Derivative of differentiable function need not be continuous

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It is possible to have a function f defined for real numbers such that f is a differentiable function everywhere on its domain but the derivative f' is not a continuous function.

Equivalently, a differentiable function on the real numbers need not be a continuously differentiable function.


Example with an isolated discontinuity

Consider the function:

g(x) := \left\lbrace\begin{array}{rl} x^2 \sin(1/x), & x \ne 0 \\ 0, & x = 0 \\\end{array}\right.

Then, we have:

g'(x) = \left\lbrace\begin{array}{rl} 2x \sin(1/x) - \cos(1/x) & x \ne 0 \\ 0, & x = 0 \\\end{array}\right.

In particular, we note that g'(0) = 0 but \lim_{x \to 0} g'(x) does not exist. Thus, g' is not a continuous function at 0.

For details, see square times sine of reciprocal function#First derivative.

The video below covers this example.