# Math 125 (CRN 10240,11371,15269) Fall 2013 Quiz 8 (9-11-13) Carter ```Math 125 (CRN 10240,11371,15269)
Fall 2013
Quiz 8 (9-11-13)
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1. Determine the points at which the function is continuous. Remember to exclude
certain values of x if necessary.
x tan (x)
y= 2
x +1
Solution. Since 0 &lt; x2 + 1 there is no chance that the denominator is 0. Meanwhile,
the numerator is undefined for any odd multiple of π/2. So the function is continuous
as long as x 6= (2n + 1)π/2 for n = 0, &plusmn;1, &plusmn;2, &plusmn;3, . . ..
2. Evaluate the function f (x) = x3 − 15x + 1 at the points x = −4, x = 0, x = 1, and
x = 4. Give a clear, concise, explanation that the equation x3 − 15x + 1 = 0 has three
solutions in the closed interval [−4, 4].
Solution.
f (−4) = −64 − 15(−4) + 1 = −64 + 60 + 1 = −3.
f (0) = 1.
f (1) = 13 − 15 &middot; 1 + 1.
f (4) = 43 − 15 &middot; 4 + 1 = 64 − 60 + 1 = 5.
Since f (x) is continuous and the signs of its values alternate from left to right as
−, +, −, + the Intermediate Value Theorem (IVT) give roots in each of the intervals
[−4, 0], [0, 1], and [1, 4].
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