Page 1 v The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” — ALBERT EINSTEIN v 5.1 Introduction This chapter is essentially a continuation of our study of differentiation of functions in Class XI. We had learnt to differentiate certain functions like polynomial functions and trigonometric functions. In this chapter, we introduce the very important concepts of continuity, differentiability and relations between them. We will also learn differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions. Further, we introduce a new class of functions called exponential and logarithmic functions. These functions lead to powerful techniques of differentiation. We illustrate certain geometrically obvious conditions through differential calculus. In the process, we will learn some fundamental theorems in this area. 5.2 Continuity We start the section with two informal examples to get a feel of continuity. Consider the function 1, if 0 ( ) 2, if 0 x f x x = ? = ? > ? This function is of course defined at every point of the real line. Graph of this function is given in the Fig 5.1. One can deduce from the graph that the value of the function at nearby points on x-axis remain close to each other except at x = 0. At the points near and to the left of 0, i.e., at points like – 0.1, – 0.01, – 0.001, the value of the function is 1. At the points near and to the right of 0, i.e., at points like 0.1, 0.01, Chapter 5 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) Fig 5.1 2019-20 Page 2 v The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” — ALBERT EINSTEIN v 5.1 Introduction This chapter is essentially a continuation of our study of differentiation of functions in Class XI. We had learnt to differentiate certain functions like polynomial functions and trigonometric functions. In this chapter, we introduce the very important concepts of continuity, differentiability and relations between them. We will also learn differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions. Further, we introduce a new class of functions called exponential and logarithmic functions. These functions lead to powerful techniques of differentiation. We illustrate certain geometrically obvious conditions through differential calculus. In the process, we will learn some fundamental theorems in this area. 5.2 Continuity We start the section with two informal examples to get a feel of continuity. Consider the function 1, if 0 ( ) 2, if 0 x f x x = ? = ? > ? This function is of course defined at every point of the real line. Graph of this function is given in the Fig 5.1. One can deduce from the graph that the value of the function at nearby points on x-axis remain close to each other except at x = 0. At the points near and to the left of 0, i.e., at points like – 0.1, – 0.01, – 0.001, the value of the function is 1. At the points near and to the right of 0, i.e., at points like 0.1, 0.01, Chapter 5 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) Fig 5.1 2019-20 MATHEMATICS 148 0.001, the value of the function is 2. Using the language of left and right hand limits, we may say that the left (respectively right) hand limit of f at 0 is 1 (respectively 2). In particular the left and right hand limits do not coincide. We also observe that the value of the function at x = 0 concides with the left hand limit. Note that when we try to draw the graph, we cannot draw it in one stroke, i.e., without lifting pen from the plane of the paper, we can not draw the graph of this function. In fact, we need to lift the pen when we come to 0 from left. This is one instance of function being not continuous at x = 0. Now, consider the function defined as f x x x ( ) , , = ? = ? ? ? 1 0 2 0 if if This function is also defined at every point. Left and the right hand limits at x = 0 are both equal to 1. But the value of the function at x = 0 equals 2 which does not coincide with the common value of the left and right hand limits. Again, we note that we cannot draw the graph of the function without lifting the pen. This is yet another instance of a function being not continuous at x = 0. Naively, we may say that a function is continuous at a fixed point if we can draw the graph of the function around that point without lifting the pen from the plane of the paper. Mathematically, it may be phrased precisely as follows: Definition 1 Suppose f is a real function on a subset of the real numbers and let c be a point in the domain of f. Then f is continuous at c if lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = More elaborately, if the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function at x = c exist and equal to each other, then f is said to be continuous at x = c. Recall that if the right hand and left hand limits at x = c coincide, then we say that the common value is the limit of the function at x = c. Hence we may also rephrase the definition of continuity as follows: a function is continuous at x = c if the function is defined at x = c and if the value of the function at x = c equals the limit of the function at x = c. If f is not continuous at c, we say f is discontinuous at c and c is called a