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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I have been trying to teach myself math, and for quite a while have been struggling through "Calculus on Manifolds" by Spivak.

Theorem 2-8, on p.31, uses the Mean Value theorem to establish the existence of the Derivative assuming the existence of the partial derivatives.

Doesn't that also assume the continuity of the function? If I've understood the subsequent exercises, the partial derivative may exist even though the function may not be continuous.

What am I missing?

Thanks very much, again!

Ken Cohen

Theorem 2-8, on p.31, uses the Mean Value theorem to establish the existence of the Derivative assuming the existence of the partial derivatives.

Doesn't that also assume the continuity of the function? If I've understood the subsequent exercises, the partial derivative may exist even though the function may not be continuous.

What am I missing?

Thanks very much, again!

Ken Cohen