Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2012/Question 01 (b)
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Question 01 (b) 

For what value of the constant is the following function continuous at ? 
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Hint 1 

Read the definition of continuity and check the conditions for a function to be continuous at a point. What value does need to be so that all the conditions for a function to be continuous at are satisfied? Also, the notation is equivalent to . 
Hint 2 

The conditions for a function to be continuous at a point are: i. ii. iii. . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Following the second hint, we check all the conditions and see if there are any conditions where needs to take a particular value to satisfy the conditions: i. So exists.
ii. To check that the limit at exists, we do not need to bother with left and righthand limits as the function is defined in the same way on both sides of .
So we have exists and is equal to .
iii. The last condition to check is
So we can see that for the last condition of continuity to be satisfied we must have . Therefore, . 