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monotony of a function

awsomeman

New member
May 13, 2020
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Let $f$ be differentiable from $(-\inf,0)$ to $(0,\inf)$ and let $f'(x)<0$ for all real numbers except 0 and $f'(0)=0$. Prove that f is strictly decreasing.
 

Joppy

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MHB Math Helper
Mar 17, 2016
256
You might want to begin by stating the definition of a decreasing function. Then consider some examples.
 

Country Boy

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MHB Math Helper
Jan 30, 2018
371
I would use "proof by contradiction". Suppose f is NOT strictly decreasing. Then there exist a, b, b> a, such that [tex]f(b)\ge f(a)[/tex]. So $f(b)- f(a)\ge 0$. Since b> a, b- a> 0 so $\frac{f(b)- f(a)}{b- a}\ge 0$. Now use the "mean value" property.