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Problem 61 Hard Difficulty

(a) Sketch the graph of the function $ f(x) = x | x | $.
(b) For what values of $ x $ is $ f $ differentiable?
(c) Find a formula for $ f' $.


(a) $f(x)=x|x|=\left\{\begin{array}{ll}x^{2} & \text { if } x \geq 0 \\ -x^{2} & \text { if } x<0\end{array}\right.$
(b) So $f$ is differentiable at $0 .$ Thus, $f$ is differentiable for all $x$
(c) $2|x|$


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