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Question 27(a) 

Let
(This is a scaled example of the gamma distribution from probability.) In this question, you may use without proof the fact that
(a) List the vertical and horizontal asymptotes. Leave the field blank if there is no such asymptote. Note: For part (a), you may simply list your answers without justification. 
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Hint 

Recall the definitions. A function has a vertical asymptote at if or . What does this mean for if is near c? Can be continuous at ? A function has a horizontal asymptote as or if the limit exists or if the limit exists, respectively. Can you try to compute these limits? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Since the domain of is the nonnegative real numbers, the function can only have a horizontal asymptote at , so there is no need to consider the limit as approaches . To compute the limit, we may rewrite as
You may know that the above limit evaluates to 0, if you understand that the exponential function grows much more rapidly than any polynomial. Alternatively, we may use L'Hôpital's rule to compute
Thus, our function has the horizontal asymptote at . Since the function is continuous on its domain, it has no vertical asymptotes. 