March 4, 2011 @ 05:18 PM

Find LIM x-->2 : square root of : x^2-4 / x^2-3x+2

How the heck do i even get this started...

How the heck do i even get this started...

March 4, 2011 @ 05:39 PM

graph that shit. see where it's going at x=2.

March 4, 2011 @ 06:40 PM

no limit.

March 4, 2011 @ 06:41 PM

no limit.

yup, limit does not exist

March 4, 2011 @ 09:40 PM

March 4, 2011 @ 11:13 PM

Find LIM x-->2 : square root of : x^2-4 / x^2-3x+2

How the heck do i even get this started...

edit: the work i typed out was wrong

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March 4, 2011 @ 11:32 PM

Today we had to do:

If the series of numbers 123456789123456789123456789 is recurring, what is the 2011th digit.

If the series of numbers 123456789123456789123456789 is recurring, what is the 2011th digit.

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March 5, 2011 @ 12:15 AM

The limit's 4...

If the function is (x^2-4)/(x^2-3x+2) then it factors to ( (x-2) (x+2) )/( (x-1) (x-2) )

The (x-2)s cancel, so it's the function (x+2)/(x-1). Plug in 2 and you get 4/1, which is 4.

I tried doing this in my head earlier and was canceling the wrong parts after factoring but used online calculators to help since I don't have a piece of paper to write this down in front of me.

If the function is (x^2-4)/(x^2-3x+2) then it factors to ( (x-2) (x+2) )/( (x-1) (x-2) )

The (x-2)s cancel, so it's the function (x+2)/(x-1). Plug in 2 and you get 4/1, which is 4.

I tried doing this in my head earlier and was canceling the wrong parts after factoring but used online calculators to help since I don't have a piece of paper to write this down in front of me.

March 5, 2011 @ 12:19 AM

If the function is (x^2-4)/(x^2-3x+2) then it factors to ( (x-2) (x+2) )/( (x-1) (x-2) )

The (x-2)s cancel, so it's the function (x+2)/(x-1). Plug in 2 and you get 4/1, which is 4.

I tried doing this in my head earlier and was canceling the wrong parts after factoring but used online calculators to help since I don't have a piece of paper to write this down in front of me.

you forgot the square root part, so i think it'd be two.

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March 5, 2011 @ 12:22 AM

lol my bad, you're right. Just disregard my post then, didn't even catch the square root part. In that case you all are likely right about it not having a limit, haven't checked though.

Edit, checked again and it is 2. lol Right again about that part. Been away from limits and stuff too long lol

Edit, checked again and it is 2. lol Right again about that part. Been away from limits and stuff too long lol

March 5, 2011 @ 12:26 AM

Edit, checked again and it is 2. lol Right again about that part. Been away from limits and stuff too long lol

yeah, me too. my work was wrong so i deleted it. i didn't factor. i wasn't a big fan of limits. i did really well with derivatives.

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March 5, 2011 @ 12:27 AM

BTW, your math was right I think, but when you saw that 2.001 and 1.999 gave answers that were very close to 2 (not exactly 2 of course), that actually meant that the limit was 2, since the discrepancy was minimal. There'd be an issue if for instance 2.001 gave something like 1 and 1.999 gave something like 3, then there would be a hole. So your math was right

March 5, 2011 @ 12:30 AM

i'm too lazy to type it back out, it was the long way of doing it anyhow.

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March 5, 2011 @ 05:46 PM

Thats what i figured.. do all the work to 4, then it would just square to a limit of 2?

March 5, 2011 @ 09:33 PM

you could also go to WOLFRAMALPHA.com and enter that limit in exactly like you did in your intial post and they'll show you how to do it and give you the answer.

March 5, 2011 @ 10:27 PM

that's a neat site.

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March 5, 2011 @ 10:35 PM

I looked at it again today and actually wrote it out on paper and it's 2, just like we figured.

When you initially plug 2 in to the limit, you should end up with sqrt(0/0), so you know you have to do more work. When you have to do more work, the first thing you want to do is factor something like this to see if you can cancel anything out.

The top can factor to: (x+2)(x-2)

The bottom can factor to: (x-1)(x-2)

The (x-2)'s cancel out, so you are left with sqrt((x+2)/(x-1))

Plug 2 back into the function and you get sqrt((2+2)/(2-1)) which is sqrt(4) which equals 2.

So your limit as you approach 2 from both sides is 2.

When you initially plug 2 in to the limit, you should end up with sqrt(0/0), so you know you have to do more work. When you have to do more work, the first thing you want to do is factor something like this to see if you can cancel anything out.

The top can factor to: (x+2)(x-2)

The bottom can factor to: (x-1)(x-2)

The (x-2)'s cancel out, so you are left with sqrt((x+2)/(x-1))

Plug 2 back into the function and you get sqrt((2+2)/(2-1)) which is sqrt(4) which equals 2.

So your limit as you approach 2 from both sides is 2.

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