1 * , 7(i+^) n s
should be used (cf. the corresponding discussion for the Binomial Series,
Ex. lvi. 2 and § 163).
In the case of the second series we have
D x n arc tan x = D x n ~ 1 {1 /( 1 + .r 2 )}
= ( - l)*-i(n-l) ! (x 2 + l)-'"' 2 sin {n arc tan(l/a?)}
(Ex. xlv. 11), and there is no difficulty about the remainder, which is obviously
not greater in absolute value than l/n.*]
5. If y>0 then
[Use the identity y = ( 1 + - — = ) / ( 1 — - — - J . This series may be used to
calculate log 2, a purpose for which the series \ — \ + \ — ..., owing to the
slowness of its convergence, is practically useless. Put y = 2 and find log 2
to 3 places of decimals.]
6. Find log 10 to 3 places of decimals from the formula
log 10 = 3 log 2 + log (1+ 1).
7. Prove that
/a?+l\_ g f 1 1 1 \
g V oo ) ' Uf + l + 3(2a,' + l) 3 + 5(2^+l)5 + "-J
if x > 0, and that
v (x-l) 2 (x + 2) _ ( 2 1/ 2 \ 3 1/ 2 y
g (x + lf(x-2)~ \x^-3x + 3\x s -3x) + 5\x^-3x) + ""
if x>2. Given that log 2 = -6931471... and log 3 = 1-0986123..., show, by
putting # = 10 in the second formula, that log 11 = 2-397895....
(Math. Trip. 1912.)
8. Show that if log 2, log 5, and log 11 are known, then the formula
logl3 = 3logll+log5-91og2
gives log 13 with an error practically equal to -00015. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
9. Show that
^log2 = 7<x + 56 + 3c, h\og3 = lla + 8b+5c, £ log5 = 16a + 126+7c,
where a = argtanh (1/31), 6=arg tanh (1/49), c = arg tanh (1/161).
[These formulae enable us to find log 2, log 3, and log 5 rapidly and with
any degree of accuracy.]
* The formula for D x n arc tan x fails when x = 0, as arctan(l/;r) is then
undefined. It is easy to see (cf. Ex. xlv. 11) that arc tan (1/x) must then be
interpreted as meaning \tt.
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10. Show that
J7r=arctan (l/2) + arctan (1/3) = 4 arc tan (1/5) -arc tan (1/239),
and calculate it to 6 places of decimals.
11. Show that the expansion of (1 + x) 1 + x in powers of x begins with the
terms l+x + x- + 1 afl. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
12. Show that
'1+A = logio «
x J 24»
\og w e-y/{x(x+l)} logic v -
approximately, for large values of x. Apply the formula, when #=10, to
obtain an approximate value of log 10 e, and estimate the accuracy of the result.
(Math. Trip. 1910.)
13. Show that -^— log (-^—) = x + (l+%)x 2 + (l+% + ±)x* + ...,
1. — 00 \X A/ J
if - 1< x < 1. [Use Ex. lxxxi. 2.]
14. Using the logarithmic series and the facts that log 10 2-3758 = •3758099...
and log 10 e = '4343..., show that an approximate solution of the equation
x=100 log 10 # is 237-58121. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
15. Expand log cos x and log (sin #//£) in powers of x as far as x\ and
verify that, to this order,
log sin x = log x — ^g log cos x + ff log cos \ x.
(Math. Trip. 1908.)
f x dt
16. Show that — — T=ai-^sfi+\ofi- ... if -1 <a?^l. Deduce that
y o i + '
l-^+J-...= {»r+2log( > /2 + l)}/4V2. (J/a*A. TWp. 1896.)
[Proceed as in § 214 and use the result of Ex. xlviii. 7.J
17. Prove similarly that
i"Hl 1 r-.- = J ol 1 ^={--21og(v / 2 + l)}/4 N /2.
18. Prove generally that if a and b are positive integers then
1 1_ 1 _ n t a - 1 dt
a a + b + a + 2b "'~] l + t b '
and so that the sum of the series can be found. Calculate in this way the
sums of 1 -£+} — ... and |-£+|--...
215. The Binomial Series. We have already (§ 163)
investigated the Binomial Theorem
214, 215] OF A REAL VARIABLE 385
assuming that - 1 < x < 1 and that in is rational. When m is
irrational we have
(1 + x) m = e ml0 « (1+ *> ,
D x (1 + x) m = {ml {I + x)} e ml °s u+«9 = OT (1 + x )m-i }
so that the rule for the differentiation of (1 + x) m remains the
same, and the proof of the theorem given in § 163 retains its
validity. We shall not discuss the question of the convergence
of the series when x = 1 or x = — 1.*
Examples XCII. 1. Prove that if - Kx< 1 then
x/(l+.tf 2 ) 2' ' 2.4" -' v '(l-^ 2 ) ^2~ T 2.4"
2. Approximation to quadratic and other surds. Let S IM be a
quadratic surd whose numerical value is required. Let N 2 be the square
nearest to M ; and let M= N 2 + x or M=N' 2 — x, x being positive. Since x
cannot be greater than JY, x/N 2 is comparatively small and the surd
<JM=N */{l±(x/JV 2 )} can be expressed in a series
--H(£)-H(l-.) a ±4
which is at any rate fairly rapidly convergent, and may be very rapidly so.
Thus
, e7 ^ ( « 4+3)=8 { 1+ i(| 4 )-^(iy + ..j
Let us consider the error committed in taking 8f s (the value given by
the first two terms) as an approximate value. After the second term the
terms alternate in sign and decrease. Hence the error is one of excess, and
is less than 3 2 /64 2 , which is less than '003.
3 If x is small compared with iV 2 then
the error being of the order x i /N 7 . Apply the process to x/9^7.
[Expanding by the binomial theorem, we have
the error being less than the numerical value of the next term, viz.
5A- 4 /128iV 7 . Also
Nx x / x \~ 1 x x 2 x 3
2(2A 2 + .r) 4N\ 2N 2 ) AN 8JV 3 WN^
the error being less than x i l%2N' 1 . The result follows. The same method
may be applied to surds other than quadratic surds, e.g. to ^1031.]
* See Bromwich, Infinite Series, pp. 150 ct seq. ; Hobson, Plane Trigonometry
(3rd edition), p. 271.
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386 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
4. If M differs from A T3 by less than 1 per cent, of either then HJM differs
from \N+\ (MjN 2 ) by less than ir/90000. {Math. Trip. 1882.)
5. If M=N i +x, and x is small compared with A 7 , then a good approxi-
mation for $M is
51 |I 27Afo
56 + 56 N 3+ WjM+bW)'
Show that when iV=10, x=l, this approximation is accurate to 16 places
of decimals. (Math. Trip. 1886.)
6. Show how to sum the series
2P r (n)(
o
where P r (n) is a polynomial of degree r in n.
[Express P r {n) in the form A + A l n + A 2 n(n-\) + ... as in Ex. xc. 7.]
00 /7)l\ °0 /7}}\
7. Sum the series 2n ( I x n , 2?i 2 I ) x n and prove that
o W o W
2?i 3 () x n ={m 3 x 3 +m(Sm-l)x 2 + mx}{l+x) m - 3 .
\ n J
216. An alternative method of development of the theory of the
exponential and logarithmic functions. We shall now give an outline of
a method of investigation of the properties of e x and log a; entirely different
in logical order from that followed in the preceding pages. This method
starts from the exponential series 1+X + — + We know that this series
is convergent for all values of x, and we may therefore define the function
exp x by the equation
x
ex])x = l+x + —+ (1).
We then prove, as in Ex. lxxxi. 7, that
exp#x exp y = exp (x+y) (2).
exp A— 1 h h 2 , ...
Again -£j = 1 + 2-, + 3-, + ... = !+/>(/<),
where p (h) is numerically less than
I £A | + ] U | 2 + 1 ^ j 3 + ... = 1 |A |/(1 - 1 M |),
so that p (h) -^OasA->0. And so
exr>(x+h)-exy>x /expA-l\
= exp.r I — ±— 1 -9-exp#
h r V h
as h ->- 0, or
D x exp x= exp x (3).
Incidentally we have proved that exp.r is a continuous function.
We have now a choice of procedure. Writing y = es.ipx and observim
that exp = 1, we have
dy fvdt
215, 216] OF A REAL VARIABLE 387
and, if we define the logarithmic function as the function inverse to the
exponential function, we are brought back to the point of view adopted earlier
in this chapter.
But we may proceed differently. From (2) it follows that if n is a positive
integer then
(exp a?) n =exp rue, (exp l)"=exp n.
If x is a positive rational fraction m/n, then
{exp (m/n)} n = exp m = (exp l) m ,
and so exp (m/n) is equal to the positive value of (exp 1 ) m i n . This result may
be extended to negative rational values of x by means of the equation
exp x exp ( — x) = 1 ;
and so we have
exp x = (exp l) x = e x ,
say, where e=exp 1 = 1 + 1 + — + -+...,
for all rational values of x. Finally we define e x , when x is irrational, as
being equal to exp#. The logarithm is then defined as the function inverse
to exp x or e x .
Example. Develop the theory of the binomial series
i+(J)«+(J) «•+...-/<«,-*
where - 1 <#<1, in a similar manner, starting from the equation
f {m, x)f(m', se)=f(m-*-m' x)
(Ex. LXXXI. 6).
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES ON CHAPTER IX*.
1. Given that log 10 e = "4343 and that 2 10 and Z' il are nearly equal to powers
of 10, calculate log 10 2 and log 10 3 to four places of decimals.
(Math. Trip. 1905.)
2. Determine which of (\e) • and (\/2)-' r is the greater. [Take logarithms
and observe that -^3/(^3 + £tt) < § JS < -6929 < log 2. J
3. Show that log 10 w cannot be a rational number if n is any positive
integer not a power of 10. [If n is not divisible by 10, and \og 10 n—p/q, we
have I0 p = n q , which is impossible, since 10 p ends with and n q does not.
If n = 10 a i\ r , where N is not divisible by 10, then log 10 N and therefore
\og w n=a + \og w N
cannot be rational.]
* A considerable number of these examples are taken from Bromwich's Infinite Series.
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388 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
4. For what values of x are the functions log x, log log x, log log log.r, ...
(a) equal to (b) equal to 1 (c) not denned ? Consider also the same question
for the functions Ix, llx, lllx, ..., where lx=log \x\.
5. Show that
log *'-(?) lo S (*+ 1)+ (g) lo S (*+2) - ...+(- 1)" log (*+*)
is negative and increases steadily towards as x increases from towards 00 .
[The derivative of the function is
0^ ' \r)x~+r~x(x+l)...(x + n)'
as is easily seen by splitting up the right-hand side into partial fractions.
This expression is positive, and the function itself tends to zero as x -*- 00 ,
since
log(a?+r)=loga?+e a .,
where „-~0, and 1 - (") + Q) - ... = 0.]
6. Prove that
-r -2— = 1 / — T ~ (logA'-l---...--
<ir/ X x n + 1 \ ° 2 w
(Math. Trip. 1909.)
7. If x> - 1 then .r 2 > (1 +x) {log (1 +x)} 2 . (Math. Trip. 1906.)
[Put 1 +#=e*, and use the fact that sinh £> £ when £> 0.]
8. Show that {log (1 +x)}/x and #/{(l + x) log (1 +#)} both decrease steadily
as x increases from towards 00 .
9. Show that, as x increases from - 1 towards oo , the function
(l+x)~ 1/x assumes once and only once every value between and 1.
(Math. Trip. 1910.)
10. Show that -. — r >- - as x ->- 0.
log (l+x) x 2
11. Show that : < — decreases steadily from 1 to as x increases
log (l + x) x J
from —1 towards 00. [The function is undefined when x=0, but if we
attribute to it the value -| when x = it becomes continuous for x=0. Use
Ex. 7 to show that the derivative is negative.]
12. Show that the function (log £ — log x)j(£ — x), where £ is positive,
decreases steadily as x increases from to £, and find its limit as #-*-£.
13. Show that e x > Mx , where M and N are large positive numbers, f
x is greater than the greater of 2 log M and 16 iV 2 .
[It is easy to prove that log x<% s Jx ; and so the inequality given is-
certainly satisfied if
x>\ogM+2N Jx,
and therefore certainly satisfied if ^x>\og M, %x> 2N ^/x."]
OF A REAL VARIABLE 389
14. If f(x) and cf>(.v) tend to infinity as x-*-ao, and /'(.£)/<£' (#)-*- oo ,
thenf(x)/(f)(x)^cc. [Use the result of Ch. VI, Misc. Ex. 33.] By taking
f(x) = x a , (f>(x) = logx, prove that (log x)jx a -*■ for all positive values of a.
15. If p and q are positive integers then
(S)
11 1
pn+1 pn + 2 qn
as n -*- oo . [Cf. Ex. lxxviii. 6.]
16. Prove that if x is positive then n log {h (I + x 1 ' 11 )} -* — h log x as
n ->- oo . [We have
7il0g{^(l+.r 1 /»)} = ?ll0g {l-A(l-A-l/»)} = i ?i (l-^/») l0g (1 " ^
where w=£ (1 - x v ' 1 ). Now use § 209 and Ex. lxxxii. 4.]
17. Prove that if a and b are positive then
{£(aV»+&V~)}»-e^( a &).
[Take logarithms and use Ex. 16.]
18. Show that
l + l + l + ... + ^- i = ilogn + \og2 + ly + e n ,
where y is Euler's constant (Ex. lxxxix. 1) and e n ^- as n -*- x .
19. Show that
the series being formed from the series 1 — \ + A- — . . . by taking alternately two
positive terms and then one negative. [The sum of the first 'in terms is
,11 1 1/. 1 1
3 5 An — 1 2 \ 2 n
= £log2H + log2 + £y + f n -$(log» + y + e n '),
where e„ and e n ' tend toOasm->co. (Cf. Ex. lxxviii. 6).]
20. Show that l-^-|+i-i-i + i-Jo-...=|log2.
21. Prove that
n i
tv(36.> 2 -l)
= ~ 3 + 3 2 3n + 1 — 2 n - S n
where S H =l+~ + ... + -, 2„=l + = + ,.. + = r. Hence prove that the sum
of the series when continued to infinity is
- 3 +§ log 3 + 2 log 2. {Math. Trip. 1905.)
22. Show that
S - ,\ , x =2log2-l, I /f> * , = a (log 3-1).
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23. Prove that the sums of the four series
co 1 oc (_l)n-l » l oo (_1>-1
2 \ J , , 2,- — a — r, 2
,4b 2 -1' i 4w 2 -l ' i(2»+l) a -l' 1 (2»+1) 2 -1
are \, \ir - |, j, \ log 2 -£ respectively.
