Understanding the limit of trig functions:

We already know that limit is defined by the value a function attains when the index number approaches a particular point. In the similar fashion, limits of trigonometric function can be known by the value they attain when its input index reaches the given value. The limits of trig functions can also be obtained from the graphs of this functions.

The examples given below will help to understand the limit of trig functions.

(1) Find the limit for  trig function limit example

Here we need to calculate the limit when index x approaches 0. Hence putting x = 0 in above trigonometric function, we know that cos 0 = 1 and sin 0 = 0. Thus limit L = 1 / (0 – 3) = -1/3. Thus the limit of above function for x -> 0 is -1/3.

(2) Evaluate trig function limit

Since x -> 0+, value of cot x has to be in first quadrant i.e. positive values. Now cot x = cos x / sin x. Hence cot 0 = cos 0 / sin 0 = 1 / 0 = ∞. Hence there is need to compute the denominator. The limit of this function is a positive infinity. Thus this function will be having a vertical asymptote at x = 0.

(3) Evaluate limit of trig functions

If we directly find the limit of above function, it comes to 0 / 0 = ∞. But we have a formula for limit which says that limit of a function f of x divided by x is 1, i.e limit of trig function.Here f(x) = sin x. Thus using this formula, we get the limit of this function as 1.

Thus we have understood the theory for finding limits of trigonometric functions and solved some examples related to it. This limit properties can be used as a basis for derivatives, integration and for other applications.

Ian Roberts
San Francisco, USA

"If you're at school or you just deal with mathematics, you need to use Studygeek.org. This thing is really helpful."
Lisa Jordan
Math Teacher
New-York, USA

"I will recommend Studygeek to students, who have some chalenges in mathematics. This Site has bunch of great lessons and examples. "
John Maloney
Student, Designer
Philadelphia, USA

" I'm a geek, and I love this website. It really helped me during my math classes. Check it out) "
Steve Karpesky
Vancuver, Canada

"I use Studygeek.org a lot on a daily basis, helping my son with his geometry classes. Also, it has very cool math solver, which makes study process pretty fun"