# question on continuity of functions

• Nov 12th 2009, 01:36 PM
jmoney90
question on continuity of functions
Okay, so in general, if I wanted to do a proof to show that some function f(x) is continuous for all x, how do i do that? I mean, general proofs of continuity are easy, but how do you prove it to be continuous for all x in a set?
• Nov 12th 2009, 02:16 PM
Plato
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Originally Posted by jmoney90
Okay, so in general, if I wanted to do a proof to show that some function f(x) is continuous for all x, how do i do that? I mean, general proofs of continuity are easy, but how do you prove it to be continuous for all x in a set?

Choose any point in the set, say $c$.
Then by showing that the function $f$ is continuous at $c$ suffices to show that $f$ is continuous on the set.
• Nov 12th 2009, 03:27 PM
jmoney90
Quote:

Originally Posted by Plato
Choose any point in the set, say $c$.
Then by showing that the function $f$ is continuous at $c$ suffices to show that $f$ is continuous on the set.

Okay, thanks. So just to clarify, basically you prove it by being vague and general, and not picking specific values?
• Nov 12th 2009, 03:41 PM
Plato
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Originally Posted by jmoney90
So just to clarify, basically you prove it by being vague and general, and not picking specific values?

Why do you think that there is anything vague about that method?

You suppose that $c\in S$ and show that $f$ is continious at $c$.
There is absolutely nothing vague about that.

Maybe you don't understand the definition of continuity. Is that it?
• Nov 12th 2009, 07:00 PM
jmoney90
Quote:

Originally Posted by Plato
Why do you think that there is anything vague about that method?

You suppose that $c\in S$ and show that $f$ is continious at $c$.
There is absolutely nothing vague about that.

Maybe you don't understand the definition of continuity. Is that it?

I guess general was more the word I was looking for. I understand the idea behind continuity: the limit as x approaches some point is the same as that function at some value, and alos how to formally work the definition. The book didn't give any examples of a prooof in which you'd prove continuity of a function in general.