Lecture Note
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Rice UniversityCourse
Preparing for the AP Calculus AB ExamPages
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2022
Awayne
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p {margin: 0; padding: 0;} .ft00{font-size:20px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;} .ft01{font-size:16px;font-family:ArialMT;color:#000000;} .ft02{font-size:16px;line-height:21px;font-family:ArialMT;color:#000000;} Finding Limits Analytically The limit of a function x approaches 3 as x approaches 3. We will call that x squared. If wegraph this, it looks something like this. And there are tick marks, but we will not worry aboutthem. The value 3 is over here and we have a point on the curve approaching 9.Let f(x) = x2. Then f(3) = 9, so the limit of f(x) as x approaches 3 is also 9. This proves that fis continuous at x = 3. When we take the limit as x approaches 3 of this function f of x, we get 3 squared is 9 plus 3is 12. 4 times 3 is 12; but when we subtract 12 from both sides, we are left with 0.In this case, we are unable to determine the limit of the function at this point. Moreinvestigation is needed.The first example will be solved by factoring. Another example is going to be solved byrationalizing, or multiplying by a conjugate. Another example can be solved using FOIL ordistributing.Algebra can be used to solve problems with an indeterminate form, in which you have a 0 inthe numerator and/or denominator.
Finding Limits Analytically
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