1. ## Simple limit with radical, but I keep getting the wrong answer.

Hello. I've worked this problem several times, but I keep coming up with the wrong answer and it's driving me mad. Here it is:

The answer is 1/6, but I keep getting undefined. I multiply by the conjugate, then reduce, and I get: $\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+7}-3}$ I have no clue where I'm messing up with the algebra.

Thanks for any help.

2. $\frac{{\sqrt {x + 7} - 3}}
{{x - 2}} = \frac{{(x + 7) - 9}}
{{(x - 2)\left( {\sqrt {x + 7} + 3} \right)}}$

3. Hello, Sirmio!

Your algebra must be off . . .

$\lim_{x\to2}\,\frac{\sqrt{x+7} - 3}{x-2}$

Multiply top and bottom by the conjugate:

. . $\frac{\sqrt{x+7}-3}{x-2}\cdot\frac{\sqrt{x+7}+3}{\sqrt{x+7}+3} \;=\;\frac{(x+7) - 9}{(x-2)(\sqrt{x+7} + 3)}$ . $=\;\frac{{\color{red}\rlap{/////}}x-2}{({\color{red}\rlap{/////}}x-2)(\sqrt{x+7}+3)} \;=\;\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+7}+3}$

Therefore: . $\lim_{x\to2}\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+7}+3} \;=\;\frac{1}{\sqrt{9}+3} \;=\;\frac{1}{6}$

4. Thanks! I didn't change the sign on the conjugate. I knew it was simple. Thanks for the help!