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I am currently reading Chapter 5: The Riemann Integral and am currently focused on Section 5.2 Existence Results ... ...

I need some help in understanding the proof of Theorem 5.12 ...

Theorem 5.12 and its proof read as follows:

In the above proof by Andrew Browder we read the following:

" ... ... [For instance, one can choose a positive integer \(\displaystyle n\) such that \(\displaystyle n \gt [f(b) - f(a) + 1](b - a) / \epsilon\) ... ... "

My question is as follows:

Why does Browder have \(\displaystyle +1\) in the expression \(\displaystyle [f(b) - f(a) + 1](b - a) / \epsilon\) ... ... ?

Surely \(\displaystyle [f(b) - f(a)](b - a) / \epsilon\) will do fine ... since ...

\(\displaystyle \mu ( \pi ) = (b - a)/ n\)

and so

\(\displaystyle \mu ( \pi ) [f(b) - f(a)] = [f(b) - f(a)] (b - a)/ n \lt \epsilon\) ...

... so we only need ...

\(\displaystyle n \gt [f(b) - f(a)](b - a) / \epsilon\)

Hope someone can help ...

Peter