# Compute the limit

• Jan 8th 2010, 08:44 AM
rowe
Compute the limit
Compute $\lim_{x \to 2} \frac{\sqrt{6-x}-2}{\sqrt{3-x}-1}$.

I approached this by multiplying the whole expression by the conjugate of the numerator, $\sqrt{6-x}+2$, which gave me a non-zero denominator, but evaluated the limit as 0. The actual limit is $\tfrac{1}{2}$.

What's the trick with this one?
• Jan 8th 2010, 09:05 AM
Plato
$\frac{{\sqrt {6 - x} - 2}}{{\sqrt {3 - x} - 1}} = \frac{{(2 - x)\left( {\sqrt {3 - x} + 1} \right)}}{{(2 - x)\left( {\sqrt {6 - x} + 2} \right)}}$
• Jan 8th 2010, 09:21 AM
rowe
Quote:

Originally Posted by Plato
$\frac{{\sqrt {6 - x} - 2}}{{\sqrt {3 - x} - 1}} = \frac{{(2 - x)\left( {\sqrt {3 - x} + 1} \right)}}{{(2 - x)\left( {\sqrt {6 - x} + 2} \right)}}$

Thanks. Could you perhaps show me the steps you took to achieve that factorisation? Either numerator or denominator will do, I think
• Jan 8th 2010, 09:25 AM
Krizalid
$2-x=\left( \sqrt{6-x}+2 \right)\left( \sqrt{6-x}-2 \right)=\left( \sqrt{3-x}+1 \right)\left( \sqrt{3-x}-1 \right).$
• Jan 8th 2010, 09:25 PM
BugzLooney
How are you guys getting all these fancy symbols? Do I not have enough posts yet or something?
• Jan 8th 2010, 10:18 PM
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