# 2.E: Limits (Exercises)

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- Professor (Mathematics) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Strang) & University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Herman)
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## 2.1: A Preview of Calculus

1) [T] Complete the following table with the appropriate values: y-coordinate of Q, the point \(Q(x,y)\), and the slope of the secant line passing through points P and Q. Round your answer to eight significant digits.

\(x\) |
\(y\) |
\(Q(x,y)\) |
\(m_{sex}\) |
---|---|---|---|

1.1 | a. | e. | i. |

1.01 | b. | f. | j. |

1.001 | c. | g. | k. |

1.0001 | d. | h. | l. |

Solution: a. 2.2100000; b. 2.0201000; c. 2.0020010; d. 2.0002000; e. (1.1000000, 2.2100000); f. (1.0100000, 2.0201000); g. (1.0010000, 2.0020010); h. (1.0001000, 2.0002000); i. 2.1000000; j. 2.0100000; k. 2.0010000; l. 2.0001000

2) Use the values in the right column of the table in the preceding exercise to guess the value of the slope of the line tangent to f at \(x=1\).

3) Use the value in the preceding exercise to find the equation of the tangent line at point P. Graph \(f(x)\) and the tangent line.

Solution: \(y=2x\)

For the following exercises, points \(P(1,1)\) and \(Q(x,y)\) are on the graph of the function \(f(x)=x^3\).

1) [T] Complete the following table with the appropriate values: y-coordinate of Q, the point \(Q(x,y)\), and the slope of the secant line passing through points P and Q. Round your answer to eight significant digits.

\(x\) |
\(y\) |
\(Q(x,y)\) |
\(m_{sec}\) |
---|---|---|---|

1.1 | a. | e. | i. |

1.01 | b. | f. | j. |

1.001 | c. | g. | k. |

1.0001 | d. | h. | l.2 |

2) Use the values in the right column of the table in the preceding exercise to guess the value of the slope of the tangent line to f at \(x=1\).

Solution: 3

3) Use the value in the preceding exercise to find the equation of the tangent line at point P. Graph \(f(x)\) and the tangent line.

For the following exercises, points \(P(4,2)\) and \(Q(x,y)\) are on the graph of the function \(f(x)=\sqrt{x}\).

1) [T] Complete the following table with the appropriate values: y-coordinate of Q, the point \(Q(x,y)\), and the slope of the secant line passing through points P and Q. Round your answer to eight significant digits.

\(x\) |
\(y\) |
\(Q(x,y)\) |
\(m_{sec}\) |
---|---|---|---|

4.1 | a. | e. | i. |

4.01 | b. | f. | j. |

4.001 | c. | g. | k. |

4.0001 | d. | h. | l. |

Solution: a. 2.0248457; b. 2.0024984; c. 2.0002500; d. 2.0000250; e. (4.1000000,2.0248457); f. (4.0100000,2.0024984); g. (4.0010000,2.0002500); h. (4.00010000,2.0000250); i. 0.24845673; j. 0.24984395; k. 0.24998438; l. 0.24999844

2) Use the values in the right column of the table in the preceding exercise to guess the value of the slope of the tangent line to f at \(x=4\).

3) Use the value in the preceding exercise to find the equation of the tangent line at point P.

Solution: \(y=\frac{x}{4}+1\)

For the following exercises, points \(P(1.5,0)\) and \(Q(ϕ,y)\) are on the graph of the function \9f(ϕ)=cos(πϕ)\).

\(x\) |
\(y\) |
\(Q(x,y)\) |
\(m_{sec}\) |
---|---|---|---|

1.4 | a. | e. | i. |

1.49 | b. | f. | j. |

1.499 | c. | g. | k. |

1.4999 | d. | h. | l. |

2) Use the values in the right column of the table in the preceding exercise to guess the value of the slope of the tangent line to f at \(x=4\).

Solution: \( *π* \)

3) Use the value in the preceding exercise to find the equation of the tangent line at point P.

For the following exercises, points \(P(−1,−1)\) and \(Q(x,y)\) are on the graph of the function \(f(x)=\frac{1}{x}\).

[T] Complete the following table with the appropriate values: y-coordinate of Q, the point \(Q(x,y)\), and the slope of the secant line passing through points P and Q. Round your answer to eight significant digits.

\(x\) |
\(y\) |
\(Q(x,y)\) |
\(m_{sec}\) |
---|---|---|---|

-1.05 | a. | e. | i. |

-1.01 | b. | f. | j. |

-1.005 | c. | g. | k. |

-1.001 | d. | h. | l. |

Solution: a. −0.95238095; b. −0.99009901; c. −0.99502488; d. −0.99900100; e. (−1;.0500000,−0;.95238095); f. (−1;.0100000,−0;.9909901); g. (−1;.0050000,−0;.99502488); h. (1.0010000,−0;.99900100); i. −0.95238095; j. −0.99009901; k. −0.99502488; l. −0.99900100

2) Use the values in the right column of the table in the preceding exercise to guess the value of the slope of the line tangent to f at \(x=−1\).

3) Use the value in the preceding exercise to find the equation of the tangent line at point P.

Solution: \(y=−x−2\)

For the following exercises, the position function of a ball dropped from the top of a 200-meter tall building is given by \(s(t)=200−4.9t^2\), where position s is measured in meters and time t is measured in seconds. Round your answer to eight significant digits.

1) [T] Compute the average velocity of the ball over the given time intervals.

- a. [4.99,5]
- b. [5,5.01]
- c. [4.999,5]
- d. [5,5.001]

2) Use the preceding exercise to guess the instantaneous velocity of the ball at \(t=5\) sec.

Solution: −49 m/sec (velocity of the ball is 49 m/sec downward)

For the following exercises, consider a stone tossed into the air from ground level with an initial velocity of 15 m/sec. Its height in meters at time t seconds is \(h(t)=15t−4.9t^2\).

1) [T] Compute the average velocity of the stone over the given time intervals.

- a. [1,1.05]
- b. [1,1.01]
- c. [1,1.005]
- d. [1,1.001]

2) Use the preceding exercise to guess the instantaneous velocity of the stone at \(t=1\) sec.

