Wednesday, July 30, 2008

From the Integers to Infinite Series

In the upcoming fall semester I will be taking the first year graduate analysis class. Hopefully, this class will be more "rewarding" than the undergraduate analysis sequence I completed last year. The undergraduate sequence was not a total waste of time since I actually did learn some new things, but the class moved so slowly and the test were not all that difficult. I never really had to exert myself in order to obtain my A. As a result in the second semester I tried to get a 100% on every assignment and test. I almost achieved this goal, however, I did not make a small clarification on one of my proof thus resulting in me losing 1 or 2 point for the problem.

The graduate class will be using the same book as the undergraduate sequence. However, we will hopefully cover all of the sections. Last year the professor would pick and choose which topics he though were necessary and possible for the majority of the class to understand. As a result some of our proofs were longer than needed but I suppose knowing multiple ways to prove something isn't all that bad.

Right now I am reading through as many chapters as I can and working all the exercises. My only requirement is that I can only be working on problems from at most two different chapters and that I can only be reading one chapter ahead of the problems I am solving. So basically right now I am working problems from chapter 2 and 3, and reading chapter 4. I am almost done with the problems from chapter 3, but the ones from chapter 2 are going to take a little more time. I suppose that it has to do with the fact that dealing with topology is still a little "new" to me.

Tomorrow I will hopefully be able to do the following problems:

1) Suppose is a Cauchy sequence in a metric space , and some subsequence converges to a point . Prove that the full sequence converges to .
2) Let be a sequence of closed, nonempty, bounded sets in a complete metric space . Also and . Prove that contains exactly one point.

I will eventually get around to making a post about my REU in Michigan. Sorry to disappoint, but I just need some more time to better collect my thought on this topic so that I will have a post worth reading.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Well in my free time I have decided to learn how to use GIMP. For those of you that don't know, GIMP stands for GUI Image Manipulation Program. Basically it is an open source version of Photoshop.
Yesterday I started reading the online manual (which I should probably download to my computer sometime soon) and was somewhat insulted by the simplicity of the first few sections. However, I can see why they are needed. As of now most of what I know to do was discovered by playing around with the program and reading random portions of the manual.
Right now my goal is to be able to create a cool banner for the portion of this blog with the title. I already have a few done but none of them are "amazing" so they are not going to be used. I think the first thing I should find out is the necessary dimensions for the banner.
The program seems pretty straight forward so far, however, I would like to learn how to make manipulations to text.