# Calculate : f'(0)

• Dec 13th 2009, 10:14 PM
Calculate : f'(0)
f is the function :
$\displaystyle f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)+xy^{2}+x^{2}y$
and : $\displaystyle {f}'(0)=1$
Calculate :$\displaystyle {f}'(4)$
• Dec 14th 2009, 04:42 AM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

f is the function :
$\displaystyle f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)+xy^{2}+x^{2}y$
and : $\displaystyle {f}'(0)=1$
Calculate :$\displaystyle {f}'(4)$

If the derivative exists at $\displaystyle x$ then:

$\displaystyle f'(x)=\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h}=$ $\displaystyle \lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(x)+f(h)+xh^2+x^2h-f(x)-f(-h)+xh^2+x^2h}{2h}=$ $\displaystyle \lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(h)-f(-h)+2x^2h}{2h}=f'(0)+x^2$

CB
• Dec 14th 2009, 04:59 AM
chisigma
Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
If the derivative exists at $\displaystyle x$ then:

$\displaystyle f'(x)=\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{h}=$ ...

CB

According to ...

Derivative -- from Wolfram MathWorld

... the 'more symmetrical' notation of the derivative is...

$\displaystyle f^{'} (x) = \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h}$

... in any case congratulations for Your elegant procedure! (Clapping) ...

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Merry Christmas from Italy

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• Dec 14th 2009, 06:45 AM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by chisigma
According to ...

Derivative -- from Wolfram MathWorld

... the 'more symmetrical' notation of the derivative is...

$\displaystyle f^{'} (x) = \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h}$

... in any case congratulations for Your elegant procedure! (Clapping) ...

http://digilander.libero.it/luposabatini/notte1.jpg

Merry Christmas from Italy

$\displaystyle \chi$ $\displaystyle \sigma$

Oppss ... ( a hangover from a earlier attempt with a non-symmetric form) It should be correct now

CB
• Dec 14th 2009, 06:59 AM
chisigma
If we accept the 'more symmetrical' notation of the derivative...

$\displaystyle f^{'} (x) = \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(x+h) - f(x-h)}{2h}$ (1)

...do we also have to accept that for a function like $\displaystyle f(x)=|x|$ is $\displaystyle f^{'} (0)=0$?... or not? (Thinking) ...

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Merry Christmas from Italy

$\displaystyle \chi$ $\displaystyle \sigma$
• Dec 14th 2009, 01:08 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by chisigma
If we accept the 'more symmetrical' notation of the derivative...

$\displaystyle f^{'} (x) = \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(x+h) - f(x-h)}{2h}$ (1)

...do we also have to accept that for a function like $\displaystyle f(x)=|x|$ is $\displaystyle f^{'} (0)=0$?... or not? (Thinking) ...

http://digilander.libero.it/luposabatini/notte1.jpg

Merry Christmas from Italy

$\displaystyle \chi$ $\displaystyle \sigma$

$\displaystyle f'(0)=1$ implies that the derivative exists at $\displaystyle 0$, which excludes the posibility of something like $\displaystyle |x|$. Also this can be done with the derivative from the right being $\displaystyle 1$ at $\displaystyle x=0$ (as implied in my comment about an earlier version using an asymmetric form for the difference quotient).

CB