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Post by ansam alfaouri on April 3, 2014

I have a question how to find two functions such as that the limit as x approaches infinity f(x)=infinity and as x aproches the infinity g(x)=infinity  

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Post by Constantin Ficiu on November 11, 2013

Great examples and very well explained.
Thank you.

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Post by Stephanie Sergent on June 27, 2012

could you explain by braking it up into smaller steps?

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Post by Stephanie Sergent on June 27, 2012

example 6 was too complicated.

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Last reply by: amera abdo
Mon Jan 2, 2012 5:04 PM

Post by amera abdo on January 2, 2012

What happens to the -1 at the fourth step? how did u get rid of it?

L'Hopital's Rule

  • Start by checking to see if you are dealing with an indeterminate type of limit of the form or . If so, proceed with L’Hopital’s Rule.
  • Remember that it may be necessary to use L’Hopital’s Rule more than once!
  • If your limit is of another indeterminate type such as , , , , or , then you can rearrange the problem into a L’Hopital’s Rule form.
  • If your limit is not indeterminate at all, then simply complete the limit computation by ordinary methods!

L'Hopital's Rule

Given limx → π [cosx/3x], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied?
  • Identify conditions
  • f(π) = − 1
  • g(π) = 3π
It cannot because f(π) ≠ g(π) ≠ 0
Given limx → π [x/sinx], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied?
  • Identify conditions
  • f(0) = 0
  • g(0) = 0
  • f′(0) = 1
  • g′(0) = cos0
  • = 1
Yes, L'Hopital's Rule can be applied.
Given limx → 0 [(√{8 − x} − 8)/x], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied? If so, what is the limit?
  • Identify conditions
  • f(0) = √{8 − 0} − 8
  • = 2√2 − 8
It cannot be applied because f(0) ≠ (0) ≠ 0
Given limθ→ π [(tanθ)/(3cosθ+ 3)], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied? If so, what is the limit?
  • Identify conditions
  • g′(π) = − 3sinπ
  • = 0
It cannot be applied because g′(π) = 0
Given limx → ∞ [(x + 4)/(2 − 5x)], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied? If so, what is the limit?
  • Identify conditions
  • f(∞) = ∞+ 4
  • = ∞
  • g(∞) = 2 − 5(∞)
  • = ∞
  • f′(x) = 1
  • g′(x) = − 5
  • Apply L'Hopital's Rule
limx → ∞ [(x + 4)/(2 − 5x)] = [1/( − 5)]
Given limy → − 2 [(7y + 14)/(3y2 − 12)], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied? If so, what is the limit?
  • Identify conditions
  • f( − 2) = 7y + 14
  • = 7( − 2) + 14
  • = 0
  • g( − 2) = 3y2 − 12
  • = 3( − 2)2 − 12
  • = 3(4) − 12
  • = 0
  • f′( − 2) = 7
  • g′( − 2) = 6( − 2)
  • = − 12
Apply L'Hopital's Rule
limy − 2 [(7y + 14)/(3y2 − 12)] = [7/(−12)]
Given limb → ∞ [(b3 + 8b2)/3], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied? If so, what is the limit?
  • Identify conditions
  • g(∞) = 3
It cannot be applied because g(∞) ≠ 0 or ∞
Find limx → ∞ [(3x)/(9x + 2)]
  • Identify conditions
  • f(∞) = 3
  • = ∞
  • g(∞) = 9x + 2
  • = ∞
  • f′(∞) = (ln3)3
  • g′(x) = 9
  • Apply L'Hopital's Rule
limx → ∞ [(3x)/(9x + 2)] = [((ln3)3 )/9]
Find limx → 0 [(6x2)/(ex − 1)]
  • Identify conditions
  • f(0) = 6x2
  • = 6(9)2
  • = 0
  • g(0) = ex − 1
  • = e0 − 1
  • = 1 − 1
  • = 0
  • f′(0) = 12(0)
  • = 0
  • g′(0) = e0
  • = 1
Apply L'Hopital's Rule
limy → − 2 [(6x2)/(ex − 1)] = [0/1] = 0
Given limx → ∞ [(3x1/3)/(ex(x2 + 1))], can L'Hopital's Rule be applied? If so, what is the limit?
  • Identify conditions
  • f(∞) = 3(∞)1/3
  • = ∞
  • g(∞) = e(∞2 + 1)
  • = ∞
  • f′(∞) = x − 2/3
  • = ∞ − 2/3
  • = 0
  • g′(∞) = ex(2x) + ex(x2)
  • = e(2(∞)) + e(∞2)
  • = ∞
  • Apply L'Hopital's Rule
  • limx∞ [(3x1/3)/(ex(x2 + 1))] = [0/(∞)]
= 0

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Answer

L'Hopital's Rule

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Using L'Hopital's Rule 0:09
    • Informal Definition
  • Lecture Example 1 1:27
  • Lecture Example 2 4:00
  • Lecture Example 3 5:40
  • Lecture Example 4 9:38
  • Additional Example 5
  • Additional Example 6