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Finite limit problem

  1. Aug 28, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I've read in my textbook, and confirmed via WolframAlpha that lim x->0 (cosx/x^0) =1 , and need an explanation for it. I thought it should be ∞ or something undefined, since 0^0 is undefined.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I tried to use L'Hospitale on the expression, but that led to nowhere. There's no intermediate step between the expression and solution in both textbook, and Wolfram.
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  3. Aug 28, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    There is no n in your limit expression.

    Is this the limit?
    $$\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{cos(x)}{x^0} $$
  4. Aug 28, 2012 #3
    It was a typo. Fixed, and yes that is the limit i was referring to!
  5. Aug 28, 2012 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    As long as x ≠ 0, x0 = 1, right? So, then, what is ##\lim_{x \to 0} x^0##?
  6. Aug 28, 2012 #5
    From all this my guess will be 1, but still not clear why. Is it because lim x->0 means that x !=0 but rather close to 0? Meaning some infinitesimal number ^0=1? Am i getting that correctly?
  7. Aug 28, 2012 #6


    Staff: Mentor

    Yes to both questions. The graph of y = x0 is a horizontal line with a hole at (0, 1).
  8. Aug 28, 2012 #7
    I understand now! Thank you very much for your help!
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