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    Re: continuity

    What have done with these three problems?
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    Re: continuity

    How would I approach these problems? Should I graph the problems on a graphing calculator and see what kind of discontinuities the problems are?
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    Re: continuity

    The problems all ask about continuity. What do you know about "continuity"? Can you at least identify points where the function is clearly continuous and where it might not be continuous?
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    Re: continuity

    I need help with this problem

    Find all the constants a that make the function f(x)= 3(a-x) if x<3 continuous for all x
    a2-x2 if x> or equal to 3

    This is what I did on the problem so far

    3(a-x) if x<3 a2-x2 if x> or equal to 3

    lim-->3- 3(a-x)= limx-->3+ a2-x2

    3(a-3)= 3a-9

    3a-9=
    limx-->3+ a2-x2

    3a-9= a2-9

    a2 - 3a Thats the first equation but I do not know how to get the second equation since the limits is 3 for both of the equations in the problem
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    Re: continuity

    I need to find another equation so that I could plug in a^2-3a into it and find the constants for a.
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    Re: continuity

    Quote Originally Posted by AndreaM View Post
    I need to find another equation so that I could plug in a^2-3a into it and find the constants for a.
    you do not need another equation.


    \lim_{x \to 3^-} f(x) = \lim_{x \to 3^+} f(x)

    \lim_{x \to 3^-} 3(a-x) = \lim_{x \to 3^+} a^2-x^2

    3(a-3) = a^2-9

    3a-9 = a^2-9

    0 = a^2-3a

    0 = a(a-3)

    a = 0 \, , \, a = 3
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