MATH110 April 2011
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Question 08 (b)
Find all the vertical and horizontal asymptotes of ƒ, if there are any.
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Remember that we find asymptotes using limits. Horizontal asymptotes are found by taking the limit of the function at positive and negative infinity. Vertical asymptotes are found by taking the limit of the function at points where the function is not defined - specifically endpoints of the domain.
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To find vertical asymptotes, we will take the limit of the function at and . Note that we are taking one-sided limits because the function is not defined on both sides of the point.
As goes to -2 (from the right) or 2 (from the left), the expression . So using we can rewrite both of these limits as
which is simply . So the function has vertical asymptotes at both and .
Since the function is only defined in the interval , which is bound on both sides, the function does not have horizontal asymptotes.
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