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Question 03 (a) 

In this question you will state and then apply the Mean Value Theorem. Complete the statement of the Mean Value Theorem Suppose a function ƒ is continuous on the interval [a,b].
Suppose further that ƒ is differentiable on the interval _____.
Then there exists some c in the interval _____ satisfying

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If you are stuck, check the hints below. Read the first one and consider it for a while. Does it give you a new idea on how to approach the problem? If so, try it! If after a while you are still stuck, go for the next hint. 
Hint 1 

The conclusion of the Mean Value Theorem relates the instantaneous rate of change (the derivative, or ) at some point in the interval to the average rate of change on the interval (the slope between the two endpoints of the graph). 
Hint 2 

Watch out whether you want to consider a closed or open interval. It changes your answer, so be precise. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Suppose a function ƒ is continuous on the interval [a,b]. Suppose further that ƒ is differentiable on the interval (a,b). Then there exists some c in the interval (a,b) satisfying 