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Use the following EXCELLENT interactive Applet to explore Limits at Endpoints:

Additional Tutorials and Practice:

Historical Note About Zeno (Page 1):

The above paradox was originally proposed by Zeno of Alea in a more general form, in the sense that continually halfing a distance will result in never achieving the whole. It has been expressed through various means, including races such as the above, and was also used to explain the inability of the warrior Achilles to catch a turtle: if the warrior advances even slightly, so will the turtle, and thus he will never catch up. "And thus in every time in which what is pursuing will traverse the [interval] which what is fleeing, being slower, has already advanced, what is fleeing will also advance some amount." - Simplicious, from "On Aristotle's Physics"

Note On Limits of Endpoints (Page 3):

Some resources/professors will say that for an endpoint of the domain (such as x=0, 5 in the Ex. on Page 3), that because you don't have both a left and a right-hand limit, that the limit doesn't exist; other resources or professors will say that it does exist, and is simply equal to the one sided limit there. The problem is that either way, it's actually a point of mathematical inconsistency in Calculus, since a special allowance for endpoints will have to made at some point, based on current definitions. Those who adopt the former definition have to make these special allowances for endpoints when it comes to the upcoming topic of Continuity, not to mention Differentiability afterwards, whereas those who adopt the latter convention, as we have, make the special allowance only at Limits, and then it's consistent from that point on, not to mention more intuitive. (We won't ask any questions on that specific idea here though, to respect the differences.)

Practice Questions

Question 149 Copy
For the following function, f(x), evaluate the following limits:  ...
Question Type
Evaluate an Expression
Suggested Grade Level
Bruce Merz