Try this beautiful problem based on Limit, useful for ISI B.Stat Entrance

Problem on Limit | ISI B.Stat TOMATO 728

The limit lim \(\int\frac {h}{(h^2 + x^2)}\)dx (integration running from \(x =-1\)to \(x = 1\)) as\( h \to 0\)

  • equals 0
  • equals \(\pi\)
  • equals \(-\pi\)
  • deoes not exist

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Answer: does not exist

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Try with Hints

First hint

Now, \(\int{h}{(h^2 + x^2)}\)dx (integration running from \(x = -1\) to \(x = 1\))
Let, \(x\) = h tany

\(\Rightarrow dx = h sec^2y dy\)
\(\Rightarrow \) \(x = -1\), \(y = -tan^{-1}(1/h)\) and \(x = 1\), \(y = tan^{-1}(1/h)\)

\(\Rightarrow \int \frac{h}{(h^2 + x^2)}\)dx =\(\int \frac{h(hsec^2ydy)}{h^2sec^2y}\) (integration running from\( y = -tan^{-1}(1/h) \) to \(y = tan^-1(1/h))\)

= y (upper limit =\( tan-1(1/h)\)) and lower limit = \(-tan^-1(1/h)\)

= \(2tan^-1(1/h)\)

Can you now finish the problem ……….

Second Hint

Now, lim \(2tan^-(1/h)\) as\( h \to 0\) doesn‟t exist

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