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Question 09 (a) 

Each of the shortanswer questions below is worth 5 points. Put your answer in the box provided and show your work. No credit will be given for the answer without the correct accompanying work. Does exist? If it does, find its value. If not, write "does not exist" in the box and give reasons why. 
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Hint 1 

Recall that if a limit exists then it has a unique value. Therefore, if you can show that the limit takes on at least two different values then it cannot exist. 
Hint 2 

One can quickly see that approaching the origin from an axis, when x or y is zero, then the expression is zero. Hence, if the limit exists, then it must be zero. 
Hint 3 

Can you think of a path towards the origin such that the limit is nonzero? One way to achieve this would be to choose x and y such that the enumerator and denominator have the same power. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. No, this limit does not exist. We can see this by considering two different paths to the origin when taking this limit. Let First, consider the given limit when the limit is taken by approaching on the axis. Notice in this case we have f(x,0)=0 for all x. Therefore, Now consider a different path. In order to find a path that makes the limit nonzero, we choose x and y such that the powers of the enumerator and denominator are equal. The highest power in the denominator is the 4 in y. So let us choose x such that the enumerator matches that power: Let us approach the origin along the curve . So, depending on the path taken to the origin, we get a different value for the above limit. Therefore, the limit does not exist. 