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Many schools and universities require scholars to take not less than one math direction, and Calculus I is frequently the selected choice. *Calculus necessities For Dummies* offers factors of key thoughts for college students who could have taken calculus in highschool and need to study crucial options as they equipment up for a faster-paced university path. freed from overview and ramp-up fabric, *Calculus necessities For Dummies* sticks to the purpose with content material fascinated by key themes in basic terms. It presents discrete causes of severe thoughts taught in a standard two-semester highschool calculus classification or a school point Calculus I path, from limits and differentiation to integration and limitless sequence. This advisor can be an ideal reference for folks who have to overview severe calculus suggestions as they assist highschool scholars with homework assignments, in addition to for grownup novices headed again into the school room who simply desire a refresher of the middle concepts.

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Figure 2-4 shows the graph of this function. indd 20 4/8/10 9:56 AM Chapter 2: Limits and Continuity 21 y 50 f (t )=16t+16 (t≠1) 40 30 20 10 t -1 1 2 3 4 5 Figure 2-4: The average speed function. This graph is identical to the graph of the line y = 16t + 16 except for the hole at (1, 32). There’s a hole there because if you plug 1 into t in the average speed function, you get which is undefined. And why did you get ? Because you’re trying to determine an average speed — which equals total distance divided by elapsed time — from t = 1 to t = 1.

Sometimes it’s informative to indicate this by writing, y The graph of (x +2)(x −5) f (x ) = (x −3)(x +1) 6 5 4 Vertical asymptotes Horizontal asymptote 3 2 1 -8 -7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 -1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 x -2 -3 -4 Figure 2-3: A typical rational function. indd 18 4/8/10 9:56 AM Chapter 2: Limits and Continuity 19 But it’s also correct to say that both of the above limits do not exist because infinity is not a real number. And if you’re asked to determine the regular, two-sided limit, , you have to say that it does not exist because the limits from the left and from the right are unequal.

So continuity at an x-value means there’s a limit for that x-value, and discontinuity at an x-value means there’s no limit there . . except when . . (read on). The hole exception The hole exception is the only exception to the rule that continuity and limits go hand in hand, but it’s a huge exception. And, I have to admit, it’s a bit odd for me to say that continuity and limits usually go hand in hand and to talk about this exception because the exception is the whole point. When you come right down to it, the exception is more important than the rule.