Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2011/Question 07
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Question 07 

FullSolution Problems. In questions 28, justify your answers and show all your work. Simplification of answers is not required unless explicitly stated.
Use the definition of the derivative to find ƒ’(1) or show that ƒ’(1) does not exist. 
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Hint 1 

Using the definition of a derivative, we see that 
Hint 2 

Since the function is defined piecewise and the function is broken up at 1, we will need to use the left and right hand limits to evaluate the derivative. 
Hint 3 

Remember that You will need a variant of this. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the definition of a derivative, we see that Since the functions differ on either side of 1, we will want to use one sided limit to attempt to evaluate the limit. If the one sided limits are equal, then the derivative exists. Otherwise, the derivative does not exist. Firstly, notice that . From the left, we have
Now, to evaluate the last limit, recall that hence and so, multiplying top and bottom by 4, we have
As for the other side, we have
As the left and right hand limits do not agree, we have that the derivative does not exist at 1. 