24. Prove that « ! {ajn) n tends to or to oo according as a < e or a > e.
[If u n = n\{ajn) n then M n + 1 /w„ = a{l + (l/tt)} -n -»-a/e. It can be shown
that the function tends to oo when a = e: for a proof, which is rather beyond
the scope of the theorems of this chapter, see Bromwich's Infinite Series,
pp. 461 et seq.]
25. Find the limit as x-*- oo of
/a +a 1 x + ... + a,.x r \ Xo+KlX
V>o + ^i x + • • • + h r x r /
distinguishing the different cases which may arise. {Math. Trip. 1886.)
26. Prove that
Slog(l+!) (*>0)
diverges to oo . [Compare with 2 (x/n).] Deduce that if x is positive then
(1 +x) (2+.r) ... (n+x)/n ! -* oo
as «->■ oo . [The logarithm of the function is 2 log ( 1 + '- ).]
27. Prove that if x > - 1 then
1 1 1!
+
(x+1) 2 {x+l){x + 2)^ {x+l){x + 2){x+Z)
2!
(x+1) {x + 2) (x + S) (ff+4) ^ '
{Math, Trip. 1908.)
[The difference between l/(.r + l) 2 and the sum of the first n terms of the
series is
1 n\ ,
{x+l) 2 {x+2){x + 3) ,..{x + n + l) ' J
28. No equation of the type
Ae ax + Be fix +... = 0,
where A, B, ... are polynomials and a, /3, ... different real numbers, can hold
for all values of x. [If a is the algebraically greatest of a, /3, . . . , then the term
Ae ax outweighs all the rest as .r->- oo .]
29. Show that the sequence
a 1 = e, a 2 = e , «3=e c , ...
tends to infinity more rapidly than any member of the exponential scale.
[Let e x {x) — e x , e< ! {x) = e e iW, and so on. Then, if e k {x) is any member of the
exponential scale, a n > e k {n) when n > k.~\
OF A REAL VARIABLE 391
30. Prove that
where a is to be put equal to ^ (x) and /3 to <£ (.r) after differentiation.
Establish a similar rule for the differentiation of (j;)Lir ( x )r J_
31. Prove that if B x n e~ x2 = e- x2 (fx n (x) then (i) <£„(#) is a polynomial of
degree to, (ii) <£„ + i= -2.r $„+$„', and (iii) all the roots of 0„=O are real and
distinct, and separated by those of cj) n _ 1 = 0. [To prove (iii) assume the truth
of the result for to= 1, 2, ... k, and consider the signs of <£ K , 1 for the n values
of x for which 4> K = and for large (positive or negative) values of x.]
32. The general solution of f(xy)=f(x)f(y), where / is a differentiable
function, is x a , where a is a constant : and that of
f{x+y)+f{x-y)=2f{x)f{y)
is cosh ax or cosaa', according as/"(0) is positive or negative. [In proving
the second result assume that / has derivatives of the first three orders.
Then
»/(*) +f if" (*) + ' v) = 2 /W [/ (°) +nf (°) + if if" (0) + * /}] ,
where e y and * y ' tend to zero with y. It follows that /(0) = 1, /'(0) = 0,
f"(x)=f"(0)f(x), so that a = v /{/"(0)} or a=J{-f"(0)}.]
33. How do the functions x s ' m (l/x \ x sin * im , x cos ™^ behave as x+ + ?
34. Trace the curves # = tana; e tan,,; . y = s i n ^ log tan £#.
35. The equation e x =ax + b has one real root if a<0 or a=0, 6>0. If
a > then it has two real roots or none, according as a log a >b — a or
a log a < b — a.
36. Show by graphical considerations that the equation e x = ax 2 + 2bx+c
has one, two, or three real roots if a > 0, none, one, or two if a <0; and show
how to distinguish between the different cases.
37. Trace the curve y = - log ( — — J , showing that the point (0, \) is
a centre of symmetry, and that as x increases through all real values, y
steadily increases from to 1. Deduce that the equation
1. /e*-l\
-x lo A —) =a
has no real root unless 0<o<l, and then one, whose sign is the same as
that of a-i- [In the first place
is clearly an odd function of x. Also
392 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
The function inside the large bracket tends to zero as x-*-0; and its
derivative is
x \ \sinh %x) J '
which has the sign of x. Hence di//dx> for all values of x.~\
3S. Trace the curve i/ — e^ x *J(x 2 +2x), and show that the equation
e Vx s /(x 2 + 2x) = a
has no real roots if nis negative, one negative root if 0<a<a = e 1y ' v ' 2 »/(2 + 2 v /2),
and two positive roots and one negative if a > a.
39. Show that the equation f n (x) = l +x + — + ... + — -=0 has one real
2! n\
root if n is odd and none if n is even.
[Assume this proved for n = \, 2, ... 2k. Then / 2 ft + 1 (#) = has at least
one real root, since its degree is odd, and it cannot have more since, if it
had, fik + 1 (x) or/ 2i . (x) would have to vanish once at least. Hence / 2jt + 1 (x) =
has just one root, and so fu + 2 {x) = cannot have more than two. If it has
two, say a and /3, then /' 2J . + 2 (x) or/at+i (x) must vanish once at least between
a and /3, say at y. And
/a + 2 (y) =U + 1 (y) + p^gji > °-
But f%c+2(x) is also positive when x is large (positively or negatively), and
a glance at a figure will show that these results are contradictory. Hence
/ 2t + 2 (.v)=0 has no real roots.]
40. Prove that if a and b are positive and nearly equal then
. a 1 , LN /l P
approximately, the error being about ${(a — b)/a} 3 . [Use the logarithmic
series. This formula is interesting historically as having been employed by
Napier for the numerical calculation of logarithms.]
41. Prove by multiplication of series that if — 1 < x < 1 then
A{iog(i+.r)} 2 =iA' 2 --Hi+*)^+J(i+Hi)^---.
|(arctan.r) 2 = *.i' 2 -i(l + i)^ + Kl + -J + ^)^---
42. Prove that
(1 + a xf x = e a {1 -^n 2 .r + Jj (8 + 3a) a*x°- (1 + f*)},
where n x ->- with x.
/ x 2 x n \
43. The first n + 2 terms in the expansion of log f 1 + x + '— + . . . -\ -J in
powers of x are
X n\ [n + 1 l!(» + 2) + 2!(n + 3) XV J nl(2n + l)j
(Math. Trip. 1899.)
OF A REAL VARIABLE 393
44. Show that the expansion of
in powers of x begins with the terms
1 -x + T - 2 ; ^— . (Math. Trip. 1909.)
n + 1 s =i(»+s)(n+s+l) v e
45. Show that if — 1 <x < 1 then
1 , ] - 4 02 2 , !- 4 -" o9 , , x(x + 3)
l v+ Li 2 3^,Lli_ 7 * (* J +ite+o)
3 i + 3.6 24 + 3.6.9 d ^ + - _ 27(l-x) 10 /3 "
[Use the method of Ex. xcn. 6. The results are more easily obtained by
differentiation; but the problem of the differentiation of an infinite series is
beyond our range.]
dx
46. Prove that P° ff = _2_ W (f\ ,
Jo (x+a)(x + b) a-b ° W
(.r + a^ + ^^V* f- 6 - 6 l0g (!)}'
xaA- 1 f , /a\ , I
ixT^K^w^{a^w\ al0S {b)- a+b r
J (x+a) («*+&) = {a*+V)b \^ a - b l0g (!)/ '
/o (^4^^) = ^{^ 6 + al0g (?)}'
provided that a and b are positive. Deduce, and verify independently, that
each of the functions
a — 1 — log a, aloga — a-fl, ina — log a, itr+aloga
is positive for all positive values of a.
47. Prove that if a, /3, y are all positive, and /3 2 > ay, then
/•- dx = 1 ^ + s /(^_ ay) ^ _
J ax* + 2!3x + y J (ft* -ay) °° \ J {ay) J'
while if a is positive and ay>j8 2 the value of the integral is
1 — -T- arc tan J v ^ ay ~ '
that value of the inverse tangent being chosen which lies between and «■•
Are there any other really different cases in which the integral is convergent?
48. Prove that if a > - 1 then
du
r dx = r dt =2
J i (x + a)s, f {x" — l) J coslW+a
i v? + 2au-tl '
394 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [iX
al is
and deduce that the value of the integral is
2
— arc ta,
if — l<a<l, and
if a > 1. Discuss the case in which a = 1.
49. Transform the integral I . . .. „ — — . , where a>0, in the same
Jo (x+a) s !(x- + l)
ways, showing that its value is
x 7^TT) log c^WCa 2 ^!) = ^mT) ar § tanh ~5+r
50.
Prove that I arc tan xdx= \tt - \ log 2.
jo
51. If 0<a<l, 0</3<l, then
/'
rf.r
1 . 1 + J(a8)
. lv /{(l-2a^ + a a )(l-2/3^ + 3 2 )} ^(a/S) & l-^(a/j)'
52. Prove that if a> b> then
J _ a, a cosh + & sinh ~ s J{a i - 6 2 )
53. Prove that
and deduce that if a>0 then
losr.r
Jo « 2
dx.— — log a.
[Use the substitutions x=\jt and .»=£ra.]
54. Prove that I log ( 1 + — ) dx = na if a>0. [Integrate by parts.]
CHAPTER X
THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, EXPONENTIAL,
AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS
217. Functions of a complex variable. In Ch. Ill we
defined the complex variable
z — x + iy *,
and we considered a few simple properties of some classes of
expressions involving z, such as the polynomial P(z). It is
natural to describe such expressions as functions of z, and in
fact we did describe the quotient P (z)/Q (z), where P (z) and Q (z)
are polynomials, as a ' rational function '. We have however given
no general definition of what is meant by a function of z.
It might seem natural to define a function of z in the same
way as that in which we defined a function of the real variable
x, i.e. to say that Z is a function of z if any relation subsists
between z and Z in virtue of which a value or values of Z corre-
sponds to some or all values of z. But it will be found, on closer
examination, that this definition is not one from which any profit
can be derived. For if z is given, so are x and y, and conversely :
to assign a value of z is precisely the same thing as to assign a
pair of values of x and y. Thus a ' function of z ', according to
the definition suggested, is precisely the same thing as a complex
function
f (^ y) + *9 (k y),
of the two real variables x and y. For example
x — iy, xy, \z\ = ^(x 2 + y 2 ), am z = arc tan (y/x)
are 'functions of z\ The definition, although perfectly legitimate,
* In this chapter we shall generally find it convenient to write x + iy rather
than x + yi.
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is futile because it does not really define a new idea at all. It is
therefore more convenient to use the expression ' function of the
complex variable z ' in a more restricted sense, or in other words
to pick out, from the general class of complex functions of the
two real variables x and y, a special class to which the expression
shall be restricted. But if we were to attempt to explain how
this selection is made, and what are the characteristic properties
of the special class of functions selected, we should be led far
beyond the limits of this book. We shall therefore not attempt
to give any general definitions, but shall confine ourselves entirely
to special functions defined directly.
218. We have already defined polynomials in z (§ 39),
rational functions of z (§ 46), and roots of z (§ 47). There is
no difficulty in extending to the complex variable the definitions
of algebraical functions, explicit and implicit, which we gave
'(§§ 26 — 27) in the case of the real variable x. In all these cases
we shall call the complex number z, the argument (§ 44) of the
point z, the argument of the function f (z) under consideration.
The question which will occupy us in this chapter is that of defining
and determining the principal properties of the logarithmic, ex-
ponential, and trigonometrical or circular functions of z. These
functions are of course so far defined for real values of z only, the
logarithm indeed for positive values only.
We shall begin with the logarithmic function. It is natural
to attempt to define it by means of some extension of the definition
log « = J j (x>0):
and in order to do this we shall find it necessary to consider
briefly some extensions of the notion of an integral.
219. Real and complex curvilinear integrals. Let AB
be an arc G of a curve defined by the equations
where <£ and yfr are functions of t with continuous differential
coefficients </>' and yfr' ; and suppose that, as t varies from t to t 1}
the point (x, y) moves along the curve, in the same direction, from
A to B.
/.
217-220] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 397
Then we define che curvilinear integral
{g(x,y)dx + h(x,y)dy} (1),
c
where g and h are continuous functions of x and y, as being equi-
valent to the ordinary integral obtained by effecting the formal
substitutions x — <p (t), y = ^r (t), i.e. to
I ' {gifrWV +h(<f> ) i r )y}dt.
We call C the path of integration.
Let us suppose now that
z = x + iy = <f) (t) + i-fy (t),
so that z describes the curve C in Argand's diagram as t varies.
Further let us suppose that
f{z) — u + iv
is a polynomial in z or rational function of z.
Then we define
L
fi*)d* (2)
J V
as meaning
I (u + iv) (dx + idy),
J c
which is itself defined as meaning
L
(udx— vdy) + i\ (v dx + u dy).
J c
220. The definition of_Log. £ Now let £= f + it; be any-
complex number. We define Log £, the general logarithm of £
by the equation
dz
Log£=(
Jc z
where C is a curve which starts from 1 and ends at £ and does
not pass through the origin. Thus (Fig. 54) the paths (a), (b), (c)
are paths such as are contemplated in the definition. The value
of Log z is thus defined when the particular path of integration
has been chosen. But at present it is not clear how far the value
of Log z resulting from the definition depends upon what path is
chosen. Suppose for example that £ is real and positive, say
398
THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC,
Lx
equal to f. Then one possible path of integration is the straight
line from 1 to £, a path which we may suppose to be defined by
Y
Pig. 54.
the equations x = t, y = 0. In this case, and with this particular
choice of the path of integration, we have
Los:
*-/:*
so that Log f is equal to log £, the logarithm of £ according to the
definition given in the last chapter. Thus one value at any rate
of Log £, when £ is real and positive, is log £. But in this case, as
in the general case, the path of integration can be chosen in an
infinite variety of different ways. There is nothing to show that
every value of Log £ is equal to log £; and in point of fact we
shall see that this is not the case. This is why we have adopted
the notation Log £, Log £ instead of log £", log f. Log £ is (possibly
at any rate) a many valued function, and log f is only one of its
values. And in the general case, so far as we can see at present,
three alternatives are equally possible, viz. that
(1) we may always get the same value of Log f, by whatever
path' we go from 1 to £ ;
we may get a different value corresponding to every
different path ;
we may get a number of different values each of which
corresponds to a whole class of paths :
and the truth or falsehood of any one of these alternatives is in
no way implied by our definition.
(2)
(3)
220, 221J EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS
399
221. The values of Log £ Let us suppose that the polar
coordinates of the point z = £ are p and </>, so that
£= p (cos <f> + i sin <£).
We suppose for the present that — ir < <f> < ir, while p may have
any positive value. Thus £ may have any value other than zero
or a real negative value.
