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find the limit. use L'Hopital's Rule if necessary.

lim (x^2+3x+2)/(x^2+1)
x -> -1

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  1. In this case you don't need L'Hopital's Rule. The denominator is not zero at x = -1
    The function equals 0/2 = 0 at x=-1

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  2. So you just plug -1 into the equation to get the limit?

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  3. isn't there a way you do it with the derivatives?

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  4. Joe, you dont' always have to use Calculus to do Limit questions, just like drwls said.

    The first thing I do is sub the approach value into your expression, there are three possilbilities:
    1. your get a real number as an answer as above, 0/2 is real.
    That is the answer to that limit, write it down and you are done.
    2. you get a/0, where a is not equal to zero.
    This is undefined, and there is no limit .
    3. you get 0/0
    This is the classic case and that is where the Calculus comes in.
    You may try to factor it, if it is a simple algebraic expression, I can guarantee you it will factor.
    If the expression is transcendental, that is it contains logs, trig or some other weird mathematical operation you might want to use L'Hopital's rule

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