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In this lecture we define the concept of continuity in terms of limits. We also study the notion of the limit of tangent lines at a point, and the limit of their corresponding slopes at the point.
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Continuity
Tangent Lines and their Slopes
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Continuity
Tangent Lines and their Slopes
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Continuity Quiz
Tangent Lines and their Slopes Quiz
Examples

Find the limit of x as x approaches 0 from the left and from the right. Is x continuous at 0?

Consider function f(x) that returns the biggest integer smaller than or equal to x. What can you say about the continuity of f(x)?

A hiker sets out at dawn to walk over a mountain and down the other side to a lake, a distance of x kilometers, and he reaches his destination exactly 12 hours later. He camps, then leaves at the same time the next morning and travels the same trail back, arriving at his starting place 12 hours later. Use the Intermediate Value Theorem to show that at some specific time, he was at the same place on his hike on both days.

Can you find a tangent line to f(x) = x at x = 0?

A practice ski jump hill follows the shape of a given curve. Come up with a formula for the angle the skier's skis make with the horizontal, and find how far from the top of the jump he is when this angle is the greatest.

A potted cactus is thrown upward with a velocity of 40 feet per second. Its height in feet at time t is given by the formula h(t) = 40t – 16t^{2}. Find its velocity 2 seconds after it is released.
Applets
 Continuity of Functions
 Secant and Tangent Lines
Videos
 Left and right continuous defined
 Define slope of tangent line as limit of slopes of secant lines
 Find slope of tangent line to y = x^{2} at (1,1)
 Find slope of tangent line to y = √x at x = 4
 Find the equation for the tangent line of 4x^{2} + 10x + 5 at the point (2,1) using the limit definition of the derivative
Describe continuity of:
 f(x) = 3x for x < 1 f(x) = 4x for x ≥ 1
 f(x) = 2x for x < 0, f(x) = x^{3} for x ≥ 0
