# Thread: Continuity of 1/x

1. ## Continuity of 1/x

Show that 1/x is continuous on at any c =/= 0
hint: chose delta to stay away from 0

i have a general idea of how it works but I'm not really sure how to
"use delta = min{[c]/2,c^2(e/2)} "(answer from book)

2. Originally Posted by mtlchris
Show that 1/x is continuous on at any c =/= 0
hint: chose delta to stay away from 0

i have a general idea of how it works but I'm not really sure how to
"use delta = min{[c]/2,c^2(e/2)} "(answer from book)
Did you try writing out the definition?

$\left|\frac{1}{x}-\frac{1}{c}\right|=\left|\frac{c-x}{xc}\right|$....how look that the $\delta$. It's $\min$ because obviously we want to restrict our attention so that we may apply some estimation (i.e. on "whatever" neighborhood of c it is always true that "whatever" is less than or equal to "whatever else"). Also, use that in conjunction with the fact that you really only care about bounding $\frac{1}{|xc|}$ for one can make $|c-x|$ as arbitrarily small as one wants.