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quasi

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Re: Is (t^2-9)/(t-3) defined at t=3?
Posted: Oct 8, 2013 5:45 PM
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quasi wrote:
>Hetware wrote:
>

>>If I say f(t) is continuous for all real numbers, and define
>>f(t)=(t^2-9)/(t-3) for all t!=3, then limit[f(t),t->3]=6.
>>So f(3)=6, by the definition of continuity.

>
>Right.


When I said "Right", I was interpreting what you said above
to mean:

If we are given that a function f has the properties

(1) f is defined and continuous for all real numbers.

(2) f(t) = (t^2 - 9)/(t - 3) for all t != 3,

then it follows that f(3) = 6, and hence f(t) = t + 3,
for all real t.

>>A function thus defined is identical to g(t)=t+3.
>
>Right.
>

>>The assertion that the f(t) is continuous determines the
>>value of f(t) at t=3 without the need for further elaboration.

>
>Right since limit (t->3) f(t) exists.
>

>>So, I concede that I was wrong in believing that f(t) defined
>>as f(t)=(t^2-9)/(t-3) is identical with g(t)=t+3.

>
>Bravo!


The wording is key here.

In your opening post, you defined f by

f(t)=(t^2-9)/(t-3)

You've now revised that to:

"If I say f is continuous for all real numbers and

f(t)=(t^2-9)/(t-3) for all t != 3

then f(3) = 6 and hence, f(t) = t + 3 for all t."

People are objecting to the phrase

"If I say f is continuous for all real numbers and ..."

The essence of their objection is that you can't just declare
a function to be continuous for all real numbers when it's not.

But I think those objections misinterpret your intent.

To eliminate the confusion, change the wording from

"If I say f is continuous for all real numbers and ..."

to

"If it's given that f is defined and continuous
for all real numbers and ..."

That more careful wording would make it clear that you have
gotten over your original misconception about this issue.

quasi


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