Question 02 (a)
Determine whether the following statement is true or false. If it is true, provide justification. If it is false, provide a counterexample.
If does not exist and does not exist, then does not exist.
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One way in which limits fail to exist are at vertical asymptotes (where the function blows up). What would a function with a vertical asymptote look like? Can you think of other ways in which limits don't exist? What would an example function look like for these new behaviours?
Is there a way to create a g such that the problems you made in f get removed?
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One common function where doesn't exist is the rational function . The same is true for its negative, . Both have a limit of or at 0.
However, when these two functions are added together, we get:
Which is a perfectly satisfactory limit. Thus, these two functions are a counterexample to this statement, proving it false.
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