Contraction mapping (Maryam Ishfaq's question at Yahoo! Answers)

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Fernando Revilla

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Hello Maryam Ishfaq,

The result is more general. Suppose $(E,d)$ is a metric space and $T:E\to E$ is a Lipschitz mapping, i.e. there is a positive constant $K$ such that $d(T(x),T(y))\le Kd(x,y)$ for all $x,y\in E$. Then, for all $\epsilon >0$ and choosing $\delta=\epsilon/K:$ $$d(x,y)<\delta \Rightarrow d(T(x),T(y))\le Kd(x,y)<K\frac{\epsilon}{K}\Rightarrow d(T(x),T(y))<\epsilon$$ This means that every Lipschitz mapping is uniformly continuous, as a consequence continuous. But a contraction map is a Lipschitz mapping with $K<1$, hence every contraction is a continuous mapping.