# Thread: Find the horizontal and vertical asymptotes of the curve.

1. ## Find the horizontal and vertical asymptotes of the curve.

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2. The vertical asymptotes will appear when the denominator is 0. So you need to solve $x^2+x-2 = 0$

The horizontal asymptote is the value for y when x approaches $\infty$ or $-\infty$. Can you do it now?

3. Originally Posted by badgerigar
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The horizontal asymptote is the value for y when x approaches $\infty$ or $-\infty$.
In other words, you consider the two limits:

$y = \lim_{x \rightarrow +\infty} \frac{7x^2 + x - 9}{x^2 + x - 2}$, and

$y = \lim_{x \rightarrow -\infty} \frac{7x^2 + x - 9}{x^2 + x - 2}.$

In this case, the limits have the same value.

4. how do u find this value

5. Originally Posted by mr fantastic
In other words, you consider the two limits:

$y = \lim_{x \rightarrow +\infty} \frac{7x^2 + x - 9}{x^2 + x - 2}$, and

$y = \lim_{x \rightarrow -\infty} \frac{7x^2 + x - 9}{x^2 + x - 2}.$

In this case, the limits have the same value.
$y = \lim_{x \rightarrow +\infty} \frac{7x^2 + x - 9}{x^2 + x - 2} = \lim_{x \rightarrow +\infty} \frac{7 + \frac{1}{x} - \frac{9}{x^2}}{1 + \frac{1}{x} - \frac{2}{x^2}}= \frac{7 + 0 - 0}{1 + 0 - 0} = .....$.