# 8.5: Rational Function Limits

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Conjugates |
Conjugates are pairs of binomials that are equal aside from inverse operations between them, e.g. and . |

Continuous |
Continuity for a point exists when the left and right sided limits match the function evaluated at that point. For a function to be continuous, the function must be continuous at every single point in an unbroken domain. |

discontinuous |
A function is discontinuous if the function exhibits breaks or holes when graphed. |

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

Rational Function |
A rational function is any function that can be written as the ratio of two polynomial functions. |

rationalization |
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. |

theorem |
A theorem is a statement that can be proven true using postulates, definitions, and other theorems that have already been proven. |

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Finding limits of rational functions algebraically.

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