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Preliminaries

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Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)

To a certain extent, functional analysis can be described as infinite-dimensional linear algebra combined with analysis, in order to make sense of ideas such as convergence and continuity. It follows that we will make extensive use of these topics, so in this chapter we briefly recall and summarize the various ideas and results which are fundamental to the study of functional analysis. We must stress, however, that this chapter only attempts to review the material and establish the notation that we will use. We do not attempt to motivate or explain this material, and any reader who has not met this material before should consult an appropriate textbook for more information.

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