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Re: Limit glitch

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  • Subject: [mg14090] Re: Limit glitch
  • From: "Stephen P Luttrell" <luttrell at>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 03:15:18 -0400
  • Organization: Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
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>I'm wondering whether this has been covered here before. I just noticed
>that Limit often gives wrong results at jump discontinuities. For
>example,  Limit[x/Abs[x], x->0]  returns 1. The pattern seems to be
>that the right-sided limit is always given.
>Does anyone know anything about this?

Try this input

Limit[x/Abs[x], x->0,Direction->1]

which explicitly says that the limit is to be approached from below. It
correctly gives the limit as -1.


Stephen P Luttrell
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