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Homework Help: On properties of limits

  1. Mar 27, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    the ques says:
    lim x tending to 0 [f(x)g(x)] exists. Then both lim x tending to 0 f(x) AND lim x tending to 0 also exist. True or False

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    lim f(x)g(x) =lim f(x) * lim g(x)
    so if LHS exists then limf(x) and lim g(x) must exist
    so it should be true
    but the answer says that the statement is false
    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help
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  3. Mar 27, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    $$\lim_{x \to 0} f(x)g(x) = \lim_{x \to 0}f(x)\cdot \lim_{x \to 0} g(x)$$
    only if both limits on the right side exist.

    What you need is a counterexample in which the limits on the right side fail to exist, but the limit of the product does exist.
  4. Mar 27, 2012 #3
    got it, thanks:)
    plz help me out on this one also:
    i was doing limits and i noticed that while 1/ ∞ and -1/ ∞ both are taken as 0
    the author writes 1/0 as + ∞ and -1/0 as -∞
    please explain............
  5. Mar 27, 2012 #4
    i understand that -0 and +0 would mean same and -∞ and +∞ mean different
    but i'm getting some answers wrong. (and i'm getting confused)
    for eg: xsin(1/x)here if x tends to -∞ it would be sin(-1/ ∞)/-1/ ∞
    so shouldnt the answer be 1? the book says -1
  6. Mar 27, 2012 #5


    Staff: Mentor

    You'll need to show me what the author is actually saying. Both 1/0 and -1/0 are undefined, and a limit that has one of these forms can turn out to be ∞, -∞, or fail to exist completely.

    Some examples:
    ##\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{1}{x}## does not exist
    ##\lim_{x \to 0^+}\frac{1}{x} = \infty##
    ##\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{-1}{x^2} = -\infty##
  7. Mar 27, 2012 #6
    And how i'm wrong here:
    xsin(1/x)here if x tends to -∞ it would be sin(-1/ ∞)/-1/ ∞
    so shouldnt the answer be 1?
  8. Mar 27, 2012 #7


    Staff: Mentor

    Yes, but you should never write expressions such as sin(-1/∞) and the like. That's what limits are for.
  9. Mar 28, 2012 #8


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    As Mark44 said, you should never write things like "1/0", [itex]1/\infty[/itex], or [itex]1/-\infty[/itex]. To find the limit of x sin(1/x) as x goes to [itex]-\infty[/itex], let y= 1/x so we have [itex]\lim_{y\to 0^-} sin(y)/y[/itex]. That can be easily shown (how depending on exactly how you have defined sine) to be 1.
  10. Mar 28, 2012 #9
    i understand that......just wrote it to explain what i was thinking
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