# Notation question

1. Jul 9, 2014

### chemistry1

Hi,

I have a question about : http://imgur.com/RU7PvtJ

I actually understand what I need to do. I need to see if both one sided limits are the same to establish that the limit exists. The only thing which I just find weird is the "since y --> 2^(-) implies y<-2"

Can somebody explain me where this y --> 2^(-) is coming from ??

2. Jul 9, 2014

### micromass

Staff Emeritus
It is just a notation to denote the left-hand limits. So

$$\lim_{x\rightarrow a^-} f(x)$$

is the limit of $f(x)$ as $x\rightarrow a$ but $x<a$.

3. Jul 9, 2014

### chemistry1

But shouldn't we say : y --> -2^(-) and not y --> 2^(-) ???

4. Jul 9, 2014

### micromass

Staff Emeritus
Yes, you are correct. The book is wrong there (and it is wrong is the same place on the next line too).

5. Jul 9, 2014

### chemistry1

Yes, I also noticed it. Ok, thank you!