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I am unsure how to solve the following

Using the graph $f(x)=x^2/3$ find the largest possible $\delta$ such that if

$$0< |x-3|< \delta$$ then $$0< \left|\frac{x^2}{3}-3\right|<1.$$

I am not sure what to do.

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Such that if what? –  Git Gud Jan 26 '13 at 23:44
    
Such that if what? –  Sigur Jan 26 '13 at 23:44
    
Surely there is more to the question. What is the rest of the sentence at line 2? –  Shaun Ault Jan 26 '13 at 23:44
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I think there is something missing in your question. –  Tomás Jan 26 '13 at 23:44
    
@GitGud, you were 5 seconds faster than me... lol –  Sigur Jan 26 '13 at 23:45
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First, you can ignore the $0 \lt $ part as unless $x=3$ the contents of the absolute value sign will be non-zero, so just concentrate on keeping it less than $1$. For the absolute value to be exactly $1$, you must have $\frac {x^2}3=2$ or $\frac {x^2}3=4$. So solve both of those and take the smaller difference from $3$ as $\delta$

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I solved both of them and got square root(6) and square root(12) does this mean I subtract square root 12 - square root(6) and the subtract this from 3 to get delta. –  Fernando Martinez Jan 27 '13 at 19:16
    
@FernandoMartinez: you are right that you need $x \in (\sqrt 6,\sqrt{12})$ for $|\frac {x^2}3-3|\lt 1$. But that interval is not symmetric around $3$, while having $|x-3| \lt \delta$ produces a symmetric interval. So you need to choose the "worst case" direction. That is why I said to take the smaller difference from $3$. –  Ross Millikan Jan 28 '13 at 0:35
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