Solution: 5.2m/sec

For the following exercises, consider a rocket shot into the air that then returns to Earth. The height of the rocket in meters is given by \(h(t)=600+78.4t−4.9t^2\), where t is measured in seconds.

1) [T] Compute the average velocity of the rocket over the given time intervals.

- a. [9,9.01]
- b. [8.99,9]
- c. [9,9.001]
- d. [8.999,9]

2) Use the preceding exercise to guess the instantaneous velocity of the rocket at \(t=9\) sec.

Solution: -9.8m/sec

For the following exercises, consider an athlete running a 40-m dash. The position of the athlete is given by \(d(t)=\frac{t^3}{6}+4t\), where d is the position in meters and t is the time elapsed, measured in seconds.

1) [T] Compute the average velocity of the runner over the given time intervals.

- a. [1.95,2.05]
- b. [1.995,2.005]
- c. [1.9995,2.0005]
- d. [2,2.00001]

2) Use the preceding exercise to guess the instantaneous velocity of the runner at \(t=2\) sec.

Solution:6 m/sec

For the following exercises, consider the function\(f(x)=|x|\).

1) Sketch the graph of f over the interval [\(−1,2\)] and shade the region above the x-axis.

2) Use the preceding exercise to find the exact value of the area between the x-axis and the graph of f over the interval [\(−1,2\)] using rectangles. For the rectangles, use the square units, and approximate both above and below the lines. Use geometry to find the exact answer.

Solution: Under, 1 \(unit^2\); over: 4 \(unit^2\). The exact area of the two triangles is \(\frac{1}{2}(1)(1)+\frac{1}{2}(2)(2)=2.5 units^2\).

For the following exercises, consider the function \(f(x)=\sqrt{1−x^2}\). (Hint: This is the upper half of a circle of radius 1 positioned at (\(0,0\)).)

1) Sketch the graph of f over the interval [\(−1,1\)].

2) Use the preceding exercise to find the exact area between the x-axis and the graph of f over the interval [\(−1,1\)] using rectangles. For the rectangles, use squares 0.4 by 0.4 units, and approximate both above and below the lines. Use geometry to find the exact answer.

Solution: Under, 0.96 \(unit^2\); over, 1.92 \(unit^2\). The exact area of the semicircle with radius 1 is \(\frac{π(1)^2}{2}=\frac{π}{2} unit^2\)

For the following exercises, consider the function \(f(x)=−x^2+1\).

1) Sketch the graph of f over the interval [\(−1,1\)].

2) Approximate the area of the region between the x-axis and the graph of f over the interval [\(−1,1\)].

Solution: Approximately 1.3333333 \(unit^2\)

## 2.2: The Limit of a Function

1) [T] Complete the following table for the function. Round your solutions to four decimal places.

\(x\) |
\(f(x)\) |
\(x\) |
\(f(x)\) |
---|---|---|---|

0.9 | a. | 1.1 | e. |

0.99 | b. | 1.01 | f. |

0.999 | c. | 1.001 | g. |

0.9999 | d. | 1.0001 | h. |

2) What do your results in the preceding exercise indicate about the two-sided limit \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}f(x)\)? Explain your response.

Solution: \(\lim_{x \to 1}f(x)\) does not exist because

\(\lim_{x \to 1^−}f(x)=−2≠\lim_{x \to 1^+}f(x)=2\).

For the following exercises, consider the function \(f(x)=(1+x)^{1/x}\).

3) [T] Make a table showing the values of f for \(x=−0.01,−0.001,−0.0001,−0.00001\) and for \(x=0.01,0.001,0.0001,0.00001\). Round your solutions to five decimal places.

\(x\) |
\(f(x)\) |
\(x)\ |
\(f(x)\) |
---|---|---|---|

-0.01 | a. | 0.01 | e. |

-0.001 | b. | 0.001 | f. |

-0.0001 | c. | 0.0001 | g. |

-0.00001 | d. | 0.00001 | h. |

4) What does the table of values in the preceding exercise indicate about the function \(f(x)=(1+x)^{1/x}\)?

Solution: \(\lim_{x \to 0}(1+x)^{1/x}=2.7183\)

5) To which mathematical constant does the limit in the preceding exercise appear to be getting closer?

In the following exercises, use the given values to set up a table to evaluate the limits. Round your solutions to eight decimal places.

6) [T] \(\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{sin2x}{x};±0.1,±0.01,±0.001,±.0001\)

\(x\) |
\(\frac{\sin 2x}{x}\) |
\(x\) |
\(\frac{sin2x}{x}\) |
---|---|---|---|

-0.1 | a. | 0.1 | e. |

-0.01 | b. | 0.01 | f. |

-0.001 | c. | 0.001 | g. |

-0.0001 | d. | 0.0001 | h. |

Solution: a. 1.98669331; b. 1.99986667; c. 1.99999867; d. 1.99999999; e. 1.98669331; f. 1.99986667; g. 1.99999867; h. 1.99999999; \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to 0}\frac{sin2x}{x}=2\)

7) [T] \(\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{sin3x}{x} ±0.1, ±0.01, ±0.001, ±0.0001\)

\(x\) |
\(\frac{\sin 3x}{x}\) |
\(x\) |
\(\frac{sin3x}{x}\) |
---|---|---|---|

-0.1 | a. | 0.1 | e. |

-0.01 | b. | 0.01 | f. |

-0.001 | c. | 0.001 | g. |

-0.0001 | d. | 0.0001 | h. |

8) Use the preceding two exercises to conjecture (guess) the value of the following limit: \(\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{sinax}{x}\) for a, a positive real value.

Solution: \(\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{sinax}{x}=a\)

[T] In the following exercises, set up a table of values to find the indicated limit. Round to eight digits.

9) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to 2}\frac{x^2−4}{x^2+x−6}\)

\(x\) | \(\frac{x^2−4}{x^2+x−6}\) | \(x\) | \(\frac{x^2−4}{x^2+x−6}\) |
---|---|---|---|

1.9 | a. | 2.1 | e. |

1.99 | b. | 2.01 | f. |

1.999 | c. | 2.001 | g. |

1.9999 | d. | 2.0001 | h. |

10) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to 1}(1−2x)\)

\(x\) | \(1−2x\) | \(x\) | \(1−2x\) |
---|---|---|---|

0.9 | a. | 1.1 | e. |

0.99 | b. | 1.01 | f. |

0.999 | c. | 1.001 | g. |

0.9999 | d. | 1.0001 | h. |

Solution: a. −0.80000000; b. −0.98000000; c. −0.99800000; d. −0.99980000; e. −1.2000000; f. −1.0200000; g. −1.0020000; h. −1.0002000; \(\lim_{x \to 1}(1−2x)=−1\)

11) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to 0}\frac{5}{1−e^{1/x}}\)

\(x\) |
\(\frac{5}{1−e^{1/x}}\) |
\(x\) |
\(\frac{5}{1−e^{1/x}}\) |
---|---|---|---|

-0.1 | a. | 0.1 | e. |

-0.01 | b. | 0.01 | f. |

-0.001 | c. | 0.001 | g. |

-0.0001 | d. | 0.0001 | h. |

12) \(\displaystyle \lim_{z \to 0}\frac{z−1}{z^2(z+3)}\)

\(z\) |
\(\frac{z−1}{z^2(z+3)}\) |
\(z\) |
\(\frac{z−1}{z^2(z+3)}\) |
---|---|---|---|

-0.1 | a. | 0.1 | e. |

-0.01 | b. | 0.01 | f. |

-0.001 | c. | 0.001 | g. |

-0.0001 | d. | 0.0001 | h. |

Solution: a. −37.931934; b. −3377.9264; c. −333,777.93; d. −33,337,778; e. −29.032258; f. −3289.0365; g. −332,889.04; h. −33,328,889 \(\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{z−1}{z^2(z+3)}=−∞\)

13) \(\displaystyle \lim_{t \to 0^+}\frac{cost}{t}\)

\(t) | \(\frac{cost}{t}\) |
---|---|

0.1 | a. |

0.01 | b. |

0.001 | c. |

0.0001 | d. |

14) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x \to 2}\frac{1−\frac{2}{x}}{x^2−4}\)

\(x\) |
\(\frac{1−\frac{2}{x}}{x^2−4}\) |
\(x\) |
\(\frac{1−\frac{2}{x}}{x^2−4}\) |
---|---|---|---|

1.9 | a. | 2.1 | e. |

1.99 | b. | 2.01 | f. |

1.999 | c. | 2.001 | g. |

1.9999 | d. | 2.0001 | h. |

Solution: a. 0.13495277; b. 0.12594300; c. 0.12509381; d. 0.12500938; e. 0.11614402; f. 0.12406794; g. 0.12490631; h. 0.12499063; \(∴\lim_{x \to 2}\frac{1−\frac{2}{x}}{x^2−4}=0.1250=\frac{1}{8}\)

[T] In the following exercises, set up a table of values and round to eight significant digits. Based on the table of values, make a guess about what the limit is. Then, use a calculator to graph the function and determine the limit. Was the conjecture correct? If not, why does the method of tables fail?

15) \(\displaystyle \lim_{θ \to 0}sin(\frac{π}{θ})\)

\(θ\) |
\(sin(\frac{π}{θ})\) |
\(θ\) |
\(sin(\frac{π}{θ})\) |
---|---|---|---|

-0.1 | a. | 0.1 | e. |

-0.01 | b. | 0.01 | f. |

-0.001 | c. | 0.001 | g. |

-0.0001 | d. | 0.0001 | h. |

16) \(\displaystyle \lim_{α \to 0^+} \frac{1}{α}cos(\frac{π}{α})\)

\(a\) |
\(\frac{1}{α}cos(\frac{π}{α})\) |
---|---|

0.1 | a. |

0.01 | b. |

0.001 | c. |

0.0001 | d. |

Solution: a. −10.00000; b. −100.00000; c. −1000.0000; d. −10,000.000; Guess: \(\lim_{α→0^+}\frac{1}{α}cos(\frac{π}{α})=∞\), actual: DNE

In the following exercises, consider the graph of the function\(y=f(x)\) shown here. Which of the statements about \(y=f(x)\) are true and which are false? Explain why a statement is false.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→10}f(x)=0\)

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2^+}f(x)=3\)

Solution: False; \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2^+}f(x)=+∞\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−8}f(x)=f(−8)\)

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}f(x)=5\)

Solution: False; \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}f(x)\) DNE since \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6^−}f(x)=2\) and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6^+}f(x)=5\).

In the following exercises, use the following graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) to find the values, if possible. Estimate when necessary.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^−}f(x)\)

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^+}f(x)\)

Solution: 2

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}f(x)\)

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)\)

Solution: 1

5) \(f(1)\)

In the following exercises, use the graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) shown here to find the values, if possible. Estimate when necessary.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^−}f(x)\)

Solution: 1

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}f(x)\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)\)

Solution: DNE

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)\)

In the following exercises, use the graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) shown here to find the values, if possible. Estimate when necessary.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2^−}f(x)\)

Solution: 0

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2^+}f(x)\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2}f(x)\)

Solution: DNE

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2^−}f(x)\)

5) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2^+}f(x)\)

Solution: 2

6) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→}f(x)\)

In the following exercises, use the graph of the function \(y=g(x)\) shown here to find the values, if possible. Estimate when necessary.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^−}g(x)\)

Solution: 3

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}g(x)\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}g(x)\)

Solution: DNE

In the following exercises, use the graph of the function \(y=h(x)\) shown here to find the values, if possible. Estimate when necessary.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^−}h(x)\)

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}h(x)\)

Solution: 0

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}h(x)\)

In the following exercises, use the graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) shown here to find the values, if possible. Estimate when necessary.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^−}f(x)\)

Solution: −2

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}f(x)\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)\)

Solution: DNE

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}f(x)\)

5) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)\)

Solution: 0

In the following exercises, sketch the graph of a function with the given properties.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)=1,lim_{x→4^−}f(x)=3,lim_{x→4^+}f(x)=6,x=4\) is not defined.

