## Practice Problems

### Problems

1. At which points is the function in Fig. 14 discontinuous?

3. Find at least one point at which each function is not continuous and state which of the 3 conditions in the definition of continuity is violated at that point.

5. A continuous function has the values given below:

(a) has at least ______ roots between 0 and 5.

(b) at least ______ times between 0 and 5.

(c) at least ______ times between 0 and 5.

(d) at least ______ times between 0 and 5.

7. This problem asks you to verify that the Intermediate Value Theorem is true for some particular functions, intervals and intermediate values. In each problem you are given a function , an interval and a value . Verify that is between and and find a value of in the interval so that

9. Two students claim that they both started with the points and and applied the Bisection Algorithm to the function in Fig. 17. The first student says that the algorithm converged to the root labeled , but the second claims that the algorithm will converge to the root labeled B. Who is right?

11. If you apply the Bisection Algorithm to the function in Fig. 19 and use the given starting points, which root does the algorithm find?

(a) starting points 3 and 7.

(b) starting points 4 and 6.

(c) starting points 1 and 6.

In problems 13 – 17, use the Intermediate Value Theorem to verify that each function has a root in the given interval(s). Then use the Bisection Algorithm to narrow the location of that root to an interval of length less than or equal to 0.1.

19. Each of the following statements is false for some functions. For each statement, sketch the graph of a counterexample.

a) If and , then has a root between and .

b) If has a root between and , then and have opposite signs.

c) If the graph of a function has a sharp corner, then the function is not continuous there.

21. Define to be the area bounded by the and y axes, the curve , and the vertical line at (Fig. 21).

a) Shade the part of the graph represented by and estimate the value of .

b) Shade the part of the graph represented by and estimate the value of .

23. A piece of string is tied in a loop and tossed onto quadrant I enclosing a single region (Fig. 22).

(a) Is it always possible to find a line which goes through the origin so that divides the region into two equal areas? (Justify your answer).

(b) Is it always possible to find a line which is parallel to the -axis so that divides the region into two equal areas?

(Justify your answer).

(c) Is it always possible to find 2 lines, parallel to the -axis and

M parallel to the y-axis, so and divide the region into 4 equal areas? (Justify your answer).

Source: Dave Hoffman, https://s3.amazonaws.com/saylordotorg-resources/wwwresources/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MA005-2.4-Continuous-Functions.pdf

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