# Thread: Proving a limit does not exist via delta epsilon

1. ## Proving a limit does not exist via delta epsilon

The limit of 1/(x^2-4) does not exist as x approaches 2- this makes sense since for any delta there are value of x that are arbitrarily 'close' to 2, thus making 1/(x^2-4) infinitely large, so no possible L will make 1/(x^2-4)-L<epsilon for a given epsilon. However, I don't know how to turn this into a formal statement. Any tips?

2. Originally Posted by blarkark
The limit of 1/(x^2-4) does not exist as x approaches 2- this makes sense since for any delta there are value of x that are arbitrarily 'close' to 2, thus making 1/(x^2-4) infinitely large, so no possible L will make 1/(x^2-4)-L<epsilon for a given epsilon. However, I don't know how to turn this into a formal statement. Any tips?
http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...ta-proofs.html

3. I would be interested to see a worked proof for this example. I've never seen an example of how to prove that a limit doesn't exist using epsilon-delta.