University of Rhode Island      Department of Mathematics

MTH 535  Measure and Integration I

MoWe 3 - 4:15pm Lippitt Hall 201

Instructor  Dr. Mark Comerford
Office  Lippitt 102 F
Phone  874 5984
Office Hours
 Tuesday 3 - 5 pm
  or by appointment
Text  H. L. Royden
Real Analysis (3rd Ed.)
ISBN 0-13-143747-X
Prerequisites  Mth 435, 436 or equivalent

Lectures and Homework Problems (Tentative)

Section Problems
1.1 Mathematical Logic
1.2 Sets and Functions
1.3 Unions, Intersections and Complments
1.4 Algebras of Sets
1.5 The Axiom of Choice and Infinite Direct Products
1.6 Countable Sets
1.8 Partial Orderings and the Maximal Principle
1.9 Well Ordering and the Countable Ordinals
2.3 The Extended Real Numbers
3.1 Introduction to Lebesgue Measure 9, 5, 8
3.2 Outer Measure
3.3 Measurable Sets and Lebesgue Measure 5, 9
3.4 A non-Measurable Set II, III Problems
3.5 Measurable Functions 2, 27 (27 is extra credit)
3.6 Littlewood's Three Principles 12
4.1 The Riemann Integral TBA
4.2 Bounded Functions on Sets of Finite Measure 18
4.3 Non-Negative Functions
4.4 The General Lebesgue Integral
4.5 Convergence in Measure
5.1 Differentiation of Monotone Functions
5.2 Functions of Bounded Variation
5.3 Differentiation of an Integral
5.4 Absolute Continuity
5.5 Convex Functions
6.1 Lp Spaces
6.2 Mikowski's and Hšlder's Inequalities
6.3 Convergence and Completeness
6.4 Approximation in Lp
6.5 Bounded Linear Functionals on Lp



Midterm  3 - 3:50pm, Wednesday October 16  Lippitt 201
Final   3 - 6pm, Friday December 13   Lippitt 201



Homework   40%
Midterm   20%
Final   40%

Final Grade Calculation

A 95 - 100, A- 90 - 95, B+ 87 - 90, B 83 - 87, B- 80 - 83, C+ 77 - 80, C 73 - 77, C- 70 - 73, D+ 67 - 70, D 60 - 67, F < 60.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the wonderful world of measure and integration. You will learn how it is possible to give meaningful answers for the integrals of functions whose Riemann integrals do not exist. Key to this is the idea of a measure, which is a way of giving the size of sets of real numbers which are much more general than the simple intervals used in the Riemann integral. We will rigorously explore questions such as which functions can be integrated in this way, when and where can one differentiate `nice' functions such as monotone functions, when can one interchange the order of integration and when can one measure can be obtained by integrating a density against another measure.

In addition to covering the course material, there will be a very strong emphasis on mathematical rigor and mastering techniques of proof. This is reflected in the rather large percentage of the overall grade which is given over to homework which will be assigned weekly. Please note two things about the homework: firstly, I expect all homework to be submitted using LaTEX and secondly that I will not be taking resubmissions.

In addition to homework, there will be one midterm (provisional date Wednesday October 21) and a final. The material covered in the exams will be partly based on the homework, but there is also some expectation that there will be unseen problems. In addition, you may be asked to give proofs of theorems covered in class and you will be given in advance a list of those theorems which are examinable.

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the course are to have you develop the skills of working with real numbers, limits, continuity and differentiability.

At the conclusion of this semester you should be able to:

1. Understand what a sigma algebra of sets is.

2. Understand the construction of Lebesgue measure on the real line by means of outer measure.

3. Understand the Lebesgue integral, when it can be used and how it extends the definition of the Riemann integral.

4. Understand and work with the concept of differentiability of functions which are monotone, of bounded variation, or absolutely continuous.

5. Be able to read mathematics and construct a rigorous mathematical argument.

Special Accommodations

Students who need special accomodations and who have documentation from Disability Services should make arrangements with me as soon as possible. Students should conact Disability Services for Students, Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098.