# Carathéodory's Theorem (Analysis)

*This proof is about Carathéodory's Theorem in analysis. For other uses, see Carathéodory's Theorem.*

## Theorem

Let $I \subseteq \R$, and let $c \in I$ be an interior point of $I$.

Let $f : I \to \R$ be a real function.

Then $f$ is differentiable at $c$ iff:

- There exists a real function $\varphi : I \to \R$ that is continuous at $c$ and satisfies:

- $(1): \quad \forall x \in I: f \left({x}\right) - f \left({c}\right) = \varphi \left({x}\right) \left({x - c}\right)$
- $(2): \quad \varphi \left({c}\right) = f' \left({c}\right)$

## Proof

### Necessary Condition

Suppose $f$ is differentiable at $c$.

Then by definition $f' \left({c}\right)$ exists.

So we can define $\varphi$ by:

- $\varphi \left({x}\right) = \begin{cases} \dfrac {f \left({x}\right) - f \left({c}\right)} {x - c} & : x \ne c, x \in I \\ f' \left({c}\right) & : x = c \end{cases}$

Condition $(2)$, that $\varphi$ is continuous at $c$, is satisfied, since:

\(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \varphi \left({c}\right)\) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle f' \left({c}\right)\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | Definition of $\varphi$ | ||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to c} \frac {f \left({x}\right) - f \left({c}\right)} {x - c}\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | Definition of derivative | ||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to c} \varphi \left({x}\right)\) | \(\displaystyle \) | \(\displaystyle \) | Definition of $\varphi$ |

Finally, condition $(1)$ is vacuous for $x = c$.

For $x \ne c$, it follows from the definition of $\varphi$ by dividing both sides of $(1)$ by $x - c$.

$\Box$

### Sufficient Condition

Suppose a $\varphi$ as in the theorem statement exists.

Then for $x \ne c$, we have that:

- $\varphi \left({x}\right) = \dfrac {f \left({x}\right) - f \left({c}\right)} {x - c}$

Since $\varphi$ is continuous at $c$:

- $\displaystyle \varphi \left({c}\right) = \lim_{x \to c} \varphi \left({x}\right) = \lim_{x \to c} \frac {f \left({x}\right) - f \left({c}\right)} {x - c}$

That is, $f$ is differentiable at $c$, and $f' \left({c}\right) = \varphi \left({c}\right)$.

$\blacksquare$

## Source of Name

This entry was named for Constantin Carathéodory.