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−∞}f(x)=0,lim_{x→−1^−}f(x)=−∞, lim_{x→−1^+}f(x)=∞,lim_{x→0}f(x)=f(0), f(0)=1, lim_{x→∞}f(x)=−∞\)

Solution: Answer may vary

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−∞}f(x)=2,lim_{x→3^−}f(x)=−∞, lim_{x→3^+}f(x)=∞,lim_{x→∞}f(x)=2,f(0)=\frac{−1}{3}\)

4) \(\displaystyle \limx→−∞f(x)=2,limx→−2f(x)=−∞, limx→∞f(x)=2,f(0)=0\)

Solution: Answer may vary

5) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−∞}f(x)=0,lim_{x→−1^−}f(x)=∞,lim_{x→−1^+}f(x)=−∞, f(0)=−1,lim_{x→1^−}f(x)=−∞, lim_{x→1^+}f(x)=∞,lim_{x→∞}f(x)=0\)

6) Shock waves arise in many physical applications, ranging from supernovas to detonation waves. A graph of the density of a shock wave with respect to distance, x, is shown here. We are mainly interested in the location of the front of the shock, labeled xSF in the diagram.

a. Evaluate \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→x_{SF}^+}ρ(x)\).

b. Evaluate \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→x_{SF}^−}ρ(x)\).

c. Evaluate \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→x_{SF}}ρ(x)\). Explain the physical meanings behind your answers.

Solution: a. \(ρ_2\) b. \(ρ_1\) c. DNE unless \(ρ_1=ρ_2\). As you approach xSF from the right, you are in the high-density area of the shock. When you approach from the left, you have not experienced the “shock” yet and are at a lower density.

7) A track coach uses a camera with a fast shutter to estimate the position of a runner with respect to time. A table of the values of position of the athlete versus time is given here, where x is the position in meters of the runner and t is time in seconds. What is \(\displaystyle \lim_{t→2}x(t)\)? What does it mean physically?

\(t(sec)\) |
\(x(m)\) |
---|---|

1.75 | 4.5 |

1.95 | 6.1 |

1.99 | 6.42 |

2.01 | 6.58 |

2.05 | 6.9 |

2.25 | 8.5 |

## 2.3: The Limit Laws

In the following exercises, use the limit laws to evaluate each limit. Justify each step by indicating the appropriate limit law(s).

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}(4x^2−2x+3)\)

Solution: Use constant multiple law and difference law:

\(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}(4x^2−2x+3)=4lim_{x→0}x^2−2lim_{x→0}x+lim_{x→0}3=3\)

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\frac{x^3+3x^2+5}{4−7x}\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2}\sqrt{x^2−6x+3}\)

Solution: Use root law: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2}\sqrt{x^2−6x+3}=\sqrt{lim_{x→−2}(x2−6x+3)}=\sqrt{19}\)

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−1}(9x+1)^2\)

In the following exercises, use direct substitution to evaluate each limit.

5) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→7}x^2)\)

Solution: 49

6) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2}(4x^2−1)\)

7) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}\frac{1}{1+sinx}\)

Solution: 1

8) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}e^{2x−x^2}\)

9) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\frac{2−7x}{x+6}\)

Solution: \(−\frac{5}{7}\)

10) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3}lne^{3x}\)

In the following exercises, use direct substitution to show that each limit leads to the indeterminate form \(0/0\). Then, evaluate the limit.

11) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→4}\frac{x^2−16}{x−4}\)

Solution:\(\displaystyle \lim_{x→4}\frac{x^2−16}{x−4}=\frac{16−16}{4−4}=\frac{0}{0}; then, lim_{x→4}\frac{x^2−16}{x−4}= lim_{x→4}\frac{(x+4)(x−4)}{x−4}=8\)

12) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}\frac{x−2}{x^2−2x}\)

13) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}\frac{3x−18}{2x−12}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}\frac{3x−18}{2x−12}=\frac{18−18}{12−12}=\frac{0}{0}; then, lim_{x→6}\frac{3x−18}{2x− 12}=lim_{x→6}\frac{3(x−6)}{2(x−6)}=\frac{3}{2}\)

14) \(\displaystyle \lim_{h→0}\frac{(1+h)^2−1}{h}\)

15) \(\displaystyle \lim_{t→9}\frac{t−9}{\sqrt{t}−3}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→9}\frac{t−9}{\sqrt{t}−3}=\frac{9−9}{3−3}=\frac{0}{0}; then, lim_{t→9}\frac{t−9}{\sqrt{t}−3} =lim_{t→9}\frac{t−9}{\sqrt{t}−3}\frac{\sqrt{t}+3}{\sqrt{t}+3}=lim_{t→9}(\sqrt{t}+3)=6\)

16) \(\displaystyle \lim_{h→0}\frac{\frac{1}{a+h}−\frac{1}{a}}{h}\), where a is a real-valued constant

17) \(\displaystyle \lim_{θ→π}\frac{sinθ}{tanθ}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{θ→π}\frac{sinθ}{tanθ}=\frac{sinπ}{tanπ}=\frac{0}{0}; then, lim_{θ→π}\frac{sinθ}{tanθ}=lim_{θ→ π}\frac{sinθ}{\frac{sinθ}{cosθ}}=lim_{θ→π}cosθ=−1\)

18) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\frac{x^3−1}{x^2−1}\)

19) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1/2}\frac{2x^2+3x−2}{2x−1}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1/2}\frac{2x^2+3x−2}{2x−1}=\frac{\frac{1}{2}+\frac{3}{2}−2}{1−1}=\frac{0}{0}; then, lim_{x→ 1/2}\frac{2x^2+3x−2}{2x−1}=lim_{x→1/2}frac{(2x−1)(x+2)}{2x−1}=\frac{5}{2}\)

20) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−3}\frac{\sqrt{x+4}−1}{x+3}\)

In the following exercises, use direct substitution to obtain an undefined expression. Then, use the method of Example to simplify the function to help determine the limit.

21) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2^−}\frac{2x^2+7x−4}{x^2+x−2}\)

Solution: −∞

22) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−2^+}\frac{2x^2+7x−4}{x^2+x−2}\)

23) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^−}\frac{2x^2+7x−4}{x^2+x−2}\)

Solution: −∞

24) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^+}\frac{2x^2+7x−4}{x^2+x−2}\)

In the following exercises, assume that \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}f(x)=4,lim_{x→6}g(x)=9\), and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}h(x)=6\). Use these three facts and the limit laws to evaluate each limit

25) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}2f(x)g(x)\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}2f(x)g(x)=2lim_{x→6}f(x)lim_{x→6}g(x)=72\)

26) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}\frac{g(x)−1}{f(x)}\)

27) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}(f(x)+\frac{1}{3}g(x))\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}(f(x)+\frac{1}{3}g(x))=lim_{x→6}f(x)+\frac{1}{3}lim_{x→6}g(x)=7\)\

28) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}\frac{(h(x))^3}{2}\)

29) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}\sqrt{g(x)−f(x)}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}\sqrt{g(x)−f(x)}=\sqrt{lim_{x→6}g(x)−lim_{x→6}f(x)}=\sqrt{5}\)

30) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}x⋅h(x)\)

31) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}[(x+1)⋅f(x)]\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}[(x+1)f(x)]=(lim_{x→6}(x+1))(lim_{x→6}f(x))=28\)

32) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→6}(f(x)⋅g(x)−h(x))\)

**[T]** In the following exercises, use a calculator to draw the graph of each piecewise-defined function and study the graph to evaluate the given limits.

33) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}x2 & x≤3,\\ x+4 & x>3\end{cases}\)

- a. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3^−}f(x)\)
- b. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3^+}f(x)\)

Solution:

a. 9; b. 7

34) \(g(x)=\begin{cases}x^3−1 & x≤0\\1 & x>0\end{cases}\)

- a. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^−}g(x)\)
- b. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}g(x)\)

35) \(h(x)=\begin{cases}x^2−2x+1 & x<2x≥2\\3−x & x≥2\end{cases}\)

- a. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2^−}h(x)\)
- b. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2^+}h(x)\)

In the following exercises, use the following graphs and the limit laws to evaluate each limit.

36) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−3^+}(f(x)+g(x))\)

37) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−3^−}(f(x)−3g(x))\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−3^−}(f(x)−3g(x))=lim_{x→−3^−}f(x)−3lim_{x→−3^−}g(x)=0+6=6\)

38) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}\frac{f(x)g(x)}{3}\)

39) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−5}\frac{2+g(x)}{f(x)}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−5}\frac{2+g(x)}{f(x)}=\frac{2+(lim_{x→−5}g(x))}{lim_{x→−5}f(x)}=\frac{2+0}{2}=1\)

40) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}(f(x))^2\)

41) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\sqrt{f(x)−g(x)}\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\sqrt[3]{f(x)−g(x)}=\sqrt[3]{lim_{x→1}f(x)−lim_{x→1}g(x)}=\sqrt[3]{2+5}=\sqrt[3]{7}\)

42) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−7}(x⋅g(x))\)

43) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−9}[x⋅f(x)+2⋅g(x)]\)

Solution: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−9}(xf(x)+2g(x))=(lim_{x→−9}x)(lim_{x→−9}f(x))+2lim_{x→−9}(g(x))=(−9)(6)+2(4)=−46\)

For the following problems, evaluate the limit using the squeeze theorem. Use a calculator to graph the functions \(f(x),g(x)\), and \(h(x)\) when possible.

44) [T] True or False? If \(2x−1≤g(x)≤x^2−2x+3\), then \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}g(x)=0\).

45) [T] \(\displaystyle \lim_{θ→0}θ^2cos(\frac{1}{θ})

Solution: The limit is zero.

46) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)\), where \(f(x)=\begin{cases}0 & x rational\\ x^2 & x irrrational\end{cases}\)

47) [T] In physics, the magnitude of an electric field generated by a point charge at a distance r in vacuum is governed by Coulomb’s law: \(E(r)=\frac{q}{4πε0_r^2}\), where E represents the magnitude of the electric field, q is the charge of the particle, r is the distance between the particle and where the strength of the field is measured, and \frac{1}{4πε_0} is Coulomb’s constant: \(8.988×109N⋅m^2/C^2\).

a. Use a graphing calculator to graph \(E(r)\) given that the charge of the particle is \(q=10^{−10}\).

b. Evaluate \(\displaystyle \lim_{r→0^+}E(r)\). What is the physical meaning of this quantity? Is it physically relevant? Why are you evaluating from the right?

Solution: a

b. ∞. The magnitude of the electric field as you approach the particle q becomes infinite. It does not make physical sense to evaluate negative distance.

48) [T] The density of an object is given by its mass divided by its volume: \(ρ=m/V.\)

a. Use a calculator to plot the volume as a function of density \((V=m/ρ)\), assuming you are examining something of mass 8 kg (\(m=8\)).

b. Evaluate \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}V(\rho)\) and explain the physical meaning.

## 2.4: Continuity

For the following exercises, determine the point(s), if any, at which each function is discontinuous. Classify any discontinuity as jump, removable, infinite, or other.

1) \(f(x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{x}}\)

Solution: The function is defined for all x in the interval \((0,∞)\).

2) \(f(x)=\frac{2}{x^2+1}\)

3) \(f(x)=\frac{x}{x^2−x}\)

Solution: Removable discontinuity at \(x=0\); infinite discontinuity at \(x=1\)

4) \(g(t)=t^{−1}+1\)

5) \(f(x)=\frac{5}{e^x−2}\)

Solution: Infinite discontinuity at \(x=ln2\)

6) \(f(x)=\frac{|x−2|}{x−2}\)

7) \(H(x)=tan2x\)

Solution: Infinite discontinuities at \(x=\frac{(2k+1)π}{4}\), for \(k=0,±1,±2,±3,…\)

8) \(f(t)=\frac{t+3}{t^2+5t+6}\)

For the following exercises, decide if the function continuous at the given point. If it is discontinuous, what type of discontinuity is it?

9) \(\frac{2x^2−5x+3}{x−1}\) at \(x=1\)

Solution: No. It is a removable discontinuity.

10) \(h(θ)=\frac{sinθ−cosθ}{tanθ}\) at \(θ=π\)

11) \(g(u)=\begin{cases}\frac{6u^2+u−2}{2u−1} & if u≠12\\ \frac{7}{2} & if u=12\end{cases}\), at \(u=\frac{1}{2}\)

Solution: Yes. It is continuous.

