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Single Variable Calculus: Concepts...

4th Edition
James Stewart
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337687805
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Single Variable Calculus: Concepts...

4th Edition
James Stewart
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337687805

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Chapter 2, Problem 19RE
To determine

To sketch: The graph of a function f(x)=cos2xx2 and discover the asymptotes.

Expert Solution

Answer to Problem 19RE

The vertical asymptote of the function f(x)=cos2xx2 is x=0.

Explanation of Solution

Graph:

Use an online graphing calculator to draw the graph of f as shown below in Figure 1.

Single Variable Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, Enhanced Edition, Chapter 2, Problem 19RE

Observation:

From the above graph, it is observed that x=0 is the vertical asymptote to the function f(x)=cos2xx2.

Recall from the definition that x=a is vertical asymptote if limxbf(x)= or limxbf(x)=.

Consider the function, f(x)=cos2xx2.

Take limit on the above expression

limx0f(x)=limx0cos2xx2=limx0(cos2x)×limx0(1x2)=(cos20)×(102)=

Thus, limx0f(x)=.

Thus, the vertical asymptote to the function f(x)=cos2xx2 is x=0.

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