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Lastly, notation: "x^2-4/x-2" means ##x^2-\frac{4}{x}-2##; "(x^2-4)/(x-2)" means ##\frac{x^2-4}{x-2}##.

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A function is continuous.

1. The left hand limit=right habd limit

At a point a.

2. The function f (x)=a is defined at the point a. (In the domain).

What it means by removal discontinuity is that we can define a point( that does not exist in the function. Thus removing the discontinuity.

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That's one flavor of removable discontinuity. But it's also possible for a function to have a removable discontinuity even if it is defined everywhere. For example,What it means by removal discontinuity is that we can define a point( that does not exist in the function. Thus removing the discontinuity.

$$f(x) = \begin{cases}

x + 2 & \text{if }x \neq 2 \\

0 & \text{if } x = 2 \\

\end{cases}$$

is defined for all ##\mathbb{R}## and has a removable discontinuity at ##x=2##, hence is discontinuous at that point. If we redefine ##f(2) = 4## then it becomes a continuous function. This is why we say that the discontinuity is removable. But this example shows that the answer to the OP's question is no: the above function is

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To clarify the examples in this thread:

##f(x) = \frac{\sin x}{x}## is defined and continuous everywhere other than 0, hence it is continuous. It has a removable singularity at 0.

##f(x) = \frac{x^2-4}{x-2}## is defined and continuous everywhere other than 2, hence it is continuous. It has a removable singularity at 2.

##g(x) = x+2## is defined and continuous everywhere, hence it is continuous.

$$f(x) = \begin{cases}

x + 2 & \text{if }x \neq 2 \\

0 & \text{if } x = 2 \\

\end{cases}$$

is defined everywhere but has a discontinuity at ##x=2##, hence it is not continuous. If we remove ##x=2## from the domain of ##f(x)## then it becomes continuous in the region of ##x=2## and so the discontinuity is removeable.

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Great Try, but even now, I'm still confused. This continuity stuff and the epsilon-delta proofs were the difficult parts of Calculus 1. I wish I could understand this more clearly - maybe I could make better progress in Mathematics. (Although succeeded in Calculus 1, 2, 3; many many years ago with tough long effort).

To clarify the examples in this thread:

##f(x) = \frac{\sin x}{x}## is defined and continuous everywhere other than 0, hence it is continuous. It has a removable singularity at 0.

##f(x) = \frac{x^2-4}{x-2}## is defined and continuous everywhere other than 2, hence it is continuous. It has a removable singularity at 2.

##g(x) = x+2## is defined and continuous everywhere, hence it is continuous.

$$f(x) = \begin{cases}

x + 2 & \text{if }x \neq 2 \\

0 & \text{if } x = 2 \\

\end{cases}$$

is defined everywhere but has a discontinuity at ##x=2##, hence it is not continuous. If we remove ##x=2## from the domain of ##f(x)## then it becomes continuous in the region of ##x=2## and so the discontinuity is removeable.

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Can you give a reference for a textbook that says "a function with a removable discontinuity is considered continuous"?

What

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For yet another perspective, this function is not defined at 2, if it is a Real-valued function. Until you assign a value at x=2 , you cannot tell whether it is continuous at x=2 or not; 0/0 is undefined . Like many others said, the function _can be defined_ at x=2 as to be made continuous there, but, as it is, it is not even defined there using your rule. So yours is a function from ## \mathbb R-{2} \rightarrow \mathbb R ##, and it is continuous in its domain of definition. To be pedantic (people often tell me I am ;) ), since it is uniformly continuous in a dense subset of the Reals, it can be extended into a continuous function on the Reals.

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Hence 2 is not within the domain of the function, by definition.For yet another perspective, this function is not defined at 2, if it is a Real-valued function.

If you assign a value at x=2 you create a new function. The statement "continuous at x=2" has no meaning for the original function.Until you assign a value at x=2 , you cannot tell whether it is continuous at x=2 or not; 0/0 is undefined.

Hence it is continuous - that is the definition of a continuous function. To be absolutely clear, a continuous function is not required to be continuous at a value which is not in its domain(!)So yours is a function from ## \mathbb R-{2} \rightarrow \mathbb R ##, and it is continuous in its domain of definition.

This is true, but it does not change the fact that it is already a continuous function on ## \mathbb R-{2} ##To be pedantic (people often tell me I am ;) ), since it is uniformly continuous in a dense subset of the Reals, it can be extended into a continuous function on the Reals.

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Sorry, I don't get any of your points; you seem to be saying what I said in different words. I never said 2 was in the domain, I never said the function was either defined at x=2 nor that it was continuous there. And I did not say that f was not continuous on ## \mathbb R-2 ##.Hence 2 is not within the domain of the function, by definition.

If you assign a value at x=2 you create a new function. The statement "continuous at x=2" has no meaning for the original function.

Hence it is continuous - that is the definition of a continuous function. To be absolutely clear, a continuous function is not required to be continuous at a value which is not in its domain(!)

This is true, but it does not change the fact that it is already a continuous function on ## \mathbb R-{2} ##

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