The coordinates (*, y) of any point on the path C are functions
of t, and so also are its polar coordinates (r, 6). Also
w^f *-[ dx+id y
Jo z J c x + iy
=f-M
dx . dy
dt dt
~)dt,
t„ x + ly
in virtue of the definitions of § 219. But x = r cos 6,y — r sin 6, and
dx .dy
di + l di
a dr . dd\ . ( . n d?
cos a -r — r sin 6 -j- J -f % f sin 6
Q d6
~dt +rcos6 -dt
/ n , • • /ix fdr . dd
= ( co * e+ism0 Kdt +ir dt
so that
dt + i ~j,dt = [log r] + i [0],
° g ? ~Je„ r eft "" ' "./«, c&
where [log r] denotes the difference between the values of log r at
the points corresponding to t = ^ and t = t , and [#] has a similar
meaning.
It is clear that
[log r] = log p - log 1 = log p ;
but the value of [6] requires a little more consideration. Let us
suppose first that the path of integration is the straight line from
1 to £ The initial value of 6 is the amplitude of 1, or rather
one of the amplitudes of 1, viz.
Ikir, where k is any integer. Let
us suppose that initially 6 = 2kir.
It is evident from the figure that
6 increases from 2kir to Ikir + <j>
as t moves along the line. Thus
[0]=(2Jbr+<£)-2fc7r=0,
and, when the path of integration
is a straight line, Log £ = log p + i<f).
Fig. 55.
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THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC,
[*
We shall call this particular value of Log£ the principal
value. When £ is real and positive, £= p and 9 = 0, so that the
principal value of Log £ is the ordinary logarithm log £. Hence it
will be convenient in general to denote the principal value of
Log ? by log £ Thus
}ogZ = \ogp + i<f>,
and the principal value is characterised by the fact that its
imaginary part lies between — it and it.
Next let us consider any path (such as those shown in Fig. 56)
such that the area or areas included
between the path and the straight
line from 1 to £ does not include
the origin. It is easy to see that
[0] is still equal to 9. Along the
curve shown in the figure by a
continuous line, for example, 0,
initially equal to 2&tt, first de-
creases to the value
2ICTT-X0P Fi 8- 56 -
and then increases again, being equal to 2kir at Q, and finally
to Ikir + 9. The dotted curve shows a similar but slightly more
complicated case in which the straight line and the curve bound
two areas, neither of which includes the origin. Thus if the path
of integration is such that the closed curve formed by it and the
line f rum 1 to £ does not include the origin, then
Log £= log £= log p + i(f>.
On the other hand it is easy
to construct paths of integration
such that [0] is not equal to </>.
Consider, for example, the curve
indicated by a continuous line in
Fig. 57. If is initially equal
to 2/b7r, it will have increased
by 2tt when we get to P and
by 4-7T when we get to Q; and its
final value will be 2&7r + 4nr + cp,
so that [0] = 47r + 9 and Fig. 57.
Log £ = log p + * (47T + 9).
221] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 401
In this case the path of integration winds twice round the
origin in the positive sense. If we had taken a path winding
k times round the origin we should have found, in a precisely
similar way, that [0] = 2kir + </> and
Log £= log p + i (2k jt + (/>).
Here k is positive. By making the path wind round the origin
in the opposite direction (as shown in the dotted path in Fig. 57),
we obtain a similar series of values in which k is negative.
Since | £ | = p, and the different angles 2krr + (f> are the different
values of am f, we conclude that every value of log | £ | + i am £ is
a value of Log£; and it is clear from the preceding discussion
that every value of Log £ must be of this form.
We may summarise our conclusions as follows : the general
value of Log £ is
log \£\+i am f = log p + i (2&jt + <f>),
where k is any positive or negative integer. The value of k is
determined by the path of integration chosen. If this path is a
straight line then k = and
Log f = log f = log p + i<p.
In what precedes we have used £ to denote the argument of
the function Log £, and (£, 77) or (p, <£) to denote the coordinates of
£ ; and z, (%, y), (r, 6) to denote an arbitrary point on the path of
integration and its coordinates. There is however no reason now
why we should not revert to the natural notation in which z is used
as the argument of the function Log z, and we shall do this in
the following examples.
Examples XCTII. 1. We supposed above that — n<6<n, and so
excluded the case in which z is real and negative. In this case the straight
line from 1 to z passes through 0, and is therefore not admissible as a path of
integration. Both n and — n are values of am z, and 6 is equal to one or
other of them: also r=—z. The values of Logz are still the values of
log|s|+iam2, viz.
\og(-z) + (2k + l)7n\
where h is an integer. The values log ( - z) + ni and log ( - z) - iri correspond
to paths from 1 to z lying respectively entirely above and entirely below the
real axis. Either of them may be taken as the principal value of Logz, as
convenience dictates. We shall choose the value log ( - z) + ni corresponding
to the first path.
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402 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [X
2. The real and imaginary parts of any value of Logs are both continuous
functions of x and y, except for x — 0, y = 0.
3. The functional equation satisfied by Logs. The function Logs
satisfies the equation
Lbg«r 1 * a =Log2 1 +Logai (1),
in the sense that every value of either side of this equation is one of the values
of the other side. This follows at once by putting
z l = ri (cos di + i sin 61), z 2 = r 2 (cos 8 2 + * sin ^2))
and applying the formula of p. 401. It is however not true that
log« 1 z 2 =logz 1 +16g« 2 (2)
in all circumstances. If, e.g.,
2 1 = 2 2 = i (- 1 + 1\/3) = cos fjr+isin k,
then log2 1 = log2 2 = |7ri, and \ogz l + \ogZ2 = §ni, which is one of the values of
Log z l z 2 , but not the principal value. In fact log 2 X 2 2 = — § ni.
An equation such as (1), in which every value of either side is a value
of the other, we shall call a complete equation, or an equation which is
completely true.
4. The equation Log2 m =»iLog2, where m is an integer, is not completely
true : every value of the right-hand side is a value of the left-hand side, but
the converse is not true.
5. The equation Log (1/2)= -Logs is completely true. It is also true
that log (1/2)= —log 2, except when 2 is real and negative.
6. The equation
lo § ( JZb) = lo S (*- a) - log (« - b)
is true if 2 lies outside the region bounded by the line joining the points z = a,
z=b, and lines through these points parallel to OX and extending to infinity
in the negative direction.
io g (r!Wogfi-?Wog(i
7. The equation
'"[b-zJ—*\*-- Z/
is true if 2 lies outside the triangle formed by the three points 0, a, b.
8. Draw the graph of the function I (Logs-) of the real variable x. [The
graph consists of the positive halves of the lines y = 2kir and the negative
halves of the lines y=(2k+l) n.]
9. The function /(.f) of the real variable x, denned by
«■/ (*) =p»r + (q- p) I (log *),
is equal to p when x is positive and to q when a?-is negative.
221, 222] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 403
10. The function /(#) defined by
■/(*) =prr+(q-p)l {log {x -l)}+(r-q)l (log x)
is equal to p when x>\, to q when 0<.r<l, and to r when x<0.
11. For what values of z is (i) log 2 (ii) any value of Logs (a) real or
(b) purely imaginary ?
12. If z = a; + ly then Log Log z = log 7? + i (9 + 2/fc'jr), where
i?2 = (logr) 2 + (^ + 2y{;7r) 2
and is the least positive angle determined by the equations
cos 9 : sin : 1 : : log r:6 + 2kir : >/{(log rf + (d + 2£ir)*}.
Plot roughly the doubly infinite set of values of Log Log (l + i* v /3), indicating
which of them are values of log Log(l + i\/3) and which of Loglog(l + i v '3).
222. The exponential function. In Ch. IX we denned
a function e y of the real variable y as the inverse of the function
y = log x. It is naturally suggested that we should define a function
of the complex variable z which is the inverse of the function
Logs.
Definition. If any value of Log z is equal to £ we call z the
exponential of £ and lurite
z = exp £".
Thus 2 = exp £ if %=~Logz. It is certain that to any given
value of z correspond infinitely many different values of £". It
would not be unnatural to suppose that, conversely, to any given
value of £ correspond infinitely many values of z, or in other words
that exp £ is an infinitely many-valued function of £ This is
however not the case, as is proved by the following theorem.
Theorem. The exponential function exp £ is a one-valued
function of £
For suppose that
z x = i\ (cos #i + i sin X ), z 2 = r 2 (cos 0., + i sin 2 )
are both values of exp £ Then
£= Log 4 = Log 4,
and so log i\ + i (0 t + 2»i7r) = log r 2 + i (0 2 + 2mr),
where m and n are integers. This involves
log 1\ = log ?',, X + 2mrr = 2 + 2mr.
Thus 7", = r 2 , and X and 2 differ by a multiple of 2tt. Hence
Z \ = Z 2'
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404 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [X
Corollary. If £is real then exp £=e f , the real exponential
function of £ defined in Ch. IX.
For if z = e^ then logz = £, i.e. one of the values of Log,? is f,
Hence z = exp £
223. The value of exp £ Let f = £ + ^ and
z = exp £ = r (cos + i sin 0).
Then £ + iw = Log £ = log r + t (0 + 2mir),
where m is an integer. Hence £ = log r, w = + 2mir, or
r = e f , = 7] — 2/mt ;
and accordingly
exp (£ + 1^) = e^ (cos rj + i sin ?;).
If »7 = then exp £ = e f , as we have already inferred in § 222.
It is clear that both the real and the imaginary parts of exp (£ + irj)
are continuous functions of f and rj for all values of £ and ?;.
224. The functional equation satisfied by exp f, Let
gi = 1 1 + Hfc , §" a = f 2 + 1% . Then
exp £ x exp £ 2 = e& (cos ?; x + i sin 97,) x e& (cos 77, + i sin %)
= efi+f* {cos (77, + ?7 2 ) + 1 sin (% + ?? 2 )}
= exp (£+£,).
The exponential function therefore satisfies the functional relation
/(S'i + Sb)=/(?i) /(&), an equation which we have proved already
(§ 205) to be true for real values of & and f a .
225. The general power ai It might seem natural, as
exp £=e* when £ is real, to adopt the same notation when £is
complex and to drop the notation exp £ altogether. We shall not
follow this course because we shall have to give a more general
definition of the meaning of the symbol e$\ we shall find then
that e$ represents a function with infinitely many values of which
exp £ is only one.
We have already defined the meaning of the symbol a f in a
considerable variety of cases. It is defined in elementary Algebra
in the case in which a is real and positive and f rational, or a real
and negative and £ a rational fraction whose denominator is odd.
According to the definitions there given a* has at most two values.
222-225] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 405
In Ch. Ill we extended our definitions to cover the case in which
a is any real or complex number and f any rational number p/q ;
and in Ch. IX we gave a new definition, expressed by the equation
a ( _ e <r log a>
which applies whenever £ is real and a real and positive.
Thus we have, in one way or another, attached a meaning to
such expressions as
3'/*, (-I) 1 / 3 , (v/3+i0- 1/2 , (3-S) 1 ^;
but we have as yet given no definitions which enable us to attach
any meaning to such expressions as
(l+iy\ 2\ (d + 2if+ si .
We shall now give a general definition of a$ which applies to all
values of a and f, real or complex, with the one limitation that
a must not be equal to zero.
Definition. The function at is defined by the equation
a$ = exp (£Log a)
where Log a is any value of the logarithm of a.
We must first satisfy ourselves that this definition is consistent
with the previous definitions and includes them all as particular
cases.
(1) If a is positive and £ real, then one value of £"Loga, viz.
£ log a, is real: and exp (£log a) = e^ los a , which agrees with the
definition adopted in Ch. IX. The definition of Ch. IX is, as
we saw then, consistent with the definition given in elementary
Algebra ; and so our new definition is so too.
(2) If a = e T (cos yjr + i sin -i/r), then
Log a = t + i (yjr + 2nnr),
exp {(p/q) Log a] = e^ T/ ? Cis {(p/q) (f + 2nnr)},
where m may have any integral value. It is easy to see that if m
assumes all possible integral values then this expression assumes q
and only q different values, which are precisely the values of a Plq
found in § 48. Hence our new definition is also consistent with
that of Ch. III.
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226. The general value of ai Let
£ = £ + ir], a = a (cos ijr + i sin yfr)
where — 7r<^ = 7r, so that, in the notation of § 225, a = e T or
t = log <r.
Then
£Log a = (| + irj) {log a + i (i/r + 2m7r)} = Z + %M,
where
X = | log O- — 77 (l|r + 2OT7r), M =7} log O- + £ (\/r + 2 J717T) J
and a f = exp (f Log a) = e L (cos ilf + t sin M).
Thus the general value of a^ is
e fioga-,(*+2mir) [ cos |^ \ g a . + j:ty + 2nnr)}
+ i sin {7? log <r+^(i|r + 2«wr)}].
In general a 4 is an infinitely many-valued function. For
I a i I _ gf logo— T)(i/(+2»njr)
has a different value for every value of m, unless 77 = 0. If on the
other hand 77 = 0, then the moduli of all the different values of a*
are the same. But any two values differ unless their amplitudes
are the same or differ by a multiple of 2ir. This requires that
i;(yjr + Imir) and i;(\jr + 2mr), where m and n are different integers,
shall differ, if at all, by a multiple of 2ir. But if
then £ = k/(m — n) is rational. We conclude that a^ is infinitely
many-valued unless %is real and rational. On the other hand we
have already seen that, when £ is real and rational, a$ has but a
finite number of values.
The principal value of a^ = exp ((Log a) is obtained by giving Log a its
principal value, i.e. by supposing m = in the general formula. Thus the
principal value of or is
g f log o - „* ; cos ^ ]og o- + ^) + j- sin (^ i og a + ^)} #
Two particular cases are of especial interest. If a is real and positive
and f real, then a- = a, ^ = 0, £==f, »7 = 0, an d the principal value of a> is
e^ loga , which is the value denned in the last chapter. If [ or | = 1 and ( is
real, then <r = l, £ = £ »? = 0, and the principal value of (cos >//■ + z sin ^)^ is
cos £\}a + i sin fy. This is a further generalisation of De Moivre's Theorem
(§§45,49).
226] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 407
Examples XCIV. 1. Find all the values of i\ [By definition
i' = exp (i Log i).
But t = cos^n + ism%ir, hogi—(2k + \)ni,
where k is any integei*. Hence
i*=exp{-(2£+|) n} =e -(2t+i),r .
All the values of i l are therefore real and positive.]
2. Find all the values of (1 + i)\ i 1 +«, (1 + i)i + *.
3. The values of a% when plotted in the Argand diagram, are the vertices
of an equiangular polygon inscribed in an equiangular spiral whose angle is
independent of a. (Math. Trip. 1899.)
[If a^= r (cos 6 + i sin 6) we have
r^IogT-nW+am^ 3=r,log<r+£U,+2mv)>,
and all the points lie on the spiral i^a-^'^^e'^K]
4. The function e\ If we write e for a in the general formula, so that
log o-=l, ^ = 0, we obtain
e <T = e l-2»wni ; cog ^ + 2wi?r ^ + ■ gJn ^ + 2wi7r |)}.
