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Determine if f(x)= (x^2-3x+2)/(1+x^2) has a horizontal asymptotes. If so, give the equation.

So I took x^2 and divided everything by it.


Cancelled out some x's and have

Now as x approaches infinity they all end up becoming 0?
Making the answer No there are no Horizontal asymptotes.

  • Calculus -

    picking it up from your :

    So I took x^2 and divided everything by it.

    = (1 - 3/x + 2/x^2 )/(1/x^2 + 1)

    for Horizontal asymtotes we look at what happens to the function as x --->∞

    As x ---> ∞ , the terms -3/x , 2/x^2 , and 1/x^2 all go to zero
    so we are left with

    f(x) = (1 - 0 + 0)/(0 + 1) = 1

    so the horizontal axis is
    y = 1

    (you appear to have dropped the value of 1 from both the top and the bottom )

    btw: the entire graph lies above the line y=1

  • Calculus - ahem -

    since the denominator is always positive, yet the numerator is negative for 1<x<2, the graph has to dip below the x-axis, which means it cannot always lie above y=1.

  • good catch Steve - Calculus -

    of course !!

    I should have noticed that the numerator factors to
    (x-1)(x-2) , so clearly we have 2 x-intercepts
    which of course lie below y = 1
    How silly of me to make that statement at the end, and it wasn't even part of the question !

  • Calculus -

    Thank you, I see where I made my error now. X^2 over x^2 becomes 1. I cancelled them out.

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