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### Assignment 10

Investigate the function:

and sketch its graph.

### Solution

For we have a vertical asymptote (for the function becomes ). When we try to find a horizontal asymptote we encounter some problems, because for or the graph approaches . In order to get more information of the behavior of the function for or , we rewrite the function as follows:

We see that the graph approaches:

when or . In fact, this parabola is a special asmptote.

It is clear that the graph has no intersection points with the -axis (). The intersection point with the -axis can be found by solving the equation:

We notice immediately that this equation has the solution and thus we can factorize the function :

The quadratic function has a discriminant which is less than is and thus has no solutions. Thus the only intersection point with the -as is .

Because of the special nature of the function we look at it in more detail near . We notice that the second term near has either the largest (positive or negative) value:

and

Based on this investigation we can sketch the graph. We also depicted the parabola.