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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2003 (2003), Issue 39, Pages 2465-2473

On common fixed points, periodic points, and recurrent points of continuous functions

Berks-Lehigh Valley College, Pennsylvania State University, Reading 19610-6009, PA, USA

Received 15 May 2002; Revised 27 November 2002

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It is known that two commuting continuous functions on an interval need not have a common fixed point. However, it is not known if such two functions have a common periodic point. we had conjectured that two commuting continuous functions on an interval will typically have disjoint sets of periodic points. In this paper, we first prove that S is a nowhere dense subset of [0,1] if and only if {fC([0,1]):Fm(f)S¯} is a nowhere dense subset of C([0,1]). We also give some results about the common fixed, periodic, and recurrent points of functions. We consider the class of functions f with continuous ωf studied by Bruckner and Ceder and show that the set of recurrent points of such functions are closed intervals.