# Bounded Piecewise Continuous Function is Darboux Integrable

## Contents

## Theorem

Let $f$ be a real function defined on the closed interval $\closedint a b$.

Let $f$ be piecewise continuous and bounded on $\closedint a b$.

Then $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint a b$.

## Proof

We are given that $f$ is piecewise continuous and bounded on $\closedint a b$.

Therefore, there exists a finite subdivision $\set {x_0, x_1, \ldots, x_n}$ of $\closedint a b$, where $x_0 = a$ and $x_n = b$, such that for all $i \in \set {1, 2, \ldots, n}$:

- $f$ is continuous on $\openint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$
- $f$ is bounded on $\closedint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$.

Note that $n$ is the number of intervals $\openint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$ defined from the (finite) subdivision $\set {x_0, x_1, \ldots, x_n}$.

We shall use proof by induction on these $n$ intervals.

For all $k \in \set {1, 2, \ldots, n}$, let $\map P k$ be the proposition:

- $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_k}$.

### Basis for the Induction

$\map P 1$ is the case:

- $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$

for an arbitrary $i \in \set {1, 2, \ldots, k}$.

$f$ is piecewise continuous and bounded for the case $n = 1$ means that:

- $f$ is continuous on $\openint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$
- $f$ is bounded on $\closedint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$.

By Bounded Function Continuous on Open Interval is Darboux Integrable, $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$.

Thus $\map P 1$ is seen to hold.

This is the basis for the induction.

### Induction Hypothesis

Now it needs to be shown that, if $\map P k$ is true, where $k \ge 1$, then it logically follows that $\map P {k + 1}$ is true.

So this is the induction hypothesis:

- $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_k}$

from which it is to be shown that:

- $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_{k + 1} }$.

### Induction Step

This is the induction step:

By definition of a bounded piecewise continuous function, for every $i \in \set {1, 2, \ldots, k, k + 1}$:

- $f$ is continuous on $\openint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$
- $f$ is bounded on $\closedint {x_{i - 1} } {x_i}$.

By the induction hypothesis, $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_k}$.

From the basis for the induction, $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_k} {x_{k + 1} }$.

We have that $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_k}$ and $\closedint {x_k} {x_{k + 1} }$.

Therefore, $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_k} \cup \closedint {x_k} {x_{k + 1} }$ by Existence of Integral on Union of Adjacent Intervals.

We have that:

- $\closedint {x_0} {x_{k + 1} } = \closedint {x_0} {x_k} \cup \closedint {x_k} {x_{k + 1} }$.

Accordingly, $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint {x_0} {x_{k + 1} }$.

So $\map P k \implies \map P {k + 1}$ and the result follows by the Principle of Mathematical Induction.

Therefore:

- $f$ is Darboux integrable on $\closedint a b$.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1968: Murray R. Spiegel:
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