Mathematical Analysis

Calculus Basics

What does continuous and discontinuous mean in calculus?

When talking about polynomial functions, we know that a polynomial function P(x) satisfies the limit function:


in which a represents all real numbers. This is called continuity.


A graphed equation limited by horizontal asymptote y = 2.

But if f(x) is a function on an interval around a, then f(x) is continuous at a iff (see below for the definition of “iff”):


if it is not, then f(x) is called discontinuous at a.


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