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Homework Help: Limit of (sin 5x)/x

  1. Apr 7, 2005 #1
    [tex]f(x) = -50x^2+5[/tex]
    [tex]g(x) = (sin 5x)/x[/tex]
    [tex]h(x) = x^2+5[/tex]

    I'm trying to find the limit of g(x) as x --> 0

    I know that f(x) and h(x) are less than and greater than, respectively, than g(x) but I am unsure how to prove that w/o abusing the concept of infinity. How would I prove this so that i can show that

    [tex]f(x)\leqq g(x) \leqq h(x)[/tex]

    and use the squeeze theorem to show that the limit as x --> 0 for g(x) = 5 because it's also 5 for f(x) and h(x)? Alternatively, I'm sure, is there a better way to go about this?
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  3. Apr 7, 2005 #2
    [tex] \lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \frac{\sin (5x)}{x} = \left(\frac{d}{dx} \sin (5x)\right) \biggr |_{x =0} = 5\cos{0} = 5.[/tex]

    Of course, you have to know a bunch of things to be able to use that to start with. Another easy way, if you already know

    [tex]\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{\sin x}{x} = 1[/tex]

    then just multiply top and bottom of your limit by [itex]5[/itex] and note that [itex]x\rightarrow 0 \Longleftrightarrow 5x \rightarrow 0[/itex].

    There's a thread on a similar limit in the math section that might give you some ideas (there's a geometrically motivated proof there too, using the squeeze theorem, if you want to do it that way):

    Last edited: Apr 7, 2005
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