point of discontinuity of f. Fig 5.2 2019-20 Page 3 v The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” — ALBERT EINSTEIN v 5.1 Introduction This chapter is essentially a continuation of our study of differentiation of functions in Class XI. We had learnt to differentiate certain functions like polynomial functions and trigonometric functions. In this chapter, we introduce the very important concepts of continuity, differentiability and relations between them. We will also learn differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions. Further, we introduce a new class of functions called exponential and logarithmic functions. These functions lead to powerful techniques of differentiation. We illustrate certain geometrically obvious conditions through differential calculus. In the process, we will learn some fundamental theorems in this area. 5.2 Continuity We start the section with two informal examples to get a feel of continuity. Consider the function 1, if 0 ( ) 2, if 0 x f x x = ? = ? > ? This function is of course defined at every point of the real line. Graph of this function is given in the Fig 5.1. One can deduce from the graph that the value of the function at nearby points on x-axis remain close to each other except at x = 0. At the points near and to the left of 0, i.e., at points like – 0.1, – 0.01, – 0.001, the value of the function is 1. At the points near and to the right of 0, i.e., at points like 0.1, 0.01, Chapter 5 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) Fig 5.1 2019-20 MATHEMATICS 148 0.001, the value of the function is 2. Using the language of left and right hand limits, we may say that the left (respectively right) hand limit of f at 0 is 1 (respectively 2). In particular the left and right hand limits do not coincide. We also observe that the value of the function at x = 0 concides with the left hand limit. Note that when we try to draw the graph, we cannot draw it in one stroke, i.e., without lifting pen from the plane of the paper, we can not draw the graph of this function. In fact, we need to lift the pen when we come to 0 from left. This is one instance of function being not continuous at x = 0. Now, consider the function defined as f x x x ( ) , , = ? = ? ? ? 1 0 2 0 if if This function is also defined at every point. Left and the right hand limits at x = 0 are both equal to 1. But the value of the function at x = 0 equals 2 which does not coincide with the common value of the left and right hand limits. Again, we note that we cannot draw the graph of the function without lifting the pen. This is yet another instance of a function being not continuous at x = 0. Naively, we may say that a function is continuous at a fixed point if we can draw the graph of the function around that point without lifting the pen from the plane of the paper. Mathematically, it may be phrased precisely as follows: Definition 1 Suppose f is a real function on a subset of the real numbers and let c be a point in the domain of f. Then f is continuous at c if lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = More elaborately, if the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function at x = c exist and equal to each other, then f is said to be continuous at x = c. Recall that if the right hand and left hand limits at x = c coincide, then we say that the common value is the limit of the function at x = c. Hence we may also rephrase the definition of continuity as follows: a function is continuous at x = c if the function is defined at x = c and if the value of the function at x = c equals the limit of the function at x = c. If f is not continuous at c, we say f is discontinuous at c and c is called a point of discontinuity of f. Fig 5.2 2019-20 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY 149 Example 1 Check the continuity of the function f given by f (x) = 2x + 3 at x = 1. Solution First note that the function is defined at the given point x = 1 and its value is 5. Then find the limit of the function at x = 1. Clearly 1 1 lim ( ) lim(2 3) 2(1) 3 5 x x f x x ? ? = + = + = Thus 1 lim ( ) 5 (1) x f x f ? = = Hence, f is continuous at x = 1. Example 2 Examine whether the function f given by f (x) = x 2 is continuous at x = 0. Solution First note that the function is defined at the given point x = 0 and its value is 0. Then find the limit of the function at x = 0. Clearly 2 2 0 0 lim ( ) lim 0 0 x x f x x ? ? = = = Thus 0 lim ( ) 0 (0) x f x f ? = = Hence, f is continuous at x = 0. Example 3 Discuss the continuity of the function f given by f(x) = | x | at x = 0. Solution By definition f (x) = , if 0 , if 0 x x x x - < ? ? = ? Clearly the function is defined at 0 and f (0) = 0. Left hand limit of f at 0 is 0 0 lim ( ) lim (– ) 0 x x f x x - - ? ? = = Similarly, the right hand limit of f at 0 is 0 0 lim ( ) lim 0 x x f x x + + ? ? = = Thus, the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function coincide at x = 0. Hence, f is continuous at x = 0. Example 4 Show that the function f given by f (x) = 3 3, if 0 1, if 0 x x x ? + ? ? ? = ? ? is not continuous at x = 0. 