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This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 12 pages. 62 contemporary calculus 1.1The Limit of a FunctionCalculus has been called the study of continuous change, and the limitis the basic concept that allows us to describe and analyze such change.An understanding of limits is necessary to understand derivatives,integrals and other fundamental topics of calculus.The Idea (Informally)The limit of a function at a point describes the behavior of the functionwhen the variable is near—but does not equal—a specified number (seemargin figure). If the values off(x)get closer and closer—as close aswe want—to one numberLas we take values ofxvery close to (butnot equal to) a numberc, thenThe symbolmeans “approaches” or“gets very close to.”we say: “the limit off(x), asxapproachesc, isLand we write: limxcf(x) =LIt is very important to note that:f(c)is a single number that describes the behavior (value)offatthe pointx=cwhile:limxcf(x)is a single number that describes the behavioroffnear,but not atthe pointx=cIf we have a graph of the functionf(x)nearx=c, then it is usuallyeasy to determine limxcf(x).Example1.Use the graph ofy=f(x)given in the margin to determinethe following limits:(a)limx1f(x)(b)limx2f(x)(c)limx3f(x)(d)limx4f(x)   #### You've reached the end of your free preview.

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• Calculus, Limits, lim, Limit of a function, One-sided limit
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