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Homework Help: 2 finding limits problems

  1. Jul 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1. Find the limit of [tex]\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{1}{xe^{\frac{1}{x}}}[/tex]
    2. " " " " [tex]\lim_{x\rightarrow\infty} \frac {x}{\log_e x}[/tex]

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]\lim_{x\rightarrow\infty} \frac{N}{x} = 0[/tex]

    [tex]\lim_{x\rightarrow n} x+a = \lim_{x\rightarrow n} x + \lim_{x\rightarrow n} a[/tex] etc

    3. The attempt at a solution

    1. I put in values of x close to 0, and as I approached from above I got values very close to 0, but when I approached from below the numbers became massively large and negative ([tex]f(-0.1)=-220264, f(-0.01)=-2.688\times10^{45}[/tex]). The answer in my book is zero, but my numbers say there is no limit as values of x approaching 0 do not approach the same number. Have I missed something out or is the book wrong?

    2. In the book the answer is "no limit", but I can't think of a way to evaluate it to prove it. The only thing I've thought of is dividing by x, but that did nothing and ended up going in circles :/
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  3. Jul 9, 2008 #2


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    Have you learnt L Hospital's rule yet? Use it for both. Note that you have to express 1. in the correct form before you can use it.
  4. Jul 9, 2008 #3
    No, we don't learn that this year. This is last year high school stuff, and I was sick when the class was taught it so i'm trying to get through it myself. The notes up to this exercise in the book simply goes over what a limit is, evaluating by algebraic manipulation or solve for values of x and draw a graph/table, the equations listed above and cases of being careful with moduli.
  5. Jul 9, 2008 #4


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    Ok then perhaps we can take this somewhat intuitively. Consider the first question. As x->0, analyse the term in the denominator xe^(1/x). x will approach 0 and e^(1/x) will approach infinity, right? So we have two limits going in the opposite directions (very roughly speaking). But which one of these 2 would "reach its limit" faster? Which term would dominate?

    Alternatively, think of 1. as [tex]\frac{1/x}{e^{1/x}}[/tex]. Draw a graph of the numerator and that of the denominator on the same sketch. Which one would dominate as x->0?

    The second one you can also think of it intuitively. Look at the graph of y=x and y=ln x. What happens when x->infinity? Which one diverges faster?
  6. Jul 10, 2008 #5
    Ah I get it now, thanks!
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