Posted by Emily on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11:52pm.
We're reviewing limits from the previous chapter, but I'm still having some difficulty with some problems:
lim tan(pi(x/4)) as x> 7
lim (x^2  x^3(cos(1/x))/3x^2 as x> 0
I know the answer to the first problem is 1 and to the second problem it's 1/3 but I'm not sure how to get these answers. Any help is greatly appreciated! :)

Calculus I  Reiny, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 12:40am
The first step in any limit question is to actually substitute the approach value into the expression.
If you get a real number as an answer, that is it, you are done
so Lim tan(πx/4) as x > 7
= lim tan(7π/4)
= 1
in lim (x^2  x^3(cos(1/x)/(3x^2) as x > 0
= lim (1xcos(1/x))/3
no matter what cos(1/x) is , xcos(1/x) > 0 as x>0
(multiplying anything by zero, is zero!)
so lim (1xcos(1/x))/3
= (1  0)/3 = 1/3

Calculus I  Emily, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:53am
Reading these answers makes a whole lot more sense after a night's sleep, haha. Thank you so much!
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