So, the equation is:
Well, I first tried solving in the way i solved equations that didn't contain sqrt, dividing all the equation by the biggest power of x, in this case, dividing by , getting
And, by limit laws i would get , however, according to my book (which I trust more than myself) the answer is 1/6, so I tried doing in a different way:
and now getting :
, which is, .
So, my question is, why I couldn't do it the first way? Isn't it supposed to be the same thing? I mean, clearly not but, what rule am I breaking by doing it in the first way?
Thanks in advance
There are many indeterminate froms Indeterminate form - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The main point is that the ordinary rules of arthimetic break down in these cases
A simpler version of what you have above could be
the question is what is infinity minus infintiy? is it zero? infinity? or maybe 12?
The point is we don't know. When you multiplied by the conjugate you used algegra to change it into a from that we can compute. Later in you calucus class you will learn more about these forms and a theorem called L'Hôpital's rule - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia