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Posted by on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 11:07pm.

Evaluate the limit as x -> Infinity

[5x-sqrt(25x^2+4x)]

Direct substitution yields the indeterminate form Infinity - Infinity.

Apparently, according to text book, I have to change that mess into something I can use L'Hopital's Rule on. Except the only example the book gives is something with fractions.

NOTE: For this problem, I do not need the solution itself. I only need this ,(5x-sqrt(25x^2+4x)) in a form that suits L'Hopital's Rule.

  • Calclulus - L'Hopital's Rule - , Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 11:45pm

    [5x-sqrt(25x^2+4x)]
    as x gets large, 25 x^2 >> 4x
    so as x gets large you have
    5x - sqrt (25 x^2 + epsilon)
    as x > infinity
    you have
    5x - 5 x ---> 0
    there is L'Hopital about it as far as I can see

  • Calclulus - L'Hopital's Rule - , Monday, March 17, 2008 at 12:06am

    L'hopital is

    If the limit as x goes to (thing) of f(x)/g(x) is equal to an indeterminate form, lim as x goes to (thing) of f(x)/g(x) is equal to lim as x goes to (thing) of f'(x)/g'(x).

    Damon's answer confuses me.

  • Calclulus - L'Hopital's Rule - , Monday, March 17, 2008 at 2:01am

    What Damon is saying, I believe, is that the expression you wrote approaches
    5x - 5x as x becomes large, and therefore becomes zero. You do not need to use L'Hopital's rule on that one. it is not indeterminate. Damon may have meant to have the word "no" after "is" in the last line.

  • Calclulus - L'Hopital's Rule - , Monday, March 17, 2008 at 1:33pm

    Thanks, that cleared it up for me!

  • Calclulus - L'Hopital's Rule - , Monday, March 17, 2008 at 5:32pm

    It is true that, as x becomes large, it it becomes infinity - infinity, but each term is zero. There is no indeterminancy.

    L'Hopital's rule deals with infinity/infinity and 0/0 situations

  • Calclulus - L'Hopital's Rule - , Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 7:23pm

    lim csc x/1+cot x
    x=3.14

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