# 8.1: Definition of a Limit

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secant |
A line that intersects a circle in two points. |

tangent |
A line that intersects a circle in exactly one point. |

End behavior |
End behavior is a description of the trend of a function as input values become very large or very small, represented as the 'ends' of a graphed function. |

Horizontal Asymptote |
A horizontal asymptote is a horizontal line that indicates where a function flattens out as the independent variable gets very large or very small. A function may touch or pass through a horizontal asymptote. |

limit |
A limit is the value that the output of a function approaches as the input of the function approaches a given value. |

limit notation |
Limit notation is a way of expressing the fact that a function gets arbitrarily close to a value. |

secant line |
A secant line is a line that joins two points on a curve. |

Tangent line |
A tangent line is a line that "just touches" a curve at a single point and no others. |

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Introduction to the concept of limit and the origins of calculus.

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