# Definition:Piecewise Continuous Function/One-Sided Limits

## Definition

Let $f$ be a real function defined on a closed interval $\closedint a b$.

$f$ is piecewise continuous with one-sided limits if and only if:

there exists a finite subdivision $\set {x_0, x_1, \ldots, x_n}$ of $\closedint a b$, where $x_0 = a$ and $x_n = b$, such that, for all $i \in \set {1, 2, \ldots, n}$:
$(1): \quad f$ is continuous on $\openint {x_{i − 1} } {x_i}$
$(2): \quad$ the one-sided limits $\displaystyle \lim_{x \mathop \to {x_{i − 1} }^+} \map f x$ and $\displaystyle \lim_{x \mathop \to {x_i}^-} \map f x$ exist.

## Also known as

Some sources hyphenate: piecewise-continuous.

Some sources refer to condition $(2)$ as that $\map f x$ is finite at the endpoints, but $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ demands more rigor in its use of the term finite.

The one-sided limits can also be seen denoted as:

$\map f {x_{i − 1} + 0}$ and $\map f {x_i - 0}$