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Math 180. 4.5 – Indeterminate Forms and L’Hôpital’s Rule. Let’s revisit limits for a moment. Consider the following limit: As , the top and the bottom . Limits of the type are said to be _______________ . Let’s revisit limits for a moment. Consider the following limit:

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Math 180

Math 180

4.5 – Indeterminate Forms and L’Hôpital’s Rule


Math 180

Let’s revisit limits for a moment. Consider the following limit:

As , the top and the bottom.

Limits of the type are said to be _______________.


Math 180

Let’s revisit limits for a moment. Consider the following limit:

As , the top and the bottom.

Limits of the type are said to be _______________.

indeterminate


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Previously, we would try to cancel a factor and then take the limit again. Now let’s look at another powerful tool for evaluating such indeterminate limits.


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L’Hôpital’s Rule

Suppose that , that and are differentiable on an open interval containing , and that on if . Then,


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Ex 1.

Use L’Hôpital’s Rule to find the following limits.


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Note:L’Hôpital’s Rule also applies to one-sided limits as well (like ).


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Type

L’Hôpital’s Rule also works for indeterminate forms of type .

Ex 2.

Find the following limits.


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Type and

Sometimes we can use algebra to convert limits of type or into type or (then use L’Hôpital’s Rule).

Ex 3.

Find the following limits.


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Type , , and

For these, try taking the logarithm of the function first, then take the limit, then exponentiate.

Ex 4.

Find the following limits.


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