Continuity and derivability

THEOREM: If a function f is derivable in x = a, then f is continuous in x = a, too.

demonstration: we have to check that

NOTE: Not all continuous functions in x = a are derivable in x = a.
Example: f(x) = |x| in x = 0
As you can see, derivability implies soft curves and non derivability implies peaks.

We define the derivative function as:
We only have to study the derivability of a function at the points which the function is continuous.

                                                           f is derivable in R-{1}



1) Find the derivative function of:

2) Find the abscissa in which the slope of the tangent line to the graph of f(x) = x2 + 1 is 6.






Solutions: 1) f'(x) = -2/x2; b) f'(x) = 2x; 2) x = 3

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