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Continuous/analytic functionsby lavster
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May811, 11:56 AM

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if a function is continuous, does this mean that it is analytic. And if a function is analytic does this mean it is continuous?
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May811, 12:10 PM

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May811, 02:07 PM

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exellent cheers :)



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May811, 02:44 PM

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Continuous/analytic functions
An analytic function is a function that can can be represented as a power series polynomial (either real or complex).
That is it posesseses a Taylor/Mclaurin expansion. 


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May811, 08:44 PM

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Not exactly true. A function is analytic at a point [itex] z_0 [/itex] if it is smooth (infinitely differentiable) there, and it's Taylor Series centered at [itex] z_0 [/itex] converges to the function on some open set containing [itex] z_0 [/itex].
Merely being smooth is not enough  For example [tex] f(x)=\begin{cases}\exp(1/x) \mbox{ if } x> 0 \\ 0 \mbox{ if }x\le0,\end{cases} [/tex] This function is smooth at 0, with all its derivatives there being 0. Thus, it has a Taylor Series expansion at x=0, [tex] \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{0}{n!} x^n = 0 [/tex], but that does not coincide with the value of the function for any positive x, so f(x) is smooth (and has a Taylor Expansion), but is not analytic. 


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