# If a function f(x) defined by f(x) be continuous for some a, b, c ∈ R and f'(0) + f'(2) = e, then the value of a is :

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If a function f(x) defined by

$f(x) = \begin{cases}ae^x+be^{-x}&,&-1\leq x<1\\cx^2&,&1\leq x\leq3\\ ax^2+2cx&,&3<x\leq4\end{cases}$

be continuous for some a, b, c $\in$ R and f'(0) + f'(2) = e, then the value of a is :

(1) $1\over e^2-3e+13$

(2) $e\over e^2-3e+13$

(3) $e\over e^2-3e-13$

(4) $e\over e^2+3e+13$

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Ans. (2) $e\over e^2-3e+13$

Sol. Continuous at x = 1, 3

f(1) = f(1+) $\implies$ ae + be–1 = c     .....(1)

f(3) = f(3+) $\implies$ 9c = 9a + 6c

$\implies$ c = 3a      .....(2)

From (1) and (2)

b = ae(3 – e)      .....(3)

$f'(x) = \begin{cases}ae^x-be^{-x}&-1<x<1\\2cx&1<x<3\\ 2ax+2c&3<x<4\end{cases}$

$f'(0)=a-b, f'(2)=4c$

Given f'(0) + f'(2) = e

a – b + 4c = e       .....(4)

by using eq. (1), (2), (3) & (4)

$a={e\over e^2-3e+13}$