Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields. It's 100% free, no registration required.

If $$f(x) = \dfrac{{\displaystyle 3\int_{0}^{x}(1 + \sec t)\log\sec t\,dt}}{\log\sec x\{x + \log(\sec x + \tan x)\}}$$ then prove that $$\lim_{x \to {\pi/2}^{-}}f(x) = \frac{3}{2}$$ and $$\lim_{x \to 0}\frac{f(x) - 1}{x^{4}} = \frac{1}{420}$$

Looking at the integral sign in numerator I see that the best way to attack this problem is via L'Hospital Rule. But that requires to show that the integral diverges to $\infty$ as $x \to {\pi/2}^{-}$. Assuming that this is the case I solved the first limit by applying L'Hospital's rule twice. But for the second limit it seems hopeless to try L'Hospital because of denominator $x^{4}$ which might require 4 times its application.

Looking at the functions involved it does not look easy to apply Taylor's series expansions. I am not sure if there is any elegant solution for the second problem. Please let me know any hints or a solution to the second limit.

share|improve this question

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.