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    Evaluate the Limits

    Question: If f(9) = 9 , f'(9) = 4 ,evaluate \lim_{x \to 9} \frac{\sqrt{f(x)} - 3}{\sqrt{x} - 3 }
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorro View Post
    Question: If f(9) = 9 , f'(9) = 4 ,evaluate \lim_{x \to 9} \frac{\sqrt{f(x)} - 3}{\sqrt{x} - 3 }

    As both the numerator and the denominator in your function approach 0 when x --> 9 and both are derivable functions around x = 9, you can Use L'Hospital's Rule here. The answer is 4.

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    Is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonio View Post
    As both the numerator and the denominator in your function approach 0 when x --> 9 and both are derivable functions around x = 9, you can Use L'Hospital's Rule here. The answer is 4.

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    \lim_{x \to 9} \frac{\sqrt{f(x)} - 3}{ \sqrt{3} - 3}


    Using L'Hospitals rule

     g'(x) = \frac{d}{dx} \left[ \sqrt{f(x)} - 3 \right] =  \frac{f'(x)}{2 \sqrt{f(x)}} ...............eq(1)

     h'(x) = \frac{d}{dx} \left[ \sqrt{x} - 3 \right] = \frac{1}{a \sqrt{x}} ..................eq(2)

    Now taking lim of eq (1) and eq(2) we get

     \lim_{x \to 9} \left[ \frac{g'(x)}{h'(x)} \right] = \lim_{x \to 9} \left[ \frac{f'(x)}{2 \sqrt{f(x)}} . \frac{2 \sqrt{x}}{1} \right] = \frac{4}{2 \sqrt{9}} . \frac{2 \sqrt{9}}{1} = 4 ........................Is \ this \ correct \ ? \ ? \ ? \ ? \ ? \ ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorro View Post
    Here is what i have done

    \lim_{x \to 9} \frac{\sqrt{f(x)} - 3}{ \sqrt{3} - 3}


    Using L'Hospitals rule

     g'(x) = \frac{d}{dx} \left[ \sqrt{f(x)} - 3 \right] =  \frac{f'(x)}{2 \sqrt{f(x)}} ...............eq(1)

     h'(x) = \frac{d}{dx} \left[ \sqrt{x} - 3 \right] = \frac{1}{a \sqrt{x}} ..................eq(2)

    Now taking lim of eq (1) and eq(2) we get

     \lim_{x \to 9} \left[ \frac{g'(x)}{h'(x)} \right] = \lim_{x \to 9} \left[ \frac{f'(x)}{2 \sqrt{f(x)}} . \frac{2 \sqrt{x}}{1} \right] = \frac{4}{2 \sqrt{9}} . \frac{2 \sqrt{9}}{1} = 4 ........................Is \ this \ correct \ ? \ ? \ ? \ ? \ ? \ ?
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