# Homework Help: Easy limit Help

1. Sep 28, 2009

### sqidwarf

1. limit as x approaches -5 from the left
of 3x/2x+10

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
I know the solution is infinity but I don't know how to prove it. Should I use the formal definition or is there another way?
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Sep 28, 2009

### lanedance

simply writing it as:
$$\frac{3}{2} \frac{x}{(x+5)}$$
should be sufficient to show the numerator goes to -5*2, whilst denominator is goes to 2*0, so the answer isn't positive infinity...

3. Sep 28, 2009

### lanedance

otherwise fromally, you could show for any poistive integer N, you can choose d such that for
-5-x < d then f(x) < -N

though bit of overkill i think

4. Sep 28, 2009

### Elucidus

You can use the following theorems:

For any real number a and positive integer m:

$$\lim_{x \rightarrow a^+} \frac{1}{(x-a)^m} = \infty$$

$$\lim_{x \rightarrow a^-} \frac{1}{(x-a)^m} = \left\{ \begin{array}{rl} \infty, & \text{if }m \text{ is even} \\ -\infty, & \text{if }m \text{ is odd} \end{array}$$

If $\lim_{x \rightarrow a}f(x) = \infty$ and $\lim_{x \rightarrow a}g(x) = L > 0 \text{ or } \infty$ then

$$\lim_{x \rightarrow a}f(x) \cdot g(x) = \infty$$

(Note this last one works if approaching a from either the left or the right too.)

These theorems are provable with delta-epsilon proofs.

In you exercise let g(x) = 3x/2 and f(x) = 1/(x+5).

I hope this helps.

--Elucidus