# Horizontal Asymptote of Rational Function

#### nycmathdad

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Given f(x) = [sqrt{2x^2 - x + 10}]/(2x - 3), find the horizontal asymptote.

Top degree does not = bottom degree.

Top degree is not less than bottom degree.

If top degree > bottom degree, the horizontal asymptote DNE.

The problem for me is that 2x^2 lies within the radical. I can rewrite the radical using a fractional degree (2x^2 - x + 10)^(1/2) but leads no where, I think.

#### jonah

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Beer soaked ramblings follow.
Given f(x) = [sqrt{2x^2 - x + 10}]/(2x - 3), find the horizontal asymptote.

Top degree does not = bottom degree.

Top degree is not less than bottom degree.

If top degree > bottom degree, the horizontal asymptote DNE.

The problem for me is that 2x^2 lies within the radical. I can rewrite the radical using a fractional degree (2x^2 - x + 10)^(1/2) but leads no where, I think.
I see one vertical asymptote and one horizontal asymptote but your textbook's answer section says there are two horizontal asymptote. Probably a typo. (1.5.65) Last edited:

#### nycmathdad

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The horizontal asymptotes are given to be y = sqrt{2}/2 & y = -sqrt{2}/2. Which is correct?

#### jonah

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Beer soaked ramblings follow.
The horizontal asymptotes are given to be y = sqrt{2}/2 & y = -sqrt{2}/2. Which is correct?
Click on the desmos link and find out for yourself.

#### nycmathdad

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I cannot tell from the graph if the textbook has a typo or not.

sqrt{2}/2 = 0.7071067812

-sqrt{2}/2 = -0.7071067812

I don't see this on the graph.

#### jonah

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Beer soaked query follows.
I cannot tell from the graph if the textbook has a typo or not.

sqrt{2}/2 = 0.7071067812

-sqrt{2}/2 = -0.7071067812

I don't see this on the graph.
Have you typed those alleged horizontal asymptotes on desmos?

#### Country Boy

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Given f(x) = [sqrt{2x^2 - x + 10}]/(2x - 3), find the horizontal asymptote.

Top degree does not = bottom degree.

Top degree is not less than bottom degree.

If top degree > bottom degree, the horizontal asymptote DNE.

The problem for me is that 2x^2 lies within the radical. I can rewrite the radical using a fractional degree (2x^2 - x + 10)^(1/2) but leads no where, I think.
For very, very large x, "-x+ 10" negligible compared to "$$\displaystyle 2x^2$$". For very, very large x,$$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2x^2- x+ 10}}{2x-3}$$ is indistinguishable from $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2x^2}}{2x- 3}= \frac{\sqrt{2}x}{2x- 3}$$. In the limit, it IS true that "top degree= bottom degree".

Another way to see this: divide both numerator and denominator of $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2x^2- x+ 10}}{2x- 3}$$ by x. In the numerator the x goes into the square root as $$\displaystyle x^2$$ so it becomes $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2- \frac{1}{x}+ \frac{10}{x^2}}}{2- \frac{3}{x}}$$.

As x goes to infinity, the fractions with x or $$\displaystyle x^2$$ in the denominator go to 0 so that, again, has limit $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$.

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#### nycmathdad

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For very, very large x, "-x+ 10" negligible compared to "$$\displaystyle 2x^2$$". For very, very large x,$$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2x^2- x+ 10}}{2x-3}$$ is indistinguishable from $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2x^2}}{2x- 3}= \frac{\sqrt{2}x}{2x- 3}$$. In the limit, it IS true that "top degree= bottom degree".

Another way to see this: divide both numerator and denominator of $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2x^2- x+ 10}}{2x- 3}$$ by x. In the numerator the x goes into the square root as $$\displaystyle x^2$$ so it becomes $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2- \frac{1}{x}+ \frac{10}{x^2}}}{2- \frac{3}{x}}$$.

As x goes to infinity, the fractions with x or $$\displaystyle x^2$$ in the denominator go to 0 so that, again, has limit $$\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$.
I thought about dividing the top and bottom by x but wasn't sure if I could do the same on top considering the radical. I see that there's a typo in the textbook answer section, which is very common in math and other science books.

#### jonah

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Brandy induced realization follows.
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I see one vertical asymptote and one horizontal asymptote but your textbook's answer section says there are two horizontal asymptote. Probably a typo. (1.5.65)
... I see that there's a typo in the textbook answer section, ...
There's nothing like heavy lifting and brandy to make one see one's folly. There was no typo. There are indeed two horizontal asymptotes: $y=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ and $y=-\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$

#### nycmathdad

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Brandy induced realization follows.

There's nothing like heavy lifting and brandy to make one see one's folly. There was no typo. There are indeed two horizontal asymptotes: $y=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ and $y=-\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$
I'm not too familiar with desmos.

#### Country Boy

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Is the "heavy lifting" lifting the glass of brandy?

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#### jonah

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Beer soaked recommendation follows.
I'm not too familiar with desmos.
I strongly suggest that you get yourself familiar with it and download the app on your phone. You'll thank me later.
Is the "heavy lifting" lifting the glass of brandy?
It does along with some regular barbell and dumbbell exercises, machine exercises, and some negative chins. Repetitive activities can often induce eureka moments.

#### Country Boy

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I think the brandy would be the limit of my exercises!

#### jonah

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I think the brandy would be the limit of my exercises!
Why is that?
I sure hope that you're not injured.

#### Country Boy

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Lifting a glass of brandy repeatedly tends to leave me in no condition to do exercises!

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#### jonah

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Man, you had me worried.
Brandy is just something I occasionally do for those times when my brain needs an extra boost. Otherwise, beer is good enough.
By the way, I don't see you anymore at https://mathforums.com/math/
V8Archie is also MIA lately.

#### Prove It

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Man, you had me worried.
Brandy is just something I occasionally do for those times when my brain needs an extra boost. Otherwise, beer is good enough.
By the way, I don't see you anymore at https://mathforums.com/math/
V8Archie is also MIA lately.
I haven't been on MHF for many years, got sick of the constant spam. Has it improved at all?

#### jonah

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I haven't been on MHF for many years, got sick of the constant spam. Has it improved at all?
A little bit.
Just saw your post there.

#### nycmathdad

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I haven't been on MHF for many years, got sick of the constant spam. Has it improved at all?
It has improved. However, mo matter what username I select, as soon as they know it is me, the blocking game begins. What about FMH?

#### jonah

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Beer soaked ramblings follow.
It has improved. However, mo matter what username I select, as soon as they know it is me, the blocking game begins. What about FMH?
Maybe it's because you deserved to be blocked because you keep posting political and religious stuff despite warnings not to do so. You know something is hot but you keep touching it anyway. It's like you never learn anything from experience at all. You even irritated Dan (Topsquark, the moderator) recently.

#### jonah

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I just noticed that nycmathdad just got banned again.