# Homework Help: Use the Given Graph to find δ

1. Jan 21, 2017

### FritoTaco

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Use the given graph (see attachment) of $f(x) = x^2$ to find a number δ (delta) such that

if: $|x-1|<δ$ then: $|x^2-1|<\dfrac{1}{2}$.

2. Relevant equations

No equations used.

3. The attempt at a solution

I need to find the smallest value of δ

$x^2=0.5$

$\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{0.5}$

$x=0.707106781$

$x^2=1.5$

$\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{1.5}$

$|x-1| ---> |8-0.0701067|=7.292893$

$|x-1| ---> |8-1.224744871|=6.775255$

Now I would pick the smaller value and round:

$6.775$

I use WebAssign, and it says I got it wrong. I don't know what I should try.

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2. Jan 21, 2017

### Staff: Mentor

Your value for δ is way too large. You want an interval around x = 1 on the x-axis so that the y values on the graph are between .5 and 1.5.

3. Jan 21, 2017

### FritoTaco

Uh oh, I have no idea why i was subtracting 8 when it says | x - 1 | in the question. Thanks for saying that Mark, I got 0.225 and got it correct. Thank you!

4. Jan 21, 2017

### Staff: Mentor

That's why Greg pays us the big bucks!

Oh, wait, we don't get paid at all!

5. Jan 21, 2017

### Ray Vickson

Why bother finding the smallest possible value of $\delta > 0$? The question does not tell you to do that; it just tells you to find a $\delta$ that "works".

6. Jan 21, 2017

### FritoTaco

Well this is what happens:

$|x-1|--->|1-0.0701067|=0.2928932$

$|x-1|--->|1-1.2247448|=0.2247448$

Now I rounded the first one 0.293 and it says:

"Please try again. For finding δ such that |x − a| < δ implies |x2 − a2| < b, start by finding the solutions to |x2 − a2| = b. Choose δ so that neither of these solutions are at a distance smaller than δ of a."