I am trying to evaluate the following simple enough looking limit, $$\lim_{x \to \infty} x^\alpha \cdot l^x, \ l\in(0,1),\ \alpha \in \mathbb{R}$$ It is not so bad when $\alpha \leq 0$, as the $l^x$ term will approach zero, but when $\alpha >0$, the limit becomes of indeterminate form, and I am not sure how to work around this. How should I proceed? I do not see how to, for instance apply the epsilon delta definition here.

A method without using the L'Hôpital rule would be extra appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ If $l\in (0,1)$ then $\frac 1l\in\dots$ $\endgroup$ – abiessu Jun 18 '18 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ Try to formalize the fact that the exponential decrease of $l^x$ "outweighs" the polynomial speed increase in $x^\alpha$ $\endgroup$ – rubikscube09 Jun 18 '18 at 4:26

The key here is to take logs and use the standard limit $(\log x) /x\to 0$ as $x\to\infty $. By taking logs we see that it is sufficient to evaluate the limit of $$\alpha\log x+x\log l=x\left(\frac{\log x} {x} \cdot\alpha+\log l\right) $$ and the expression in parentheses tends to $\log l<0$ so that the entire expression tends to $-\infty$. It now follows by exponentiating that the desired limit is $0$.

It should also be observed that the limit does not depend on parameter $\alpha$ (well it does when $l=1$), but rather depends on $l$. For the current case $0<l<1$ the limit is $0$ and for $l>1$ the limit is $\infty$. When $l=1$ the only parameter left is $\alpha$ and the limit is easy to handle in this case.

Also $\epsilon, \delta $ definition is not used to evaluate limits, but rather used to prove limit theorems which are used to evaluate limits.


$$\lim_{x \to \infty} x^\alpha \cdot l^x, \ l\in(0,1),\ \alpha \in \mathbb{R}$$

Since $l\in(0,1)$ ,

$$\lim_{x \to \infty} x^\alpha \cdot \frac{1}{L^x}, \ L\in\mathbb{R^+},\ \alpha \in \mathbb{R}$$

Now observe that

$$L^x=e^{x \cdot ln{L}}$$

$$L^x=1+\frac{x \cdot ln{L}}{1!}+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^2}{2!}+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^3}{3!}+.....+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^{\beta}}{\beta!}+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^{\beta+1}}{(\beta+1)!}.......$$

Now you can argue that for all $\alpha \in \mathbb{R^+}$ , there exists $\alpha \in \mathbb{N^+}$ such that $\alpha < \beta.$

$$\lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{{x^\alpha}}{1+\frac{x \cdot ln{L}}{1!}+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^2}{2!}+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^3}{3!}+.....+\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^{\beta}}{\beta!}+ +\frac{(x \cdot ln{L})^{\beta+1}}{( \beta+1)!}.......}$$

$$\lim_{x \to \infty} \frac{1}{\frac{1}{x^{\alpha}}+\frac{1 \cdot ln{L}}{{x^{\alpha-1}}1!}+\frac{(1 \cdot ln{L})^2}{{x^{\alpha-2}}2!}+\frac{(1\cdot ln{L})^3}{{x^{\alpha-3}}3!}+.....+\frac{({x^{\beta -\alpha}} \cdot ln{L}^{\beta})}{\beta!}+.......}=0$$


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