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Topic: Uniqueness of differential
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Rodolfo Medina

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Registered: 8/21/06
Re: Uniqueness of differential
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 1:35 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply (Rodolfo Medina) writes:

>>> Can anybody suggest a proper place to ask the following question:
>>> how to demonstrate the uniqueness of the differential of a function?
>>> Given a function f, its differential in P_0 is a linear map L such that
>>> lim f(P) - f(P_0) - L(P_0 - P)
>>> P->P_0 -------------------------- = 0
>>> |P_0 - P|
>>> Thanks for any indication

Christopher Henrich <> writes:

>> This has a "homework" look to it, so, here is a leading question.
>> Suppose that, given L as above, there is another linear map L'
>> satisfying a similar equation. Can you say anything about L' - L ?


> Thanks for your reply. Well, I can say that
> L(P-P_0) - L'(P-P_0)
> lim --------------------- = 0
> P->P_0 |P-P_0|
>, but this does not imply L(v) = L'(v) for all vector v.

Christopher Henrich <> writes:

> Suppose that for some v L(v) /= L'(v). Consider P on the line through P_0
> that is parallel to the vector v.

This makes me think that P_0 is supposed to be internal to the set - let's call
it X - where f is defined. Isn't it possible to do without this hypothese?


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