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How to proof problem set 1 question 1D-10: Show that g(h) = [f(a + h) − f(a)]/h has a removable discontinuity at h = 0 and that f'(a) exists.

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    The key word is "removable". Let's do this. The function g(h) is discontinuous when h = 0. The limit of g(h) when h goes to zero is f'(a). For the right arrow: We know that the function has a removable discontinuity at h = 0. By the definition of removable discontinuity, the limits when h approaches zero from the left and from the right are the same. That is also the definition of a differentiable function with the formula g(h), and that proves the right arrow. For the left arrow: If f'(a) exists, we know that the limit of g(h) when h goes to 0 from the left is the same as the limit of g(h) when h goes to 0 from the right. That's the definition of differentiability: the right and left limits of f'(a) = lim h->0 g(h) are the same. We also know that g(h) is discontinuous when h = 0, but because its limits from the left and from the right when h approaches zero are the same, we know that the discontinuity is removable. This proves the left arrow.

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