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Natural Number and Induction Homework Help

1. Show all steps in calculating that 2.(1+3)=8 including justification of each step. Do not use any laws of arithmetic. Only use the definitions of addition and multiplication, together with abbreviations.

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2. Prove that for all natural numbers n,


(8 points)

3. Prove by induction on k that for every natural number k, there are natural numbers m and n, so that


(10 points)

4. The Fibonacci function is defined by the following recursion.

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  1. Construct a table of the first 10 values of fib(n).
  2. Show that for every natural number n,
  3. fib(2n+2)+fib(n)2=fib(n+2)2



In these problem, we consider lists consisting only of natural numbers.

(10 points)


  1. We want to define the sum of such a list to mean the obvious thing: Σ([2,3,4])=9. Write a formal recursive definition of Σ(K).
  2. Using your definition, prove that for any two lists of natural numbers, Σ(K+L)=Σ(K)+Σ(L).

Sets and Functions

Note: A function f: {'X->Y'} is onto if it is the case that for every b∈Y there is at least one a∈X so that f(a)=b. A function is one-to-one if it is that case that for every b∈Y, there is at most one a∈X so that f(a)=b.

6. Consider the sets {'A={0,1,2,3}'}and {'B={a,b,c}'}.

  1. Write out the set B X A using correct notation.
  2. Draw a picture of a function from A to B that is not a bijection (not a matching).
  3. Is there a bijection between A and B. Explain your answer.
  4. How many functions are there from B to A? Explain your answer.
  5. How many onto functions are there from B to A.

(8 points)


  1. Given two sets C and D for which C X D is equal to D X C.
  2. Show that for any two sets A and B, it is the case that there is a bijection from A X B to B X A.

(6 points)

8. Suppose you are given following functions: {'f:N->N,g:N->N and N->N'} defined by




  1. Using composition only (that is, by writing expressions like g o g o h), define new functions that calculate the following
  2. {'m->m'}8+4




  3. Is it possible to define {'m ->m'}3 using composition and these three functions ? Explain why or why not.

(8 points)

9. We write A ∼ B to mean that A and B are the same size (have the same cardinality). Write a clear and rigorous definition of what A ∼ B means in terms of functions. Do not give examples. Just write a mathematical definition

(6 points)


  1. For sets A and{' B = {0,1}'}, define a one-to-one function {'F:A->B'}A.
  2. Show that F is not also onto.
  3. Show that three is no onto function from A to BA.

(12 points)

11. We say that a set is countable if there is a one-to-one function {'f:A->N'}. We say that a set is denumerable if there is an onto function {'g:N->A'}.

  1. Show that every denumerable set is countable.
  2. Show that every non-empty countable set is denumerable.

(10 points)

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