# On Constructing Functions, part 5

/This post is the fifth example in an ongoing list of various sequences of functions which converge to different things in different ways.

## Example 5

**A sequence of functions $\{f_n:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}\}$ which converges to 0 pointwise but does not converge to 0 in $L^1$.**

**This works because:** The sequence tends to 0 pointwise since for a *fixed* $x\in \mathbb{R}$, you can always find $N\in \mathbb{N}$ so that $f_n(x)=0$ for all $n$ bigger than $N$. (Just choose $N>x$!)

**The details:** Let $x\in \mathbb{R}$ and fix $\epsilon >0$ and choose $N\in \mathbb{N}$ so that $N>x$. Then whenever $n>N$, we have $|f_n(x)-0|=0<\epsilon$.

Of course, $f_n\not \to 0$ in $L^1$ since $$\int_{\mathbb{R}}|f_n|=\int_{(n,n+1)}f_n=1\cdot\lambda((n,n+1))=1.$$