this is my scratch work *

I let

Im not sure if this is right it seems to simple. I am confused by this because i have only worked with numbers.

Help me please!

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- Jan 10th 2013, 03:55 PMmathisfun26Proving Limits of a

this is my scratch work *

I let

Im not sure if this is right it seems to simple. I am confused by this because i have only worked with numbers.

Help me please! - Jan 10th 2013, 04:13 PMPlatoRe: Proving Limits of a
- Jan 10th 2013, 04:16 PMmathisfun26Re: Proving Limits of a
Thank you!

- Jan 11th 2013, 07:24 PMhollywoodRe: Proving Limits of a
It is simple, and I'll bet your thinking is right, but I have a few corrections.

There's a good paper on these epsilon-delta proofs here at MHF - it's one of the four "sticky" threads in this forum (the Calculus forum).

To prove :

For the scratch work, you start with and work__backwards__to some function of . That tells you what you need to use for . In your case, this involves no steps (!), as you start with and it is already in the right format. So you set , which is what you said. I'm not sure why you had earlier.

Now you need to write the proof. It looks like you might have skipped this step - which would be very important on an exam.....

I'm also a little confused as to what you mean by you've only worked with numbers.

- Hollywood - Jan 11th 2013, 07:59 PMDevenoRe: Proving Limits of a
what hollywood is saying is: to prove a limit exists, GIVEN epsilon, you have to somehow produce delta. you can't "start with delta".

a proper proof (which hides the "scratch work", but that's ok, if sometimes mysterious) would go something like:

let ε > 0. then for δ = ε,

we have: 0 < |x - a| < δ implies |x - a| < ε.

that is, for f(x) = x, we have:

. since this also equals f(a), this shows that the identity function f(x) = x, is continuous (which really shouldn't be that surprising...if x is near a, then ...x is near a!).