Show that f(x) = tan x is an increasing function on (–π/2, π/2).

Given:- Function f(x) = tan x

Theorem:- Let f be a differentiable real function defined on an open interval (a,b).

(i) If f’(x) > 0 for all , then f(x) is increasing on (a, b)

(ii) If f’(x) < 0 for all , then f(x) is decreasing on (a, b)


(i) Obtain the function and put it equal to f(x)

(ii) Find f’(x)

(iii) Put f’(x) > 0 and solve this inequation.

For the value of x obtained in (ii) f(x) is increasing and for remaining points in its domain it is decreasing.

Here we have,

f(x) = tan x

f’(x) = sec2x

Now, as given

That is 4th quadrant, where

sec2x> 0

f’(x) > 0

hence, Condition for f(x) to be increasing

Thus f(x) is increasing on interval