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Problem 17 Medium Difficulty

Let $ f(x) = (x - 3)^{-2} $. Show that there is no value of $ c $ in $ (1, 4) $ such that $ f(4) - f(1) = f'(c)(4 - 1) $. Why does this not contradict the Mean Value Theorem?


f(x)=(x-3)^{-2} \Rightarrow f^{\prime}(x)=-2(x-3)^{-3} \cdot f(4)-f(1)=f^{\prime}(c)(4-1) \Rightarrow \frac{1}{1^{2}}-\frac{1}{(-2)^{2}}=\frac{-2}{(c-3)^{3}} \cdot 3 \Rightarrow
$\frac{3}{4}=\frac{-6}{(c-3)^{3}} \Rightarrow(c-3)^{3}=-8 \Rightarrow c-3=-2 \Rightarrow c=1,$ which is not in the open interval (1,4) . This does not
contradict the Mean Value Theorem since $f$ is not continuous at $x=3$


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