12) \(f(y)=\frac{sin(πy)}{tan(πy)}\), at \(y=1\)

13) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}x^2−e^x & if x<0\\x−1 & if x≥0\end{cases}\), at \(x=0\)

Solution: Yes. It is continuous.

14) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}xsin(x) & if x≤π\\ xtan(x) & if x>π\end{cases}\), at \(x=π\)

In the following exercises, find the value(s) of *k* that makes each function continuous over the given interval.

15) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}3x+2 & x<k\\2x−3 & k≤x≤8\end{cases}\)

\(k=−5\)

16) \(f(θ)=\begin{cases}sinθ & 0≤θ<\frac{π}{2}\\cos(θ+k) & \frac{π}{2}≤θ≤π\end{cases}\)

17) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}\frac{x^2+3x+2}{x+2} & x≠−2\\ k & x=−2\end{cases}\)

Solution: k=−1

18) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}e^{kx} & 0≤x<4\\x+3 & 4≤x≤8\end{cases}\)

19) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}\sqrt{kx} & 0≤x≤3\\x+1 & 3<x≤10\end{cases}\)

Solution: \(k=\frac{16}{3}\)

In the following exercises, use the Intermediate Value Theorem (IVT).

20) Let \(h(x)=\begin{cases}3x^2−4 & x≤2\\5+4x & x>2\end{cases}\) Over the interval \([0,4]\), there is no value of x such that \(h(x)=10\), although \(h(0)<10\) and \(h(4)>10\). Explain why this does not contradict the IVT.

21) A particle moving along a line has at each time t a position function s(t), which is continuous. Assume \(s(2)=5\) and \(s(5)=2\). Another particle moves such that its position is given by \(h(t)=s(t)−t\). Explain why there must be a value c for \(2<c<5\) such that \(h(c)=0\).

Solution:Since both \(s\) and \(y=t\) are continuous everywhere, then \(h(t)=s(t)−t\) is continuous everywhere and, in particular, it is continuous over the closed interval [\(2,5\)]. Also, \(h(2)=3>0\) and \(h(5)=−3<0\). Therefore, by the IVT, there is a value \(x=c\) such that \(h(c)=0\).

22) [T] Use the statement “The cosine of t is equal to t cubed."

a. Write a mathematical equation of the statement.

b. Prove that the equation in part a. has at least one real solution.

c. Use a calculator to find an interval of length 0.01 that contains a solution.

23) Apply the IVT to determine whether \(2^x=x^3\) has a solution in one of the intervals [\(1.25,1.375\)] or [\(1.375,1.5\)]. Briefly explain your response for each interval.

Solution: The function \(f(x)=2^x−x^3\) is continuous over the interval [\(1.25,1.375\)] and has opposite signs at the endpoints.

24) Consider the graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) shown in the following graph.

a. Find all values for which the function is discontinuous.

b. For each value in part a., state why the formal definition of continuity does not apply.

c. Classify each discontinuity as either jump, removable, or infinite.

25) Let \(f(x)=\begin{cases}3x & x>1\\ x^3 & x<1\end{cases}\).

a. Sketch the graph of \(f\).

b. Is it possible to find a value k such that \(f(1)=k\), which makes \(f(x)\) continuous for all real numbers? Briefly explain.

Solution:

a.

b. It is not possible to redefine \(f(1)\) since the discontinuity is a jump discontinuity.

26) Let \(f(x)=\frac{x^4−1}{x^2−1}\) for \(x≠−1,1\).

a. Sketch the graph of \(f\).

b. Is it possible to find values \(k_1\) and \(k_2\) such that \(f(−1)=k\) and \(f(1)=k_2\), and that makes \(f(x)\) continuous for all real numbers? Briefly explain.

27) Sketch the graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) with properties i. through vii.

- i. The domain of f is (\(−∞,+∞\)).
- ii. f has an infinite discontinuity at \(x=−6\).
- iii. \(f(−6)=3\)
- iv. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−3^−}f(x)=lim_{x→−3^+}f(x)=2\)
- v. \(f(−3)=3\)
- vi. f is left continuous but not right continuous at \(x=3\).
- vii. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−∞}f(x)=−∞\) and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→+∞}f(x)=+∞\)

Solution: Answers may vary; see the following example:

28) Sketch the graph of the function \(y=f(x)\) with properties i. through iv.

- i. The domain of f is [\(0,5\)].
- ii. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^+}f(x)\) and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^−}f(x)\) exist and are equal.
- iii. \(f(x)\) is left continuous but not continuous at \(x=2\), and right continuous but not continuous at \(x=3\).
- iv. \(f(x)\) has a removable discontinuity at \(x=1\), a jump discontinuity at \(x=2\), and the following limits hold: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3^−}f(x)=−∞\) and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3^+}f(x)=2\).

In the following exercises, suppose \(y=f(x)\) is defined for all x. For each description, sketch a graph with the indicated property.

29) Discontinuous at \(x=1\) with \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−1}f(x)=−1\) and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)=4\)

Solution: Answers may vary; see the following example:

30) Discontinuous at \(x=2\) but continuous elsewhere with \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)=\frac{1}{2}\)

Determine whether each of the given statements is true. Justify your response with an explanation or counterexample.

31) \(f(t)=\frac{2}{e^t−e^{−t}}\) is continuous everywhere.

Solution: False. It is continuous over (\(−∞,0\)) ∪ (\(0,∞\)).

32) If the left- and right-hand limits of \(f(x)\) as \(x→a\) exist and are equal, then f cannot be discontinuous at \(x=a\).

33) If a function is not continuous at a point, then it is not defined at that point.

Solution: False. Consider \(f(x)=\begin{cases}x & if x≠0\\ 4 & if x=0\end{cases}\).

34) According to the IVT, \(cosx−sinx−x=2\) has a solution over the interval [\(−1,1\)].

35) If \(f(x)\) is continuous such that \(f(a)\) and \(f(b)\) have opposite signs, then \(f(x)=0\) has exactly one solution in [\(a,b\)].

Solution: False. Consider \(f(x)=cos(x)\) on [\(−π,2π\)].

36) The function \(f(x)=\frac{x^2−4x+3}{x^2−1}\) is continuous over the interval [\(0,3\)].

