In this post, we will prove that the functions 1/x and sin(1/x) defined on (0, 1) are not uniformly continuous on (0, 1).

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## 1/x is not Uniformly Continuous

Question: Prove that $\dfrac{1}{x}$ is not uniformly continuous on (0, 1). |

**Solution:**

If $f(x) = \dfrac{1}{x}$ is uniformly continuous on (0, 1) then for every Cauchy sequence {x_{n}} on (0, 1), the sequence {f(x_{n})} will also be a Cauchy sequence.

Consider the sequence {x_{n}} where

x_{n} = $\dfrac{1}{n+1}, n \in \mathbb{N}$.

This is a Cauchy sequence in (0, 1). Now,

{f(x_{n})} = {2, 3, 4, …}.

This sequence {f(x_{n})} is not a Cauchy sequence. This shows that f does not send a Cauchy sequence to a Cauchy sequence. Hence, f(x) = 1/x defined on (0, 1) is not uniformly continuous.

**Alternative Method:**

We can use the definition of uniform continuity in order to show 1/x is not uniform continuous on (0, 1).

Choose any δ>0.

Then by the Archimedean Property of Real Numbers, there exists an integer m such that mδ>1. So we have that

$\dfrac{1}{n} < \delta ~\forall ~n \geq m.$

Take x_{1} = $\dfrac{1}{m}$ and x_{2} = $\dfrac{1}{2m}$ in (0, 1). Note that

|x_{1} – x_{2}| = $\dfrac{1}{2m}$ < δ.

But,

|f(x_{1}) – f(x_{2})| = m $\nless$ ε chosen arbitrarily.

So by definition we conclude that the function f(x) = 1/x is not uniform continuous on (0, 1).

**Read Also:**

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## Sin(1/x) is not Uniformly Continuous

Question: Prove that $\sin(\dfrac{1}{x})$ is not uniformly continuous on (0, 1). |

**Solution:**

Assume $f(x) = \sin(\dfrac{1}{x})$ is uniformly continuous on (0, 1). Then for each Cauchy sequence {x_{n}} on (0, 1), the sequence {f(x_{n})} will be Cauchy.

Let us consider the Cauchy sequence {x_{n}} in (0, 1) with x_{n} = $\dfrac{2}{n \pi}$. Then the sequence {f(x_{n})} becomes

{1, 0, -1, 0, 1, 0, …}

which is not Cauchy. Hence the function sin(1/x) is not uniformly continuous on (0, 1).

**Related Topics:**

- Continuous but not Uniformly Continuous: An Example
- Uniformly Continuous Function but not Lipschitz: An Example
- Intermediate Value Theorem
- Fixed Point Theorem

## FAQs

**Q1: Is 1/x uniformly continuous on (0, 1)?**

Answer: No, f(x) = 1/x is not uniformly continuous on (0, 1). Because, {$\frac{1}{n+1}$} is Cauchy on (0, 1) but {$f(\frac{1}{n+1})$} = {2, 3, 4, …} is not Cauchy.

**Q2: Is sin(1/x) uniformly continuous on (0, 1)?**

Answer: No, sin(1/x) is not uniformly continuous on (0, 1). Because, {$\frac{2}{n \pi}$} is Cauchy on (0, 1) but {$f(\frac{2}{n \pi})$} = {1, 0, -1, 0, 1, 0, …} is not Cauchy.

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