# Limit to a function

So I'm having trouble with the following limit:

$$\lim_{x\to2}{\frac{x^2-x-2}{\sqrt{x^2+5}-3}}$$

Common factor doesn't work. Any hints on how to tackle it?

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L'Hôpital's rule – user22805 Sep 20 '12 at 4:47
Do you know how to differentiate the denominator? If so, you can apply L'hopital's Rule. – Owen Biesel Sep 20 '12 at 4:48

Hint:

1. How about multiplying numerator and denominator by $\sqrt{x^2+5} +3$
2. Can you then factor numerator and denominator and see any factors that cancel?
3. You should be able to take it from there.

Make sense?

~A

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Thanks! I did an identical exercise this morning, I can't believe how I missed the conjugate!. – Julián Sep 20 '12 at 4:54
Excellent! I would also suggest trying it using the definition of limits and see if you can work through it. – Amzoti Sep 20 '12 at 4:55

Hint: Try using L'Hopital's rule

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I don't know it yet – Julián Sep 20 '12 at 4:50
Ahh then Amzoti's answer is the way to go :) – noahklein Sep 20 '12 at 4:56