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Question 04 (a) 

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Find the value of a for which f is continuous everywhere. 
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Since polynomials themselves are continuous everywhere, the only place where the function can be discontinuous is at the break point . So we need to choose a so that the limit at 1 exists, or in other words that the left and right hand limits at 1 are equal. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To make this function continuous everywhere, we need
In particular, we require that the limit on the left exists. To do this, check left and right hand limits and find a value of a that makes them equal. First
and for the other side
Thus we need 1 + a = 1 and so a = 2. 