The principal value of e> is e* (cos q-H'sin 77), which is equal to exp £ (§ 223).
In particular, if £ is real, so that r] = 0, we obtain
e* (cos 2mn£+i sin 2hi7t^)
as the general and &• as the principal value, e 4 denoting here the positive
value of the exponential defined in Ch. IX.
5. Show that Log e^=(l +2wnri) £+2ft7n', where m and n are any integers,
and that in general Log a? has a double infinity of values.
6. The equation l/a* = a~' is completely true (Ex. xcm. 3): it is also true
of the principal values.
7. The equation a^xb^=(aby is completely true but not always true of
the principal values.
8. The equation ct^x a^' = a^ + *' is not completely true, but is true of the
principal values. [Every value of the right-hand side is a value of the left-
hand side, but the general value of a^xa^ , viz.
exp {£ (log a + 2mni) + f (log a+2mri)} ,
is not as a rule a value of a^ + > unless m=n.]
9. What are the corresponding results as regards the equations
Log J= C Log a, (off = (a?)* = a® ?
10. For what values of £ is (a) any value (b) the principal value of e b
(i) real (ii) purely imaginary (iii) of unit modulus ?
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11. The necessary and sufficient conditions that all the values of at should
be real are that 2£ and {rj log | a J +£ am aj/rr, where am a denotes any value of
the amplitude, should both be integral. What are the corresponding con-
ditions that all the values should be of unit modulus ?
12. The general value oi\x i +x~ i \, where x>0, is
e -(m-n)7r^ 2 | cosh 2 ( m + n ) „-+ C OS (2 logo;)}].
13. Explain the fallacy in the following argument : since e 2mwi =e 2n * i =l,
where m and n are any integers, therefore, raising each side to the power i,
we obtain e -*" l "=e-* m .
14. In what circumstances are any of the values of x x , where x is real,
themselves real ? [If x> then
x x = exp (x Log x) = exp (x log x) Cis 2vi7rx,
the first factor being real. The principal value, for which m=0, is always
real.
If x is a rational fraction p/(2q + l), or is irrational, then there is no other
real value. But if x is of the form pj2q, then there is one other real value,
viz. - exp (so log x\ given by m - q.
If#=-£<0then
^ = exp{-£Log(-£)} = exp(-£log£)Cis{-(2m + l)7r!}.
The only case in which any value is real is that in which £=pj(2q + l), when
m=q gives the real value
exp(-£log£)Cis(-^) = (-l)^.
The cases of reality are illustrated by the examples
a>*-M, (*)*-±«A> (-t)"*-n (-*)"*-- w
15. Logarithms to any base. We may define £ = Log a 2 in two different
ways. We may say (i) that £= Log a z if the principal value of a? is equal to z ;
or we may say (ii) that ( - Log a 2 if a»y value of o.» is equal to 2.
Thus if a=e then f=Log,,2, according to the first definition, if the
principal value of e> is equal to z, or if exp £=2; and so Log e 2 is identical
with Log z. But, according to the second definition, ^ = Log e 2 if
e f =exp(fLoge) = 2, £Loge = Log2,
or £=(Log z)/(Log e), any values of the logarithms being taken. Thus
f T ~, • log I ^ I + ( am g + 2?»ir)t
f = L0g 6 2= j-j^j-j ,
so that f is a doubly infinitely many-valued function of 2. And generally,
according to this definition, Log a 2 = (Log2)/(Loga).
16. Loggl=2m»ri/(l + 2»7ri), Log e (-l) = (2m + l) iriftl + 2%ni) 1 where m
and n are any integers.
226-228] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 409
227. The exponential values of the sine and cosine.
From the formula
exp (f + it)) = exp £ (cos 77 + i sin 77),
we can deduce a number of extremely important subsidiary
formulae. Taking £=0, we obtain exp (177) = cos 77 + i sin 77 ; and,
changing the sign of 77, exp (— irj) = cos rj — i sin 77. Hence
cos 77= ^ {exp (irj) + exp ( —ir))),
sin 77 = — ^ i {exp (177) — exp ( — {77)}.
We can of course deduce expressions for any of the trigonometrical
ratios of 77 in terms of exp (it]).
228. Definition of sin f and cos f for all values of f.
We saw in the last section that, when f is real,
cosf = \ {exp (if) + exp (- if)} (la),
sin £ = - \i {exp (if) - exp (- if)} (16).
The left-hand sides of these equations are defined, by the ordinary
geometrical definitions adopted in elementary Trigonometry, only
for real values of f. The right-hand sides have, on the other
hand, been defined for all values of f, real or complex. We are
therefore naturally led to adopt the formulae (1) as the definitions
of cos f and sin f for all values of f. These definitions agree, in
virtue of the results of § 227, with the elementary definitions for
real values of f.
Having defined cos f and sin f, we define the other trigono-
metrical ratios by the equations
sin f cos f 1 «. 1 /s >x
tanf = 7., cotf=- — y , secf = ^, cosec f= -r— ■ ...(2).
cos f sin f cos f sin f v
It is evident that cos f and sec f are even functions of f, and
sin f, tan f, cot f, and cosec f odd functions. Also, if exp (if) = t,
we have
cos f = h {t + (1/0}, sin f = -£ i {£ - (1/0},
cos 2 f + sin 2 f=i[{«+(l/0] 2 -^-(l/0j 2 ]=l (3).
We can moreover express the trigonometrical functions of
f+ f in terms of those of f and f by precisely the same formulae
410 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC. [X
as those which hold in elementary trigonometry. For if exp (i%) = t,
exp (if) = t', we have
co S (? + n=i(«' + ^{K)(<'4) + K)( ( '-F
= cos £cos f — sin £sin £' (4) ;
and similarly we can prove that
sin(£+0 = sm £ cos £' + cos£sin£' (5).
In particular
cos(£ + £7r) = -sin £ sin(^+^7r) = cos £ (6).
All the ordinary formulae of elementary Trigonometry are
algebraical corollaries of the equations (2) — (6) ; and so all such
relations hold also for the generalised trigonometrical functions
defined in this section.
229. The generalised hyperbolic functions. In Ex. lxxxvii. 19, we
denned cosh f and sinh £, for real values of £, by the equations
cosh C=i {exp C + exp (-£)}, sinh (=h {exp f- exp (-{)} (1).
We can now extend this definition to complex values of the variable;
i.e. we can agree that the equations (1) are to define cosh f and sinh£ for
all values of £ real or complex. The reader will easily verify the following
relations :
cos i£ = cosh £, sin i£= i sinh £, cosh i£= cos f, sinh i£— i sin £.
We have seen that any elementary trigonometrical formula, such as
the formula cos 2^"= cos 2 £ — sin 2 f, remains true when £ is allowed to assume
complex values. It remains true therefore if we write cos i( for cos £, sin i£
for sin £ and cos 2^ for cos 2£; or, in other words, if we write cosh £ for cos (,
isinh £ for sin £, and cosh 2£ for cos 2£. Hence
cosh 2^= cosh 2 C+sinh 2 £.
The same process of transformation may be applied to any trigonometrical
identity. It is of course this fact which explains the correspondence noted
in Ex. lxxxvii. 21 between the formulae for the hyperbolic and those for the
ordinary trigonometrical functions.
230. Formulae for cos(£+iij), sin(£+ty), etc. It follows from the
addition formulae that
cos (£ + *i?) = cos £ cos iff — sin £ sin it] = cos | cosh ip—i sin £ sinh rj,
sin (£ + irj) = sin | cos ir) + cos £ sin it] = sin £ cosh r/ + i cos £ sinh rj.
These formulae are true for all values of £ and rj. The interesting case
is that in which £ and 77 are real. They then give expressions for the real and
imaginary parts of the cosine and sine of a complex number.
228-230] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 411
Examples XCV. 1. Determine the values of £ for which cos £ and sin £
are (i) real (ii) purely imaginary. [For example cos£ is real when 77=0 or
when £ is any multiple of 77-.]
2. I cos (£ + irf) I = s /(cos 2 £ + sinh 2 77) = J{\ (cosh 2r) + cos 2|)},
I sin (£ + irj) I = N /(sin 2 £ + sinh 2 77) = J{$ (cosh 2rj - cos 2£)}.
[Use {e.g.) the equation | cos (%+irj) | = s/{cos (£ + ^77) cos (£ — 177)}.]
_ /* . ■ \ sin 2^4- ^ sinh 2^ .. sin2|-i'sinh2n
3. ten(g+ t ,)= cosh2)7+co ^ g > cot(g+»,) = co8h2|| _ co82r
[For example
tan (g + ^)= Sin( / f + ^ C ° 3 / ( f-^ = si "2g + sin2^
v " cos ($+ it)) cos (£-ir)) cos 2§ + cos 2i»;
which leads at once to the result given.]
cos £ cosh 77 + i sin £ sinh jj
sec (£ + ^77)
cosec (£+^7?) =
£ (cosh 2»j+ cos 2£) '
sin £ cosh 7; — i cos £ sinh 77
J (cosh 2r; — cos 2£)
5. If I cos (£ + {77) | = 1 then sin 2 £ = sinh 2 77, and if | sin (t- + ir)) | = 1 then
cos 2 £ = sinh 2 17.
6. If |cos(f + i!i)| = l, then
sin*{am cos (£ + £77)} = ± sin 2 £ = ± sinh 2 rj.
7. Prove that Log cos (£ + 17) — A-\- iB, where
J. = \ log {| (cosh 2r/ + cos 2£)}
and 5 is any angle such that
cos B sin Z? 1
cos £ cosh 77 sin £ sinh 77 s /{j (cosh 277 + cos 2£)} *
Find a similar formula for Log sin (£ + 177).
8. Solution of the equation cos£=a, where a is real. Putting
£=£ + 177, and equating real and imaginary parts, we obtain
cos £ cosh 77 = a, sin £ sinh 77 = 0.
Hence either 77 = or £ is a multiple of 71-. If (i) 77 = then cos £ = a, which is
impossible unless -l£a£l. This hypothesis leads to the solution
£=2£n-±arc cos a,
where arccosa lies between and \n. If (ii) £=mn then cosh t/ = ( — l) m a, so
that either o^l and m is even, or a< — 1 and m is odd. If a= ±1 then 77 = 0,
and we are led back to our first case. If | a | > 1 then cosh 77 = | a \ , and we
are led to the solutions
£= 2for±i*log{ a + V(n 2 -l)} (a>l),
C=(2k + 1) ir±tlog{- a + v/(a 2 -l)} (a<-l).
For example, the general solution of cos f= — f is (= (2k + 1) tt± Hog 3.
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9. Solve sin f = a, where a is real.
10. Solution of cos ^= a + i'/3, where 04=0. We may suppose /3>0,
since the results when /3 <0 may be deduced by merely changing the sign of i.
In this case
cos £ cosh r) = a, sin £ sinhr;= -/3 (1),
and (a/cosh t]) 2 + (/3/sinh 7) 2 =1.
If we put cosh 2 jj = x we find that
a; 2 -(l+a 2 +/3 2 j#4-a 2 =0
■or a; = (^ i ± A 2 ) 2 , where
vl, = W{(« + l) 2 +/3 2 }, ^ 2 = K / {(«-D 2 +3 2 }.
Suppose a > 0. Then A x > A 2 > and cosh ^ = J t ± 4 2 . Also
cos | = a/(cosh rj) = A 1 + A 2 ,
and since cosh rj > cos £ we must take
cosh r) = A 1 +A 2 , cos£ = ^4 1 -^ 2 '
The general solutions of these equations are
£ = 2/br±arccos J/, v = ±log [Z + N /(Z 2 - 1)} (2),
where L = A t +A 2 , 3f=A 1 -A 2 , and arc cos M lies between and \n.
The values of r\ and £ thus found above include, however, the solutions of
the equations
cos | cosh r) = a, sin £ sinhr? = /3 (3),
as well as those of the equations (1), since we have only used the second of
the latter equations after squaring it. To distinguish the two sets of
solutions we observe that the sign of sin £ is the same as the ambiguous sign
in the first of the equations (2), and the sign of sinh r) is the same as the
ambiguous sign in the second. Since /3 > 0, these two signs must be different.
Hence the general solution required is
f=2/(-7r±[arccosJ/-ilog{Z; + N /(Z 2 -l)}].
11. Work out the cases in which a <0 and a = in the same way.
12. If /3 = then L = h\a + l\ +h\a-l\ and M=h\ a + l \-h\ a-l \.
Verify that the results thus obtained agree with those of Ex. 8.
13. Show that if a and /3 arc positive then the general solution of
sin £=a + i'/3 is
(=l-n + ( - l)* [arc sin M+ilog {L+J(L 2 - 1)}],
where arc sin M lies between and ^n. Obtain the solution in the other
possible cases.
14. Solve tan (=a, where a is real. [All the roots are real.]
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15. Show that the general solution of tan f=a + z'/3, where fi=£0, is
>■ i L l/i ,i-i (« 2 + (l+/3) 2 l
where 8 is the numerically least angle such that
cos 6 : sin 6 : 1 : : 1 - a 2 - /3 2 : 2a : V{(1 - a 2 - /3 2 ) 2 + 4a 2 }.
16. If 2 = £exp (jn-i), where £ is real, and c is also real, then the modulus
of cos 2nz - cos 2nc is
Vrjf {1 +cos 4ttc + cos (2tt| V2) + cosh (2tt£ ^2)
- 4 cos 2n-c cos (»r^ v/2) cosh («■£ >/2)}].
1 7. Prove that | exp exp (£ + iq) | = exp (exp £ cos r?),
E, {cos cos ({■ + it))} = cos (cos £ cosh 77) cosh (sin £ sinh »?),
I {sin sin (£ + iij)} = cos (sin £ cosh 77) sinh (cos £ sinh ??).
18. Prove that |exp f | tends to 00 if £ moves away towards infinity along
any straight line through the origin making an angle less than \tt with OX r
and to if ( moves away along a similar line making an angle greater than.
|tt with OX.
19. Prove that |cosf| and |sin£| tend to co if f moves away towards
infinity along any straight line through the origin other than either half of
the real axis.
20. Prove that tan f tends to — i or to i if f moves away to infinity
along the straight line of Ex. 19, to — i if the line lies above the real axis and
to i if it lies below.
231. The connection between the logarithmic and the inverse
trigonometrical functions. We found in Ch. VI that the integral of a
rational or algebraical function 4>(x, a, /3, ...), where a, /3, ... are constants,
often assumes different forms according to the values of a, /3, ... ; sometimes
it can be expressed by means of logarithms, and sometimes by means of
inverse trigonometrical functions. Thus, for example,
rlv 1 x . .
