Posted by sally on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:57am.
find the verticle, horizontal, and oblique asymptotes, if any, for the given rational function: g(x)=x^481/3x^29x
I feel like such a dork becaue i have no clue how to do this, can someone please help me????

math  Steve, Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:26am
Vertical asymptote (v.a.) where the denominator is zero. That is, where 3x(x3)=0. x=0 or 3
But wait! If we factor top and bottom, we get
g(x) = (x3)(x+3)(x^2+9)/(3x)x3))
So, as long as x≠3,
g(x) = (x+3)(x^2+9)/3x
So, there's a hole at x=3 where g is undefined (because g(3) = 0/0), and the only v.a. is at x=0.
For h.a., we need to see whether g(x) approaches some constant value as x gets huge. Now, for huge values of x, the only thing that matters is the highest power of x in the top and bottom. That means that for large x,
g(x) =~ x^4/3x^2 = x^2/3
So, this does not approach any constant value, nor does it approach any straight line. So, no h.a. or o.a.
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