# Basic Idea of Limits

#### nycmathguy

##### New member
Hello everyone. How are you? I want to learn calculus so badly. I plan to do a self-study through calculus l, ll, and lll. Before I think so far ahead, I need a clear, basic definition of the concept of a limit. Textbook language is never easy to grasp unless the student is gifted. I am not gifted mathematically but love the subject.

I understand the limit idea to be the following:

•The value a function is tending to without actually getting there.

•The height a function is trying to reach in terms of the y-axis.

•In terms of a point (x, y), the limit is (value the function is tending to, limit). In other words, x = the value a function is tending to and y = the limit, the height of the function.

Is my understanding of a limit clear or not?

#### topsquark

##### Well-known member
MHB Math Helper
•The value a function is tending to without actually getting there.
That's the concept you need. Height and the rest aren't Mathematical.. they're Physics.

-Dan

#### nycmathguy

##### New member
That's the concept you need. Height and the rest aren't Mathematical.. they're Physics.

-Dan
Thank you, Dan. I will post questions showing work as I understand it. Looking for corrections, hints, and a complete solution in some cases.

#### jonah

##### Member
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Hello everyone. How are you? I want to learn calculus so badly. I plan to do a self-study through calculus l, ll, and lll. Before I think so far ahead, I need a clear, basic definition of the concept of a limit. Textbook language is never easy to grasp unless the student is gifted. I am not gifted mathematically but love the subject.

I understand the limit idea to be the following:

•The value a function is tending to without actually getting there.

•The height a function is trying to reach in terms of the y-axis.

•In terms of a point (x, y), the limit is (value the function is tending to, limit). In other words, x = the value a function is tending to and y = the limit, the height of the function.

Is my understanding of a limit clear or not?
Thank you, Dan. I will post questions showing work as I understand it. Looking for corrections, hints, and a complete solution in some cases.