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  • Section 1.4 Calculating Limits V63.0121.021, Calculus I New York University September 16, 2010Announcements First written homework due today (put it in the envelope) Remember to put your lecture and recitation section numbers on your paper
  • Announcements First written homework due today (put it in the envelope) Remember to put your lecture and recitation section numbers on your paperV63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 2 / 45
  • Yoda on teaching a concepts course“You must unlearn what you have learned.”In other words, we are building up concepts and allowing ourselves only tospeak in terms of what we personally have produced. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 3 / 45
  • Objectives Know basic limits like lim x = a and lim c = c. x→a x→a Use the limit laws to compute elementary limits. Use algebra to simplify limits. Understand and state the Squeeze Theorem. Use the Squeeze Theorem to demonstrate a limit. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 4 / 45
  • OutlineRecall: The concept of limitBasic LimitsLimit Laws The direct substitution propertyLimits with Algebra Two more limit theoremsTwo important trigonometric limits V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 5 / 45
  • Heuristic Definition of a LimitDefinitionWe write lim f (x) = L x→aand say “the limit of f (x), as x approaches a, equals L”if we can make the values of f (x) arbitrarily close to L (as close to L as welike) by taking x to be sufficiently close to a (on either side of a) but notequal to a. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 6 / 45
  • The error-tolerance gameA game between two players (Dana and Emerson) to decide if a limitlim f (x) exists.x→aStep 1 Dana proposes L to be the limit.Step 2 Emerson challenges with an “error” level around L.Step 3 Dana chooses a “tolerance” level around a so that points x within that tolerance of a (not counting a itself) are taken to values y within the error level of L. If Dana cannot, Emerson wins and the limit cannot be L.Step 4 If Dana’s move is a good one, Emerson can challenge again or give up. If Emerson gives up, Dana wins and the limit is L. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 7 / 45
  • The error-tolerance game L a To be legit, the part of the graph inside the blue (vertical) strip must also be inside the green (horizontal) strip. If Emerson shrinks the error, Dana can still win. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 8 / 45
  • Limit FAIL: Jump y 1 x Part of graph in- −1 side blue is not inside green V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 9 / 45
  • Limit FAIL: Jump y Part of graph in- side blue is not 1 inside green x −1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 9 / 45
  • Limit FAIL: Jump y Part of graph in- side blue is not 1 inside green x −1 |x| So lim does not exist. x→0 x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 9 / 45
  • Limit FAIL: unboundedness y 1 lim+ does not exist x→0 x because the function is unbounded near 0 L? x 0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 10 / 45
  • Limit EPIC FAIL πHere is a graph of the function f (x) = sin : x y 1 x −1For every y in [−1, 1], there are infinitely many points x arbitrarily close tozero where f (x) = y . So lim f (x) cannot exist. x→0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 11 / 45
  • OutlineRecall: The concept of limitBasic LimitsLimit Laws The direct substitution propertyLimits with Algebra Two more limit theoremsTwo important trigonometric limits V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 12 / 45
  • Really basic limitsFactLet c be a constant and a a real number. (i) lim x = a x→a (ii) lim c = c x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 13 / 45
  • Really basic limitsFactLet c be a constant and a a real number. (i) lim x = a x→a (ii) lim c = c x→aProof.The first is tautological, the second is trivial. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 13 / 45
  • ET game for f (x) = x y x
  • ET game for f (x) = x y x
  • ET game for f (x) = x y a x a
  • ET game for f (x) = x y a x a
  • ET game for f (x) = x y a x a
