MATH SOLVE

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# Use the definition of continuity to determine whether f is continuous at a. f(x) = 5x4 - 9x3 + x - 7a = 7

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We have [tex]f(7)=8918[/tex]. By the definition of continuity, we require that[tex]\displaystyle\lim_{x\to7}f(x)=f(7)[/tex]So for any [tex]\varepsilon>0[/tex], we want to find sufficient [tex]\delta[/tex] for which[tex]0<|x-7|<\delta\implies|f(x)-8918|<\varepsilon[/tex]We have[tex]|5x^4-9x^3+x-7-8918|=|5 x^4 - 9 x^3 + x - 8925|=|x - 7||5 x^3 + 26 x^2 + 182 x + 1275|[/tex]Suppose we let [tex]0<\delta\le1[/tex]. Then[tex]|x-7|\le1\implies x\le8[/tex]so that[tex]|5 x^3 + 26 x^2 + 182 x + 1275|\le5|x|^3+26|x|^2+182|x|+1275\le6955[/tex][tex]\implies|5x^4-9x^3+x-7-8918|\le6955|x-7|<\varepsilon[/tex][tex]\implies|x-7|<\dfrac\varepsilon{6955}[/tex]which suggests that it suffices to choose[tex]\delta=\min\left\{1,\dfrac\varepsilon{6955}\right\}[/tex]in order to meet the required condition.