Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Mathematical Sciences

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Anant Godbole.

Committee Members

Robert B. Gardner, Rodney L. Keaton


This thesis takes a closer look at three fundamental Classical Theorems in Real Analysis. First, for the Bolzano Weierstrass Theorem, we will be interested in constructing a convergent subsequence from a non-convergent bounded sequence. Such a subsequence is guaranteed to exist, but it is often not obvious what it is, e.g., if an = sin n. Next, the H¨older Inequality gives an upper bound, in terms of p ∈ [1,∞], for the the integral of the product of two functions. We will find the value of p that gives the best (smallest) upper-bound, focusing on the Beta and Gamma integrals. Finally, for the Weierstrass Polynomial Approximation, we will find the degree of the approximating polynomial for a variety of functions. We choose examples in which the approximating polynomial does far worse than the Taylor polynomial, but also work with continuous non-differentiable functions for which a Taylor expansion is impossible.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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