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# Limits Involving Infinity

Photo by Vickie Kelly, 2006. Greg Kelly, Richland, Washington. Limits Involving Infinity. North Dakota Sunset. As the denominator gets larger, the value of the fraction gets smaller. There is a horizontal asymptote if:. or. This number becomes insignificant as .

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## Limits Involving Infinity

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1. Photo by Vickie Kelly, 2006 Greg Kelly, Richland, Washington Limits Involving Infinity North Dakota Sunset

2. As the denominator gets larger, the value of the fraction gets smaller. There is a horizontal asymptote if: or

3. This number becomes insignificant as . There is a horizontal asymptote at 1. Example 1:

4. Find: When we graph this function, the limit appears to be zero. so for : by the squeeze theorem: Example 2:

5. Example 3: Find:

6. Infinite Limits: As the denominator approaches zero, the value of the fraction gets very large. vertical asymptote at x=0. If the denominator is positive then the fraction is positive. If the denominator is negative then the fraction is negative.

7. Example 4: The denominator is positive in both cases, so the limit is the same.

8. A function g is: a right end behavior model for f if and only if a left end behavior model for f if and only if End Behavior Models: End behavior models model the behavior of a function as x approaches infinity or negative infinity.

9. As , approaches zero. becomes a right-end behavior model. As , increases faster than x decreases, therefore is dominant. becomes a left-end behavior model. Example 7: (The x term dominates.) Test of model Our model is correct. Test of model Our model is correct.

10. becomes a right-end behavior model. On your calculator, graph: Use: becomes a left-end behavior model. Example 7:

11. Example 7: Right-end behavior models give us: dominant terms in numerator and denominator

12. Often you can just “think through” limits.

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