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Wolfram|Alpha computes both one-dimensional and multivariate limits with great ease. Determine the limiting values of various functions, and explore the visualizations of functions at their limit points with Wolfram|Alpha.

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Use plain English or common mathematical syntax to enter your queries. For specifying a limit argument x and point of approach a, type "x -> a". For a directional limit, use either the + or – sign, or plain English, such as "left," "above," "right" or "below."

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What are limits?

Limits, a foundational tool in calculus, are used to determine whether a function or sequence approaches a fixed value as its argument or index approaches a given point.

Limits can be defined for discrete sequences, functions of one or more real-valued arguments or complex-valued functions. For a sequence indexed on the natural number set , the limit is said to exist if, as , the value of the elements of get arbitrarily close to .

A real-valued function is said to have a limit if, as its argument is taken arbitrarily close to , its value can be made arbitrarily close to . Formally defined, a function has a finite limit at point if, for all , there exists such that whenever . This definition can be further extended for or being taken to infinity and to multivariate and complex functions.

For functions of one real-valued variable, the limit point can be approached from either the right/above (denoted ) or the left/below (denoted ). In principle, these can result in different values, and a limit is said to exist if and only if the limits from both above and below are equal: . For multivariate or complex-valued functions, an infinite number of ways to approach a limit point exist, and so these functions must pass more stringent criteria in order for a unique limit value to exist.

In addition to the formal definition, there are other methods that aid in the computation of limits. For example, algebraic simplification can be used to eliminate rational singularities that appear in both the numerator and denominator, and l'Hôpital's rule is used when encountering indeterminate limits, which appear in the form of an irreducible or .