# Limits Question

1. May 2, 2015

### Cpt Qwark

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Calculate $$\lim_{(x,y)\to(0,0)}\frac{x^4-4y^2}{x^2+2y^2}$$ along the the line $$y=2x$$

2. Relevant equations
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3. The attempt at a solution
Not too sure what they mean by calculating the limit along the line $$y=2x$$. The answer is $\frac{-3}{5}$.
But I have gotten so far: $$\lim_{(0,y)\to(0,0)}\frac{-y^2}{y^2}=-1$$ and $$\lim_{(x,0)\to(0,0)}\frac{x^2}{x^2}=1$$, but the limit doesn't exist $$l_1\neq{l_2}$$?

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2. May 2, 2015

### haruspex

Taking the limit along the line y=2x just means you can substitute y=2x then take the limit as x tends to 0.
Your two attempts took the limits along the lines x=0 (first attempt), y=0 (2nd attempt).

3. May 2, 2015

### Cpt Qwark

Sorry, it was supposed to be $$\lim_{(x,y)\to(0,0)}\frac{x^2-y^2}{x^2+y^2}$$, so you sub in $$y=2x$$ and compute $$\lim_{x\to0}\frac{x^2-(2x)^2}{x^2+(2x)^2}$$?

4. May 2, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Yes.

Side note: Don't use BBCodes inside of LaTeX code. Your BBCode italics tags broke $l_1 \neq l_2$ in your first post.

5. May 2, 2015

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Were you able to evaluate this limit ?

6. May 2, 2015

Yes.