Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2010/Question 01 (a)
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Question 01 (a) 

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Or determine that this limit does not exist. 
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Hint 1 

The first step to evaluating a limit is to plug in the value you are limiting to, in this case x=1. This will fail  can you manipulate the numerator and the denominator to handle why it fails? 
Hint 2 

Try factoring the numerator. 
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Solution 1 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Directly plugging in x=1 into the limit gives 0/0. We try to factor to cancel out the terms making the fraction zero. 
Solution 2 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Directly plugging in x=1 into the limit gives 0/0. Since this is an indeterminate form, we can use L'Hospital's rule: 