Continuity And Differentiability For Class 12

In continuity and differentiability class 12, we will learn important concepts of differentiability, continuity, and relationship between them. Also, other important concepts like the differentiation of inverse trigonometric functions and new functions like logarithmic and exponential functions. This article provides a brief introduction with example.

Continuity and Differentiability Class 12 Concepts

The topics and subtopics covered in continuity and differentiability class 12 are:

  • Introduction
  • Continuity
    • Algebra of a continuous function
  • Differentiability
    • Derivatives of composite functions
    • Derivatives of implicit functions
    • Derivatives of inverse trigonometric functions
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Logarithmic Differentiation
  • Derivatives of Functions in Parametric Forms
  • Second-Order Derivative
  • Mean Value Theorem

Continuity and Differentiability Class 12 Notes

Definition of Continuity:

(i) The continuity of a real function (f) on a subset of the real numbers is defined when the function exists at point c and is given as-

\(\begin{array}{l}\lim\limits_{x \to c}f(x) = f(c)\end{array} \)

(ii) A real function (f) is said to be continuous if it is continuous at every point in the domain of f.

Consider a function f(x), and the function is said to be continuous at every point in [a, b] including the endpoints a and b.

Continuity of “f” at a means,

\(\begin{array}{l}\lim\limits_{x \to a}f(x) = f(a)\end{array} \)

Continuity of “f” at b means,

\(\begin{array}{l}\lim\limits_{x \to b}f(x) = f(b)\end{array} \)

Differentiability formula

Assume that if f is a real function and c is a point in its domain. The derivative of f at c is defined by 0

The derivative of a function f at c is defined by-

\(\begin{array}{l}\lim\limits_{h \to 0} \frac{f(x+h) – f(c)}{h}\end{array} \)

Theorem 1: Algebra of continuous functions:

If the two real functions, say f and g, are continuous at a real number c, then

(i) f + g is continuous at x=c.

(ii) f – g is continuous at x=c.

(iii) f. g is continuous at x=c.

(iv)f/g is continuous at x=c, (provided g(c) ≠ 0).

Theorem 2:  Suppose f and g are real-valued functions such that (f o g) is defined at c. If g is continuous at c and if f is continuous at g (c), then (f o g) is continuous at c.

Theorem 3: If a function f is differentiable at a point c, then it is also continuous at that point.

Theorem 4 (Chain Rule): Let f be a real-valued function which is a composite of two functions u and v; i.e., f = v o u.

Suppose t = u(x) and if both dt/dx and dv/dt exist, we have df/dx = (dv/dt). (dt/dx)

Theorem 5:
(1) The derivative of ex with respect to x is ex;  i.e., d/dx(ex) = ex.
(2) The derivative of log x with respect to x is 1/x.
i.e., d/dx(log x) =1/x.

Theorem 6 (Rolle’s Theorem): Let f : [a, b] → R be continuous on [a, b] and differentiable on (a, b), such that f(a) = f(b), where a and b are some real numbers. Then there exists some c in (a, b) such that f'(c) = 0.

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