37) If \(f(x)\) is continuous everywhere and \(f(a),f(b)>0\), then there is no root of \(f(x)\) in the interval [\(a,b\)].

Solution: False. The IVT does not work in reverse! Consider \((x−1)^2\) over the interval [\(−2,2\)].

[T] The following problems consider the scalar form of Coulomb’s law, which describes the electrostatic force between two point charges, such as electrons. It is given by the equation \(F(r)=k_e\frac{|q_1q_2|}{r^2}\), where \(k_e\) is Coulomb’s constant, \(q_i\) are the magnitudes of the charges of the two particles, and r is the distance between the two particles.

38) To simplify the calculation of a model with many interacting particles, after some threshold value \(r=R\), we approximate F as zero.

a. Explain the physical reasoning behind this assumption.

b. What is the force equation?

c. Evaluate the force F using both Coulomb’s law and our approximation, assuming two protons with a charge magnitude of \(1.6022×10^{−19}\) **coulombs (C)**, and the Coulomb constant \(k_e=8.988×10^9Nm^2/C^2\) are 1 m apart. Also, assume \(R<1m\). How much inaccuracy does our approximation generate? Is our approximation reasonable?

d. Is there any finite value of R for which this system remains continuous at R?

39) Instead of making the force 0 at R, instead we let the force be 10−20 for \(r≥R\). Assume two protons, which have a magnitude of charge \(1.6022×10^{−19}C\), and the Coulomb constant \(k_e=8.988×10^9Nm^2/C^2\). Is there a value R that can make this system continuous? If so, find it.

Solution: \(R=0.0001519m\)

Recall the discussion on spacecraft from the chapter opener. The following problems consider a rocket launch from Earth’s surface. The force of gravity on the rocket is given by \(F(d)=−mk/d^2\), where m is the mass of the rocket, d is the distance of the rocket from the center of Earth, and k is a constant.

40) [T] Determine the value and units of k given that the mass of the rocket on Earth is 3 million kg. (Hint: The distance from the center of Earth to its surface is 6378 km.)

41) [T] After a certain distance D has passed, the gravitational effect of Earth becomes quite negligible, so we can approximate the force function by \(F(d)=\begin{cases}−\frac{mk}{d^2} & if d<D\\ 10,000 & if d≥D\end{cases}\). Find the necessary condition D such that the force function remains continuous.

Solution: \(D=63.78km\)

42) As the rocket travels away from Earth’s surface, there is a distance D where the rocket sheds some of its mass, since it no longer needs the excess fuel storage. We can write this function as \(F(d)=\begin{cases} −\frac{m_1k}{d^2} & if d<D \\ −\frac{m_2k}{d^2} & if d≥D\end{cases}\). Is there a D value such that this function is continuous, assuming \(m_1≠m_2?\)

Prove the following functions are continuous everywhere

43) \(f(θ)=sinθ\)

Solution: For all values of \(a\), \(f(a)\) is defined, \(\displaystyle \lim_{θ→a}f(θ)\) exists, and \(\displaystyle \lim_{θ→a}f(θ)=f(a)\). Therefore, \(f(θ)\) is continuous everywhere.

44) \(g(x)=|x|\)

45) Where is \(f(x)=\begin{cases} 0 & \text{if x is irrational}\\ 1 & \text{if x is rational}\end{cases}\) continuous?

Solution: Nowhere

## 2.5: The Precise Definition of a Limit

In the following exercises, write the appropriate \(ε−δ\) definition for each of the given statements.

1) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}f(x)=N\)

2) \(\displaystyle \lim_{t→b}g(t)=M\)

Solution: For every \(ε>0\), there exists a \(δ>0\), so that if \(0<|t−b|<δ\), then \(|g(t)−M|<ε\)

3) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→c}h(x)=L\)

4) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}φ(x)=A\)

Solution: For every \(ε>0\), there exists a \(δ>0\), so that if \(0<|x−a|<δ\), then \(|φ(x)−A|<ε\)

The following graph of the function f satisfies \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)=2\). In the following exercises, determine a value of \(δ>0\) that satisfies each statement.

5) If \(0<|x−2|<δ\), then \(|f(x)−2|<1\).

6) If \(0<|x−2|<δ\), then \(|f(x)−2|<0.5\).

Solution: \(δ≤0.25\)

The following graph of the function f satisfies \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3}f(x)=−1\). In the following exercises, determine a value of \(δ>0\) that satisfies each statement.

7) If \(0<|x−3|<δ\), then \(|f(x)+1|<1\).

8) If \(0<|x−3|<δ\), then \(|f(x)+1|<2\).

Solution: \(δ≤2\)

The following graph of the function f satisfies \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3}f(x)=2\). In the following exercises, for each value of ε, find a value of \(δ>0\) such that the precise definition of limit holds true.

9) \(ε=1.5\)

10) \(ε=3\)

Solution: \(δ≤1\)

[T] In the following exercises, use a graphing calculator to find a number \(δ\) such that the statements hold true.

11) \(∣sin(2x)−\frac{1}{2}∣<0.1\), whenever \(∣x−\frac{π}{12}∣<δ\)

12) \(∣\sqrt{x−4}−2∣<0.1\), whenever \(|x−8|<δ\)

Solution: \(δ<0.3900\)

In the following exercises, use the precise definition of limit to prove the given limits.

13) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}(5x+8)=18\)

14) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3}\frac{x^2−9}{x−3}=6\)

Solution: Let \(δ=ε\). If \(0<|x−3|<ε\), then \(|x+3−6|=|x−3|<ε\).

15) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}\frac{2x^2−3x−2}{x−2}=5\)

16) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}x^4=0\)

Solution: Let \(δ=\sqrt[4]{ε}\) If \(0<|x|<\sqrt[4]{ε}\), then \(∣x^4∣=x^4<ε\).

17) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}(x^2+2x)=8\)

In the following exercises, use the precise definition of limit to prove the given one-sided limits.

18) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→5^−}\frac{5−x}=0\)

Let \(δ=ε_2\). If \(5−ε^2<x<5\), then \(∣\sqrt{5−x}∣=\sqrt{5−x}<ε\).

19) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}f(x)=−2\), where \(f(x)=\begin{cases}8x−3 & if x<0\\4x−2 & if x≥0\end{cases}\).

20) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1^−}f(x)=3\), where \(f(x)=\begin{cases}5x−2 & if x<1\\7x−1 & if x≥1\end{cases}\).

Solution: Let \(δ=ε/5\). If \(1−ε/5<x<1\), then \(|f(x)−3|=5x−5<ε\).

In the following exercises, use the precise definition of limit to prove the given infinite limits.

21) \(im_{x→0}\frac{1}{x^2}=∞\)

22) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−1}\frac{3}{(x+1)^2}=∞\)

Solution: Let \(δ=\sqrt{\frac{3}{N}}\). If \(0<|x+1|<\sqrt{\frac{3}{N}}\), then \(f(x)=\frac{3}{(x+1)^2}>N\).

23) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}−\frac{1}{(x−2)^2}=−∞\)

24) An engineer is using a machine to cut a flat square of Aerogel of area 144 cm2. If there is a maximum error tolerance in the area of 8 cm2, how accurately must the engineer cut on the side, assuming all sides have the same length? How do these numbers relate to \(δ\), ε, a, and L?

Solution: \(0.033 cm, ε=8,δ=0.33,a=12,L=144\)

25) Use the precise definition of limit to prove that the following limit does not exist: \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\frac{|x−1|}{x−1}.\)

26) Using precise definitions of limits, prove that \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)\) does not exist, given that \(f(x)\) is the ceiling function. (Hint: Try any \(δ<1\).)

Solution: Answer may very.

27) Using precise definitions of limits, prove that \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)\) does not exist: \(f(x)=\begin{cases}1 & \text{if x is rational}\\0 & \text{if x is irrational}\end{cases}\). (Hint: Think about how you can always choose a rational number \(0<r<d\), but \(|f(r)−0|=1\).)

28) Using precise definitions of limits, determine \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}f(x)\) for \(f(x)=\begin{cases}x & \text{if x is rational}\\0 & \text{if x is irrational}\end{cases}\). (Hint: Break into two cases, x rational and x irrational.)

Solution: 0

29) Using the function from the previous exercise, use the precise definition of limits to show that \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}f(x)\) does not exist for \(a≠0\)

For the following exercises, suppose that \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}f(x)=L\) and \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}g(x)=M\) both exist. Use the precise definition of limits to prove the following limit laws:

30) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}(f(x)−g(x))=L−M\)

Solution: \(f(x)−g(x)=f(x)+(−1)g(x)\)

31) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}[cf(x)]=cL\) for any real constant c (Hint: Consider two cases: \(c=0\) and \(c≠0\).)

32) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}[f(x)g(x)]=LM\). (Hint: \(|f(x)g(x)−LM|= |f(x)g(x) −f(x)M +f(x)M −LM| ≤|f(x)||g(x) −M| +|M||f(x)−L|.)\)

Solution: Answer may vary.

## Chapter Review Exercises

*True or False*. In the following exercises, justify your answer with a proof or a counterexample.

1) A function has to be continuous at \(x=a\) if the \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}f(x)\) exists.

2) You can use the quotient rule to evaluate \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}\frac{sinx}{x}\).

Solution: False

3) If there is a vertical asymptote at \(x=a\) for the function \(f(x)\), then f is undefined at the point \(x=a\).

4) If \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→a}f(x)\) does not exist, then f is undefined at the point \(x=a\).

Solution: False. A removable discontinuity is possible.

5) Using the graph, find each limit or explain why the limit does not exist.

a. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−1}f(x)\)

b. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}f(x)\)

c. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0^+}f(x)\)

d. \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}f(x)\)

In the following exercises, evaluate the limit algebraically or explain why the limit does not exist.

6) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}\frac{2x^2−3x−2}{x−2}\)

Solution: 5

7) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}3x^2−2x+4\)

8) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→3}\frac{x^3−2x^2−1}{3x−2}\)

Solution: 8/7

9) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→π/2}\frac{cotx}{cosx}\)

10) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→−5}\frac{x^2+25}{x+5}\)

Solution:DNE

11) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→2}\frac{3x^2−2x−8}{x^2−4}\)

12) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\frac{x^2−1}{x^3−1}\)

Solution: 2/3

13) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}\frac{x^2−1}{\sqrt{x}−1}\)

14) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→4}\frac{4−x}{\sqrt{x}−2}\)

Solution: −4

15) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→4}\frac{1}{\sqrt{x}−2}\)

In the following exercises, use the squeeze theorem to prove the limit.

16) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}x^2cos(2πx)=0\)

Solution: Since \(−1≤cos(2πx)≤1\), then \(−x^2≤x^2cos(2πx)≤x^2\). Since \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}x^2=0=lim_{x→0}−x^2\), it follows that \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}x^2cos(2πx)=0\).

17) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}x^3sin(\frac{π}{x})=0\)

18) Determine the domain such that the function \(f(x)=\sqrt{x−2}+xe^x\) is continuous over its domain.

Solution: \([2,∞]\)

In the following exercises, determine the value of *c* such that the function remains continuous. Draw your resulting function to ensure it is continuous.

19) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}x^2+1 & x>c\\2^x & x≤c\end{cases}\)

20) \(f(x)=\begin{cases}\sqrt{x+1} & x>−1\\x^2+c & x≤−1\end{cases}\)

In the following exercises, use the precise definition of limit to prove the limit.

21) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→1}(8x+16)=24\)

22) \(\displaystyle \lim_{x→0}x^3=0\)

Solution: \(δ=\sqrt[ε]{3}\)

23) A ball is thrown into the air and the vertical position is given by \(x(t)=−4.9t^2+25t+5\). Use the Intermediate Value Theorem to show that the ball must land on the ground sometime between 5 sec and 6 sec after the throw.

24) A particle moving along a line has a displacement according to the function \(x(t)=t^2−2t+4\), where x is measured in meters and t is measured in seconds. Find the average velocity over the time period \(t=[0,2]\).

Solution: \(0\) m/sec

25) From the previous exercises, estimate the instantaneous velocity at \(t=2\) by checking the average velocity within \(t=0.01\) sec.