Limit, Continuity & Differentiability-IB Maths Topics

Limit of a function

Limit of a function f(x) is said to exist as, x \to a when

 {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^ + }} f(x) = {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^ - }} f(x) =   finite quantity.


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Fundamental Theorems On Limits :

Let    {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f(x) = l &   {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f(x) = l   If l & m exists then :

(i) f (x) ± g (x) = l ± m


(ii) f(x). g(x) = l. m


(iii)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to \infty } \frac{{f(x)}}{{g(x)}} = m  provided  m \ne 0


(iv)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} kf(x) = k {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f(x)   where k is a constant.


(v)    {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f[g(x)] = f[ {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} g(x)] = f(m)provided f is continuous at        g (x) = m


Standard Limits :

(a)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{\sin x}}{x} = 1 and {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{\tan x}}{x} = {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{{\tan }^{ - 1}}x}}{x} = 1 {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{{\sin }^{ - 1}}x}}{x} = 1 Where x is measured in radians


(b)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} {(1 + x)^{\frac{1}{x}}}and {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} {(1 + \frac{1}{x})^x} both are equal to e


(c) {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f(x) = 1and {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x) = \infty  then this will show that  {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f{(x)^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)}} = {e^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)[f(x) - 1]}}


(d)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f(x) = A > 0 and   {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x) = B (a finite quantity) then    {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f{(x)^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)}} = {e^z}


where z= ^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)\ln f(x)} = {e^{B\ln A}} = {A^B}


(e)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{a^x} - 1}}{x} = \ln a where a>0. In particular  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{e^x} - 1}}{x} = 1


Indeterminant Forms:

\frac{0}{0},\frac{\infty }{\infty },0 \times \infty ,{0^\infty },{\infty ^0} etc are considered to be indeterminant values

We cannot plot \infty  on the paper. Infinity\infty is a symbol & not a number. It does not obey the laws of elementary algebra.

\infty +\infty =\infty

\infty ×\infty \infty

(a/\infty ) = 0 if a is finite v is not defined

a b =0,if & only if a = 0 or b = 0  and  a & b are finite.

Expansion of function like Binomial expansion, exponential & logarithmic expansion, expansion of sinx , cosx , tanx should be remembered by heart & are given below:

(i)  ex =1+x/1!+x3/3!+x4/4!……\infty


(ii)  ax=1+(xloga)/1!+ (xloga)2/2!+ (xloga)3/3!+ (xloga)4/4!+……….where a > 0


(iii)   ln(1-x)=x-x2/2+x3/3-x4/4……….    where -1 < x  1


(iv)  ln(1-x)=-x-x2/2-x3/3-x4/4……….     where  -1 x < 1


(v )  \sin x = x - \frac{{{x^3}}}{{3!}} + \frac{{{x^5}}}{{5!}} - \frac{{{x^7}}}{{7!}}.......


(vi) \cos x = 1 - \frac{{{x^2}}}{{2!}} + \frac{{{x^4}}}{{4!}} - \frac{{{x^6}}}{{6!}}.......


(v)  \tan x = x + \frac{{{x^3}}}{3} + \frac{{2{x^5}}}{{5!}} - ..........


In next post, I will discuss various types of limit problems, their solutions and L’ Hospital’s rule.In the meantime, you can solve these basic questions from this PDF. This PDF is for beginners only. I will post difficult and higher level questions in the next post on this topic


In my second post on limits, you can learn how to solve different types of questions on limits
Here is the link


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