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Find the limit or show that it does not exist.

$ \displaystyle \lim_{x \to \infty}\frac{\sqrt{1 + 4x^6}}{2 - x^3} $

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Daniel Jaimes

Calculus 1 / AB

Chapter 2

Limits and Derivatives

Section 6

Limits at Infinity: Horizontal Asymptotes

Limits

Derivatives

Harvey Mudd College

Baylor University

University of Nottingham

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In mathematics, the limit of a function is the value that the function gets very close to as the input approaches some value. Thus, it is referred to as the function value or output value.

In mathematics, a derivative is a measure of how a function changes as its input changes. Loosely speaking, a derivative can be thought of as how much one quantity is changing in response to changes in some other quantity; for example, the derivative of the position of a moving object with respect to time is the object's velocity. The concept of a derivative developed as a way to measure the steepness of a curve; the concept was ultimately generalized and now "derivative" is often used to refer to the relationship between two variables, independent and dependent, and to various related notions, such as the differential.

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All right. We want to evaluate this limit or show that does not exist. Um Some people will talk about strategies and limits like low petals rule or evaluating and behavior. Local tales rule isn't great because limits have to exist before derivatives evaluating and behavior can be hand wavy or confusing. Um So I like to do it with algebra. Um so the problem with this is that the top is really big, right? We have really big to the power of six and then some confusing stuff going on and the bottom is also really big. Probably negative, really big. Um and we don't know which one is bigger if any of them are. So I'm going to stop the things from being big and what I'm gonna do is divide top and bottom by X cubed Y X cubed because inside the root the root of X. The sixth is X cubed. So um so once I bring the, so here I'll do this, I'm going to write one over X cubed in the top, I'll deal with that in a second. And then in the bottom I'm going to just divide by execute. So this is two over X cubed minus execute over execute as one. Okay so what happens is this x cubed can go inside the root but I'll be dividing by extra six now and then uh infinity is positive. So X is a really big positive numbers so I don't have to worry about weird behavior inside roots. Sometimes when X is negative you do and that's that can be kind of weird. So oh sorry I'm dividing by extra six. I said make it a little more clear that I'm not writing that Near that. Okay, X to the 6th Plus four. Extra 6 over extra six. Just 4. Okay Now this is two x. I'm gonna write actually I'm gonna write this is one over X to the 6th. I'm going to write this is two times one over X. To the six minus one. And now the only theory my need for limits when something is getting big is that one over something gets small, one divided by a huge number is zero. So now I'm going to use that here, I'm going to put everywhere. I have one over X. Sorry you let me make a mistake I guess this is a video. So you're not allowed to yell at me. Usually when I'm teaching live you can yell at me. Okay, I'm gonna put in zero for one over X everywhere. Yeah. So then the top is just going to be the root of really small thing to the six is still really small. Plus four. So rude of four is two and then bottom two times really small thing cube, that's still all zero -1, so this is -1, so he get minus two. And I think that's the cleanest way to think about a problem like this.

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