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icesalmon

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## Homework Statement

use polar coordinates and L'hopital's rule to find the limit:

Lim (x,y) -> (0,0) of (x

^{2}+ y

^{2})*ln(x

^{2}+y

^{2})

## The Attempt at a Solution

I was told in class we couldn't use l'hopital because of the multivariable thing, and I was also told the coordinate switch from rectangular to polar wasn't possible. I'm not sure if the problem is a trick question, because if I can't use L'hopital I would say the limit doesn't exist at (0,0) but how am i supposed to do this before the ideas of partial derivatives are introduced? How am I supposed to use L'Hopital's rule to help that is.

and when do I use the polar switch? before or after I take L'Hopital?

when I do switch over to polar should (x,y) become (rcos(θ),rsin(θ)) -> (0,0) or do I have to switch over from (0,0) to some other angle? am I picking an angle that simultaneously makes cos and sin zero? I don't think that one is possible, so perhaps I switch to something like (pi/2, pi) or (0,2pi) how do I choose between those? I could see sign errors arising if I make the wrong choice.

Thank you for your time.