• anonymous
Really need help understanding this limit/derivative question... The limit Lim x approachs 5pi CosX +1 / x-5pi represents the derivative of some function f(x) at some number a. Find f and a . I don't even understand the wording of this question...
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  • anonymous
There is an alternative form for the definition of a derivative...\[f'(a)=\lim_{x \rightarrow a} \frac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}\]It is often used when your are analyzing a piecewise defined function where the continuity is questionable. If we re-write your problem to fit this form...\[f'(5\pi)=\lim_{x \rightarrow 5\pi} \frac{f(x)-f(5\pi)}{x-5\pi}\]If f(x) is the cosine...\[f'(5\pi)=\lim_{x \rightarrow 5\pi} \frac{\cos (x)-\cos (5\pi)}{x-5\pi}\]From this, it looks like f(x)=cos(x) and a=5pi .

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