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Limit of a function

  1. Oct 23, 2012 #1
    how do you find the limit of this:


    this is not homework. i'm trying to learn how to do it.

    and is there anything like 3 sequence theorems?
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  3. Oct 23, 2012 #2


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    welcome to pf!

    hi lalapnt! welcome to pf! :smile:
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  4. Oct 23, 2012 #3


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    Are you asking what the answer is or how to prove it? You'll need to use the fact that the arc tangent function is defined to take the (principal) values (−π/2, π/2). Otherwise there will be multiple answers.
  5. Oct 24, 2012 #4
    yes you're right. i need to know how to do such a question. and also the "domain" of the function is af72b8fb6367c22b1914412c4928665d.png

    i want to know how to prove it. @haruspex

    @tiny-tim do you have an idea what this is:
  6. Oct 24, 2012 #5
    Firstly, you have to know how to draw the graph of such funtions as (log, tang, cot, sin, cos...) then try to draw the inverse graph of these functions. You should also know about limit and its theorems. That's how I try to find a way to solve that kind of problems.
    Now your question's solution:
    [itex]\lim_{x\rightarrow+∞}arctgx =?[/itex]
    When you draw the graph of arctgx and take the limit x goes to positive infinity, the function converges [itex]\frac{\pi}{2}[/itex]. Eventually, we conclude the answer is
    [itex]\lim_{x\rightarrow+∞}arctgx = \frac{\pi}{2}[/itex]
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  7. Oct 24, 2012 #6


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    For a formal proof, a starting point has to be a definition of the atan function. Having chosen one, can you prove tan(y) >= y for 0 < y < pi/2? From there it's not hard.
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