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Recall that a function f that is continuous on a closed interval [ a , b ] and continuously differentiable on the open interval ( a , b ) is called a smooth function on [ a , b ] . And, if there exists a partition { t 0 < t 1 < ... < t n } of [ a , b ] such that f is smooth on each subinterval [ t i - 1 , t i ] , then f is called piecewise smooth on [ a , b ] . Although the derivative of a smooth function is only defined and continuous on the open interval ( a , b ) , and hence possibly is unbounded, it follows from part (d) of [link] that this derivative is improperly-integrable on that open interval.We recall also that just because a function is improperly-integrable on an open interval, its absolute value may not be improperly-integrable.Before giving the formal definition of a smooth curve, which apparently will be related to smooth or piecewise smooth functions,it is prudent to present an approximation theorem about smooth functions. [link] asserts that every continuous function on a closed bounded interval is the uniform limit of a sequence of step functions.We give next a similar, but stronger, result about smooth functions. It asserts that a smooth function can be approximated “almost uniformly” by piecewise linear functions.

Let f be a smooth function on a closed and bounded interval [ a , b ] , and assume that | f ' | is improperly-integrable on the open interval ( a , b ) . Given an ϵ > 0 , there exists a piecewise linear function p for which

  1.   | f ( x ) - p ( x ) | < ϵ for all x [ a , b ] .
  2.   a b | f ' ( x ) - p ' ( x ) | d x < ϵ .

That is, the functions f and p are close everywhere, and their derivatives are close on average in the sense that theintegral of the absolute value of the difference of the derivatives is small.

Because f is continuous on the compact set [ a , b ] , it is uniformly continuous. Hence, let δ > 0 be such that if x , y [ a , b ] , and | x - y | < δ , then | f ( x ) - f ( y ) | < ϵ / 2 .

Because | f ' | is improperly-integrable on the open interval ( a , b ) , we may use part (b) of [link] to find a δ ' > 0 , which may also be chosen to be < δ , such that a a + δ ' | f ' | + b - δ ' b | f ' | < ϵ / 2 , and we fix such a δ ' .

Now, because f ' is uniformly continuous on the compact set [ a + δ ' , b - δ ' ] , there exists an α > 0 such that | f ' ( x ) - f ' ( y ) | < ϵ / 4 ( b - a ) if x and y belong to [ a + δ ' , b - δ ' ] and | x - y | < α . Choose a partition { x 0 < x 1 < ... < x n } of [ a , b ] such that x 0 = a , x 1 = a + δ ' , x n - 1 = b - δ ' , x n = b , and x i - x i - 1 < min ( δ , α ) for 2 i n - 1 . Define p to be the piecewise linear function on [ a , b ] whose graph is the polygonal line joining the n + 1 points ( a , f ( x 1 ) ) , { ( x i , f ( x i ) ) } for 1 i n - 1 , and ( b , f ( x n - 1 ) ) . That is, p is constant on the outer subintervals [ a , x 1 ] and [ x n - 1 , b ] determined by the partition, and its graph between x 1 and x n - 1 is the polygonal line joining the points { ( x 1 , f ( x 1 ) ) , ... , ( x n - 1 , f ( x n - 1 ) ) } . For example, for 2 i n - 1 , the function p has the form

p ( x ) = f ( x i - 1 ) + f ( x i ) - f ( x i - 1 ) x i - x i - 1 ( x - x i - 1 )

on the interval [ x i - 1 , x i ] . So, p ( x ) lies between the numbers f ( x i - 1 ) and f ( x i ) for all i . Therefore,

| f ( x ) - p ( x ) | | f ( x ) - f ( x i ) | + | f ( x i ) - l ( x ) | | f ( x ) - f ( x i ) | + | f ( x i ) - f ( x i - 1 ) | < ϵ .

Since this inequality holds for all i , part (1) is proved.

Next, for 2 i n - 1 , and for each x ( x i - 1 , x i ) , we have p ' ( x ) = ( f ( x i ) - f ( x i - 1 ) ) / ( x i - x i - 1 ) , which, by the Mean Value Theorem, is equal to f ' ( y i ) for some y i ( x i - 1 , x i ) . So, for each such x ( x i - 1 , x i ) , we have | f ' ( x ) - p ' ( x ) | = | f ' ( x ) - f ' ( y i ) | , and this is less than ϵ / 4 ( b - a ) , because | x - y i | < α . On the two outer intervals, p ( x ) is a constant, so that p ' ( x ) = 0 . Hence,

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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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Source:  OpenStax, Analysis of functions of a single variable. OpenStax CNX. Dec 11, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11249/1.1
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