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Chapter – 1 Lecture1. Topic : Limit and continuous of a function
Objective:
Historically, Integral Calculus developed much before the Diffential Calculus (though while teaching Differential Calculus proceeds Integral Calculus). The notions of areas/ volumes of objects attracted the attention of the Greek mathematicians like

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Paper Name: Mathematics Paper Code : M101 Teacher Name: Kakali Ghosh, Rahuldeb Das, Amalendu Singha Mahapatra, Raicharan Denra
Chapter – 1 Lecture1. Topic : Limit and continuous of a function
Objective:
Historically, Integral Calculus developed much before the Diffential Calculus (though while teaching Differential Calculus proceeds Integral Calculus). The notions of areas/ volumes of objects attracted the attention of the Greek mathematicians like

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Paper Code : M101

Teacher Name: Kakali Ghosh, Rahuldeb Das, Amalendu Singha Mahapatra,

Raicharan Denra

Chapter – 1

Lecture1.

Topic : Limit and continuous of a function

Objective:

Historically, Integral Calculus developed much before the Diffential Calculus (though while

teaching Differential Calculus proceeds Integral Calculus). The notions of areas/ volumes of

objects attracted the attention of the Greek mathematicians like Antiphon (430 B.C.), Euclid (300

B.C.) and Archimedes (987 B.C.- 212 B.C.).

Later in the 17th century, mathematicians were faced with various problems: in mechanics the

problem of describing the motion of a particle mathematically; in optics the need to analyze the

passage of light through a lens, which gave rise to the problem of defining tangent/ normal to a

surface; in astronomy it was important to know when would a planet be at a maximum/ minimum

distance from earth; and so on.

The concept of limit is fundamental for the development of calculus. Calculus is built largely upon

the idea of a limit and in this present chapter this idea and various related concepts will be

studied in a brief manner.

Limit of a Function

Let x be a variable. Let x goes on taking the values 2.9, 2.99, 2.999, 2.9999, …….. Then

we see x goes very near to 3 as near as we please. Mathematically we can say the

quantity 3-x becomes small as small as we please. In this situation we say x tends to 3

from left. In notation x→3-.

Again let x goes on taking the values 3.1, 3.01, 3.001, 3.0001, …….. Then we see x goes

very near to 3 as near as we please. Mathematically we can say the quantity 3-x becomes

small as small as we please. In this situation we say x tends to 3 from right. In notation

x→3+.

Formal Definition:

Say that f (x) tends to l as x a iff given > 0, there is some > 0 such that whenever 0

< | x - a| < , then | f (x) - l| < .

Right-handed limit

sufficiently close to a and x>a without actually letting x be a.

Left-handed limit

sufficiently close to a and x<a without actually letting x be a.

Properties

First we will assume that and exist and that c is any constant. Then,

1.

In other words we can “factor” a multiplicative constant out of a limit.

2.

So to take the limit of a sum or difference all we need to do is take the limit of the

individual parts and then put them back together with the appropriate sign. This

is also not limited to two functions. This fact will work no matter how many

functions we’ve got separated by “+” or “-”.

3.

We take the limits of products in the same way that we can take the limit of sums

or differences. Just take the limit of the pieces and then put them back together.

Also, as with sums or differences, this fact is not limited to just two functions.

4.

As noted in the statement we only need to worry about the limit in the

denominator being zero when we do the limit of a quotient. If it were zero we

would end up with a division by zero error and we need to avoid that.

5.

In this property n can be any real number (positive, negative, integer, fraction,

irrational, zero, etc.). In the case that n is an integer this rule can be thought of as

an extended case of 3.

For example consider the case of n = 2.

6.

This is just a special case of the previous example.

7.

In other words, the limit of a constant is just the constant. You should be able to

convince yourself of this by drawing the graph of .

8.

As with the last one you should be able to convince yourself of this by drawing

the graph of .

9.

This is really just a special case of property 5 using .

Sandwich Theorem

Suppose that for all x on [a, b] (except possibly at ) we have,

Cauchy necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a limit.

The necessary and sufficient condition for that the limit lim

x →a

f ( x) exists and is that ,

corresponding to any pre-assigned positive number ε , however small (but not equal to

zero), we can find a positive number δ such that x1 and x2 being any two quantities

satisfying 0 < x − a ≤ δ , f ( x1 ) − f ( x2 ) < ε .

Worked out problems.

1

Example1: Show that lim cos does not exist.

x→0 x

In order that the limit may exist, it must be possible to find a positive number δ such that,

1 1

x1 and x2 satisfying 0 < x ≤ δ , cos − cos <ε

x1 x2

Where ε is any pre-assigned positive quantity.

