The term **broken function** has several meanings in calculus.

- The
**quotient of two functions**.

As this is a ratio, the denominator cannot be zero [1]. - The term “broken function” may also be used less formally to describe
**ill-behaved functions**like the Weierstrass function, which is nowhere differentiable [2]. - The term is sometimes used as
**a synonym for piecewise functions**(which are, literally, functions that are broken into pieces). An example is this article on satellite galaxies, where a broken function is characterized by a break splitting constant values with increasing linearity for a four-parameter function. - In
**partial fraction decomposition**, functions are broken into pieces before integrating. This makes some complicated functions easier to integrate. - Colloquially speaking, a broken function may also refer to
**a function with holes.**

“Old Math also allowed grimy, dirty tampering with functions saying that y = x is a function, but also, saying that at x = 0 then y = 3, and y = x elsewhere. What I called a

*broken function*” ~ AP [3].

In computer science, the term can be used to describe **a programming function** (i.e., a block of code that is intended to perform an action) **that doesn’t work.**

## Broken Function Space

A *broken function space* (or *polynomial space*) is a special case of broken Sobolev spaces.

For *S*_{h} ∈ {*K*_{h}, *P*_{h}) and integer *k* &gr; 0 they are defined by [4]

Where P^{k}_{d} are the space of polynomial functions of, at most, degree *k*.

## References

[1] Chapter 2: Functions of One Variable, Part 2. Retrieved March 6, 2022 from: https://www.studeersnel.nl/nl/document/maastricht-university/quantitative-methods-i/math-chapter-2-summary/5533756

[2] Lambert, F. Fractal zooms and infinite spaces: the Unbearable Quest for the Sublime. Retrieved March 6, 2022 from: https://www.academia.edu/12634007/Fractal_Zooms_and_Infinite_Spaces_the_Unbearable_Quest_for_the_Sublime

[3] Fibonacci sequence and now the AP subset sequence 0, 2, 5, 9, 14, 20, 27, 35, 44, 54, . . Retrieved March 6, 2022 from: https://groups.google.com/g/sci.math/c/iZi1o1dUksA?pli=1

[4] Pietro, D. & Lemaire, S. (2013). An extension of the Crouzeix–Raviart space to general mesheswith application to quasi-incompressible linear elasticity and Stokes flow. Mathematics of Computation.

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