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I'm having trouble with a proof of Rolle's Theorem.

I understand that by the Extreme Value theorem the function on the closed interval [a,b] must attain both a supremum and an infimum

so if [tex]f(x) = f(a) = f(b) \forall x \in [a,b] and f'(c) = 0[/tex] then it must be a constant function.

That is the trivial case.

If I understand the proof correctly from here it goes as follows.

By the Extreme Value Theorem applied to Rolle's theorem theremustexist a point c ∈ [a,b] where the function changes from positive slope to negative slope.

What we want to do is show that at the point f(c) the left and right limits, though both being of opposite sign, will be equal to the same point in the end.

It's just that in the following link, http://www.maths.abdn.ac.uk/~igc/tch/ma2001/notes/node42.html" the proof has me confused.

It's just the two cases they show in Rolle's Proof, the twoif h>0,&if h<0,parts I need help understanding.

1:Is the first one saying "if you go beyond the supremum c by a small amount h you'll end up below the value f(c) and because of this you'll end up with a value less than 0 (i.e. be negative) ???

2:Also, in the h<0 part why does that become positive???

If you're at the supremum of any function and you move either way you can only move down!

I might be mixing something up or misunderstanding something about2:.

I think I may be most confused the the limits they use, they are both coming from the left side & shouldn't one be from the left and the other be from the right?

If This is so, shouldn't the first limit be coming from the right (i.e. from the positive side of the graph toward the negative side)?

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