1 1

Now, whatever δ we may choose, if we take x1 = and x2 =

2nπ { ( 2n + 1) π } , by taking n

a sufficiently large positive integer, both x1 and x2 will satisfy 0 < x ≤ δ .

But in this case ,

1 1

cos − cos = cos 2nπ − cos(2n + 1)π = 2 ,

x1 x2

A finite quantity, and is not less than any chosen ε.

Thus, the necessary condition is not sat

1

Example 2: Show that lim x sin = 0

x→0

x

sol.wehahe

1 1 1 1

x sin − 0 = x sin = x sin ≤ x ,sin ce sin ≤ 1.

x x x x

∴Corresponding to a small positive number ε , there exists another small

positive number δ(=ε)>0 such that

1

x sin − 0 < ε whenever x − 0 < δ .

x

1

It follows there fore that lim x sin = 0

x→0

x

Continuity:

x →a

f ( x) exists, is

finite, and is equal to f(a).

In other words,

lim f ( x ) = lim f ( x) = f (a )

x →a + 0 x →a − 0

orbriefly, f (a + 0) = f (a − 0) = f ( a).

If f(x) be continuous for every value of x in the interval [a,b], it is said to be continuous

throughout the interval.

A function which is not continuous at a point is said to have a dis continuity at that point.

Corresponding to the analytical definition of limit, provided f(a) exists and given any any

pre-assigned positive number ε , however small (but not equal to zero), we can find a

positive number δ such that f ( x) − f (a) < ε for all values of x satisfying

a −δ ≤ x ≤ a +δ.

x3 − 8

Example 3.Let f (x) = for x≠ 2. Show how to define f (2) in order to make f a

x−2

continuous function at 2.

Solution. We have

= = (x2 + 2x + 4)

(and hence for all values of x).

Examples of Discontinuity.

Removable Discontinuity.

Definition

The left hand and right hand limits at a point exist, are equal but?? the function is not

defined at this point.???

Example

We remove the problem here by defining the function at point x = 0 to be the limit:

its limit at any such point.

Jump Discontinuity:

Definition

The left hand and right hand limits at a point exist, are finite but?they are different. ?

Example

Jump discontinuities only cause trouble is you try to differentiate the function at the

jump. It is possible to get around even with this difficulty by considering ?as

2d(x), .

This object d(x) is called a "delta function". So defined, it is not really a function, since it

is 0 except at x = 0, where it is infinite.It is called a "distribution" and is occasionally

useful.

Assignment:

= 0 and x = 1.

1

2. Using Cauchy’s general principal , show that lim sin does not exit.

x→0 x

sin [ x ]

1. lim =

x→0 [ x]

(a) 1 (b) -1 (c) 0 (d) none of these

2. f ( x) = x − x is continuous everywhere

sin x

3. If f ( x) = ( x ≠ 0), then lim f ( x ) is equal to

x x →0

Lecture 2:

Objective: The limiting process will now be extended to find out the derivative of a

function f(x) with respect to x. For this , we begin with the def. of the term increment.

Definition of derivative:

interior of this interval.

y + ∆y = f ( x + ∆x ).

∴ incrementofy = ∆y = f ( x + ∆x) − f ( x )

∆y f ( x + ∆x) − f ( x)

= ,

∆x ∆x

f ( x + h) − f ( x )

or , = .

h

When x is fixed, the increment ratio o the difference quotient is a function of ∆x .This

∆y

expression , takes the form 0/0 which is undefined when we put ∆x = 0.If, however,

∆x

∆y

this increment ratio tends to a definite limit as ∆x → 0 from either side avoids ∆x =

∆x

dy

0, then this limit is called the derivative of y with respect to x, and is denoted by or

dx

f ′( x) .

interior point. Then

f ( x ) − f (c )

lim

x →c x−c

f (c + h ) − f (c )

or , lim

h →0 h

Proposition:

To prove:

We have,

Worked out problems.

Example 4:Let f (x) = | x|; then f is continuous everywhere, but not differentiable at 0.

| x| = - x if x < 0. Thus

= = 1, while

= = - 1.

Thus both of the one-sided limits exist, but are unequal, so the limit of the Newton

quotient does not exist.

Assignment:

1

f ( x) = x cos , x ≠ 0 WBUT 2007

x

And f(0) = 0.

2. Prove that the function f(x) = x − 1 , 0<x<2 is continuous at x = 1 but not differentiable

there . WBUT 2004

f ( x) = 1whenx ≤ 0

= 1 + sin xwhenx > 0

at x = 0. WBUT 2003

Objective type questions:

1. f ( x) = x − x is differentiable at x = 0

x2

f ( x) = ,x ≠ 0

2. . x

= 0, x = 0

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