Proof of L'Hospital's Rule

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Suppose f(z) is analytic in a region R including the point z0. Prove that f(z) = f(z0) + f'(z0)(z-z0) + η(z-z0) where η ~> 0 as z ~> z0.

this is actually a lemma my book proves first before actually proving L'Hospital's rule. I understood how they used the lemma to prove the rule but i don't really understand the logic in proving this lemma. my book did:

Let [f(z) - f(z0)]/(z-z0) - f'(z0) = η so that f(z) = f(z0) + f'(z0)(z - z0) = η(z-z0).
Then, since f(z) is analytic at z0, we have as required:
lim (z ~> z0) of η = lim (z ~> z0) of [f(z) - f(z0)]/(z-z0) - f'(z0) = f'(z0) - f'(z0) = 0.

i don't understand how f(z) = f(z0) + f'(z0)(z - z0) = η(z-z0). shouldn't it be f(z) = η(z-z0) + f'(z0)(z - z0) + f(z0) since they let [f(z) - f(z0)]/(z-z0) - f'(z0) = η?
 

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i don't understand how f(z) = f(z0) + f'(z0)(z - z0) = η(z-z0). shouldn't it be f(z) = η(z-z0) + f'(z0)(z - z0) + f(z0) since they let [f(z) - f(z0)]/(z-z0) - f'(z0) = η?
Hi demonelite123! :smile:

It's just a typo :rolleyes: … + and = are the same key on most keyboards! :wink:
 
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oh no wonder. thanks!
 

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