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## #1 2011-11-11 11:42:00

anonimnystefy
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### sgn(x)!!!

hi guys

i was wondering what derivatives of |x| and sgn(x) are.i thought of something but i got that they were sgn(x) and 0 respectfully.i think something is wrong here.What?

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## #2 2011-11-11 20:43:09

bob bundy
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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

hi Stefy,

Haven't 'spoken' to you in a while.  Hope you are well.

Derivatives have to be 'well defined'.  Specifically, this breaks down where the left limit isn't the same as the right limit.

So neither have a  defined value at x = 0.

For |x|           the deriv = 1 for x > 0       and         -1 for x < 0.

How are you defining sgn(x) ?

If you mean         1 when x > 0         and          -1 when X < 0,         then zero is correct.

As this function is discontinuous at x = 0,   I think you must exclude x = 0 from this derivative even though the value is the same either side of zero.

Bob

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## #3 2011-11-12 07:45:55

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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

hi bob

yes,i have been occupied by school and my subjects.this was a crazy week.i'm glad it's over,but there is next week exams and i have physics, analysis and in the one after i have geometry and programming. very busy weeks!

anyway,if i gave the restriction x<>0 then would my answers be correct?

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## #4 2011-11-12 09:34:58

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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

hi Stefy

Yes, that's what I think.

Good luck in the exams (not that you need it .. I'm sure you'll do brilliantly)

Bob

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## #5 2011-11-12 11:16:14

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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

ok thanks for the help,and could sure use luck!I'm not sure about that brilliantly!

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## #6 2011-11-12 13:10:15

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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

anonimnystefy wrote:

i was wondering what derivatives of |x| and sgn(x) are.
i thought of something but i got that they were sgn(x) and 0
respectfully.i think something is wrong here.What?

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## #7 2011-11-12 13:12:46

anonimnystefy
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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

nice explanation! thanks rya!

i guess sgn(x) can be done similairly.

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## #8 2012-10-26 10:20:51

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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

anonimnystefy wrote:

i was wondering what derivatives of |x| and sgn(x) are.
i thought of something but i got that they were sgn(x) and 0
respectfully.i think something is wrong here.What?

Sorry for the bump, but could you not just say

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## #9 2012-10-26 11:29:54

anonimnystefy
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### Re: sgn(x)!!!

That looks ok too.

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