# Maximum-Minimum Theorem : Continuity and Bounded Functions

(d) Does the conclusion of the Maximum-Minimum Theorem always hold for a bounded function f : R --> R that is continuous on R? Prove or give a counterexample.

(a) Fix a, b E R, a < b. Prove that if f [a, b] -->R is continuous on [a, b] and f(x)≠0 for all x E [a, b], then 1/f(x) is bounded on [a, b].

(b) Find a, b E R, a < b, and a function f: (a, b) --> R that is continuous on (a, b), such that f(x)≠0 for all x E (a, b), but 1/f(x)is not bounded on (a, b).

Recall:

Max-Min theorem:

Let f: [a, b] -> R (real numbers) be continuous on [a, b]. Then f has an absolute maximum and an absolute minimum on [a, b]

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Max-Min theorem

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Recall:

Max-Min theorem:

Let f: [a, b] -> R (real numbers) be continuous on [a, b]. Then f has an absolute maximum and an absolute minimum on [a, b]

1 (d) Does the conclusion of the Max-Min Theorem always hold for a *bounded* function f:R ->R that is continuous on R? Prove or give a counterexample.

No, the theorem only holds on *closed* sets, and R is open.

Take for example y = arctan x

which may also be written y = tan^(-1) x

whichever notation you prefer.

This function is definitely ...

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