# l’Hopital’s Rule Help..

• March 27th 2009, 08:59 PM
jvignacio
l’Hopital’s Rule Help..
Hey guys having trouble solving this . Use l’Hopital’s rule to find:

$\lim_{x\to0}\frac{cosx-1}{x^2}$

any help much appreciated
• March 27th 2009, 09:19 PM
Quote:

Originally Posted by jvignacio
Hey guys having trouble solving this . Use l’Hopital’s rule to find:

$\lim_{x\to0}\frac{cosx-1}{x^2}$

any help much appreciated

Differentiate numerator and denominator

$\frac{d~}{dx} (cos(x) - 1 ) = -sin(x)$

$\frac{d}{dx} (x^2) = 2x
$

What is

$(\frac{-1}{2})\lim_{x\to0}\frac{sin(x)}{x}$ ?

You can do the same for finding this limit or just use the formula (which??)
• March 27th 2009, 09:36 PM
jvignacio
Quote:

Differentiate numerator and denominator

$\frac{d~}{dx} (cos(x) - 1 ) = -sin(x)$

$\frac{d}{dx} (x^2) = 2x
$

What is

$(\frac{-1}{2})\lim_{x\to0}\frac{sin(x)}{x}$ ?

You can do the same for finding this limit or just use the formula (which??)

sorry what do u do after finding the derivative of the numerator and the denominator?
• March 27th 2009, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jvignacio
sorry what do u do after finding the derivative of the numerator and the denominator?

1)Find derivatives separately

2) Divide the numerator's derivative by denominator's derivative

3)If on putting the limit you get a definite answer than game over!!

4) If not than go to step 1

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I strongly recommend reading examples here

The answer of this question will be -1/2 (after you follow above steps) (Happy)

• March 27th 2009, 10:40 PM
jvignacio
Quote:

1)Find derivatives separately

2) Divide the numerator's derivative by denominator's derivative

3)If on putting the limit you get a definite answer than game over!!

4) If not than go to step 1

---------------------------------------------------
I strongly recommend reading examples here

The answer of this question will be -1/2 (after you follow above steps) (Happy)

are you able to do the working out for this question?

im confused how to divide the derivatives of the original fraction

$\lim_{x\to0}\frac{-sin}{2x}$
• March 27th 2009, 11:06 PM
Quote:

Originally Posted by jvignacio
are you able to do the working out for this question?

im confused how to divide the derivatives of the original fraction

Denominator =D Numerator =N

Derivative of Numerator
$= \frac{d~}{dx} (cos(x) - 1 ) = -sin(x)$...(Also called N'(x))

Derivative of Denominator
$= \frac{d}{dx} (x^2) = 2x$...(Also called D'(x) )

According to the l'Hopital's rule

So using this

$(\frac{-1}{2}) lim_{x\to 0} cos(x)$
$\implies (\frac{-1}{2}) \times (1)$