On infinitely small and infinitely large quantities, and on the continuity of functions. Singular values of functions in various particular cases.

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[37] We say that a variable quantity becomes infinitely small when its numerical value decreases indefinitely in such a way as to converge towards the limit zero. It is worth remarking on this point that one ought not confuse a constant decrease with an indefinite decrease. The area of a regular polygon circumscribed about a given circle decreases constantly as the number of sides increases, but not indefinitely, because it has as its limit the area of the circle.

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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsWestern Connecticut State UniversityDanburyUSA

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