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Homework Help: Calculus; Limits

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 8:29pm.

Evaluate limit, x -> a, [(x + 4a)^2 - 25a^2] / [x - a]

My work:
= limit, x -> a, (x^2 + 8ax + 16a^2 - 25a^2) / (x - a)
= limit, x -> a, (x^2 + 8ax - 9a^2) / (x - a)
= limit, x -> a, (x + 8a - 9a^2) / (-a)
= (a + 8a - 9a^2) / (-a)
= 9a^2 - 8a + 1

Textbook Answer: 10a


What did I do wrong, please correct it?

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