Chapter (J Preliminaries efore attempting to study analysis, one must be able to read and communicate mathematics intelligently. This fact is not unique to analysis but is true in all of mathematics. This chapter presents some of the basic vocabulary of mathe- matics in fact, its contents, with some rearrangement, may be similar to the beginning chapter of a book at this level in algebra, topology, or other topics in mathematics. This similarity is not accidental. A certain basic vocabulary is common to a good share of mathematics. The chapter does, however, exclude anything unnecessary for the assim- ilation of the material to come in this book. A few words of both warning and encouragement are in order. First, you should realize that only the fundamentals of your mathematical vocabulary are presented here the proper usage comes with practice and increasing mathematical maturity. Thus, at the beginning it may seem a bit awkward to use new and possibly unfamiliar ideas in the development of additional concepts. Now the words of encouragement: The initial ideas presented and the theorems proved are quite simple hence, they will give you many chances to practice your vocabulary in settings where intuition can help to guide your thinking. You are encouraged to play this game quite seriously by giving precise proofs to easy theorems, thus gaining practice in clear and precise mathematical ex- pression—an ability that will be invaluable as the material becomes more difficult in later chapters. One last bit of admonishment is appropriate. Mathematics, by its very nature, begs to be communicated. It is difficult to imagine a mathematician who, upon discovering a new fact or proof, does not have a burning desire to shout it from the rooftops. In fact, any professional mathematician—teacher, researcher, or what have you—must be able to communicate with others. Those who say that mathematics is completely in- comprehensible have either failed to learn the language of mathematics or have had the misfortune of trying to learn mathematics from someone who cannot or will not use the language properly. Much symbolism is used in mathematics, but each symbol or set of symbols must stand for a word or phrase in the language used, which is English in this case. In particular, the sentences formed with symbols must make sense when B 1
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