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MA1006 Problem Set 1A

MA2176a1 Functions, Limits and Continuity 0910B

1. Find the largest possible domain of each of the following functions:


2x x2 −1
(a) y = f ( x) = 2 (b) y = f ( x) = 25 − x 2 (c) φ ( x) =
x − 4x − 5 x −1

2
2. Let f ( x ) = x 3 + 2, g ( x ) = .
x −1
g
Find formulas for (a) ( f + g ) ( x ) , (b)   ( x ) , (c) ( g o f ) ( x ) , (d) ( f o g ) ( x ) and state their largest
 f 
possible domains.

3. State whether each of the following is an odd function, an even function or neither. Prove your
statements or give counterexamples.
(a) The sum of two even functions (b) The sum of two odd functions
(c) The product of two even functions (d) The product of two odd functions
(e) The product of an even function and an odd function

4. Let F be any function whose domain contains − x whenever it contains x.


Prove each of the following:
(a) F ( x) − F ( − x) determines an odd function.
(b) F ( x ) + F ( − x ) determines an even function.
(c) F can always be expressed as the sum of an odd function and an even function.

5. Evaluate the following limits:


x2 + 1 x + x4 − x2 +1 m sin ( mx ) − n sin ( nx )
(a) lim (b) lim (c) lim
x →∞ 2 x 3 − x tan ( mx ) + tan ( nx )
x →∞
2x 2 + 1 + x 4 + 1 x→0

n 2π
6. Evaluate lim r 2 sin , where r is a constant. Interpret this limit geometrically.
n →∞ 2 n

7. Discuss the continuity of the following functions at x = 0 :


| x | for x ≠ 0  x2
x2  for x ≠ 0
(a) f ( x) = (b) h ( x)=  (c) f ( x) =  x
x  1 for x = 0  0 for x = 0

8. Define f (0) for the following functions such that they are continuous at x = 0 .
1 tan ( 2 x )
(a) f ( x) = sin x sin (b) f ( x) =
x x

θ θ θ θ
*9. Evaluate lim cos cos cos L cos n , where θ ≠ 0.
n →∞ 2 4 8 2

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