Other Asymptotes

A few days ago, a reader asked if you could find the location of horizontal asymptotes from the derivative of a function. The answer, alas, is no. You can determine that a function has a horizontal asymptote from its derivative, but not where it is. This is because a function and its many possible vertical…

Asymptotes

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 . The graph will show a horizontal asymptote at y = 1. Since the graph of approaches the x-axis as an asymptote, it follows that . (The fact that this graph…

Why Limits?

There are four important things before calculus and in beginning calculus for which we need the concept of limit. The first is continuity. Most of the time in pre-calculus mathematics and in the calculus we deal with nice continuous functions or functions that are not continuous at just a few points. Limits give us the…