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Homework Help: Epslion Proof for limit of a sequence

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

    Using only the definition of a limit of a sequence prove that lim n->infinity tanh(n)=1

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My attempt at the solution is as follows.

    If 1 is the limit of the sequence then for every [tex]\epsilon[/tex]>0, there exists an number such that n>N for every n, such that we have

    apply the appropriate hyperbolic identity I re-write this as.

    |e^2n-1/(e^2n+1) -1 |< [tex]\epsilon[/tex]
    as tanh(n)< 1 for every sufficiently large n

    we have 1-(e^2n-1/(e^2n+1)) < [tex]\epsilon[/tex]

    After this im stumped, our textbook is very poor so are the notes.

    Any help is welcome thanks in advanced.
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  3. Feb 9, 2008 #2
    How about factoring out e^2n, and then applying limit, and if you are missing lim n-->inf sign there?
  4. Feb 9, 2008 #3
    Re: factoring out

    If i could evaluate it as a limit I would but its asking to prove it using the precise definition of a limit of a sequence, which means that is not an option
  5. Feb 9, 2008 #4


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    lim n->infinity tanh(n)=1
    we desire to show
    for any eps>0
    there exist (a natural number) N(eps)
    such that whenever (a natural number) n>N(eps)
    show |1-tanh(n)|<2exp(-2n)
    Then the original question is equivalant to showing
    lim n->infinity exp(-n)=0
  6. Feb 9, 2008 #5


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    you we so close
    you had
    thus the hint
    it should be easy to finish
  7. Feb 9, 2008 #6
    Try this


    and choose
  8. Feb 9, 2008 #7
    Oupps! lurflurf was faster! :smile:
  9. Feb 9, 2008 #8
    Thanks guys working it through now.
  10. Feb 9, 2008 #9
    I am currently in calc II. I am curious where you got what we choose N= , I can finish it with the substitution you gave me. I am just curious how one derives it.
  11. Feb 9, 2008 #10
    And I got the problem thank you, However I am still curious about the derivation of N
  12. Feb 9, 2008 #11
    There is no general method to choose [itex]N[/itex]. One starts with the definition [itex]|a_n-l|<\epsilon[/itex] and tries to find [itex]N[/itex]. In the problem at hand, since we don't know if [itex]-\frac{1}{2}\,\ln(\epsilon/2)[/itex] is positive we have to write [itex]N=max\left\{0,-\frac{1}{2}\,\ln(\epsilon/2)\right\}[/itex]
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