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 2009-01-22, 00:06 #1 brownkenny     Jan 2009 610 Posts Chebyshev's Estimates I've been working through Tenenbaum's book "Introduction to Analytic and Probabilistic Number Theory" and I'm stuck on the proof of an upper bound for $\pi(x)$. For reference, it's Theorem 3 on page 11. The desired upper bound is $\pi(x) \leq \{ \log 4 + \frac{8 \log \log n}{\log n} \} \frac{n}{\log n}$ Using the bound $\prod_{p \leq n} p \leq 4^n$ it's easy to show that for $1 < t \leq n$ we have $\pi(n) \leq \frac{n \log 4}{\log t} + \pi(t)$ Tenenbaum then gives the bound $\pi(n) \leq \frac{n \log 4}{\log t} + t$ So far, so good. At this point in the proof, Tenenbaum says "The stated result follows by choosing $t = n / (\log n)^2$" and leaves the details to the reader. As much as I've looked at it, I still can't figure out how he arrives at the desired result. Any tips/suggestions? Thanks in advance.
2009-01-22, 12:48   #2
R.D. Silverman

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 Originally Posted by brownkenny I've been working through Tenenbaum's book "Introduction to Analytic and Probabilistic Number Theory" and I'm stuck on the proof of an upper bound for $\pi(x)$. For reference, it's Theorem 3 on page 11. The desired upper bound is $\pi(x) \leq \{ \log 4 + \frac{8 \log \log n}{\log n} \} \frac{n}{\log n}$ Using the bound $\prod_{p \leq n} p \leq 4^n$ it's easy to show that for $1 < t \leq n$ we have $\pi(n) \leq \frac{n \log 4}{\log t} + \pi(t)$ Tenenbaum then gives the bound $\pi(n) \leq \frac{n \log 4}{\log t} + t$ So far, so good. At this point in the proof, Tenenbaum says "The stated result follows by choosing $t = n / (\log n)^2$" and leaves the details to the reader. As much as I've looked at it, I still can't figure out how he arrives at the desired result. Any tips/suggestions? Thanks in advance.
After the substitution factor out n/log(n) and then use partial fractions....?
This shouldn't be too bad.

 2009-01-22, 17:21 #3 brownkenny     Jan 2009 616 Posts Thanks for the suggestion, Dr. Silverman. When I made the substitution I wound up with a log(log(n)) term in the denominator that I'm not sure how to get rid of. I tried estimating some more, but I still can't figure out where the factor of 8 in the term $ \frac{8 \log \log n}{\log n}$ comes from. Thanks again, Dr. Silverman.

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