Usually the mean value theorems (including the general one) is extended from the rolle theorem by introducing a function.

Does this function has anything to do with geometric transformation?

Can geometric transformation or change of variable be used to (find the function) to derive the mean value theorem?

What is the intuition behind considering such functions applying rolle theorem on which yields the mean value theorem or the general mean value theorem?

  • $\begingroup$ This function is actually the length of a vertical line (ordinate) between the curve and the chord joining two end points. And therefore it obviously vanishes at both end points. $\endgroup$ – Paramanand Singh Apr 27 '19 at 15:14

Yes. The Rolle’s Theorem states that if there is $a$ and $b$such that $f(a)=f(b)$, then the graph of $f$ has an horizontal slope. Just rotate that slope to have the Mean value theorem

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer , and what for the general mean value theorem containing two functions? $\endgroup$ – Bijayan Ray Apr 27 '19 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately I don’t know a geometric interpretation of General mean value Theorem. It might be related to some rotation of a certain Gradient of vectors fields. Specify this question by editing your post. Someone might know the answer. $\endgroup$ – DINEDINE Apr 27 '19 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ By general I mean for the real case only, the so called Cauchy mean value theorem $\endgroup$ – Bijayan Ray Apr 27 '19 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ See here math.stackexchange.com/questions/1290172/… $\endgroup$ – DINEDINE Apr 27 '19 at 15:27

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