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Question 11 (b) 

The function is an example of a Gamma distribution, a function that may be used to describe certain probabilities.
(b) Find the horizontal asymptote of . 
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Hint 1 

We need to find the limit as tends to positive infinity. 
Hint 2 

Use L'Hôpital's rule. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. By the Hint, we need to find Note that we have written as a quotient. Since and the limit is in the indeterminate form of , and we need to use L’Hôpital’s rule, as follows: Notice that in the third line, we use the chain rule with , , and to obtain Therefore, the horizontal asymptote is . Answer: the horizontal asymptote is . 