Let $a,b,A,B$ be positive real numbers, with $a>b$ and $A>B$. Consider the limit:


By the squeeze theorem, the limit exists and is equal to $\frac{a}{A}$, but applying L'Hospital's rule we find


The limit on the right-hand side of the inequality above does not exist. What is going wrong here?

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    $\begingroup$ The rule (for this particular indeterminate form) says: If $f(x)\to \infty$ and $g(x)\to \infty$ and $\lim\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}$ exists, then $\lim\frac{f'x)}{g(x)}$ exists and equals $\lim\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}$. $\endgroup$ – Hagen von Eitzen Apr 25 '16 at 15:57

If the limit of derivatives exists, then they're equal. If the limit of derivatives doesn't exist, then you can tell nothing


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