2019-20 Page 4 v The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” — ALBERT EINSTEIN v 5.1 Introduction This chapter is essentially a continuation of our study of differentiation of functions in Class XI. We had learnt to differentiate certain functions like polynomial functions and trigonometric functions. In this chapter, we introduce the very important concepts of continuity, differentiability and relations between them. We will also learn differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions. Further, we introduce a new class of functions called exponential and logarithmic functions. These functions lead to powerful techniques of differentiation. We illustrate certain geometrically obvious conditions through differential calculus. In the process, we will learn some fundamental theorems in this area. 5.2 Continuity We start the section with two informal examples to get a feel of continuity. Consider the function 1, if 0 ( ) 2, if 0 x f x x = ? = ? > ? This function is of course defined at every point of the real line. Graph of this function is given in the Fig 5.1. One can deduce from the graph that the value of the function at nearby points on x-axis remain close to each other except at x = 0. At the points near and to the left of 0, i.e., at points like – 0.1, – 0.01, – 0.001, the value of the function is 1. At the points near and to the right of 0, i.e., at points like 0.1, 0.01, Chapter 5 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) Fig 5.1 2019-20 MATHEMATICS 148 0.001, the value of the function is 2. Using the language of left and right hand limits, we may say that the left (respectively right) hand limit of f at 0 is 1 (respectively 2). In particular the left and right hand limits do not coincide. We also observe that the value of the function at x = 0 concides with the left hand limit. Note that when we try to draw the graph, we cannot draw it in one stroke, i.e., without lifting pen from the plane of the paper, we can not draw the graph of this function. In fact, we need to lift the pen when we come to 0 from left. This is one instance of function being not continuous at x = 0. Now, consider the function defined as f x x x ( ) , , = ? = ? ? ? 1 0 2 0 if if This function is also defined at every point. Left and the right hand limits at x = 0 are both equal to 1. But the value of the function at x = 0 equals 2 which does not coincide with the common value of the left and right hand limits. Again, we note that we cannot draw the graph of the function without lifting the pen. This is yet another instance of a function being not continuous at x = 0. Naively, we may say that a function is continuous at a fixed point if we can draw the graph of the function around that point without lifting the pen from the plane of the paper. Mathematically, it may be phrased precisely as follows: Definition 1 Suppose f is a real function on a subset of the real numbers and let c be a point in the domain of f. Then f is continuous at c if lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = More elaborately, if the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function at x = c exist and equal to each other, then f is said to be continuous at x = c. Recall that if the right hand and left hand limits at x = c coincide, then we say that the common value is the limit of the function at x = c. Hence we may also rephrase the definition of continuity as follows: a function is continuous at x = c if the function is defined at x = c and if the value of the function at x = c equals the limit of the function at x = c. If f is not continuous at c, we say f is discontinuous at c and c is called a point of discontinuity of f. Fig 5.2 2019-20 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY 149 Example 1 Check the continuity of the function f given by f (x) = 2x + 3 at x = 1. Solution First note that the function is defined at the given point x = 1 and its value is 5. Then find the limit of the function at x = 1. Clearly 1 1 lim ( ) lim(2 3) 2(1) 3 5 x x f x x ? ? = + = + = Thus 1 lim ( ) 5 (1) x f x f ? = = Hence, f is continuous at x = 1. Example 2 Examine whether the function f given by f (x) = x 2 is continuous at x = 0. Solution First note that the function is defined at the given point x = 0 and its value is 0. Then find the limit of the function at x = 0. Clearly 2 2 0 0 lim ( ) lim 0 0 x x f x x ? ? = = = Thus 0 lim ( ) 0 (0) x f x f ? = = Hence, f is continuous at x = 0. Example 3 Discuss the continuity of the function f given by f(x) = | x | at x = 0. Solution By definition f (x) = , if 0 , if 0 x x x x - < ? ? = ? Clearly the function is defined at 0 and f (0) = 0. Left hand limit of f at 0 is 0 0 lim ( ) lim (– ) 0 x x f x x - - ? ? = = Similarly, the right hand limit of f at 0 is 0 0 lim ( ) lim 0 x x f x x + + ? ? = = Thus, the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function coincide at x = 0. Hence, f is continuous at x = 0. Example 4 Show that the function f given by f (x) = 3 3, if 0 1, if 0 x x x ? + ? ? ? = ? ? is not continuous at x = 0. 2019-20 MATHEMATICS 150 Solution The function is defined at x = 0 and its value at x = 0 is 1. When x ? 