  • ET game for f (x) = x y a x a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 14 / 45
  • ET game for f (x) = x y a x a Setting error equal to tolerance works! V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 14 / 45
  • ET game for f (x) = c
  • ET game for f (x) = c y x
  • ET game for f (x) = c y x
  • ET game for f (x) = c y c x a
  • ET game for f (x) = c y c x a
  • ET game for f (x) = c y c x a
  • ET game for f (x) = c y c x a any tolerance works! V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 15 / 45
  • Really basic limitsFactLet c be a constant and a a real number. (i) lim x = a x→a (ii) lim c = c x→aProof.The first is tautological, the second is trivial. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 16 / 45
  • OutlineRecall: The concept of limitBasic LimitsLimit Laws The direct substitution propertyLimits with Algebra Two more limit theoremsTwo important trigonometric limits V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 17 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 18 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 18 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a 2. lim [f (x) − g (x)] = L − M x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 19 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a 2. lim [f (x) − g (x)] = L − M x→a 3. lim [cf (x)] = cL x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 19 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a 2. lim [f (x) − g (x)] = L − M x→a 3. lim [cf (x)] = cL (error scales) x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 19 / 45
  • Justification of the scaling law errors scale: If f (x) is e away from L, then (c · f (x) − c · L) = c · (f (x) − L) = c · e That is, (c · f )(x) is c · e away from cL, So if Emerson gives us an error of 1 (for instance), Dana can use the fact that lim f (x) = L to find a tolerance for f and g corresponding x→a to the error 1/c. Dana wins the round. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 20 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a 2. lim [f (x) − g (x)] = L − M (combination of adding and scaling) x→a 3. lim [cf (x)] = cL (error scales) x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 21 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a 2. lim [f (x) − g (x)] = L − M (combination of adding and scaling) x→a 3. lim [cf (x)] = cL (error scales) x→a 4. lim [f (x)g (x)] = L · M x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 22 / 45
  • Limits and arithmeticFactSuppose lim f (x) = L and lim g (x) = M and c is a constant. Then x→a x→a 1. lim [f (x) + g (x)] = L + M (errors add) x→a 2. lim [f (x) − g (x)] = L − M (combination of adding and scaling) x→a 3. lim [cf (x)] = cL (error scales) x→a 4. lim [f (x)g (x)] = L · M (more complicated, but doable) x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 22 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 23 / 45
  • Caution! The quotient rule for limits says that if lim g (x) = 0, then x→a f (x) limx→a f (x) lim = x→a g (x) limx→a g (x) It does NOT say that if lim g (x) = 0, then x→a f (x) lim does not exist x→a g (x) In fact, limits of quotients where numerator and denominator both tend to 0 are exactly where the magic happens. more about this later V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 24 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M n 6. lim [f (x)]n = lim f (x) x→a x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 25 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M n 6. lim [f (x)]n = lim f (x) (follows from 4 repeatedly) x→a x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 25 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M n 6. lim [f (x)]n = lim f (x) (follows from 4 repeatedly) x→a x→a 7. lim x n = an x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 25 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M n 6. lim [f (x)]n = lim f (x) (follows from 4 repeatedly) x→a x→a 7. lim x n = an x→a √ √ 8. lim n x = n a x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 25 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M n 6. lim [f (x)]n = lim f (x) (follows from 4 repeatedly) x→a x→a 7. lim x n = an (follows from 6) x→a √ √ 8. lim n x = n a x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 25 / 45
