Horizontal asymptotes are the graphical manifestation of limits as x approaches infinity. Vertical asymptotes are the graphical manifestation of limits equal to infinity (at a finite x-value).

Thus, since \displaystyle \underset{x\to \infty }{\mathop{\lim }}\,\left( 1-{{2}^{-x}} \right)=1. The graph will show a horizontal asymptote at y = 1.

Since the graph of \displaystyle y={{2}^{-x}}\sin \left( x \right) approaches the x-axis as an asymptote, it follows that \underset{x\to \infty }{\mathop{\lim }}\,\left( {{2}^{-x}}\sin \left( x \right) \right)=0. (The fact that this graph crosses the x-axis many times on its trip to infinity is not a concern; the axis is still an asymptote.)

Since \underset{x\to 0}{\mathop{\lim }}\,\frac{1}{{{x}^{2}}}=\infty ,\underset{x\to {{0}^{-}}}{\mathop{\lim }}\,\frac{1}{x}=-\infty ,\text{ and }\underset{x\to {{0}^{+}}}{\mathop{\lim }}\,\frac{1}{x}=\infty , the functions all have a vertical asymptote of x = 0.






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