0, the function is given by a polynomial. Hence, 0 lim ( ) x f x ? = 3 3 0 lim ( 3) 0 3 3 x x ? + = + = Since the limit of f at x = 0 does not coincide with f (0), the function is not continuous at x = 0. It may be noted that x = 0 is the only point of discontinuity for this function. Example 5 Check the points where the constant function f (x) = k is continuous. Solution The function is defined at all real numbers and by definition, its value at any real number equals k. Let c be any real number. Then lim ( ) x c f x ? = lim x c k k ? = Since f(c) = k = lim x c ? f (x) for any real number c, the function f is continuous at every real number. Example 6 Prove that the identity function on real numbers given by f(x) = x is continuous at every real number. Solution The function is clearly defined at every point and f(c) = c for every real number c. Also, lim ( ) x c f x ? = lim x c x c ? = Thus, lim x c ? f (x) = c = f (c) and hence the function is continuous at every real number. Having defined continuity of a function at a given point, now we make a natural extension of this definition to discuss continuity of a function. Definition 2 A real function f is said to be continuous if it is continuous at every point in the domain of f. This definition requires a bit of elaboration. Suppose f is a function defined on a closed interval [a, b], then for f to be continuous, it needs to be continuous at every point in [a, b] including the end points a and b. Continuity of f at a means lim ( ) x a f x + ? = f (a) and continuity of f at b means – lim ( ) x b f x ? = f(b) Observe that lim ( ) x a f x - ? and lim ( ) x b f x + ? do not make sense. As a consequence of this definition, if f is defined only at one point, it is continuous there, i.e., if the domain of f is a singleton, f is a continuous function. 2019-20 Page 5 v The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” — ALBERT EINSTEIN v 5.1 Introduction This chapter is essentially a continuation of our study of differentiation of functions in Class XI. We had learnt to differentiate certain functions like polynomial functions and trigonometric functions. In this chapter, we introduce the very important concepts of continuity, differentiability and relations between them. We will also learn differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions. Further, we introduce a new class of functions called exponential and logarithmic functions. These functions lead to powerful techniques of differentiation. We illustrate certain geometrically obvious conditions through differential calculus. In the process, we will learn some fundamental theorems in this area. 5.2 Continuity We start the section with two informal examples to get a feel of continuity. Consider the function 1, if 0 ( ) 2, if 0 x f x x = ? = ? > ? This function is of course defined at every point of the real line. Graph of this function is given in the Fig 5.1. One can deduce from the graph that the value of the function at nearby points on x-axis remain close to each other except at x = 0. At the points near and to the left of 0, i.e., at points like – 0.1, – 0.01, – 0.001, the value of the function is 1. At the points near and to the right of 0, i.e., at points like 0.1, 0.01, Chapter 5 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727) Fig 5.1 2019-20 MATHEMATICS 148 0.001, the value of the function is 2. Using the language of left and right hand limits, we may say that the left (respectively right) hand limit of f at 0 is 1 (respectively 2). In particular the left and right hand limits do not coincide. We also observe that the value of the function at x = 0 concides with the left hand limit. Note that when we try to draw the graph, we cannot draw it in one stroke, i.e., without lifting pen from the plane of the paper, we can not draw the graph of this function. In fact, we need to lift the pen when we come to 0 from left. This is one instance of function being not continuous at x = 0. Now, consider the function defined as f x x x ( ) , , = ? = ? ? ? 1 0 2 0 if if This function is also defined at every point. Left and the right hand limits at x = 0 are both equal to 1. But the value of the function at x = 0 equals 2 which does not coincide with the common value of the left and right hand limits. Again, we note that we cannot draw the graph of the function without lifting the pen. This is yet another instance of a function being not continuous at x = 0. Naively, we may say that a function is continuous at a fixed point if we can draw the graph of the function around that point without lifting the pen from the plane of the paper. Mathematically, it may be phrased precisely as follows: Definition 1 Suppose f is a real function on a subset of the real numbers and let c be a point in the domain of f. Then f is continuous at c if lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = More elaborately, if the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function at x = c exist and equal to each other, then f is said to be continuous at x = c. Recall that if the right hand and left hand limits at x = c coincide, then we say that the common value is the limit of the function at x = c. Hence