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Fiesta 5 | 2010 – 2011 | AP Calculus  | Solutions iLearnMath.

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Problem 1
f ( x) − f ( a )
A function f ( x) is a differentiable at a point x = a if and only if lim exists.
x →a x−a
Geometrically, we say that a function is differentiable at a point if a non-vertical
tangent line to the graph can be drawn at that point.

Examples

1. Polynomials are differentiable (smooth) everywhere.


2. f ( x) =| x | and g ( x) = 3 x both fail to be differentiable at x = 0.

Problem 2

Differentiability Æ Continuity

A continuous function need not be differentiable. Examples: cusps, corners,


vertical tangent lines.