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Homework Help: Limit as 9x,y) approaches (0,0)

  1. Oct 19, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Justify if the limit of the following function exists as (x,y) approaches (0,0). If it exists find the limit using the squeezing technique.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I found the limit of f(x,0) to approach 0
    I found the limit of f(0,y) to approach 0
    Since this is insufficient I found the limit of f(x,x)=(ex2-1)/2x2

    Thanks for any help.
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  3. Oct 19, 2009 #2


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    why not extend the evaluation to all linear trajectories towards the origin given by y = cx, for some real c

    then evaluate the limit of
    (lim x->0) g(x) = f(x,cx)
    if it is indeterminate, try using L'hopitals rule

    does the limit depend on c?
  4. Oct 20, 2009 #3


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    Unfortunately, even if the limit, as you approach (0,0) along every line is the same, it might still be different for some curve- and so the limit might not exist.
  5. Oct 20, 2009 #4


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    ok, but if you can show that dependent on the line of approach, the result differs, you have shown the limit does not exist
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