Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2010/Question 01 (a)
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Question 01 (a) 

Evaluate 
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Hint 

Try factoring the numerator and the denominator. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The first thing we should try is direct substitution (it sometimes works). Unfortunately if we substitute in we have . The next thing we try is to simplify this expression. Factoring is often a good idea:
In the last equality we cancelled the common factor of (x2). Note that, without the limit, and are not equal (because the function is not defined at ). In taking the limit as , however, we don't need to worry what happens to the function at the precise point . To evaluate we can try direct substitution again. This time, when we directly substitute , we have . This is our answer. 