— . — = —r- arc tan — - (1)
x* + a si a s !a
if a > 0, but
doc 1 . \x—J( — a)\ , .
log ; „ , ,; , (2)
/.
/
2 +a 2 N /(-a) 6 |*+V(-«»)
if a < 0. These facts suggest the existence of some functional connection
between the logarithmic and the inverse circular functions. That there
is such a connection may also be inferred from the facts that we have ex-
pressed the circular functions of £ in terms of exp if, and that the logarithm
is the inverse of the exponential function.
Let us consider more particularly the equation
f doe 1 . (x — a\
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which holds when a is real and (x-a)/(x + a) is positive. If we could write
ia instead of a in this equation, we should be led to the formula
arctan(-) = ilog(^- a W (3),
\aj 2i ° \X+laJ
where G is a constant, and the question is suggested whether, now that we
have defined the logarithm of a complex number, this equation will not be
found to be actually true.
Now (§ 221)
Log(#±i'a) = £log(.r 2 + a 2 )±i(0 + 2£7r),
where k is an integer and <£ is the numerically least angle such that
cos = A'/v/(^' 2 + a 2 ) and sin = a/ N /(.^ 2 + a 2 ). Thus
—. Log ( r ) = — 6 - ?TTt
2 J ° \x + iaj r '
where I is an integer, and this does in fact differ by a constant from any
value of arc tan (xja).
The standard formula connecting the logarithmic and inverse circular
functions is
arctan^=-.Log( f ±^j (4),
where x is real. It is most easily verified by putting #=tany, when the right-
hand side reduces to
1 T /cos?/ + isiny\ 1 T . _. . , ,
— . Log " — — — - ) = -— . Log (exp 2iy) = v + Ictt,
2i ° \cosy-ismyJ 2t oV r "' *
where h is any integer, so that the equation (4) is ' completely ' true (Ex. xcin.
3). The reader should also verify the formulae
arccos.r= -^Log {x±i*J(l — # 2 )}, arc sin #= — i' Log {£f + ^/(l — x 2 )}...(5),
where — \£.x£L\: each of these formulae also is 'completely' true.
Example. Solving the equation
cos «=# = |{y + (%)},
where y = exp (iu), with respect to ?/, we obtain y = x + i s J(\ — x" 1 ). Thus:
u= - i Logy= — i Log {x±i,J(l -.r 2 )},
which is equivalent to the first of the equations (5). Obtain the remaining
equations (4) and (5) by similar reasoning.
232. The power series for exp z*. We saw in § 212
that when z is real
exp z = 1 + z +o-,+ (1).
Moreover we saw in § 191 that the series on the right-hand side
* It will be convenient now to use z instead of £ as the argument of the
exponential function.
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remains convergent (indeed absolutely convergent) when z is com-
plex. It is naturally suggested that the equation (1) also remains
true, and we shall now prove that this is the case.
Let the sum of the series (1) be denoted by F(z). The series
being absolutely convergent, it follows by direct multiplication (as
in Ex. lxxxi. 7) that F (z) satisfies the functional equation
F(z)F{h) = F(z + h) (2).
Now let z = iy, where y is real, and F (z) = f(y). Then
f(y)f(k)=f(y+k);
and so /(y + *)-/(y) = /(y) f/(fc)-l
k J XJ ' \ k
^ . f(k)-l . f- ik (iky- )
and so, if | k \ < 1,
f(k)-l
k
1 1
2 !
+ 3 T +...)|*|<(«-2)|*
Hence {f (k) - l\/k-*~i as&-*-0, and so
f , (y) = lim f(y + V-f(y) = {f(lj) (3)
Now
f{y) = *») = 1 + (iy) + { ^+... = ( f i{ y) + if (y),
where <f> (y) is an even and i/r (^/) an odd function of y, and so
\f(y)\ = */l{<!>(y)}*+{+(y)Y]
-VW(y) + *t^)H*(y)-»+(y)}]
and therefore
/ (y) — cos ^ r + * sm ^ >
where Y is a function of y such that — it < Y S 7r. Since/ (y) has
a differential coefficient, its real and imaginary parts cos Ya,nd sin Y
have differential coefficients, and are a fortiori continuous functions
of y. Hence Y is a continuous function of y. Suppose that Y
changes to Y + K when y changes to y + k. Then K tends to
zero with k, and
K _ fcos ( Y + K) - cos Y\ / (cos ( Y + K) - cos T
k { k ]/ ( K
Of the two quotients on the right-hand side the first tends to a
416 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [x.
limit when Jc-*~0, since cos Y has a differential coefficient with
respect to y, and the second tends to the limit — sin Y. Hence K/fc
tends to a limit, so that Y has a differential coefficient with respect
to y.
dY
Further /' (y) -■= (- sin Y+i cos Y) -=- .
But we have seen already that
/' (y) = if(y) = - sin F+ i cos Y.
dY
Hence -j- = *> Y = y + G,
dy
where G is a constant, and
/ (y) = cos (y+C) + i sin (y + C).
But /(0) = 1 when y=0, so that C is a multiple of 2tt, and
y (y) = cos y + i sin y. Thus F (iy) = cos ?/ + i sin 3/ for all real
values of y. And, if x also is real, we have
F (x + iy) = F (x) F{iy) = exp x (cos y + i sin y) = exp (x + iy),
or exipz=l+z + ^]+ -••>
for all values of z.
233. The power series for cos z and sin z. From the
result of the last section and the equations (1) of § 228 it follows
at once that
z" z A . z 3 z 5
cosz = l - 2l + 4! - "-' smz==2: ~'si + 5''~'"
for all values of z. These results were proved for real values of z
in Ex. lvi. 1.
Examples XCVI. 1. Calculate cos i and sin % to two places of decimals
by means of the power series for cos z and sin z.
2. Prove that | cos z \ S. cosh | z \ and | sin z \ ^ sinh \z\.
3. Prove that if | z | < 1 then | cos z | < 2 and | sin z \ < f j z \.
4. Since sin %z—1 sin z cos z we have
\ ) 3 , -r 5 , ^^ 3! -r...^i 2 ,-r...y.
Prove by multiplying the two series on the right-hand side (§ 195) and
equating coefficients (§ 194) that
(TK" 3 + >-+Gi::;H-
Verify the result by means of the binomial theorem. Derive similar identities
from the equations
cos 2 z + sin 2 2=1, cos 22 = 2 cos 2 z — 1 = 1-2 sin 2 2.
232-234] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 417
5. Show that exp {( 1 + 1) z} = 2 2- n exp (£ ?itu') — .
6. Expand cos 2 cosh in powers of 2. [We have ■
cos z cosh s+i sin 2 sinh z— cos {(1 - 1') 2} = |- [exp {(l+i) 2} + exp { - (1 + i) 2}]
=|22*»{l + (-l)»}e X p(4W)!J,
and similarly cos 2 cosh s — i sin 2 sinh 2 = cos (1 + ?') z
= |l2^{l + (-l)»}exp(-i^)^.
»!
Hence cosscosh«=i2 2 Jw {l + (-l) n }cosi7i7r ^=1- -7? + ^-; — 1
"0 n ! 4 ! 8 ! J
7. Expand sin 2 sinh 2, cos 2 sinh 2, and sin 2 cosh z in powers of 2.
8. Expand sin 2 2 and sin 3 2 in powers of 2. [Use the formulae
sin 2 2=i (1 -cos 2z), sin 3 2=J (3 sin 2 -sin 32), ....
It is clear that the same method may be used to expand cos™ 2 and sin n 2,
where n is any integer.]
9. Sum the series
~ , cos 2 cos 2z cos 32 _, sin 2 sin 2z sin 32
[Here +iS=l+?&® + ?ffi£*> + ...=«p {exp(is)}
= exp (cos 2) {cos (sin z) + i sin (sin 2)},
and similarly
C—JS= exp {exp ( - iz)} = exp (cos 2) (cos (sin 2) - » sin (sin 2)}.
Hence C=exp(cos2) cos (sin 2), S= exp (cos 2) sin (sin 2).]
„ a cos 2 a 2 cos 22 a sin 2 a 2 sin 22
10. Sum i + - Tr +_ T] — +..., ___ + ___+....
_, , COS 22 COS 42 cos 2 COS 32
11. Sum 1-— r + - 4 , -..., — 3j-+-
and the corresponding series involving sines.
12. Show that
, cos Az , cos 82 , i f/ s i , • v
1 -\ — — j — I — ^y- + . . . = § {cos (cos 2) cosh (sin 2) + cos (sin 2) cosh (cos 2)}.
13. Show that the expansions of cos (x+h) and sin (x + h) in powers of h
(Ex. lvi. 1) are valid for all values of x and h, real or complex.
234. The logarithmic series. We found in § 213 that
\og(l+z) = z-±z 2 + U 3 - (1)
when z is real and numerically less than unity. The series on the
right-hand side is convergent, indeed absolutely convergent, when
h. 27
418 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [x
z has any complex value whose modulus is less than unity. It is
naturally suggested that the equation (1) remains true for such
complex values of z. That this is true may be proved by a
modification of the argument of § 213. We shall in fact prove
rather more than this, viz. that (1) is true for all values of z such
that | « | = 1, with the exception of the value — 1.
It will be remembered that log (1 + z) is the principal value of
Log (1 4- z), and that
i /-i x f du
lo « (1+ *>-.U'
where C is the straight line joining the points 1 and 1 + z in the
plane of the complex variable u. We may suppose that z is not
real, as the formula (1) has been proved already for real values
of z.
If we put
z = r (cos 9 + i sin 6) = £r,
so that | r | g 1, and
u = 1 + ft
then u will describe G as t increases from to r. And
f du_ FZdt
J c u Jo 1
+ &
= J h- ft + ?F- ... + (- l)™" 1 £"*•« + 1+ w \dt
-p 2 + 3 " ,+( L) m +Km
= ,__+__...+(_!).-._ +Rm (2) ,
where
fr fni/Jt
^ = (-l)-r +1 J ol+ ^ (3).
It follows from (1) of § 164 that
fr Wflf
'*»' a /o|Wl ; < 4 >'
Now 1 1 + %t | or | u | is never less than ■or, the perpendicular from
on to the line C* Hence
1 fr r m+i n
R m I ^ " t m dt = , — - g ; —- ,
* Since z is not real, C cannot pass through when produced. The reader is
recommended to draw a figure to illustrate the argument.
234, 235] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 419
and so R m -*• as m -*■ oo . It follows from (2) that
\og(l+z) = z-^z 2 + ^- (5).
We have of course shown in the course of our proof that the
series is convergent : this however has been proved already
(Ex. lxxx. 4). The series is in fact absolutely convergent when
z | < 1 and conditionally convergent when | z \ = 1.
Changing z into — z we obtain
1 °g(n^)=- lo 8-( 1 -*)=* + ^ 2 +^ 3 + («)■
235. Now
log ( 1 + z) = log {(l+r cos 0) + ir sin 0}
= A log (1 + 2r cos + r 2 ) + i arc tan ( -A .
\1 + rcostv
That value of the inverse tangent must be taken which lies
between — \ir and \tt. For, since 1 + z is the vector represented
by the line from — 1 to z> the principal value of am (1 4- 2) always
lies between these limits when z lies within the circle | z\ = L*
Since z m = r m (cos m0 + i sin md), we obtain, on equating the
real and imaginary parts in equation (5) of § 234,
I log (1 + 2r cos + r 2 ) = r cos - |r 2 cos 26 + £r 3 cos 30 - . . .,
(r sin \
^) = rsin — Ar 2 sin20 + ir 3 sin30 — ....
l + r cos 6/ * 6
These equations hold when ^ r ^ 1, and for all values of 0, except
that, when r = 1, must not be equal to an odd multiple of ir.
It is easy to see that they also hold when — 1 ^ r ^ 0, except that,
when r — — 1, must not be equal to an even multiple of ir.
A particularly interesting case is that in which r = 1. In
this case we have
log (1 + z) = log (1 + Cis 0) =\ log (2 + 2 cos0) + i arc tan ( — -r)
= |log(4cos 2 i0) + i;0,
if —ir<0<7r, and so
cos0-,|cos20 + icos30 -... = £ log (4 cos 2 J0),
sin 0- | sin 20 + £ sin 30 - ... = |0.
* See the preceding footnote.
27—2
420
THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC,
[X
The sums of the series, for other values of &, are easily found from
the consideration that they are periodic functions of 6 with the
period 2tt. Thus the sum of the cosine series is ^ log (4 cos 2 \6) for
all values of 6 save odd multiples of ir (for which values the series
is divergent), while the sum of the sine series is ^ (6 — 2kir) if
(2k — 1) it < 6 < (2k + 1) 7r, and zero if 6 is an odd multiple of it.
The graph of the function represented by the sine series is shown
in Fig. 58. The function is discontinuous for 6 = (2k + 1) it.
Fig. 58.
If we write iz and - iz for z in (5), and subtract, we obtain
^i„ g (L±|)- 2 - is » +}s5 -....
If z is real and numerically less than unity, we are led, by the results of
§ 231, to the formula
arc tan z=z — \z z + \£>- ...,
already proved in a different manner in § 214.
Examples XCVII. 1. Prove that, in any triangle in which a>b,
Jogc = loga — cos C- — ,cos2(7-....
a 2a-
[Use the formula log c=-| log (a 2 +b 2 -2ab cos C).]
2. Prove that if - l<r<l and ~ln<0<\7r then
r sin 20 - \r 2 sin 40 + Jr 3 sin 60 - ... = f-arc tan |(~) tan [ ,
the inverse tangent lying between -\tv and |tt. Determine the sum of the
series for all other values of 0.
3. Prove, by considering the expansions of log (1 + 12) and log(l-;V) in
powers of z, that if - l<r< 1 then
rsm0 + %r 2 cos20-§r 3 sm30-±?-*cos40+... = hlog(l + 2rsm0 + r 2 ),
r cos + ± r 2 sin 20 - £ r 3 cos 30 - % r* sin 40 + ...= arc tan ( rC0 * 6 ) ,
\] — r sin 6 J
6 * O \l-2rsm0 + r 2 )'
r cos - J?- 3 cos Z0 + . . . = * arc tan &52L^
\ 1-r-
the inverse tangents lying between - £tt and \n.
he*
l-\hz I '
235, 236] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 421
4. Prove that
cos cos - \ cos 20 cos 2 + £ cos 38 cos 3 - ... =$ log (1 + 3 cos 2 0),
sin 6 sin # - ^ sin 2(9 sin 2 + J sin 30 sin 3 - ... = arc cot (1 + cot + cot 2 0),
the inverse cotangent lying between -^tt and ^7r ; and find similar ex-
pressions for the sums of the series
cos sin -| cos 20 sin 2 + . .., sin cos 0-J sin 2(9 cos 2 + . ...
