# Small Challenge

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• July 22nd 2010, 03:39 AM
Dinkydoe
I see what you mean. They give $f(x)=x^2\sin(1/x^3)$ for x in (0,1], f(0)=0.

It's easy to check f'(x) is unbounded in this case. And then they conclude f'(x) is not integrable.....
It wouldnt be too hard to make such function with f(1)=1 and f(0)=0.

I'm confused right now. I think you may be right after all.
• July 22nd 2010, 03:49 PM
tonio
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Originally Posted by Unbeatable0
That's not true. A derivative need not in general be integrable over a closed interval.

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• July 23rd 2010, 01:27 AM
Dinkydoe
Anyway. To correct my solution in that case, I'll just 'steal' your idea. Again we assume $f(x)\neq x$

since we only need to show the existence of $a,b$ with $f'(a)<1, f'(b)>1$ we need to show that $f'(x)\leq 1$ and $f'(x)\geq 1$ for all $x$ is impossible. Then we're done.

Now, $g(x)=f(x)-x$ is increasing/decreasing. And since $g'(x)\neq 0$for all $x$ we can't have $g(1)=0$.
Now again the intermediate value theorem guarantuees $f'(x),f'(y) \in (f'(a),f'(b))$such that $f'(x)f'(y)=1.$