Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2010/Question 04 (a)
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Question 04 (a)
Full-Solution Problems. In questions 2-8, justify your answers and show all your work. If a box is provided, write your final answer there. Simplification of answers is not required unless explicitly requested.
NOTE: Another notation for tan-1(x) is arctan(x)
Show that ƒ(x) is continuous at x = 1.
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What are the conditions for a function to be continuous at a point x = a?
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To have continuity we need that:
 The function f(x) is defined at x = 1.
 exists and is equal to f(1).
Clearly we can evaluate . So f(1) is defined and  is satisfied.
To check condition 2), we need to evaluate the limit as x goes to 1 of f(x), but since the function is piecewise defined, we need to evaluate the left and right-hand limits and confirm that they are equal.
From this we can see the left and right-hand limits are equal and that they equal f(1), so  is also satisfied. Thus f(x) is continuous at x = 1.