Math Help - Lim x^3= a^3 when x ->a by epsilon-delta definition?

1. Lim x^3= a^3 when x ->a by epsilon-delta definition?

so i got this 0<|x-a|<delta and |x^3-a^3|<epsilon and that is equal to |x-a||x^2+ax+a^2|<epsilon so i have to find a value that |x^2+ax+a^2|<value and |x^2+ax+a^2|=|x^2-2xa+a^2+3xa|<=|(x-a)^2|+|3xa| and i dont know what to do after this

2. Re: Lim x^3= a^3 when x ->a by epsilon-delta definition?

You need to specify that $\delta$ is less than some fixed value, say 1. Then $|x^2+ax+a^2|<|(a+1)^2+a(a+1)+a^2|$, and I'll call the right-hand side M. So if you specify $\delta=\min(1,\frac{\epsilon}{M})$, you should be able to write out the proof with that.

There's a really good explanation of epsilon-delta proofs here at Math Help Forum - it's one of the four "sticky" threads at the top of the Calculus forum main page.

- Hollywood