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    differentiable function

    Let f be continuous on [a,b], differentiable and not zero on (a,b). If f(a)=f(b)=0, prove that the function g defined on (a,b) where g(x)=f'(x)/f(x) takes every value a in R. I apply the Mean Value Theorem to log f(x). So then there exists a c in [a,b] such that f'(c)/f(c) = (log f(b) - log f(a)) / (b-a). How does this imply that f'(x)/f(x) takes every value a in the real numbers?

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    Did you notice that neither log[f(a)] nor log[f(b)] could possibly be defined.
    Do you know why?
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    No, I'm not sure why. I thought this made sense to get f'(x)/f(x). I'm guessing because ln(0) does not exist, but I don't know what else to do.

    Never mind, I think I figured it out. I think I can just take the limits. Thanks for trying to help.
    Last edited by agentZERO; November 18th 2007 at 07:43 PM.
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