MATH110 December 2013
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Explain why there exists a number such that is continuous.
(Hint: apply the Intermediate Value Theorem to the function .)
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We write down what it means for to be continuous. This is given by
In order for our function to be continuous, we need a solution to the above equation. Now we can apply the hint in the problem to use the intermediate value theorem.
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The condition for to be continuous is
Since both piece of the function are continuous, we can use direct substitution and find . We must show there exists a solution to the above equation. Equivalently we want to show that the following function has a zero
Note that is continuous since it is constructed from continuous functions. We aim to apply IVT. Observe
Hence by the IVT there exists such that . At , we have . In turn, this means we have the two one sided limits equalling each other and hence will be continuous by choosing .
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