Limits and Derivatives

Limits and Derivatives are incredibly important constructs in Mathematics whose application is not just restricted to Maths but on the other hand, are used in different subjects like Physics. At the end of this blog, you'll be able to understand the importance of limits and derivatives. The importance of limits is generally taught in-depth in class 11. But here, we will cover the significant formulas, properties and solved problems to comprehend the importance of limits and derivatives in depth.


Introduction to Limits and Derivations

In view of Sir Issac Newton ideas of rate and change, he put forward the fundamental laws of differential calculus and integral calculus approached as the inverse procedure. The nuts and bolts of advanced Mathematics, Modern-Day Physics, and other forms of Engineering are the basis of differentiation. Limits and derivatives fill in as the entry point to limits and derivatives for class 11 CBSE students.


Limits of a Function

A limit is defined as a function that has some value that approaches the input. A limit of a function is represented as:

\[\lim_{n\rightarrow c}\] f(n) = L


Let us consider two functions: p and q. Now, assume “a” is a value such that

\[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] p(x) and \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] q(x) exists.

 

  1. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] [p(x) + g(x)] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] p(x) + \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] g(x)

  2. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] [p(x) - g(x)] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] p(x) + \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] g(x)

  3. For every real number k,

\[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] [kp(x)] = k \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] p(x)

  1. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] [p(x) q(x)] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] p(x) x \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] q(x)

  2. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] \[\frac{p(x)}{q(x)}\] = \[\frac{\lim_{x\rightarrow a} p(x)}{\lim_{x\rightarrow a} q(x)}\]


To learn more about limits, check out the maths limits formulas given below.


Limit Formulas

  1. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{sinx}{x}\] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{tanx}{x}\] = 1

  2. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{sin^{-1}}{x}\] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{tan^{-1}}{x}\] = 1

  3. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{ln(1+x)}{x}\] = 1

  4. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{a^{x}-1}{x}\] = lnₐ

  5. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{e^{x}-1}{x}\] = 1

  6. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow a}\] \[\frac{x^{n}-a^{n}}{(x-a)}\] = n.\[a^{n-1}\]

  7. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[(1+x)^{\frac{1}{x}}\] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[(1+x)^{\frac{1}{x}}\] = \[\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty}\] \[(1+\frac{1}{x})^{x}\] = e

  8. \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}\] \[\frac{(1+x)^{m}-1}{x}\] = m


Solves Problems

Here are a few limited solved problems.


Question 1:  Find \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 4}\] x+4

Solution:

\[\lim_{x\rightarrow 4}\] x+4 

= 4 + 4

=  8


Question 2: Find \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 4}\] 2x+4

Solution:

\[\lim_{x\rightarrow 4}\] 2x+4 

= 4(2) + 4

= 8 + 4

= 12


Derivatives

The rate at which a quantity instantaneously changes to another quantity, it is known as a derivative. 


Definition of Derivatives Using Limits

A derivative function f at y = a is the limit of the slope. Now, the limit of this slope of this line from y = a to y = a + c as c approaches 0. This symbolises that the limit [f(a) - f(a+c)]/c as c → 0.


Basic Concepts of Derivatives

Below are formulas that are related to inverse, hyperbolic, and trigonometric functions:

  1. \[\frac{d}{dx}\] [ p(x) + q(x)] = \[\frac{d}{dx}\](p(x)) + \[\frac{d}{dx}\](q(x))

  2. \[\frac{d}{dx}\] [ p(x) - q(x)] = \[\frac{d}{dx}\](p(x)) - \[\frac{d}{dx}\](q(x))

  3. \[\frac{d}{dx}\] [ p(x) × q(x)] = \[\frac{d}{dx}\] [(p(x))]q(x) + p(x)\frac{d}{dx}[q(x)]

  4. \[\frac{d}{dx}\] \[[\frac{p(x)}{q(x)}]\] = \[\frac{\frac{d}{dx} [(p(x))]q(x)-p(x)\frac{d}{dx}[q(x)]}{(q(x))^{2}}\]


Example: Find the derivative of the sin y at y = 0.

Solution: Consider, f(y) = sin y

then, f'(0) = limy→0 [f(0+h) – f(0)]/y

=  limy→0 [sin(0+y) – sin(0)]/y

=  limy→0 [sin y]/c

= 1

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Limit of a Function?

A limit is defined as a function that has some value that approaches the input. A limit of a function is represented as:

lim n→c f(n) = L

2. What are Derivatives?

The rate at which a quantity instantaneously changes to another quantity, it is known as a derivative. A derivative function f at y = a is the limit of the slope. Now, the limit of this slope of this line from y = a to y = a + c as c approaches 0. This symbolises that the limit [f(a) - f(a+c)]/c as c → 0.

3. What are Formulas Related to Other Trigonometric Functions?

  1. d/dx [p(x) + q(x)] = d/dx(p(x)) + d/dx(q(x))

  2. d/dx [p(x) - q(x)] = d/dx(p(x)) - d/dx(q(x))

  3. d/dx [p(x) x q(x)] = d/dx [p(x)]q(x) + p(x) d/dx [q(x)]

  4. d/dx [p(x)/q(x)] = {d/dx[p(x)]q(x) - p(x) d/dx [q(x)]} / (g(x))2