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## #1 2006-09-11 11:58:49

mikau
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### tough limit problem

Find the limit without using L'hopitals rule.

limit of sqrt (x^2 + x  + 1) + x as x approaches negative infinity.

I've been playing with it for about an hour to no avail. :-(

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #2 2006-09-12 10:54:59

John E. Franklin
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### Re: tough limit problem

I guess the limit is negative one-half, but I may not be exactly right.

My logic is that 7.5 x 7.5 is 56.25 and 7x8 is 56.

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## #3 2006-09-12 14:42:18

mikau
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### Re: tough limit problem

The answer is 1/2 or -1/2, I don't remember. I'd just like to know how did they find it.

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #4 2006-09-12 16:14:44

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### Re: tough limit problem

-1/2, although I'm as stumped as you are.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #5 2006-09-12 20:49:49

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### Re: tough limit problem

I don't know what L'hopitals rule is, but here's what I did (hoping that I didn't use it!):

Bang postponed. Not big enough. Reboot.

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## #6 2006-09-13 02:54:20

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### Re: tough limit problem

If you don't know L'H rule, then you can be sure that you didn't use it.  L'H rule is:

If f(x) goes to 0 and g(x) goes to 0 as x goes to c, then:

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #7 2006-09-13 03:21:19

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### Re: tough limit problem

It's not even in my calculus textbook.

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## #8 2006-09-13 05:58:30

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### Re: tough limit problem

I can just about guarantee you that it is.  The equivalent would be writing a calculus text book and forgetting to talk about Riemann sums.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #9 2006-09-14 13:11:20

mikau
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### Re: tough limit problem

Ricky, doesn't L'hopitals rule only apply if it is in an indeterminant form such as 0/0 or infinity/infinity?

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #10 2006-09-14 14:26:10

Ricky
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### Re: tough limit problem

Yes, infinity/infinity works as well.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #11 2006-09-14 15:19:49

mikau
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### Re: tough limit problem

yes but I thought it ONLY worked in that case. Not true?

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #12 2006-09-14 17:30:54

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### Re: tough limit problem

I'm starting to get the feeling you missed the line that I wrote:

If f(x) goes to 0 and g(x) goes to 0 as x goes to c, then:

But yes, it must be that f(x) and g(x) both go to 0 or +/- infinity.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #13 2006-09-15 03:52:19

mikau
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### Re: tough limit problem

ok, right.

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #14 2006-09-15 07:54:09

mikau
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### Re: tough limit problem

If you don't know L'H rule, then you can be sure that you didn't use it.

Not true! I think what he meant was he's not familiar what  "L'hopitals rule" refers to so he wouldn't know if he was using it. Just like a lot of people forget the transiative and associative property are, but they use them every day. You know the property, but forget the name.

Anyway, thanks Numen for the solution. you often forget you can factor out an x in an expression like x + 1. That also causes the appearance of terms like 1/x^n  which are valuable in limit problems. Thanks again!

Last edited by mikau (2006-09-15 07:56:34)

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #15 2006-09-15 08:26:09

numen
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### Re: tough limit problem

No problem : )

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## #16 2006-09-15 12:05:44

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### Re: tough limit problem

Right mikau.  And what I meant was that it's not like commutative or associative laws.  If you don't know what L'H rule is, then you won't use it by accident, because it's not a common sense rule.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #17 2006-09-16 02:21:10

mikau
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### Re: tough limit problem

Right right. But there are still a few theorems and laws I've forgotten the names of but still use. But yeah I know what you mean.

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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