Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2016/Question 14 (a)
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Question 14 (a) 

Let be a function so that
Show that has at least one zero in the open interval . 
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Hint 1 

Use the intermediate value theorem. 
Hint 2 

For any number , can be expanded as . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To find a zero of , we use the intermediate value theorem. Note that by the first condition, is continuous. To this end, it is enough to find two values of at which has a negative and positive function value, respectively. Expanding the inequality in the second condition, we get
and
.
