Two Path Test

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Use the two path test to prove that the following limits do not exist.

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    The book that I am using introduces the Two Path Test theoretically but does not show an example of how to do it, so I am a bit lost.

    Would I set x = y, and x = -y? In some of the more basic problems I was able to set x = 0 and y = 0, and find the limits would differ, proving that there was no limit. But in this case, that's obviously not possible.
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  3. Dick

    Dick 25,913
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    Those two paths look like a good choice to me. Try them out. What's the limit along each path?
  4. I'm getting 1 and -1, thus the limit does not exist. A question that I have that the book does not address: how do I choose the paths? Do you just try what you think will work until you find something, or is there a specific method of choosing?
  5. Dick

    Dick 25,913
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    There's no formula for picking the paths. Just try some until you get a feeling for what's going on. Other easy ones to try are x=0 and y=0.
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