Limits at infinity
Finding the limit of (9x + 5)/(7x + 9) as x approaches ∞.
So, I have to divide the numerator and denominator by the highest power of x in the denominator? If so, that would be 1. Therefore, I would have to divide both the numerator and denominator by x/1?
Is that correct?
Then I would get (9 + 5/x)/(7 + 9/x). Where would I go from there?
Okay, I got it. 5/x and 9/x become zero, so the answer is 9/7.
Do you always divide by the highest power of x in the denominator, and never the numerator?
None of us likes to answer a question that contains always
Originally Posted by ImaCowOK
These are rules of thumb and nothing more.
If you have the ratio of two polynomials that is a correct rule of thumb.
I know we are not supposed to generalize in math, I've heard it said many times already. I would like to know the rules, if when solving these I will have to use the highest power of x in the denominator. If I have one with x² in the numerator, but the highest power in the denominator is just x - do I divide by x or x²?
The point is: there are no hard and fast rules.
If we have two polynomials, say then divide by .
The limit is infinity.
for functions formed by the ratio of polynomials, there are three cases ...
degree of numerator > degree of denominator ... as the value of the rational function increases w/o bound.
degree of numerator < degree of denominator ... as the value of the rational function approaches 0.
degree of numerator = degree of denominator ... as the value of the rational function approaches the ratio of the leading coefficients.
I know that.
Originally Posted by Plato
You resolved that last question: I would divide by x in that case.
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