  • Limits and arithmetic IIFact (Continued) f (x) L 5. lim = , if M = 0. x→a g (x) M n 6. lim [f (x)]n = lim f (x) (follows from 4 repeatedly) x→a x→a 7. lim x n = an (follows from 6) x→a √ √ 8. lim n x = n a x→a n 9. lim f (x) = n lim f (x) (If n is even, we must additionally assume x→a x→a that lim f (x) > 0) x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 25 / 45
  • Applying the limit lawsExampleFind lim x 2 + 2x + 4 . x→3 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 26 / 45
  • Applying the limit lawsExampleFind lim x 2 + 2x + 4 . x→3SolutionBy applying the limit laws repeatedly: lim x 2 + 2x + 4 x→3 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 26 / 45
  • Applying the limit lawsExampleFind lim x 2 + 2x + 4 . x→3SolutionBy applying the limit laws repeatedly: lim x 2 + 2x + 4 = lim x 2 + lim (2x) + lim (4) x→3 x→3 x→3 x→3 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 26 / 45
  • Applying the limit lawsExampleFind lim x 2 + 2x + 4 . x→3SolutionBy applying the limit laws repeatedly: lim x 2 + 2x + 4 = lim x 2 + lim (2x) + lim (4) x→3 x→3 x→3 x→3 2 = lim x + 2 · lim (x) + 4 x→3 x→3 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 26 / 45
  • Applying the limit lawsExampleFind lim x 2 + 2x + 4 . x→3SolutionBy applying the limit laws repeatedly: lim x 2 + 2x + 4 = lim x 2 + lim (2x) + lim (4) x→3 x→3 x→3 x→3 2 = lim x + 2 · lim (x) + 4 x→3 x→3 2 = (3) + 2 · 3 + 4 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 26 / 45
  • Applying the limit lawsExampleFind lim x 2 + 2x + 4 . x→3SolutionBy applying the limit laws repeatedly: lim x 2 + 2x + 4 = lim x 2 + lim (2x) + lim (4) x→3 x→3 x→3 x→3 2 = lim x + 2 · lim (x) + 4 x→3 x→3 2 = (3) + 2 · 3 + 4 = 9 + 6 + 4 = 19. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 26 / 45
  • Your turnExample x 2 + 2x + 4Find lim x→3 x 3 + 11 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 27 / 45
  • Your turnExample x 2 + 2x + 4Find lim x→3 x 3 + 11Solution 19 1The answer is = . 38 2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 27 / 45
  • Direct Substitution PropertyTheorem (The Direct Substitution Property)If f is a polynomial or a rational function and a is in the domain of f , then lim f (x) = f (a) x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 28 / 45
  • OutlineRecall: The concept of limitBasic LimitsLimit Laws The direct substitution propertyLimits with Algebra Two more limit theoremsTwo important trigonometric limits V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 29 / 45
  • Limits do not see the point! (in a good way)TheoremIf f (x) = g (x) when x = a, and lim g (x) = L, then lim f (x) = L. x→a x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 30 / 45
  • Limits do not see the point! (in a good way)TheoremIf f (x) = g (x) when x = a, and lim g (x) = L, then lim f (x) = L. x→a x→aExample x 2 + 2x + 1Find lim , if it exists. x→−1 x +1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 30 / 45
  • Limits do not see the point! (in a good way)TheoremIf f (x) = g (x) when x = a, and lim g (x) = L, then lim f (x) = L. x→a x→aExample x 2 + 2x + 1Find lim , if it exists. x→−1 x +1Solution x 2 + 2x + 1Since = x + 1 whenever x = −1, and since lim x + 1 = 0, x +1 x→−1 x 2 + 2x + 1we have lim = 0. x→−1 x +1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 30 / 45
  • x 2 + 2x + 1ET game for f (x) = x +1 y x −1 Even if f (−1) were something else, it would not effect the limit.
  • x 2 + 2x + 1ET game for f (x) = x +1 y x −1 Even if f (−1) were something else, it would not effect the limit. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 31 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0SolutionWe have MTP DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ x 2 = 02 = 0 x→0 x→0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0SolutionWe have MTP DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ x 2 = 02 = 0 x→0 x→0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0SolutionWe have MTP DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ x 2 = 02 = 0 x→0 x→0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0SolutionWe have MTP DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ x 2 = 02 = 0 x→0 x→0Likewise: lim f (x) = lim −x = −0 = 0 x→0− x→0− V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0SolutionWe have MTP DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ x 2 = 02 = 0 x→0 x→0Likewise: lim f (x) = lim −x = −0 = 0 x→0− x→0− V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Limit of a function defined piecewise at a boundarypointExampleLet x2 x ≥0 f (x) = −x x <0Does lim f (x) exist? x→0SolutionWe have MTP DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ x 2 = 02 = 0 x→0 x→0Likewise: lim f (x) = lim −x = −0 = 0 x→0− x→0− So lim f (x) = 0. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 32 / 45
  • Finding limits by algebraic manipulationsExample √ x −2Find lim . x→4 x −4 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 33 / 45
  • Finding limits by algebraic manipulationsExample √ x −2Find lim . x→4 x −4Solution √ 2 √ √Write the denominator as x − 4 = x − 4 = ( x − 2)( x + 2). V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 33 / 45
  • Finding limits by algebraic manipulationsExample √ x −2Find lim . x→4 x −4Solution √ 2 √ √Write the denominator as x − 4 = x − 4 = ( x − 2)( x + 2). So √ √ x −2 x −2 lim = lim √ √ x→4 x − 4 x→4 ( x − 2)( x + 2) 1 1 = lim √ = x→4 x +2 4 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 33 / 45
  • Your turnExampleLet 1 − x2 x ≥1 f (x) = 2x x <1Find lim f (x) if it exists. x→1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 34 / 45
  • Your turnExampleLet 1 − x2 x ≥1 f (x) = 2x x <1Find lim f (x) if it exists. x→1SolutionWe have DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ 1 − x 2 = 0 x→1 x→1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 34 / 45
  • Your turnExampleLet 1 − x2 x ≥1 f (x) = 2x x <1Find lim f (x) if it exists. 1 x→1SolutionWe have DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ 1 − x 2 = 0 x→1 x→1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 34 / 45
  • Your turnExampleLet 1 − x2 x ≥1 f (x) = 2x x <1Find lim f (x) if it exists. 1 x→1SolutionWe have DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ 1 − x 2 = 0 x→1 x→1 DSP lim f (x) = lim (2x) = 2 x→1− x→1− V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 34 / 45
  • Your turnExampleLet 1 − x2 x ≥1 f (x) = 2x x <1Find lim f (x) if it exists. 1 x→1SolutionWe have DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ 1 − x 2 = 0 x→1 x→1 DSP lim f (x) = lim (2x) = 2 x→1− x→1− V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 34 / 45
  • Your turnExampleLet 1 − x2 x ≥1 f (x) = 2x x <1Find lim f (x) if it exists. 1 x→1SolutionWe have DSP lim+ f (x) = lim+ 1 − x 2 = 0 x→1 x→1 DSP lim f (x) = lim (2x) = 2 x→1− x→1−The left- and right-hand limits disagree, so the limit does not exist. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 34 / 45
  • A message from the Mathematical Grammar PolicePlease do not say “ lim f (x) = DNE.” Does not compute. x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 35 / 45
  • A message from the Mathematical Grammar PolicePlease do not say “ lim f (x) = DNE.” Does not compute. x→a Too many verbs V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 35 / 45
  • A message from the Mathematical Grammar PolicePlease do not say “ lim f (x) = DNE.” Does not compute. x→a Too many verbs Leads to FALSE limit laws like “If lim f (x) DNE and lim g (x) DNE, x→a x→a then lim (f (x) + g (x)) DNE.” x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 35 / 45
  • Two More Important Limit TheoremsTheoremIf f (x) ≤ g (x) when x is near a (except possibly at a), then lim f (x) ≤ lim g (x) x→a x→a(as usual, provided these limits exist).Theorem (The Squeeze/Sandwich/Pinching Theorem)If f (x) ≤ g (x) ≤ h(x) when x is near a (as usual, except possibly at a),and lim f (x) = lim h(x) = L, x→a x→athen lim g (x) = L. x→a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 36 / 45
  • Using the Squeeze TheoremWe can use the Squeeze Theorem to replace complicated expressions withsimple ones when taking the limit. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 37 / 45
