Thread: DIfferentiation Problem ^_^

1. DIfferentiation Problem ^_^

Given f(n) = $\frac{1}{4}n^2(n+1)^2$. Evaluate $\liminf\frac{f(n)}{f(2n)}$.

*show working and explanation PLS

2. Originally Posted by mathbuoy
Given f(n) = $\frac{1}{4}n^2(n+1)^2$. Evaluate $\liminf\frac{f(n)}{f(2n)}$.

*show working and explanation PLS
Hey mate,

f(n) = (1/4)n^2(n+1)^2
Thus,
f(2n) = (1/4)(2n)^2(2n+1)^2 = n^2(2n+1)^2
Hence,
f(n)/f(2n) = (1/4)n^2(n+1)^2/ ( n^2 (2n+1)^2) = (1/4)(n+1)^2/(2n+1)^2

to evaluate the limit of this expression as n tends towards infinity can be evaluated a number of ways, however given your title has the word differentation I am assuming your looking to use L'hopitals Rule,

lim (n-->inf) g(n)/h(n) = lim(n-->inf) g'(n)/h'(n) if g(inf)/h(inf) = inf/inf

Thus,

lim (n-->inf) (1/4)(n+1)^2/(2n+1)^2 = (1/4)lim(n-->inf) ( 2(n+1)/(4(2n+1) )
= (1/8)lim(n-->inf)( (n+1)/(2n+1) ) which once again uses inf/inf, thus employ L'hopitals again,

=(1/8)lim(n-->inf) ((1)/(2)) = (1/8)lim(n-->inf)(1/2) = (1/8)(1/2) = (1/16)

Hope this helps,

David