# Can I move $\lim$ into $\sin$?

In my maths lecture notes:

$$\lim_{x \to \infty} \sqrt{\sin{\frac{3}{\sqrt{x}}}} = \sqrt{\sin{3 \sqrt{ \lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{1}{x} }}}$$

When can I move the $\lim$ into a function like this?

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You can do this whenever the function is known to be continuous. –  student Feb 21 '12 at 13:21
It should be $$\lim_{x \to \infty} \sqrt{\sin{\frac{3}{\sqrt{x}}}} = \sqrt{\sin{3 \sqrt{ \lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{1}{x} }}}$$ –  sdcvvc Feb 21 '12 at 13:23
@sdcvvc, where would the problem break down if the function was not continuous? –  Inquest Feb 21 '12 at 13:33
@sdcvvc, updated the post –  Jiew Meng Feb 21 '12 at 13:36
I'd prefer to write $\sin\left(3\sqrt{\bullet}\right)$ rather than $\sin 3\sqrt{\bullet}$, to make sure it wouldn't be mistaken for $\left(\sin 3\right)\sqrt{\bullet}$. –  Michael Hardy Feb 21 '12 at 16:06
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## 1 Answer

Yes. Here is one (non-rigor) method of looking at it.

Let $\frac{1}{ x} = t$

As ${x \to \infty}, t \to 0$

$$\lim_{x \to \infty} \sqrt{\sin{\frac{3}{\sqrt{x}}}} = \lim_{t \to 0} \sqrt{\sin (3\sqrt{t})} = \sqrt{\sin(3 \times \lim_{t \to 0} \sqrt{t})}$$ (Owing to Continuity)

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