# Homework Help: Limit question (inf. - inf.)

1. Feb 8, 2005

EDITED THE EQUATION

Hello all,

I have this problem I can't solve.. it is a infinite - infinite. I tried it around 5 times and can't find the correct answer (infinite). I'm pretty sure I have to put in evidence x^2 and use a limit law but I can't find the answer.. can someone help me for this problem:

lim x -> +inf. $$x - \ln(x^2-1)$$

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2. Feb 8, 2005

### Justin Lazear

The limit evaluates to -0.5? How do you know this?

--J

3. Feb 8, 2005

That's the answer in the book =)

Sorry, it was x - (lnx^2-1)

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4. Feb 8, 2005

### Justin Lazear

x^2 increases much faster than ln(x^2 -1). The limit should be unbounded.

The technique I'd use to evaluate it would be to write x^2 as [itex]\ln{\left(e^{x^2}\right)}[/tex] and then combine the logs. This approach gives a result of infinity, as well.

--J

5. Feb 8, 2005

I edited the equation. It was a typo.. sorry

6. Feb 8, 2005

### Justin Lazear

$$x - \left(\ln{x^2}\right) - 1$$
or
$$x - \ln{(x^2 -1)}$$
?

Well, either way, the limit is still unbounded.

--J

7. Feb 8, 2005