we may also rephrase the definition of continuity as follows: a function is continuous at x = c if the function is defined at x = c and if the value of the function at x = c equals the limit of the function at x = c. If f is not continuous at c, we say f is discontinuous at c and c is called a point of discontinuity of f. Fig 5.2 2019-20 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY 149 Example 1 Check the continuity of the function f given by f (x) = 2x + 3 at x = 1. Solution First note that the function is defined at the given point x = 1 and its value is 5. Then find the limit of the function at x = 1. Clearly 1 1 lim ( ) lim(2 3) 2(1) 3 5 x x f x x ? ? = + = + = Thus 1 lim ( ) 5 (1) x f x f ? = = Hence, f is continuous at x = 1. Example 2 Examine whether the function f given by f (x) = x 2 is continuous at x = 0. Solution First note that the function is defined at the given point x = 0 and its value is 0. Then find the limit of the function at x = 0. Clearly 2 2 0 0 lim ( ) lim 0 0 x x f x x ? ? = = = Thus 0 lim ( ) 0 (0) x f x f ? = = Hence, f is continuous at x = 0. Example 3 Discuss the continuity of the function f given by f(x) = | x | at x = 0. Solution By definition f (x) = , if 0 , if 0 x x x x - < ? ? = ? Clearly the function is defined at 0 and f (0) = 0. Left hand limit of f at 0 is 0 0 lim ( ) lim (– ) 0 x x f x x - - ? ? = = Similarly, the right hand limit of f at 0 is 0 0 lim ( ) lim 0 x x f x x + + ? ? = = Thus, the left hand limit, right hand limit and the value of the function coincide at x = 0. Hence, f is continuous at x = 0. Example 4 Show that the function f given by f (x) = 3 3, if 0 1, if 0 x x x ? + ? ? ? = ? ? is not continuous at x = 0. 2019-20 MATHEMATICS 150 Solution The function is defined at x = 0 and its value at x = 0 is 1. When x ? 0, the function is given by a polynomial. Hence, 0 lim ( ) x f x ? = 3 3 0 lim ( 3) 0 3 3 x x ? + = + = Since the limit of f at x = 0 does not coincide with f (0), the function is not continuous at x = 0. It may be noted that x = 0 is the only point of discontinuity for this function. Example 5 Check the points where the constant function f (x) = k is continuous. Solution The function is defined at all real numbers and by definition, its value at any real number equals k. Let c be any real number. Then lim ( ) x c f x ? = lim x c k k ? = Since f(c) = k = lim x c ? f (x) for any real number c, the function f is continuous at every real number. Example 6 Prove that the identity function on real numbers given by f(x) = x is continuous at every real number. Solution The function is clearly defined at every point and f(c) = c for every real number c. Also, lim ( ) x c f x ? = lim x c x c ? = Thus, lim x c ? f (x) = c = f (c) and hence the function is continuous at every real number. Having defined continuity of a function at a given point, now we make a natural extension of this definition to discuss continuity of a function. Definition 2 A real function f is said to be continuous if it is continuous at every point in the domain of f. This definition requires a bit of elaboration. Suppose f is a function defined on a closed interval [a, b], then for f to be continuous, it needs to be continuous at every point in [a, b] including the end points a and b. Continuity of f at a means lim ( ) x a f x + ? = f (a) and continuity of f at b means – lim ( ) x b f x ? = f(b) Observe that lim ( ) x a f x - ? and lim ( ) x b f x + ? do not make sense. As a consequence of this definition, if f is defined only at one point, it is continuous there, i.e., if the domain of f is a singleton, f is a continuous function. 2019-20 CONTINUITY AND DIFFERENTIABILITY 151 Example 7 Is the function defined by f (x) = | x |, a continuous function? Solution We may rewrite f as f (x) = , if 0 , if 0 x x x x - < ? ? = ? By Example 3, we know that f is continuous at x = 0. Let c be a real number such that c < 0. Then f (c) = – c. Also lim ( ) x c f x ? = lim ( ) – x c x c ? - = (Why?) Since lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = , f is continuous at all negative real numbers. Now, let c be a real number such that c > 0. Then f(c) = c. Also lim ( ) x c f x ? = lim x c x c ? = (Why?) Since lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = , f is continuous at all positive real numbers. Hence, f is continuous at all points. Example 8 Discuss the continuity of the function f given by f (x) = x 3 + x 2 – 1. Solution Clearly f is defined at every real number c and its value at c is c 3 + c 2 – 1. We also know that lim ( ) x c f x ? = 3 2 3 2 lim ( 1) 1 x c x x c c ? + - = + - Thus lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = , and hence f is continuous at every real number. This means f is a continuous function. Example 9 Discuss the continuity of the function f defined by f (x) = 1 x , x ? 0. Solution Fix any non zero real number c, we have 1 1 lim ( ) lim x c x c f x x c ? ? = = Also, since for c ? 0, 1 ( ) f c c = , we have lim ( ) ( ) x c f x f c ? = and hence, f is continuous at every point in the domain of f. Thus f is a continuous function. 2019-20Read More

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