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Homework Help: Need help with differentiablility

  1. Oct 17, 2009 #1
    please delete thread, i made a mistake
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2009
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 17, 2009 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Your question doesn't make much sense the way it's written, or maybe I don't understand what you're trying to say.

    I'm assuming that m and n are real numbers.

    nx + m is differentiable for any values of m and n, regardless of the value of x. If the domain is restricted to x <= -1, it's still differentiable.

    nx3 +x + 2m is differentiable for all values of m and n, regardless of the value of x.

    It occurs to me that what you have, but didn't explain very well, is a function whose formula is different on the two intervals. If that's the case, you want to find m and n so that
    [tex]1) \lim_{x \rightarrow -1^-} f(x)~=~\lim_{x \rightarrow -1^+} f(x)[/tex]
    [tex]2) \lim_{x \rightarrow -1^+} f'(x)~=~\lim_{x \rightarrow -1^+} f'(x)[/tex]
    If the first condition is satisfied, your function will be continuous for all x. If the second is satisfied, the derivative will be continuous for all x.
  4. Oct 17, 2009 #3
    that how the question is written

    i have to find the value of n and m that will make them differentiable, i solve the first one and it give me m = -1+n,

    than i do limit from the right side is equal to the left resolve it and n = 1

    than i replace n from the initial equation and than gives me 0, is this correct?
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