August 12th, 2017, 07:15 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2017 From: Davao Posts: 7 Thanks: 0  Guyss pleasee help me
How to find the points of discontinuity of these functions? 1. x²+3/x²16 2. 3x+2/x²6x+9 3.3(x+2)³/x³+4x²+x6 4.x²3x/x²+2x²+5x 5.x²+2x1/4x⁴+4x³+3x²x1 
August 12th, 2017, 07:27 PM  #2 
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Hmm I thought I had answered this. Look at item number 1. Are there one or more values of x where the function is not defined? Why is it not defined there? What does that mean? By the way, you may need parentheses in one or more of your questions. For example, is the first one $x^2  \dfrac{3}{x^2}  16$? That is what you wrote 
August 12th, 2017, 08:05 PM  #3 
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(2). x²  6x + 9 = (x  3)² (3). x³ + 4x² + x  6 = (x + 3)(x + 2)(x  1) (4). x² + 2x² + 5x = x(3x + 5) (5). 4x^4 + 4x³ + 3x²  x  1 = (2x + 1)(2x  1)(x² + x + 1) In each case, for what values of x is the denominator zero? 
August 12th, 2017, 08:17 PM  #4 
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The given for #1 is x²+3 divided by x²16

August 12th, 2017, 09:01 PM  #5 
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Is there a typing error in #4?

August 12th, 2017, 09:29 PM  #6 
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No, the given for #4 is correct. Btw how to know the points of discontinuity?

August 13th, 2017, 04:02 AM  #7 
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August 13th, 2017, 04:11 AM  #8 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2009 Posts: 141 Thanks: 59  Actually none of these functions have any discontinuities, if you use the definition that 99.999% of the mathematical world uses. I don't doubt your teacher doesn't know this however.
Last edited by Micrm@ss; August 13th, 2017 at 04:17 AM. 
August 13th, 2017, 04:55 AM  #9 
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thank you so much guys big help

August 14th, 2017, 02:52 PM  #10  
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 2,576 Thanks: 667  Quote:
However the definition I have always used is "A function is continuous at x= a if and only if: a) f(a) exists b) $\displaystyle \lim_{x\to a} f(x)= f(a)$ I would say that a function is discontinuous at points where the function value does not exist. Perhaps you would say it is neither continuous nor discontinuous there. Last edited by Country Boy; August 14th, 2017 at 02:55 PM.  

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