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nmonson
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Limit question  It makes sense to me why the limit as x tends to 4 of 1/(x4) is undefined. What I don't understand is why the same limit of 1/(x4)^2 tends to infinity. Could someone explain this.
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nmonson Group Title
Limit question  It makes sense to me why the limit as x tends to 4 of 1/(x4) is undefined. What I don't understand is why the same limit of 1/(x4)^2 tends to infinity. Could someone explain this.
 one year ago
 one year ago

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EulerGroupie Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Check out both graphs. One fundamental requirement for a limit to exist is that the limit from the left must equal the limit from the right. If you look at your first function, the limit from the left is negative infinity while the limit from the right is positive infinity. For the second function that you mention, the limit from the left and the limit from the right both approach positive infinity at the exact same rate.
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EulerGroupie Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
if you pick a point that is a given distance to the left of x=4 and the same distance to the right of 4, the yvalues will be the same. So the limit from the left will alway equal the limit from the right... which is all that you need.
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nmonson Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Abundantly clear now. Thank you.
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EulerGroupie Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You're welcome.
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