I am stuck with this limit, which according to Wolfram Alpha does not exist.

$$ \begin{align} \lim_{(x,y) \to (0,0)} \frac{e^{x(y+1)} -x -1}{\|(x,y)\|} = \lim_{(x,y) \to (0,0)} \frac{e^{x(y+1)} -x -1}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} = \lim_{r \to 0\; \forall\theta} \frac{e^{r\cos{\theta}(r\sin{\theta}+1)} -r\cos{\theta} -1}{r} \end{align} $$

From there, I thought about using the first-degree Taylor expansion in order to get rid of the exponential (which I'm not even sure I can do).

$$ \begin{split} \lim_{r \to 0\; \forall\theta} \frac{e^{r\cos{\theta}(r\sin{\theta}+1)} -r\cos{\theta} -1}{r} &= \lim_{r \to 0\; \forall\theta} \frac{1+r\cos{\theta}(r\sin{\theta}+1) -r\cos{\theta} -1}{r} \\ &=\lim_{r \to 0\; \forall\theta} \frac{1+ r^2\cos{\theta}\sin{\theta}+r\cos{\theta} -r\cos{\theta} -1}{r}\\ & = \lim_{r \to 0\; \forall\theta} \frac{r^2\cos{\theta}\sin{\theta}}{r} \\ &= \lim_{r \to 0\; \forall\theta} {r\cos{\theta}\sin{\theta}} = 0 \end{split} $$

This is apparently wrong, but I cannot think of any other way to solve this problem, and through this method the result is clearly 0. Since I am pretty sure using Taylor's theorem here is not allowed, how else could you go about solving the limit?

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    $\begingroup$ Let $f$ be $\displaystyle (x,y)\mathop{\mapsto}^{\mathbb R^2}e^{x(y+1)}$. One the one hand $f$ is differentiable (by the standard theorems). On the other hand, and by definition, it is differentiable if, and only if, $$\lim \limits_{(x,y)\to (0,0)}\Bigg(\dfrac{f(x,y) - [\overbrace{f(0,0)}^{=1} + \overbrace{f_{x}(0,0)(x-0)}^{=x} + \overbrace{f_{y}(0,0)(y-0)}^{=0}]}{\sqrt{x^2 + y^2}}\Bigg)=0.$$ So if nothing better you can just go ahead and use the proof of the standard theorems. $\endgroup$
    – Git Gud
    Mar 18, 2018 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ Please clarify: are you not allowed to use Taylor’s expansion or you think that it is not applicable? $\endgroup$
    – user
    Mar 18, 2018 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @gimusi The question is clearly stated. $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Mar 18, 2018 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Did Let wait for an answer from the asker. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Mar 18, 2018 at 20:47
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, it's that I thought it was not applicable. However, after thinking about it some more, I don't see why it wouldn't be. $\endgroup$ Mar 18, 2018 at 23:10

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By Taylor’s expansion for exponential (note that we need to expand to the second order for the presence of the $xy$ term)



$$\frac{e^{x(y+1)} -x -1}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} =\frac{1+x+xy+\frac{x^2}2+o(r^2)-x -1}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} =\frac{xy+\frac{x^2}2+o(r^2)}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} =r\cos \theta \sin \theta +r\frac{\cos^2 \theta}2+o(r)\to 0$$

  • $\begingroup$ "Note that ... $\frac{ x}{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}} \to 0$" Well, no. This ratio has no limit when $(x,y)\to(0,0)$. $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Mar 18, 2018 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Did that’s a good and useful observation, thanks I fix $\endgroup$
    – user
    Mar 18, 2018 at 19:35

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