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Can you find this kind of function? (Posted on 2006-08-28) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Can you find a function that is differentiable at the origin but the function itself is not continuous at the origin?

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Some Thoughts How about distributions? | Comment 8 of 10 |
Here's another stab at it: Discontinuous functions can be differentiated when considering "generalized functions" called distributions. When we use this concept, we can e.g. differentiate the Heaviside step function which is discontinuous at the origin and obtain the dirac delta as the derivative. Since we can (sort of) evaluate the dirac delta at the origin (getting infinity as function value), one could say the Heaviside step function can be differentiated at the origin.

Well allright, sounds more like metaphysics than math, maybe this is stretching the terms continuity and differentiability a little too far...

  Posted by JLo on 2006-09-25 18:58:16
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