# Homework Help: What is the difference between Undefined and Nonexistent Limits

1. Oct 8, 2011

### chez_butt23

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I am having trouble understanding when limits are undefined and when they do not exist. I googled it and cannot find a good explanation. Can someone please explain this to me?

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2. Oct 8, 2011

### gb7nash

They're interchangeable as far as I know.

3. Oct 8, 2011

### Staff: Mentor

Some examples might help.

Here's one where the limit does not exist.
$$\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{1}{x}$$

This limit doesn't exist because the left- and right-side limits aren't the same.

Here's one that's undefined.
$$\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{1}{x^2}$$
In this limit, the left-and right-side limits are the same, but are undefined, in the sense that infinity is not a number in the real number system.

That's how I would distinguish between these terms.

4. Oct 9, 2011

### chez_butt23

Thank you. That helped a lot.