# English

Introduction to the epsilon-delta definition of limits

In accordance with many standard textbooks of calculus, we explain the epsilon-N definition of the limits of sequences before the epsilon-delta definition of the limits of functions. This is the best way to understand the essence of the epsilon-delta definition of limits.

Chapter 1    Epsilon-N Definition First, we explain the underlying basic idea of the epsilon-N definition of the limits of sequences through the parable of an airplane approaching an airport. Next, we introduce the epsilon-N definition of the limits of sequences, which lays down the basis for rigorous studies of the limits of sequences. Finally, we show simple examples in which the epsilon-N definition is used in arguments concerning convergent sequences.

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Chapter 2  Epsilon-Delta Definition We can analogously understand the epsilon-delta definition of the limits of functions if we understand the epsilon-N definition of the limits of sequences. We introduce the epsilon-delta definition of the limits of functions, which lays down the basis for rigorous studies of the limits of functions. Next, we use the epsilon-delta definition to propose a rigorous definition of the continuity of functions.

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