Math 1710

Topics for first exam

Chapter 1: Limits and Continuity

§ 1:
Rates of change and limits
Calculus = Precalculus + (limits)
Limit of a function f at a point x0 = the value the function `should' take at the point
= the value that the points `near' x0 tell you f should have at x0
limxx0f(x) = L means f(x) is close to L when x is close to (but not equal to) x0
Idea: slopes of tangent lines

limxx0f(x) = L does not care what f(x0) is; it ignores it
limxx0f(x) need not exist! (function can't make up it's mind?)

§ 2:
Rules for finding limits
If two functions f(x) and g(x) agree (are equal) for every x near a
(but maybe not at a), then limx af(x) = limx ag(x)
Ex.: limx2 [(x2-3x+2)/(x2-4)] = limx2 [(x-1)/(x+2)]
If f(x)L and g(x)M as xx0 (and c is a constant), then
f(x)+g(x)L+M ; f(x)-g(x)L-M ; cf(x)cL ;
f(x)g(x)LM ; and f(x)/g(x)L/M provided M 0
If f(x) is a polynomial, then limx x0f(x)= f(x0)
Basic principle: to solve limx x0 , plug in x = x0 !
If (and when) you get 0/0 , try something else! (Factor (x-x0) out of top and bottom...)
If a function has something like x - a in it, try multiplying (top and bottom)
with x + a
Sandwich Theorem: If f(x) g(x) h(x) , for all x near a (but not at a), and
limx af(x)limx ah(x)L , then limx ag(x)L .

§ 4:
Extensions of the limit concept
Motivation: the Heaviside function

Limit from the right: limx a+f(x)L means f(x) is close to L
when x is close to, and bigger than, a
Limit from the left: limx a-f(x)M means f(x) is close to M
when x is close to, and smaller than, a
limx af(x)=L then means limx a+f(x)=L and limx a-f(x)=L

Infinite limits: represents something bigger than any number we can think of
limx af(x) means f(x) gets really large as x gets close to a
Also have limx af(x)- ; limx a+f(x) ;
limx a-f(x) ; etc....
Typically, an infinite limit occurs where the denomenator of f(x) is zero
(although not always)

§ 5:
A function f is continuous (cts) at a if limx af(x)f(a)
This means: (1) limx af(x) exists ; (2) f(a) exists ; and
(3) they're equal.
Limit theorems say (sum, difference, product, quotient) of cts functions are cts.
Polynomials are continuous at every point;
rational functions are continuous except where denom=0.
Points where a function is not continuous are called discontinuities
Four flavors:
removable: both one-sided limits are the same
jump: one-sided limts exist, not the same
infinite: one or both one-sided limits is or -
oscillating: one or both one-sided limits DNE

Intermediate Value Theorem:
If f(x) is cts at every point in an interval [a,b], and M is between f(a) and f(b),
then there is (at least one) c between a and b so that f(c) = M.
Application: finding roots of polynomials

§ 6:
Tangent lines
Slope of tangent line = limit of slopes of secant lines; at (x0,f(x0) :
limx x0[(f(x)-f(x0))/(x-x0)] Notation: call this limit f(x0)derivative of f at x0
Different formulation: h = x-x0, x = x0+h
f(x0)limh 0[(f(x0+h)-f(x0))/h]

Chapter 2: Derivatives

§ 1:
The derivative of a function
derivative = limit of difference quotient (two flavors)
f(x0) exists, say f is differentiable at x0
Fact: f differentiable (diff'ble) at x0, then f cts at x0
h 0 notation: replace x0 with x (= variable), get f(x) new function
f(x)the derivative of f = function whose vaules are the slopes of the tangent
lines to the graph of y=f(x) . Domain = every point where the limit exists
f(x)[dy/dx][d/dx](f(x)) = [df/dx] = y = Dx f = Df = (f(x))

§ 2:
Differentiation rules
[d/dx](constant) = 0
[d/dx](x) = 1

(f(x)+g(x)) = (f(x))+ (g(x))
(f(x)-g(x))= (f(x))- (g(x))
(cf(x))= c(f(x))

(f(x)g(x))= (f(x))g(x)+ f(x)(g(x))
([f(x)/g(x)])= [(f(x)g(x)-f(x)g(x))/(g2(x))]

(xn)= nxn-1 , for n=0,1,-1,2,-2,3,.......
(( (1/g(x))= -ggp/(g(x))2 ))

f(x) is `just' a function, so we can take its derivative!
(f(x))= f(x)(= y = [(d2y)/(dx2)] = [(d2f)/(dx2)])
= second derivative of f (=rate of change of rate of change of f !)
Keep going! f(x) = 3rd derivative, f(n)(x) = nth derivative

§ 3:
Rates of change
Physical interpretation:
f(t)= position at time t
f(t)= rate of change of position = velocity
f(t)= rate of change of velocity = acceleration
|f(t)| = speed
Basic principle: for object to change direction (velocity changes sign),
f(t)= 0 somewhere (IVT!)
Free-fall: object falling near earth; s(t) = s0+v0 t-[g/2] t2
s0 = s(0) = initial position; v0 = initial velocity; g= acceleration due to gravity
C(x) = cost of making x objects; R(x) = revenue from selling x objects;
P = R-C = profit
C(x) = marginal cost = cost of making `one more' object
R(x) = marginal revenue ; profit is maximized when P(x) = 0 ;
i.e., R(x) = C(x)

§ 4:
Derivatives of trigonometric functions
Basic limit: limx0[sinx/x] = 1 ; everything else comes from this!
Note: this uses radian measure! limx0[sin(bx)/x] = b
Then we get:
(sinx)= cosx (cosx)= -sinx
(tanx)= sec2 x (cotx)= = csc2 x
(secx)= secx tanx (cscx)= = cscxcotx

§ 5:
The Chain Rule
Composition (gf)(x0) = g(f(x0)) ; (note: we don't know what g(x0) is.)
(gf) ought to have something to do with g(x) and f(x)
in particular, (gf)(x0) should depend on f(x0) and g(f(x0))

Chain Rule: (gf)(x0) = g(f(x0))f(x0)
= (d(outside) eval'd at inside fcn)·(d(inside))
Ex: ((x3+x-1)4)= (4(x3+1-1)3)(3x2+1)

Different notiation:
y = g(f(x)) = g(u), where u = f(x), then [dy/dx] = [dy/du][du/dx]

§ 6:
Implicit differentiation
We can differentiate functions; what about equations? (e.g., x2+y2 = 1)
graph looks like it has tangent lines

Idea: Pretend equation defines y as a function of x : x2+(f(x))2 = 1 and differentiate!
2x+2f(x) f(x) = 0 ; so f(x) = [(-x)/f(x)] = [(-x)/y]
Different notation:
x2+xy2-y3 = 6 ; then 2x+(y2+x(2y[dy/dx])-3y2[dy/dx] = 0
[dy/dx] = [(-2x-y2)/(2xy-3y2)]
Application: extend the power rule
[d/dx](xr) = rxr-1 works for any rational number r

§ 7:
Related Rates
Idea: If two (or more) quantities are related (a change in one value means a change in others), then their rates of change are related, too.
xyz = 3 ; pretend each is a function of t, and differentiate (implicitly).
General procedure:
Draw a picture, describing the situation; label things with variables.
Which variables, rates of change do you know, or want to know?
Find an equation relating the variables whose rates of change you know or want to know.
Plug in the values that you know.

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