# Finding the limit 0/0

1. Jun 17, 2015

### Cal124

I am really struggling with limits at the moment. Any help would be great! Thanks to anyone in advance if they take the time to read the rest of this.
Basically i am struggling with finding the limit when using direct substitution provides 0/0
I (think) am fine with limits that involve quadratic equations, you factorise which should allow some canceling out, and direct substitution should provide an answer.

Just to check
Lim t->(-1) [(1/(t+1)) - (1/(t^2+3t+2)]
factorizing the t^2+3t+2 i can cancel out to 1/(t+2) which with direct substitution the limit = 1/1 =1

but my problem is when i encounter limits such as
lim h->0 (sqrt(2+2h)-sqrt(2)) / h

I did try multiplying it by the conjugate (sqrt(2+2h)-sqrt(2)) / (sqrt(2+2h)+sqrt(2)) but this gave me 2/sqrt(2) and putting the original into worlfram alpha the answer is apparently 1/sqrt(2)

I'm just not sure on the procedure when dealing with this king of limit. any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks

2. Jun 17, 2015

### micromass

Tell us how you obtained $\frac{2}{\sqrt{2}}$. Your method is good, but there is likely a computation error.

3. Jun 17, 2015

### Cal124

Hopefully this will be okay to follow apologies if not, not sure how to write equations on here yet.
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[sqrt(2+2h) - sqrt(2)]/h . [sqrt(2+2h)+sqrt(2)]/sqrt(2+2h)+sqrt(2)
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2+2h+[sqrt(2)sqrt(2+2h)]-[sqrt(2)sqrt(2+2h)]-2
h.sqrt(2+2h)+sqrt(2)
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cancels to
2h
h.[sqrt(2+2h)+sqrt(2)]
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giving, as h->0 & canceling the h's
2
sqrt(2+2.0)+sqrt(2)
Ive realised my error, thanks a lot i will continue just in case
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2/sqrt(2)+sqrt(2) = sqrt(2)/2

just for clarification, is it a rule of thumb in this sort of limit to multiply by the conjugate?

4. Jun 17, 2015

### micromass

Nice work!

Yes, it is a trick that works in a lot of cases.

5. Jun 17, 2015

### Cal124

Thanks! Much appreciated.

6. Jun 17, 2015

### WWGD

Have you tried setting $2h=u$ to make the expression look more like a derivative?

7. Jun 18, 2015

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
It looks like it could be a derivative just as it is.

ƒ'(1) , where ƒ(x) = √(2x) .