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Homework Help: Using the analytic definition of a function

  1. Sep 14, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The best way to represent this problem is with a snapshot of the problem.


    Hopefully that works.

    2. Relevant equations

    f(x) = sqrt(1^2+x^2)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    f'(1/2) = lim(h>0) (1-h)/B = 1-0/B = 1/B ... B = -1/(Sqrt(3)
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  3. Sep 14, 2011 #2
    What I don't get is letter b. I don't understand the process in which started from lim(h>0) ((f(1/2+h)-(f(1/2))/h all the way to lim(h>0)1-h/b ...
  4. Sep 14, 2011 #3
    Nope. That's definitely not the best way to do (show) it. First start with:

    [tex]\lim_{h\to 0} \frac{\sqrt{1-(1/2+h)^2}-\sqrt{1-(1/2)^2}}{h}[/tex]

    Ok, don't even look at the printout. Now, in order to evaluate that limit (simply), we need some more h's on the bottom. We can do that by multiplying top and bottom by what, I forgot what it's called but:

    [tex]\lim_{h\to 0} \frac{\sqrt{1-(1/2+h)^2}-\sqrt{1-(1/2)^2}}{h}\frac{\sqrt{1-(1/2+h)^2}+\sqrt{1-(1/2)^2}}{\sqrt{1-(1/2+h)^2}+\sqrt{1-(1/2)^2}}[/tex]

    Now I bet you can do all that algebra, simplify it, and then take the limit as h goes to zero. Then figure out what that paper is asking you to do with the details.
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