236. Some applications of the logarithmic series, The
exponential limit. Let z be any complex number, and h a real
number small enough to ensure that | hz \ < 1. Then
log (1 + hz) = hz-\ (he? + i (hz) s
and so
log(l -f hz) , ' .
-^— h ; = z+<f>(h,z),
where
<p (h, z) = - \he* + Ihrz- - \h*z* + ...,
] <j> (h, z)\<\ hz 2 \(l + \hz\ + \ h?e* 1 + ...) =
so that <f> (h, z)^~0 as h-^0. It follows that
,. log (1+ As)
hm 8 v . — - = z (1).
If in particular we suppose h = 1/n, where n is a positive integer,
we obtain
lim n log ( 1 + - ] -■= z,
Jl->-30 \ 11/
Jsi i 1 + w) = i^ exp r log ( x + w) j exp ^ (2) "
This is a generalisation of the result proved in § 208 for real
values of z.
From (1) we can deduce some other results which we shall
require in the next section. If t and h are real, and h is sufficiently-
small, we have
log(l+te + fo)-log(l+fe) = 1 j / hz \
h h S V 1 + tz)
which tends to the limit e/(l + tz) as h^O. Hence
sli«g(i^» = r^ (3>
and so
422 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [X
We shall also require a formula for the differentiation of
(1 + tz) m , where m is any number real or complex, with respect
to t We observe first that, if <£ (t) = ^ (t) + i% (t) is a complex
function of t, whose real and imaginary parts $ (t) and x (t)
possess derivatives, then
d d
j t (exp <t> ) = j t {(cos X + i sin x ) exp yjr]
= {(cos x + * sm %) ^' + ( — sm % + *' cos X) %'i ex P ^
= (i// + i^') (cos % + * sin x) ex P ^
= W + *'%') ex P (^ + *%) = </>' ex P 0.
so that the rule for differentiating exp </> is the same as when <f> is
real. This being so we have
^(1 + tzT = j t exp [m log (1 + tz)}
= f^ t ~ exp {wi log (1 + tz)}
= mz(l +tz) m ~ 1 (4).
Here both (1 + tz) m and (1 + tz) m ~ l have their principal values
237. The general form of the Binomial Theorem. We
have proved already (§ 215) that the sum of the series
is (1 + z) m = exp \m log (1 + z)}, for all real values of m and all real
values of z between — 1 and 1. If a n is the coefficient of z n then
1,
n+1
whether m is real or complex. Hence (Ex. lxxx. 3) the series
is always convergent if the modulus of z is less than unity, and we
shall now prove that its sum is still exp [m log (1 + z)}, i.e. the
principal value of (1 + z) m .
It follows from § 236 that if t is real then
~ - (I + tz) m = mz(l+ tzf l -\
236, 237] EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 423
z and m having any real or complex values and each side having
its principal value. Hence, if <j> (t) = (1 + tz) m , we have
<£<«> (t)=m(m-l)...(m-n + 1) z n (1 + tz) m ~ n .
This formula still holds if t = 0, so that
w ! \n /
Now, in virtue of the remark made at the end of § 164, we have
#( i)-#W+f(0)+«^ + ... + g^ + *.
where ij„ = —L— j\l - ()»-> £M («) <fc.
But if z = r (cos 6 + i sin 0) then
1 1 + tz | = V(l + 2£r cos + £V) ^ 1 - tr,
and therefore
| ro(m-l)...(m-n + l)| fi (1-t)™ ,
|jKnl< " (n-l)l ' JoO^W^
\m(m- l)...(m-» + l)| (l-fl) 71 - 1 ?-"
(n - 1) ! ' (1 - tfr)" '
where < < 1 ; so that (cf. § 163)
jm(m-l)...(m-rc + l)j
(11-1)1
Pn+i _
j m — w |
Pn
say. But
and so (Ex. xxvu. 6) /9 n ^»0, and therefore i2 n -*-0, as w^-oo.
Hence we arrive at the following theorem.
Theorem. The sum of the binomial series
_ fm\ fm\ „
is exp {m log (1 + z)}, where the logarithm has its principal value,
for all values of m, real or complex, and all values of z such that
z\< 1.
A more complete discussion of the binomial series, taking
account of the more difficult case in which \z\= 1, will be found
on pp. 225 et seq. of Bromwich's Infinite Series.
424 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [X
Examples XCVIII. 1. Suppose to real. Then since
we obtain
log (1 + z) = £ log ( 1 + 2?- cos 6 + r 2 ) + i arc tan
\l +r cos
00 f iyi\ f / t sin $ \ 1
2 ( I 2 n =cxp {hn log (1 + 2r cos #+r 2 )} Cis -!m arc tan ( ) V
o W { \l + r cos 6J)
= (1 + 2r cos 6 + r 2 ) im Cis (m arc tan f-I^^-\ I ,
v ; 1 \l+»-cos0/J'
all the inverse tangents lying between —\ir and \v. In particular, if we
suppose 0=571-, z = iV, and equate the real and imaginary parts, we obtain
1 _ f™\ r 2 +(^\r i -... = (l + r 2 f m cos (to arc tan r),
(?) r " (I) ^ + (?) '' 5 " •" = (1 +r2)h " 1 Sin (m ar ° tan r) -
2. Verify the formulae of Ex. 1 when wi=l, 2, 3. [Of course when to is
a positive integer the series is finite.]
3. Prove that if £r < 1 then
, 1.3 , 1.3.5.7 .
1— — r 2 + »•* —
2.4 2.4.6.8
1 1.3.5, 1.3.5.7.0.
_ r )-3 J j.5 _
2 2.4.6 2.4.6.8.10
[Take m= — \ in the last two formulae of Ex. 1.]
4. Prove that if — \tt<6<^tt then
V I 2(l + r 2 ) /'
//V(l4-0-l|
V 1 2(l+r 2 ) /•
"I
cos m8 = coii m B \ 1 - ( 9 j tan 2 <9 + f ) tan* 5
sinm0 = cos" l 0-U J tan 5- ( j tan 3 <9 + ...
for all real values of to. [These results follow at once from the equations
cos md + i sin md = (cos 6 + i sin 0) m = cos" 1 6 (1 + * tan 0)" 1 .]
5. We proved (Ex. lxxxi. 6), by direct multiplication of series, that
/(to, 2) = 2 I j s", where | z | <1, satisfies the functional equation
/(to, 2) /(to', z)=f(m + m', z).
Deduce, by an argument similar to that of § 216, and without assuming the
general result of p. 423, that if m is real and rational then
/ ( m, z) = exp {m log ( 1+ z)} .
6. If z and /x are real, and — 1 < z < 1, then
*n a»=cos {fx log (1+2)}+* sin { M log (1 +2)}.
EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 425
MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES .OX CHAPTER X.
1. Show that the real part of i log (1_H) is
e (4&+l)nS/8 cos 1 1 ( 4 £ + 1 ) ^ log 2},
■where k is any integer.
2. If a cos 8+b sin 8+c=0, where a, b, c are real and c 2 >a 2 + 6 2 , then
a L .-.■, |c| + v '(c 2 -« 2 -6 2 )
where wi is any odd or any even integer, according as c is positive or negative,
and a is an angle whose cosine and sine are a/ N /(a 2 + 6 2 ) and bj^(a 2 + b-).
3. Prove that if 8 is real and sin 6 sin <£ = 1 then
(f> = (£ + ^) 7T + i log COt | (for + 8),
where k is any even or any odd integer, according as sin 8 is positive or
negative.
4. Show that if x is real then
-j- exp {(a + ib) x) = (a + 26) exp {(a + ib) x) ,
Deduce the results of Ex. lxxxvii. 3.
/-» j
5. Show that if a>0 then / exp { - (a + 26) a;} dx = ^ , and deduce the
Jo a + ib'
results of Ex. lxxxvii. 5.
6. Show that if (x/a) 2 + (y/b) 2 = l is the equation of an ellipse, and/(#, y)
denotes the terms of highest degree in the equation of any other algebraic
curve, then the sum of the eccentric angles of the points of intersection of the
ellipse and the curve differs by a multiple of 2n from
-2 {log/ (a, ib) - log f (a, -ib)}.
[The eccentric angles are given by/(acosa, 6 sin a) -f-...=0 or by
/{*«(«+*)' -^( M "3} + - =0)
where u = expia ; and 2a is equal to one of the values of — i LogP, where P is
the product of the roots of this equation.]
7. Determine the number and approximate positions of the roots of the
equation tan z= az, where a is real.
[We know already (Ex. xvn. 4) that the equation has infinitely many real
roots. Now let z = x + iy, and equate real and imaginary parts. AVe obtain
sin 2a;/ (cos 2.r + cosh 2y) = ax, sinh 2y/(cos 2x + cosh 2y) = ay,
so that, unless x or y is zero, we have
(sin 2*)/2.f=(sinh 2y)/2y.
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This is impossible, the left-hand side being numerically less, and the right-
hand side numerically greater than unity. Thus x=0 or y = 0. If y = we
come back to the real roots of the equation. If x = then tanh y=ay. It is
easy to see that this equation has no real root other than zero if a ^ or
a 2.1, and two such roots if <a < 1. Thus there are two purely imaginary
roots if 0<a<l ; otherwise all the roots are real.]
8. The equation ta.nz=az + b, where a and b are real and b is not equal
to zero, has no complex roots if a^.0. If a>0 then the real parts of all the
complex roots are numerically greater than | b/2a | .
9. The equation tanz=a/s, where a is real, has no complex roots, but
has two purely imaginary roots if a<0.
10. The equation tan z = a tanh cz, where a and c are real, has an infinity
of real and of purely imaginary roots, but no complex roots.
11. Show that if x is real then
e«*cos 6#=!^ \a n - r l j a n ~ 2 b 2 + LJ a n ~ 4 6 4 - ...1 ,
where there are ^(n + l) or ^(n + 2) terms inside the large brackets. Find
a similar series for e ax sin bx.
12. If n (f> (z, n) -*- z as n-^-cc , then {l+(f> (z, n)} n -*- exp z.
13. If <f> (t) is a complex function of the real variable t, then
[Use the formulae
= ty + % lo § = 5 lo S (^ 2 + X 2 ) + »' arc tan (x/V)-1
14. Transformations. In Ch. Ill (Exs. xxi. 21 et seq., and Misc. Exs.
22 ct seq.) we considered some simple examples of the geometrical relations
between figures in the planes of two variables z, Z connected by a relation
z=f(Z). We shall now consider some cases in which the relation involves
logarithmic, exponential, or circular functions.
Suppose firstly that
z = exp (irZja), Z= {ajtt) Log z
where a is positive. To one value of Z corresponds one of z, but to one of z
infinitely many of Z. If x, y, r, 6 are the coordinates of z and X, V, li, Q
those of Z, we have the relations
x=e nX/a cos («■ Y\a\ y = e* x/a sin (n- V/a),
X= (ajn) log r, Y= (adfn) + 2ka,
where h is any integer. If we suppose that - n<6^n, and that Logs has its
principal value logs, then &=0, and Z is confined to a strip of its plane parallel
to the axis OX and extending to a distance a from it on each side, one point
EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 427
of this strip corresponding to one of the whole s-plane, and conversely. By
taking a value of Logs other than the principal value we obtain a similar
relation between the 2-plane and another strip of breadth 2a in the Z-plane.
To the lines in the Z- plane for which X and Y are constant correspond the
circles and radii vectores in the z-plane for which r and 6 are constant. To
one of the latter lines corresponds the whole of a parallel to OX, but to a
circle for which r is constant corresponds only a part, of length 2a, of a
parallel to OY. To make Z describe the whole of the latter line we must
make z move continually round and round the circle.
15. Show that to a straight line in the Z-plane corresponds an equi-
angular spiral in the 2-plane.
16. Discuss similarly the transformation z=c cosh (nZj a), showing in
particular that the whole 2-plane corresponds to any one of an infinite
number of strips in the Z-plane, each parallel to the axis OX and of
breadth 2a. Show also that to the line X—Xq corresponds the ellipse
2
)j + ir : " 1 -'-
\c cosh (7j-A' /a)J [c sinh {irX^a)
and that for different values of X these ellipses form a confocal system ; and
that the lines Y — Y correspond to the associated system of confocal hyper-
bolas. Trace the variation of z as Z describes the whole of a line X=X or
Y= Y How does Z vary as z describes the degenerate ellipse and hyperbola
formed by the segment between the foci of the confocal system and the
remaining segments of the axis of xl
17. Verify that the results of Ex. 16 are in agreement with those of Ex. 14
and those of Ch. Ill, Misc. Ex. 25. [The transformation z = ccoah{TrZja)
may be regarded as compounded from the transformations
e=cz 1 , 2i = K^2 + (l/2 2 )}, z 2 = exY>(nZla).]
18. Discuss similarly the transformation z=cta,nh(nZja), showing that
to the lines X=X correspond the coaxal circles
{x-c coth (27rX /a)} 2 +y 2 = c 2 cosech 2 (2ir XJa),
and to the lines Y= Y the orthogonal system of coaxal circles.
19. The Stereographic and Mercator's Projections. The points of a
unit sphere whose centre is the origin are projected from the south pole (whose
coordinates are 0, 0, — 1) on to the tangent plane at the north pole. The
coordinates of a point on the sphere are £, r/, £, and Cartesian axes OX, OY
are taken on the tangent plane, parallel to the axes of £ and tj. Show that
the coordinates of the projection of the point are
*=2£/(l+a y = 2,,/(l-r £),
and that x + iy = 2 tan \ 6 Cis <j>, where <fr is the longitude (measured from the
plane t] = 0) and 6 the north polar distance of the point on the sphere.
428 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC, [X
This projection gives a map of the sphere on the tangent plane, generally-
known as the Stereographic Projection. If now we introduce a new complex
variable
Z=X+iY= —i\oghz= —i\og\{x + iy)
so that X=<f>, Y= log cot 1 6, we obtain another map in the plane of Z,
usually called Mercator's Projection. In this map parallels of latitude and
longitude are represented by straight lines parallel to the axes of X and Y
respectively.
20. Discuss the transformation given by the equation
fZ-
*\Z-b,
showing that the straight lines for which x and y are constant correspond to
two orthogonal systems of coaxal circles in the iT-plane.
21. Discuss the transformation
(J(Z-a) + J(Z-b)]
LOg l 7(&~«) }•
showing that the straight lines for which x and y are constant correspond to
sets of confocal ellipses and hyperbolas whose foci are the points Z=a and
Z=b.
[AVehave J(Z-a) + J(Z-b) = s /(b-a)ex]i( x+iy),
s!(Z- a) — *J(Z- b) = s l(b - a) exp ( - x - iy) ;
and it will be found that
\Z-a\ + \Z-b\ = \b-a\ cosh 2x, \Z-a\-\Z-b\ = \b-a\cos 2y.\
22. The transformation z=Z\ If z—Z\ where the imaginary power
has its principal value, we have
exp (log r + iff) =z = exp (i log Z) = exp (i log R - e),
so that log r = — 0, 6 = log R + 2kir, where k is an integer. As all values of k
give the same point z, we shall suppose that k = 0, so that
logr=-e, 6 = \ogR (1).
