How do you evaluate the following limit using rationalization?
Using Rationalization to Find Limits
Rationalization generally means to multiply a rational function by a clever form of one in order to eliminate radical symbols or imaginary numbers in the denominator. Rationalization is also a technique used to evaluate limits in order to avoid having a zero in the denominator when you substitute.
Tod do this, you will use the properties of conjugates.
Conjugates can be used to simplify expressions with a radical in the denominator:
Here, they can be used to transform an expression in a limit problem that does not immediately factor to one that does immediately factor.
Now you can cancel the common factors in the numerator and denominator and use substitution to finish evaluating the limit.
The rationalizing technique works because when you algebraically manipulate the expression in the limit to an equivalent expression, the resulting limit will be the same. Sometimes you must do a variety of different algebraic manipulations in order avoid a zero in the denominator when using the substitution method.
In order to evaluate the limit of the following rational expression, you need to multiply by a clever form of 1 so that when you substitute there is no longer a zero factor in the denominator.
Evaluate the following limits:
15. When given a limit to evaluate, how do you know when to use the rationalization technique? What will the function look like?
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