  • Using the Squeeze TheoremWe can use the Squeeze Theorem to replace complicated expressions withsimple ones when taking the limit.Example πShow that lim x 2 sin = 0. x→0 x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 37 / 45
  • Using the Squeeze TheoremWe can use the Squeeze Theorem to replace complicated expressions withsimple ones when taking the limit.Example πShow that lim x 2 sin = 0. x→0 xSolutionWe have for all x, π π −1 ≤ sin ≤ 1 =⇒ −x 2 ≤ x 2 sin ≤ x2 x xThe left and right sides go to zero as x → 0. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 37 / 45
  • Illustration of the Squeeze Theorem y h(x) = x 2 x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 38 / 45
  • Illustration of the Squeeze Theorem y h(x) = x 2 x f (x) = −x 2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 38 / 45
  • Illustration of the Squeeze Theorem y h(x) = x 2 x π 2 g (x) = x sin x f (x) = −x 2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 38 / 45
  • OutlineRecall: The concept of limitBasic LimitsLimit Laws The direct substitution propertyLimits with Algebra Two more limit theoremsTwo important trigonometric limits V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 39 / 45
  • Two important trigonometric limitsTheoremThe following two limits hold: sin θ lim =1 θ→0 θ cos θ − 1 lim =0 θ→0 θ V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 40 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice θ θ θ 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice sin θ ≤ θ sin θ θ θ cos θ 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice sin θ ≤ θ tan θ sin θ θ tan θ θ cos θ 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice θ sin θ ≤ θ ≤ 2 tan ≤ tan θ 2 sin θ θ tan θ θ cos θ 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice θ sin θ ≤ θ ≤ 2 tan ≤ tan θ 2 Divide by sin θ: θ 1 1≤ ≤ sin θ cos θ sin θ θ tan θ θ cos θ 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice θ sin θ ≤ θ ≤ 2 tan ≤ tan θ 2 Divide by sin θ: θ 1 1≤ ≤ sin θ cos θ sin θ θ tan θ θ Take reciprocals: cos θ 1 sin θ 1≥ ≥ cos θ θ V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Sine LimitProof. Notice θ sin θ ≤ θ ≤ 2 tan ≤ tan θ 2 Divide by sin θ: θ 1 1≤ ≤ sin θ cos θ sin θ θ tan θ θ Take reciprocals: cos θ 1 sin θ 1≥ ≥ cos θ θAs θ → 0, the left and right sides tend to 1. So, then, must the middleexpression. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 41 / 45
  • Proof of the Cosine LimitProof. 1 − cos θ 1 − cos θ 1 + cos θ 1 − cos2 θ = · = θ θ 1 + cos θ θ(1 + cos θ) 2 sin θ sin θ sin θ = = · θ(1 + cos θ) θ 1 + cos θSo 1 − cos θ sin θ sin θ lim = lim · lim θ→0 θ θ→0 θ θ→0 1 + cos θ = 1 · 0 = 0. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 42 / 45
  • Try theseExample tan θ 1. lim θ→0 θ sin 2θ 2. lim θ→0 θ V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 43 / 45
  • Try theseExample tan θ 1. lim θ→0 θ sin 2θ 2. lim θ→0 θAnswer 1. 1 2. 2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 43 / 45
  • Solutions 1. Use the basic trigonometric limit and the definition of tangent. tan θ sin θ sin θ 1 1 lim = lim = lim · lim = 1 · = 1. θ→0 θ θ→0 θ cos θ θ→0 θ θ→0 cos θ 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 44 / 45
  • Solutions 1. Use the basic trigonometric limit and the definition of tangent. tan θ sin θ sin θ 1 1 lim = lim = lim · lim = 1 · = 1. θ→0 θ θ→0 θ cos θ θ→0 θ θ→0 cos θ 1 2. Change the variable: sin 2θ sin 2θ sin 2θ lim = lim 1 = 2 · lim =2·1=2 θ→0 θ 2θ→0 2θ · 2 2θ→0 2θ V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 44 / 45
  • Solutions 1. Use the basic trigonometric limit and the definition of tangent. tan θ sin θ sin θ 1 1 lim = lim = lim · lim = 1 · = 1. θ→0 θ θ→0 θ cos θ θ→0 θ θ→0 cos θ 1 2. Change the variable: sin 2θ sin 2θ sin 2θ lim = lim 1 = 2 · lim =2·1=2 θ→0 θ 2θ→0 2θ · 2 2θ→0 2θ OR use a trigonometric identity: sin 2θ 2 sin θ cos θ sin θ lim = lim = 2 · lim · lim cos θ = 2 · 1 · 1 = 2 θ→0 θ θ→0 θ θ→0 θ θ→0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 44 / 45
  • Summary The limit laws allow us to compute limits reasonably. BUT we cannot make up extra laws otherwise we get into trouble.V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Section 1.4 Calculating Limits September 16, 2010 45 / 45