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Limits/continuity - finding largest delta

by roman93
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roman93
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Apr1-12, 05:06 PM
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Hey guys, I found this question and it started bugging me:

find the _largest_ δ such that |x - 5| < δ => |1/x - 1/5| < 1/100.

This is what I did to try solve the question:

From |1/x - 1/5| < 1/100 : I got 1/x > 19/100 and so I wanted x < 100/19
plugging that back into the first inequality it gave δ = 5/19

But I don't think what I did is right because when I was trying values for x which satisfied this it gave answers which were over 1/100.

So my question is how would I solve this type question.
Any help is very much appreciated :)

Thank you in advance!
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roman93
#2
Apr1-12, 05:16 PM
P: 14
I think I know where I went wrong, what I should be doing is finding an upper bound for 1/x rather than a lower bound. The answer I now have is 5/21 and this seems to work.

If I have gone wrong somewhere, please do point it out =]


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