The whole plane of Z is covered when R varies through all positive
values and 6 from - it to n : then r has the range exp (- rr) to exp n and 6
ranges through all real values. Thus the Z-plane corresponds to the ring
bounded by the circles »-=exp(-7r), r — expn-; but this ring is covered
infinitely often. If however 6 is allowed to vary only between - n and tt.
so that the ring is covered only once, then R can vary only from exp ( - it) to
exp 7r, so that the variation of Z is restricted to a ring similar in all respects
to that within which z varies. Each ring, moreover, must be regarded as
having a barrier along the negative real axis which z (or Z) must not cross, as
its amplitude must not transgress the limits — it and tt.
EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS 429
We thus obtain a correspondence between two rings, given by the pair of
equations
z = Z\ Z=z~\
where each power has its principal value. To circles whose centre is the
origin in one plane correspond straight lines through the origin in the other.
23. Trace the variation of z when Z, starting at the point exp n, moves
round the larger circle in the positive direction to the point — exp 71- , along
the barrier, round the smaller circle in the negative direction, back along the
barrier, and round the remainder of the larger circle to its original position.
24. Suppose each plane to be divided up into an infinite series of rings
by circles of radii
-(2»+l)» -n n Sn g (2»+l) *,
Show how to make any ring in one plane correspond to any ring in the
other, by taking suitable values of the powers in the equations z = Z l , Z=z~ l .
25. If z=Z { , any value of the power being taken, and Z moves along an
equiangular spiral whose pole is the origin in its plane, then z moves along an
equiangular spiral whose pole is the origin in its plane.
26. How does Z-z ai , where a is real, behave as z approaches the origin
along the real axis. \Z moves round and round a circle whose centre is the
origin (the unit circle if z ai has its principal value), and the real and imaginary
parts of Z both oscillate finitely.]
27. Discuss the same question for Z=z a + bi , where a and b are any real
numbers.
28. Show that the region of convergence of a series of the type 2 a n z» ai T
- »
where a is real, is an angle, i.e. a region bounded by inequalities of the type
6 < am z < 61 [The angle may reduce to a line, or cover the whole plane.]
29. Level Curves. It f{z) is a function of the complex variable z, we
call the curves for which 1/(2) | is constant the level curves of f(z). Sketch
the forms of the level curves of
z — a (concentric circles), (2 -a) (z- b) {Cartesian ovals),
(z-a)/(z — b) (coaxal circles), exp 2 (straight lines).
30. Sketch the forms of the . level carves of (z — a)(z-b)(z-c),
(l+z*/3+z 2 )/z. [Some of the level curves of the latter function are drawn in
Fig. 59, the curves marked i-vii corresponding to the values
•10, 2- v /3 = -27, -40, 1-00, 2-00, 2+ N /3 = 373, 4'53
of 1/(2) I . The reader will probably find but little difficulty in arriving at a
general idea of the forms of the level curves of any given rational function ;
but to enter into details would carry us into the general theory of functions
of a complex variable.]
430 THE GENERAL THEORY OF THE LOGARITHMIC,
[X
Fig. 59.
Fig. 60.
Fig. 61.
EXPONENTIAL, AND CIRCULAR FUNCTIONS
431
31. Sketch the forms of the level curves of (i) zexpz, (ii) sinz. [See
Fig. 60, which represents the level curves of sin z. The carves marked i-vni
correspond to £ = -35, -50, 71, 1-00, 1-41, 2-00, 2-83, 4-00.]
32. Sketch the forms of the level curves of exp z-c, where c is a real
constant. [Fig. 61 shows the level curves of [exp 2 — 1|, the curves i-vn
corresponding to the values of k given by \ogk= -1-00, --20, — '05, 000,
•05, -20, 1-00.]
33. The level curves of sin z-c, where c is a positive constant, are
sketched in Figs. 62, 63. [The nature of the curves differs according as
to whether c<\ or c>l. In Fig. 62 we have taken c=-5, and the curves
i-viii correspond to £=-29, -37, *50, -87, 1-50, 2-60, 4-50, 779. In Fig. 63
we have taken c = 2, and the curves i-vii correspond to £="58, 1-00, 1"73,
3-00, 5-20, 9 - 00, 15 - 59. If c = l then the curves are the same as those of
Fig. 60, except that the origin and scale are different.]
Fig. 62.
Fig. 63.
34.
Prove that if 0<<9<tt then
cos 8 + 1 cos 30 + i cos 58 + ...=£ log cot 2 \8,
sin0 + Jsin3#+isin50 + ... = !7r,
and determine the sums of the series for all other values of 6 for which they
are convergent. [Use the equation
*+^ 3 +!s 5 +...=!iog(j±0
where 2 = cos 8+i sin 8. When 8 is increased by it the sum of each series
simply changes its sign. It follows that the first formula holds for all values
of 8 save multiples of it (for which the series diverges), while the sum of the
second series is Jtt if 2kn <8 <{2k + 1) «-, -Jtt if (2k + l) n<8<(2k+2) it,
and if 8 is a multiple of 71-.]
432 THE LOGARITHMIC AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS [X
35. Prove that if 0< 6 <% n then
COS 6-\ COS 30 + i COS 50 — . . . = j 77,
sin 6-1 sin 30 + \ sin 50 - . . . = | log (sec + tan 0) 2 ;
and determine the sums of the series for all other values of for which they
are convergent.
36. Prove that
cos cos a + J? cos 20 cos 2a + J cos 30 cos 3a +...= — j log {4 (cos - cos a) 2 },
unless 0-a or 0+a is a multiple of 2n.
37. Prove that if neither a nor b is real then
dx log (-a)— log (-b)
/„
'o (x-a)(x-b) a-b
each logarithm having its principal value. Verify the result when a = ci,
b= —ei, where c is positive. Discuss also the cases in which a or b or both
are real and negative.
38. Prove that if a and /3 are real, and #>0, then
dx TTl
/.
X 2 -(a + ip) 2 2 (a + ifty
What is the value of the integral when j3<0 ?
39. Prove that, if the roots of Ax 2 + 2Bx + C=0 have their imaginary
parts of opposite signs, then
dx TTl
!
_„ Ax 2 + 2Bx + C s,l{B 2 -AC)'
the sign of S /{B 2 — AC) being so chosen that the real part of i s /(B 2 -AC)}/Ai
is positive.
APPENDIX I
(To Chapters III, IV, V)
The Proof that every Equation has a Root
Let Z=P(z) = a z n + a 1 z n ~ 1 + ... + a n
be a polynomial in z, with real or complex coefficients. We can represent
the values of z and Z by points in two planes, which we may call the 2-plane
and the Z-plane respectively. It is evident that if z describes a closed path y
in the z-plane, then Z describes a corresponding closed path r in the Z-plane.
We shall assume for the present that the path T does not pass through the
origin.
To any value of Z correspond an infinity of values of am Z, differing by
multiples of 2n, and each of these values varies continuously as Z describes
r.* We can select a particular value of am Z corresponding to each point
Fig. A. Fig. B.
of r, by first selecting a particular value corresponding to the initial value
of Z, and then following the continuous variation of this value as Z moves
along r. We shall, in the argument which follows, use the phrase 'the
amplitude of Z' and the formula am Z to denote the particular value of the
amplitude of Z thus selected. Thus &mZ denotes a one- valued and con-
tinuous function of X and T, the real and imaginary parts of Z.
* It is here that we assume that T does not pass through the origin.
n. 28
434
APPENDIX I
When Z, after describing T, returns to its original position, its amplitude
may be the same as before, as will certainly be the case if r does not enclose
the origin, like path (a) in Fig. B, or it may differ from its original value by
any multiple of 2tt. Thus if its path is like (6) in Fig. B, winding once round
the origin in the positive direction, then its amplitude will have increased
by 2?r. These remarks apply, not merely to r, but to any closed contour in
the if-plane which does not pass through the origin. Associated with any
such contour there is a number which we may call ' the increment of am Z
when Z describes the contour ', a number independent of the initial choice of
a particular value of the amplitude of Z.
We shall now prove that if the amplitude of Z is not the same when. Z
returns to its original position, then the path of z must contain inside or on
it at least one point at ivhich Z=0.
We can divide y into a number of smaller contours by drawing parallels
to the axes at a distance Si from one another, as in Fig. C* If there is,
on the boundary of any one of these contours, a point at which Z=0,
what we wish to prove is already established. We may therefore suppose
ffi . '
"
r * — *
"I
w I
>
Q
I
1
-£
Fig. C.
Fig. D.
that this is not the case. Then the increment of &mZ, when z describes
y, is equal to the sum of all the increments of am Z obtained by supposing
z to describe each of these smaller contours separately in the same sense as y.
For if z describes each of the smaller contours in turn, in the same sense,
it will ultimately (see Fig. D) have described the boundary of y once, and
each part of each of the dividing parallels twice and in opposite directions.
Thus PQ will have been described twice, once from P to Q and once from Q
to P. As z moves from P to Q, am Z varies continuously, since Z does not
pass through the origin ; and if the increment of am Z is in this case 6, then
its increment when z moves from Q to P is - 6 ; so that, when we add
up the increments of am Z due to the description of the various parts of the
smaller contours, all cancel one another, save the increments due to the
description of parts of y itself.
* There is no difficulty in giving a definite rule for the construction of these
parallels: the most obvious course is to draw all the lines x = k5 1 , y = kd 1 , where
7c is an integer positive or negative.
APPENDIX I 435
Hence, if am Z is changed when z describes y, there must be at least one
of the smaller contours, say y t , such that am Z is changed when z describes
y 1 . This contour may be a square whose sides are parts of the auxiliary
parallels, or may be composed of parts of these parallels and parts of the
boundary of y. In any case every point of the contour lies in or on the
boundary of a square &x whose sides are parts of the auxiliary parallels and
of length 5j.
We can now further subdivide y t by the help of parallels to the axes at a
smaller distance 8 2 from one another, and we can find a contour y 2 , entirely
included in a square A 2 , of side 8 2 and itself included in A l5 such that amZ
is changed when z describes the contour.
Now let us take an infinite sequence of decreasing numbers 8 it 8 2 > ...,
8 m , ..., whose limit is zero.* By repeating the argument used above, we can
determine a series of squares A 1} A 2 , ..., A m , ... and a series of contours y 1}
72> •••) y»M ••• such that (i) A m + 1 lies entirely inside A m , (ii) y m lies entirely
inside A,„, (iii) amZ is changed when z describes y m .
If { x -,n, 2/m) an d (x m + 8 m , y m + 8 m ) are the lower left-hand and upper right-
hand corners of A m , it is clear that x x , x 2 , ..., x m) ... is an increasing and
#i + &ij #2+ #2) •••' x m + 8 m , ••• a decreasing sequence, and that they have a
common limit x . Similarly y m and y m +8 m have a common limit y , and
(x , y ) is the one and only point situated inside every square A )U . How-
ever small 8 may be, we can draw a square which includes (x , y ), and whose
sides are parallel to the axes and of length 8, and inside this square a closed
contour such that am Z is changed when z describes the contour.
It can now be shown that
P(z +iy )=0.
For suppose that P(x Q + iy ) = a, where | a| = p>0. Since P(x + ty) is a con-
tinuous function of x and y, we can draw a square whose centre is (^ , #o)
and whose sides are parallel to the axes, and which is such that
I P (?+iy)-P (x + iy )\<hp
at all points x + iy inside the square or on its boundary. At all such points
P(x + iy) = a + (f>,
where | | < hp. Now let us take any closed contour lying entirely inside
this square. As z describes this contour, Z=a + cp also describes a closed
contour. But the latter contour evidently lies inside the circle whose centre
is a and whose radius is \p, and this circle does not include the origin.
Hence the amplitude of Z is unchanged.
But this contradicts what was proved above, viz. that inside each square A, u
we can find a closed contour the description of which by z changes amZ
Hence P (x + iy ) = 0.
* We may, e.g., take 5 m =o 1 /2 m_1 .
28—2
436 APPENDIX I
All that remains is to show that we can always find some contour such that
am Z is changed when z describes y. Now
\ a z a z* a z n J
We can choose R so that
I a \ I I a 2 I I a n |
\o^fE + \o^\W + "' + \a \R n< '
where § is any positive number, however small ; and then, if y is the circle
whose centre is the origin and whose radius is R, we have
Z=a z n (l + p),
where | p | < 8, at all points on y. "We can then show, by an argument
similar to that used above, that am(l+p) is unchanged as z describes
y in the positive sense, while am z n on the other hand is increased by 2mr.
Hence a,mZ is increased by 2mr, and the proof that Z—0 has a root is
completed.
We have assumed throughout the argument that neither r, nor any of the
smaller contours into which it is resolved, passes through the origin. This
assumption is obviously legitimate, for to suppose the contrary, at any stage
of the argument, is to admit the truth of the theorem.
We leave it as an exercise to the reader to infer, from the discussion
which precedes and that of § 43, that when z describes any contour y in the
positive sense the increment of amZ is 2kir, where k is the number of roots
of Z—0 inside y, multiple roots being counted multiply.
There is another proof, proceeding on different lines, which is often given.
It depends, however, on an extension to functions of two or more variables of
the results of §§ 102 et seq.
We define, precisely on the lines of § 102, the upper and lower bounds of a
function f(x, y), for all pairs of values of x and y corresponding to any point
of any region in the plane of (x, y) bounded by a closed curve. And we
can prove, much as in § 102, that a continuous function / (x, y) attains its-
upper and lower bounds in any such region.
Now \Z\ = \P(x + iy)\
is a positive and continuous function of x and y. If m is its lower bound for
points on and inside y, then there must be a point z for which \Z\ = m, and
this must be the least value assumed by \Z\. If m=0, then P(2 )=0, and
we have proved what we want. We may therefore suppose that m>0.
The point z must lie either inside or on the boundary of y : but if y is
a circle whose centre is the origin, and whose radius R is large enough, then
the last hypothesis is untenable, since | P (z) \ -*- oo as | z \ ~»- go . We may
therefore suppose that z lies inside y.
APPENDIX I 437
If we put 8==2o + £, an d rearrange P{z) according- to powers of f, we obtain
P(z) = P(z ) + A 1 £+A 2 (* + ... + A n C' 1 ,
say. Let A k be the first of the coefficients which does not vanish, and let
\A k \ = fi, | ( | =p. We can choose p so small that
l^ + ilp + U fc + 2 |p 2 + ... + M n |p"- fc <ip.
Then \P(z)-P(z )-A k £*\<h H .p\
and |P( 2 )|<|P( 2o ) + J s f s |+^p fc .
