AP Calculus BC : Applications of Derivatives

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Example Question #481 : Ap Calculus Bc

Find the limit if it exists

Hint: Use L'Hospital's rule

 

 
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Directly evaluating for  yields the indeterminate form

we are able to apply L'Hospital's rule which states that if the limit is in indeterminate form when evaluated, then

As such the limit in the problem becomes

Evaluating for  yields

As such

 

and thus

Example Question #482 : Ap Calculus Bc

Evaluate  using L'hopital's rule.

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This important limit from elementary limit theory is usually proven using trigonometric arguments, but it can be shown using L'hopital's rule too.

 

Example Question #483 : Ap Calculus Bc

Evaluate the limit:

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The limit does not exist

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Explanation:

When evaluating the limit using normal methods, we find that the indeterminate form  results. When this occurs, we must use L'Hopital's Rule, which states that for .

Taking the derivative of the top and bottom functions and evaluating the limit, we get

The derivatives were found using the following rules:

Example Question #484 : Ap Calculus Bc

Evaluate the limit:

Possible Answers:

The limit does not exist

Correct answer:

Explanation:

When evaluating the limit using normal methods, we find that we get the indeterminate form . When this occurs, we must use L'Hopital's Rule to evaluate the limit. The rule states that for the limits for which the indeterminate forms result,

Taking the derivatives for our limit, we get

The derivatives were found using the following rules:

 

Example Question #485 : Ap Calculus Bc

Evaluate the limit:

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The limit does not exist

Correct answer:

Explanation:

When evaluating the limit using normal methods (substitution), we get the indeterminate form . When this (or ) occurs, we must use L'Hopital's Rule to evaluate the limit. The rule states that when an indeterminate form results from the limit, 

Taking the derivatives in our limit, we get

The derivatives were found using the following rules:

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Example Question #486 : Ap Calculus Bc

Evaluate the limit

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Admittedly a more computationally intensive problem, we begin by trying to plug in  into the limit directly, but we get the indeterminate form .

We then apply L'Hôpital's rule and try again:

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However, plugging in  still yields the indeterminate form , so we are forced to apply L'Hôpital's rule a second time:

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This time, plugging in  does not produce an indeterminate form, so we may evaluate the limit by setting  as follows:

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Example Question #487 : Ap Calculus Bc

Evaluate the limit

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Simply plugging in  into the expression yields the indeterminate form of , so we must resort to using L'Hôpital's rule. We take the derivative of the numerator and denominator, and then look at the limit again.

This time, when we plug in , we do not get an indeterminate form, so we can evaluate the limit by setting :

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Example Question #488 : Ap Calculus Bc

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Example Question #211 : Derivatives

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Example Question #490 : Ap Calculus Bc

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