MATH110 April 2018
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Question 07 (b)
(b) Find all horizontal asymptotes, if they exist. Recall that a function may have different asymptotic behaviours as and . Make sure you discuss both cases.
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Recall that is a horizontal asymptote of a function if and only if
Use l'Hopital's rule.
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First consider the limit of as approaches to the positive infinity.
Since and , the limit of as has an indeterminate form. Therefore, we apply l'Hopital's rule to get
This means that we don't get a horizontal asymptote of from the limit of .
On the other hand, when approaches to the negative infinity, we have
Using the product rule of limits, we get
Therefore, is the only horizontal asymptote of the function .