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Homework Help: Discontinuity at certain points

  1. May 25, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1.Find a function f : R → R which is discontinuous at the points of the set
    {1/n : n a positive integer} ∪ {0} but is continuous everywhere else.
    2. Find a function g : R → R which is discontinuous at the points of the set
    {1/n : n a positive integer} but is continuous everywhere else.


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm thinking of making f(x)=0 at points that f is discontinuous and f(x)=x everywhere else. But that only works for 2, not 1, right? Could anyone give me some hints? I'm not sure what the question is asking for. Thanks!
     
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  3. May 25, 2010 #2

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    Why not just f(x)= 1 if x= 1/n for some positive integer n or x= 0, 0 otherwise?
     
  4. May 25, 2010 #3
    only discontinuous..?
    try, f(x) =[1/x]....where...[y] is the greatest integer less than or equal to y or as you would call, floor(y)...f(1/n) leads to a jump discontinuity one you can never fix, and hence an implied non-differentiability.
     
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