While the idea of continuity may seem somewhat basic, when a function is continuous over a closed interval like

What can you conclude using the Intermediate Value Theorem and the Extreme Value Theorem about a function that is continuous over the closed interval

### The Intermediate and Extreme Value Theorems

The **Intermediate Value Theorem** states that if a function is continuous on a closed interval and

Simply stated, if a function is continuous between a low point and a high point, then it must be valued at each intermediate height in between the low and high points.

The **converse** of an if then statement is a new statement with the hypothesis of the original statement switched with the conclusion of the original statement. In other words, the converse is when the if part of the statement and the then part of the statement are swapped. In general, the converse of a statement is not true.

The converse of the Intermediate Value Theorem is: If there exists a value

This statement is false. In order to show the statement is false, all you need is one counterexample where every intermediate value is hit and the function is discontinuous.A **counterexample** to an if then statement is when the hypothesis (the if part of the sentence) is true, but the conclusion (the then part of the statement) is not true.

This function is discontinuous on the interval

The **Extreme Value Theorem** states that in every interval

The converse of the Extreme Value Theorem is*:* If there is at least one maximum and one minimum in the closed interval

This statement is false. In order to show the statement is false, all you need is one counterexample. The goal is to find a function on a closed interval

On the interval

### Examples

#### Example 1

Earlier, you were asked to apply the Intermediate and Extreme Value Theorems to a function is continuous on the interval

#### Example 2

Use the Intermediate Value Theorem to show that the function

First note that the function is a cubic and is therefore continuous everywhere.

f(0)=(0+1)3−4=13−4=−3 f(3)=(3+1)3−4=43−4=60

By the Intermediate Value Theorem, there must exist a

#### Example 3

Use the Intermediate Value Theorem to show that the following equation has at least one real solution.

First rewrite the equation:

Then describe it as a continuous function:

This function is continuous because it is the difference of two continuous functions.

f(0)=08−20=0−1=−1 f(2)=28−22=256−4=252

By the Intermediate Value Theorem, there must exist a

#### Example 4

Show that there is at least one solution to the following equation.

Write the equation as a continuous function:

The function is continuous because it is the sum and difference of continuous functions.

f(0)=sin0−0−2=−2 f(−π)=sin(−π)+π−2=0+π−2>0

By the Intermediate Value Theorem, there must exist a

#### Example 5

When are you not allowed to use the Intermediate Value Theorem?

The Intermediate Value Theorem should not be applied when the function is not continuous over the interval.

### Review

Use the Intermediate Value Theorem to show that each equation has at least one real solution.

1. \begin{align*}\cos x=-x\end{align*}

2. \begin{align*}\ln (x)=e^{-x}+1\end{align*}

3. \begin{align*}2x^3-5x^2=10x-5\end{align*}

4. \begin{align*}x^3+1=x\end{align*}

5. \begin{align*}x^2=\cos x\end{align*}

6. \begin{align*}x^5=2x^3+2\end{align*}

7. \begin{align*}3x^2+4x-11=0\end{align*}

8. \begin{align*}5x^4=6x^2+1\end{align*}

9. \begin{align*}7x^3-18x^2-4x+1=0\end{align*}

10. Show that \begin{align*}f(x)=\frac{2x-3}{2x-5}\end{align*}

11. Show that \begin{align*}f(x)=\frac{3x+1}{2x+4}\end{align*}

12. True or false: A function has a maximum and a minimum in the closed interval \begin{align*}[a,b]\end{align*}

13. True or false: A function is continuous over the interval \begin{align*}[a,b]\end{align*}

14. True or false: If a function is continuous over the interval \begin{align*}[a,b]\end{align*}

15. What do the Intermediate Value and Extreme Value Theorems have to do with continuity?

### Review (Answers)

To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 14.7.