Now suppose that z moves round the circle whose centre is z and radius p.
Then
P(z ) + AU k
moves k times round the circle whose centre is P(z ) and radius | A k £ k \ = p.p k ,
and passes k times through the point in which this circle is intersected by
the line joining P{zq) to the origin. Hence there are k points on the circle
described by z at which \ P (z ) + A h £ k | = | P (z ) \ — pp k and so
\P (z)\<\P (z (i )\- l xp k + \p.p k = m-\pp k <m;
and this contradicts the hypothesis that m is the lower bound of | P (z) | .
It follows that m must be zero and that P (z ) = 0.
EXAMPLES ON APPENDIX I
1. Show that the number of roots of f(z) = which lie within a closed
contour which does not pass through any root is equal to the increment of
{\ogf(z)}/2ni
when z describes the contour.
2. Show that if R is any number such that
L^li j_ L?2 1 , . |«nl ^i
R "*" B? +,,,+ R n ^ '
then all the roots of z n + a l z n ~ 1 + ... + a n =0 are in absolute value less than
R. In particular show that all the roots of z h - \Zz -7 = are in absolute
value less than 2^.
3. Determine the numbers of the roots of the equation z 2 P + az + b =
where a and b are real and p odd, which have their real parts positive and
negative. Show that if a>0, 6>0 then the numbers are p — 1 and ^ + 1 ; if
a<0, 6>0 they are p + l and p — 1 ; and if 6<0 they are p and p. Discuss
the particular cases in which a=0 or 6 = 0. Verify the results when jo = l.
[Trace the variation of &m(z 2p +az + b) as z describes the contour formed
by a large semicircle whose centre is the origin and whose radius is R, and
the part of the imaginary axis intercepted by the semicircle.]
4. Consider similarly the equations
s^v + az + b^O, z i *- 1 + az + b = 0, z i i + 1 + az + b = 0.
438 APPENDIX I
5. Show that if a and /3 are real then the numbers of the roots of the
equation z 2n + a 2 z 2n ~ 1 +^ 2 =0 which have their real parts positive and
negative are n-1 and n+1, or n and n, according as n is odd or even.
{Math. Trip. 1891.)
6. Show that when z moves along the straight line joining the points
z=z u z = z 2 , f rom a point near z t to a point near z 2 , the increment of
1 1
+ —
is nearly equal to tt.
7. A contour enclosing the three points z=z v z=z 2 , z=z 3 is denned by
parts of the sides of the triangle formed by z u z 2 , z 3 , and the parts exterior
to the triangle of three small circles with their centres at those points.
Show that when z describes the contour the increment of
Z — Zy Z — Z 2 Z — £3
is equal to - 2 jr.
8. Prove that a closed oval path which surrounds all the roots of a cubic
equation / (s) = also surrounds those of the derived equation f'(z) = 0. [Use
the equation
/' (*) =/(*) (t-V + A + 7V) .
\Z - i , 1 i, — c 2 Z- 43/
where z x , z 2 , z 3 are the roots of f(z)=0, and the result of Ex. 7.]
9. Show that the roots of/'(s) = are the foci of the ellipse which touches
the sides of the triangle (« l5 z 2 , z 3 ) at their middle points. [For a proof see
Cesaro's Elementares Lehrbuch der algebraischen Analysis, p. 352.]
10. Extend the result of Ex. 8 to equations of any degree.
11. If f(z) and (f> (z) are two polynomials in z, and y is a contour which
does not pass through any root of f(z), and | cf> (z) |<|/(z) | at all points on 7,
then the numbers of the roots of the equations
/(*)=o, /( 2 )+<M*)=o
which lie inside y are the same.
12. Show that the equations
e z = az, e z = az 2 , e s =az 3 ,
where a>e, have respectively (i) one positive root (ii) one positive and one
negative root and (iii) one positive and two complex roots within the circle
1 2 1 = 1. (Math. Trip. 1910.)
APPENDIX II
(To Chapters IX, X)
A Note on Double Limit Problems
In the course of Chapters IX and X we came on several occasions into
contact with problems of a kind which invariably puzzle beginners and
are indeed, when treated in their most general forms, problems of great
difficulty and of the utmost interest and importance in higher mathematics.
Let us consider some special instances. In § 213 we proved that
log (1 + x) = x - \x 2 + \x 3 - ...,
where —l<x£.\, by integrating the equation
l/{l + t) = l-t+t 2 -...
between the limits and x. What we proved amounted to this, that
rx dt rx rx rx
\ - — = dt- tdt+ \ t 2 dt-...;
JoHf Jo Jo Jo
or in other words that the integral of the sum of the infinite series 1 — 1+ 1 2 — . . .,
taken between the limits and x, is equal to the sum of the integrals of its
terms taken between the same limits. Another way of expressing this fact is to
say that the operations of summation from to oo , and of integration from
to x, are commutative when applied to the function ( — l) n t n , i.e. that it does
not matter in what order they are performed on the function.
Again, in § 216, we proved that the differential coefficient of the ex-
ponential function
exp x = 1 +.t , + H _ , + ...
is itself equal to exp x, or that
D x [
-x+^ ] + ..}j = D x l + D x x + D x ^ l +...;
440 APPENDIX II
that is to say that the differential coefficient of the sum of the series is equal
to the sum of the differential coefficients of its terms, or that the operations of
summation from to oo and of differentiation with respect to x are commu-
tative when applied to x M jn\.
Finally we proved incidentally in the same section that the function
exp x is a continuous function of x, or in other words that
lim('l+a;+! 7 +...)=l+£+!j + ...=lim l+lima'+lim §-. + ...;
i.e. that the limit of the sum of the series is equal to the sum of the limits of
the terms, or that the sum of the series is continuous for x=$, or that the
operations of summation from to oo and of making x tend to £ are com-
mutative when applied to x n jn !.
In each of these cases we gave a special proof of the correctness of the
result. We have not proved, and in this volume shall not prove, any general
theorem from which the truth of any one of them could be inferred im-
mediately. In Ex. xxxvn. 1 we saw that the sum of a finite number of con-
tinuous terms is itself continuous, and in § 113 that the differential coefficient
of the sum of a finite number of terms is equal to the sum of their differential
coefficients ; and in § 160 we stated the corresponding theorem for integrals.
Thus we have proved that in certain circumstances the operations symbolised
by
lim..., D x ..., j...dx
are commutative with respect to the operation of summation of a finite number
of terms. And it is natural to suppose that, in certain circumstances which
it should be possible to define precisely, they should be commutative also with
respect to the operation of summation of an infinite number. It is natural to
suppose so : but that is all that we have a right to say at present.
A few further instances of commutative and non-commutative operations
may help to elucidate these points.
(1) Multiplication by 2 and multiplication by 3 are always commutative,
for
2x3x.r=3x2xA-
for all values of x.
(2) The operation of taking the real part of z is never commutative with
that of multiplication by i, except when z=0 ; for
i x R (x + iy) = ix, R, {i x (x + iy)} ■= -y.
(3) The operations of proceeding to the limit zero with each of two
variables x and y may or may not be commutative when applied to a
function f(x,y). Thus
lim {lim (x+y)} = \im x = 0, lim { lim (.r + ?/)} = limy =0;
APPENDIX II 441
but on the other hand
lira' — "M = lim - = lirnl = l,
lim ( lim ^£) = lim — ^ = lim ( - 1)= - 1.
(4) The operations 2..., lim... may or may not be commutative. Thus
l x-*-l
if .r-^1 through values less than 1 then
lim^ 2 V -#4=lim log(l +o;) = log2,
x+\ I l n ) x^-l
g J lim ^__AL £»L = 2 ^— ^ =log 2 ;
2
1
but on the other hand
lim J2 (^' l -a;' l + 1 )l=lim{(l-^) + (.r-^ 2 ) + ...} = liml = l,
2 \lim(x n -x n + 1 )\ = 2 (1 - l) = + + 0-K.. = 0.
l \x-*-l J l
The preceding examples suggest that there are three possibilities with
respect to the commutation of two given operations, viz. : (1) the operations
may always be commutative ; (2) they may never be commutative, except in
very special circumstances ; (3) they may be commutative in most of the ordinary
cases which occur practically.
The really important case (as is suggested by the instances which we
gave from Ch. IX) is that in which each operation is one which involves
a passage to the limit, such as a differentiation or the summation of an
infinite series : such operations are called limit operations. The general
question as to the circumstances in which two given limit operations are
commutative is one of the most important in all mathematics. But to
attempt to deal with questions of this character by means of general theorems
would carry us far beyond the scope of this volume.
"We may however remark that the answer to the general question is on
the lines suggested by the examples above. If L and L' are two limit
operations then the numbers LL'z and L'Lz are not generally equal, in the
strict theoretical sense of the word 'general'. We can always, by the exercise
of a little ingenuity, find z so that LL'z and L'Lz shall differ from one another.
But they are equal generally, if we use the word in a more practical sense,
viz. as meaning 'in a great majority of such cases as are likely to occur
naturally '' or in ordinary cases.
442 APPENDIX II
Of course, in an exact science like pure mathematics, we caunot be satisfied
with an answer of this kind ; and in the higher branches of mathematics the
detailed investigation of these questions is an absolute necessity. But for
the present the reader may be content if he realises the point of the remarks
which we have just made. In practice, a result obtained by assuming that
two limit-operations are commutative is probably true : it at any rate affords
a valuable suggestion as to the answer to the problem under consideration.
But an answer thus obtained must, in default of a further study of the general
question or a special investigation of the particular problem, such as we gave
in the instances which occurred in Ch. IX, be regarded as suggested only and
not proved.
Detailed investigations of a large number of important double limit
problems will be found in Bromwich's Infinite Series.
APPENDIX III
(To § 158 and Chapter IX)
The circular functions
The reader will find it an instructive exercise to work out the theory of
the circular functions, starting from the definition
dt
(1) y—y (^) = arc tan x — \ - —
.'o 1 +
Df *
t2
The equation (1) defines a unique value of y corresponding to every real
value of as. As y is continuous and strictly increasing, there is an inverse
function x=x (y), also continuous and steadily increasing. We write
(2) x = x (y) = tan y. Df .
If we define it by the equation
Df.
< 3 > **-£&.
then this function is defined for — \tc <.y <\n.
"We write further
1 x
(4) cosy=—= ==, siny= — ==, Df.
S/l + x 1 \/l + x 2
where the square root is positive; and we define cosy and siny, when y is - £ n
or ^7r, so that the functions shall remain continuous for those values of y.
Finally we define cosy and siny, outside the interval ( — ^ir, hir), by
(5) tan (y + 7r) = tany, cos (y + n)= -cosy, sin (y + n)= —siny. Df.
We have thus defined cosy and siny for all values of y, and tany for all
values of y other than odd multiples of \tt. The cosine and sine are continuous
for all values of y, the tangent except at the points where its definition fails.
The further development of the theory depends merely on the addition
formulae. Write
1— X\X%
and transform the equation (1) by the substitution
Xi+u t-x\
t=i , u=- — J .
1— #!%' l+Xit
We find
Xi+.v 2 f%2 du fa>i du fa du
arc tan = / = / - h + / h
1-^1 %2 J - Xl l + U- JO 1 + U* JO l+« 2
= arc tan X\ + arc tan x 2 .
* These letters at the end of a line indicate that the formulae which it contains
are definitions.
444 APPENDIX III
From this we deduce
tanyi+tanyo .
( - 6 > ta "^ + ^-l-tan yi tanl>
an equation proved in the first instance only when y u y 2 , and y\+y<i lie in
( — -^rr, \n), but immediately extensible to all values of y x and y 2 by means of
the equations (5).
From (4) and (6) we deduce
cos (yi +y2) = ± (cos y 1 cos y 2 — sin y 1 sin y 2 ).
To determine the sign put y2=0. The equation reduces to cosy 1 =±cosy l ,
which shows that the positive sign must be chosen 'for at least one value of y 2 ,
viz. #2 = 0- It follows from considerations of continuity that the positive sign
must be chosen in all cases. The corresponding formula for sin(y 1 +y 2 ) may
be deduced in a similar manner.
The formulae for differentiation of the circular functions may now be de-
duced in the ordinary way, and the power series derived from Taylor's
Theorem.
An alternative theory of the circular functions is based on the theory of
infinite series. An account of this theory, in which, for example, cos.v is
defined by the equation
COS x=l- -+--..,
will be found in Whittaker and Watson's Modern Analysis (Appendix A).
APPENDIX IV
The infinite in analysis and geometry
Some, though not all, systems of analytical geometry contain 'infinite'
elements, the line at infinity, the circular points at infinity, and so on. The
object of this brief note is to point out that these concepts are in no way
dependent upon the analytical doctrine of limits.
In what may be called ' common Cartesian geometry ', a point is a pair of
real numbers (x, y). A line is the class of points which satisfy a linear relation
ax + by + c = 0, in which a and 6 are not both zero. There are no infinite elements,
and two lines may have no point in common.
In a system of real homogeneous geometry a point is a class of triads of
real numbers (x, y, z), not all zero, triads being classed together when their
constituents are proportional. A line is a class of points which satisfy a linear
relation ax + by + cz = 0, where a, b, c are not all zero. In some systems one
point or line is on exactly the same footing as another. In others certain
' special ' points and lines are regarded as peculiarly distinguished, and it is on
the relations of other elements to these special elements that emphasis is laid.
Thus, in what may be called 'real homogeneous Cartesian geometry', those
points are special for which 2 = 0, and there is one special line, viz. the line
2=0. This special line is called 'the line at infinity'.
This is not a treatise on geometry, and there is no occasion to develop the
matter in detail. The point of importance is this. The infinite of analysis
is a ' limiting ' and not an ' actual ' infinite. The symbol ' <x> ' has, throughout
this book, been regarded as an 'incomplete symbol', a symbol to which no
independent meaning has been attached, though one has been attached to
certain phrases containing it. But the infinite of geometry is an actual and
not a limiting infinite. The 'line at infinity' is a line in precisely the same
sense in which other lines are lines.
It is possible to set up a correlation between 'homogeneous' and 'common'
Cartesian geometry in which all elements of the first system, the special
elements excepted, have correlates in the second. The line ax + by + cz — 0, for
example, corresponds to the line ax + by + c = 0. Every point of the first line
has a correlate on the second, except one, viz. the point for which 2=0.
When (x, y, z) varies on the first line, in such a manner as to tend in the limit
to the special point for which 2=0, the corresponding point on the second line
varies so that its distance from the origin tends to infinity. This correlation
is historically important, for it is from it that the vocabulary of the subject
has been derived, and it is often useful for purposes of illustration. It is how-
ever no more than an illustration, and no rational account of the geometrical
infinite can be based upon it. The confusion about these matters so prevalent
among students arises from the fact that, in the commonly used text books of
analytical geometry, the illustration is taken for the reality.
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