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    Open Interval differention

    Does anyone know the answer to this??

    Complete the definition:

    A real function on an open Interval I is differentiable at x ∈ I if...

    Is it to do with Rolle's Theorem, although that uses the property but doesnt actually define it?
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    The answer to your question could be in many forms.
    \lim _{h \to 0} \frac{{f(x + h) - f(x)}}{h}=f'(x) if the limit exists.

    But there are others.
    Last edited by Ackbeet; August 15th 2011 at 07:16 AM. Reason: Deleted bumping post, so deleted reference to it.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Thank you for the response

    What other forms could there be?
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Quote Originally Posted by rgjf1307 View Post
    Thank you for the response
    What other forms could there be?
    How does your text material define derivative?
    That is all that is being asked there if you posted the question correctly.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    The narrative used is: A function f: I → ℝ on an open interval I is differentiable at x ∈ I if ...
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Quote Originally Posted by rgjf1307 View Post
    The narrative used is: A function f: I → ℝ on an open interval I is differentiable at x ∈ I if ...
    That is exactly what you posted the first time.
    Answer the question. Fill in the blank with the definition of a derivative as it appears in the text material.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    There is no definition in the text material so I guess I'll have to use the form you posted in your original reply!
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Quote Originally Posted by rgjf1307 View Post
    There is no definition in the text material so I guess I'll have to use the form you posted in your original reply!
    If that is true, why are you being asked to do this?
    This makes no sense whatsoever.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    OK, thanks for your help

    On a similar note how would define a critical point of a differentiable function using the same notation?
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Quote Originally Posted by rgjf1307 View Post
    OK, thanks for your help

    On a similar note how would define a critical point of a differentiable function using the same notation?
    You did not bother to answer my question.
    What is the purpose of this nonsense?
    Why are you being asked to do these questions?
    If you choose to ignore my request, then this is my last reply.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    I am being asked to do these questions because my lecturer told me to? Sorry man, didn't mean to ignore you, no hard feelings!
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Quote Originally Posted by rgjf1307 View Post
    I am being asked to do these questions because my lecturer told me to? Sorry man, didn't mean to ignore you, no hard feelings!
    It seems to me that your lecturer is at best incompetent or at worst totally ignorant.
    Report this person to your governing educational authority.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Ok, I shall. But if possible could you first assist me on the last question? How would you define a critical point of a differentiable function using the same notation?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Are you taking a course on Calculus or not? How could you possibly answer a question about "differentiable" if you have never been given a definition of "differentiable"?

    Okay, here's a similar question- is the function f(x)= e^{x^2}- x "codsquafalic". I am not, of course, going to define "codsquafalic"!
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    Re: Open Interval differention

    Hello there! Yes I am taking a course on Calculus and whilst I am aware of the process of differentiation from previous courses I have not been given a formal definition during this particular course.

    The format Plato used earlier is along the lines of what I was hoping to achieve, I was just wondering how, using the same notation, would you define a critical point of a differentiable function?
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