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find the values for c such that the function is continuous at all x. FUNCTION BELOW
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find the values for c such that the function is continuous at all x. FUNCTION BELOW
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[f(x) \left\{ \frac{ \sin(cx) }{ x } if x<0 \right\}\]
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[f(x)=(e ^{x}2c) if x \ge0\]
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
those go together. I just couldn't figure out how to get them all in at once
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
In order for this function to be continuous, we need to pick a \(c\) value that makes the two pieces connect together nicely at \(x=0\). Imagine railroad tracks, the track needs to be continuous, and can't have any sharp corners or the train will fly off the tracks.
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Yep, that i get. So do i set both functions equal to 0 and solve for c or something?
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
We want to look at them in the limit. We want to see what is happening when we get closer and closer to 0 from the left side. And also what is happening when we get closer and closer to 0 from the right side. For this function to be continuous, they must be approaching the same value. So we'll set these limits equal to one another.
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\[\large \lim_{x \rightarrow 0^}f(x) \quad = \quad \lim_{x \rightarrow 0^} \frac{\sin(cx)}{x}\]
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Understand why our function is sin(cx)/x when we're approaching from the left?
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
The tiny negative (that looks like an exponent) is letting us know we're approaching from the left.
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yep cuz it says less than 0
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Ok cool :) so we'll set that equal to the other piece.
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
do we make the other side a limit as well?
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[\large \lim_{x \rightarrow 0^}f(x) \qquad \qquad = \qquad \qquad \lim_{x \rightarrow 0^+}f(x)\]\[\large \lim_{x \rightarrow 0^} \frac{\sin(cx)}{x} \qquad = \qquad \lim_{x \rightarrow 0^+}e^x2c\]
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Yes :) the limits need to agree in order for this function to be continuous.
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
alrighty, well the left side is equal to just c, right?
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
because if i multiply by C , i can use the rule that says sinx/x=1
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
you remembered your identity i take it hehe
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yep! the right side is giving me fits though lol
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Or would it be 1 since we're coming from the left? Hmm I didn't think about that. lemme check real quick.
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Nah it's still 1, my bad.
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
well would the right just be e^x2? Or can i not do that cuz i'm thinking of derivative rules?
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
well the derivative is the limit as x approaches 0, so shouldn't e^x, stay e^x?
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
no we're not thinking of this as a derivative :) We're looking at the limit and saying to ourselves, "If I plug x=0 directly into this function, does it cause a problem?" If the answer is no, then we can do just that!
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
oh! well then we're left with \[c=2c\] ?
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Woops! Recall that if we have a 0 in the exponent, what will that change our base to?
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
oh well i just plugged in e^0 in my calculator and it gave me 1
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
hah XD that's a way to do it i guess! :D
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lol so its actuallly c=12c?
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Do you by chance have an answer key that we can check this against? This is one of those annoying problems that it's easy to make a mistake on c: lol
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
c=1/3! , and I don't have one yet. I will monday so its not a huge deal
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
It looks logical enough to me. Thanks, AGAIN lol
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
This type of problem becomes a little bit harder when they throw `2 unknown constants` at you. Because then you have to also look at the limits of their derivatives. But this was a good problem to get a feel for the concept c:
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
well i just started calc1 this semester, so i haven't learned much yet. Just dipping my toes in the water. I have to take all the way through calculus 3 though, bleh
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zepdrixBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Hmm you'll do quite well, I can tell. You seem quite smart. You're very quick on remember how to do little steps. Calc 2 is a doozy!! Power Series made me want to rip my hair out! :O
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gabie1121Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Yeah, i'm told i'll want to murder myself with Calc 2. Not looking forward to it, but thanks! That makes me feel a little better
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i might be hunting you down again! lol
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