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    Calculate : f'(0)

    f is the function :
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f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)+xy^{2}+x^{2}y<br />
    and : {f}'(0)=1
    Calculate :  {f}'(4)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SADANE ANTAR View Post
    f is the function :
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f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)+xy^{2}+x^{2}y<br />
    and : {f}'(0)=1
    Calculate :  {f}'(4)
    If the derivative exists at x then:

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f'(x)=\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h}= \lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(x)+f(h)+xh^2+x^2h-f(x)-f(-h)+xh^2+x^2h}{2h}= <br />
\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{f(h)-f(-h)+2x^2h}{2h}=f'(0)+x^2

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlack View Post
    If the derivative exists at x then:

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

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    According to ...

    Derivative -- from Wolfram MathWorld

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

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

    ... in any case congratulations for Your elegant procedure! ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by chisigma View Post
    According to ...

    Derivative -- from Wolfram MathWorld

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

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

    ... in any case congratulations for Your elegant procedure! ...



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

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    If we accept the 'more symmetrical' notation of the derivative...

    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 f(x)=|x| is f^{'} (0)=0?... or not? ...



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

    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 f(x)=|x| is f^{'} (0)=0?... or not? ...



    Merry Christmas from Italy

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

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