Find all values of x for which the function is differentiable.

Printable View

- Nov 4th 2007, 07:44 PMTruthbetoldDifferentiability
Find all values of x for which the function is differentiable.

- Nov 4th 2007, 08:11 PMtopsquark
- Nov 4th 2007, 10:46 PMTruthbetold
To shorten the below: no.

If something is not differentiable only when it at the very middle (where the right and left come together, usually in examples as (0,0,) of cusps, corners, vertical tangents, and a non-removable discontinuity, then I cannot think or see, using a graphing calculator, any points. - Nov 5th 2007, 04:46 AMtopsquark

Consider x near 0. When x approaches 0 from the left, the first derivative is -1. When x approaches 0 from the right, the first derivative is 1. So the derivative of |x| does not exist at x = 0.

We can make a similar argument for . See the graph below. Notice the cusp at x = 0.

-Dan