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Homework Help: Need a hint on this limit

  1. Jun 15, 2005 #1
    [itex]\lim_{x\rightarrow 0^+}(1+3x)^{1/x}[/itex]

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  3. Jun 15, 2005 #2
    hello there

    firstly i would make a substitution such as
    [itex]x=\frac{1}{u}[/itex]
    [itex]\lim_{x\rightarrow 0^+}(1+3x)^{1/x}=\lim_{u\rightarrow\infty}(1+\frac{3}{u})^{u}[/itex] you do know what this limit is equal to right?

    steven
     
  4. Jun 15, 2005 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    It might be better to make the substitution [tex]x= \frac{1}{3u}[/tex] so that [tex]1+ 3x= 1+ \frac{1}{u}[/tex] and [tex]\frac{1}{x}= 3u[/tex]. Then the limit becomes
    [tex]\lim_{x\rightarrow 0^+}(1+3x)^{1/x}=\lim_{u\rightarrow\infty}(1+\frac{1}{u})^{3u}= \{\lim_{u\rightarrow\infty}(1+ \frac{1}{u})^u\}^3[/tex].
     
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  5. Jun 15, 2005 #4
    I still don't know where to go with this. I seem to keep getting a [itex](1+ 0)^\infty[/itex] situation.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2005 #5

    dextercioby

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    Do you know the definition of "e" (Euler's number)...?

    Daniel.
     
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