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Homework Help: Formal definition of limits as x approaches infinity used to prove a limit

  1. Oct 15, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    use the formal definition to show that lim as t goes to infinity of (1-2t-3t^2)/(3+4t+5t^2) = -3/5

    2. Relevant equations

    given epsilon > 0, we want to find N such that if x>N then absolute value of ((1-2t-3t^2)/(3+4t+5t^2) + 3/5) < epsilon

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i assume that X>N>0 and that the numerator and denominator can't be equal to zero.
    do i have to limit the domain? not sure how to proceed from here

    absolute value of ((1-2t-3t^2)/(3+4t+5t^2)) < epsilon - 3/5
    absolute value of (-(3t+1)(t-1)/5t^2+4t+3)) < epsilon -3/5
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  3. Oct 15, 2012 #2


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    For this problem, begin by massaging your |f(x) - L| into the form x>N so that you will get a particular value of N which may work.

    Then re-state your definition except say [itex]\forall ε>0, \exists N = something \space | \space x > something \Rightarrow |f(x)-L| < ε[/itex]

    Then proceed to prove that the particular value of N you found satisfies the definition.
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