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    Limit and derivative question

    Hope someone can help me.

    Qn 1 : Is the function f(x)=\sqrt[3]{e^x-1-x-\frac{x^2}{2}} differentiable at x=0

    Qn 2 : Compute the limit \lim_{n \to \infty}\int_{0}^{\pi}cos(x^n)\, dx.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Dear icefirekid,

    Part 1

    Since f(0)=0, f(x) is continues when x=0. Therefore f(x) could be differentiated at x=0.

    f(x)=(e^x-1-x-\frac{x^2}{2})^{1/3}

    f'(x)=\frac{1}{3}(e^x-1-x-\frac{x^2}{2})^{\frac{-2}{3}}(e^x-1-x)

    Therefore, f'(0)=\frac{1}{3}(e^0-1-0-\frac{0^2}{2})^{\frac{-2}{3}}(e^0-1-0)=0

    Part 2

    \lim_{n \to \infty}\int_{0}^{\pi}cos(x^n)\, dx

    Consider, \int_{0}^{\pi}Cos(x^n) dx

    Substitute, x=U^{\frac{1}{n}}

    Integrate using partial fractions and you would get,

    \int_{0}^{\pi}Cos(x^n) dx=\frac{1}{1-n}({\pi}-{\pi}Cos{\pi}^n)

    Since \lim_{0\to\infty}Cos(\pi^n) does not exist, \lim_{n \to \infty}\int_{0}^{\pi}cos(x^n)\, dx will not exist.

    Hope this helps.
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