Let f be a function from R to R, and f ' (x) > f (x) for all x. Suppose f(x_0) =0. Show that f (x) > 0 for all x > x_0.

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- January 8th 2012, 01:23 PMgrandunificationDerivative question
Let f be a function from R to R, and f ' (x) > f (x) for all x. Suppose f(x_0) =0. Show that f (x) > 0 for all x > x_0.

Thanks! - January 9th 2012, 08:48 AMOpalgRe: Derivative question
Since , it follows that f is increasing at Therefore there is some interval to the right of in which f is positive. Suppose by way of getting a contradiction that f is not positive for all Then (by continuity, intermediate value theorem and suchlike properties) there must be a smallest point at which Thus whenever But since it follows from Rolle's theorem that there is a point with such that Then , contradicting the fact that for all