Agnes Scott College

Mabel Schmeiser

Some properties of arbitrary functions
Fundamenta Mathematicae, Vol. 22 (1934), 70-76


The object of this paper is to derive various properties of arbitrary functions of two and of three real variables concerning limits of functional values as a straight line or a plane is approached. As the point of departure the following theorem of Professor Blumberg is used:

If f(x,y) is an arbitrary real function defined in a plane π; s a straight line in π; and d1, d2, two directions of approach to s on the same side of it, then, for every point P of s with the possible exception of0 points, IPd1 overlaps or abuts IPd2, where IPd1 is the interval whose end points are the limits inferior and superior of f as (x,y) approaches P along the direction d1, and IPd2 is defined similarly.

Theorems 1 and 2 are generalizations of this theorem in different directions. First the effect upon the exceptional set of the neglect of various sets of points will be shown. Then the two given directions will be freed of their fixed positions to give a rather striking property of functions of two real variables. Finally an extension will be made to functions of three variables.

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