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Jerry Uhl

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x^x as x->0 without L'Hospital
Posted: Aug 7, 1997 6:20 AM
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In Calculus&Mathematica, we establish (in the very first lesson before the
derivative is introduced) that exponential growth dominates power growth
as the variable gets big.

Once you have this, then you can see what x^x does as x->0

Look at
Log[x^x] = x Log[x] as x->0
Put x = E^(-t) and note x->0 means t->infinity.

So now you have
E^(-t) Log[E^(-t)] = -t/E^(t) ->0 as t->infinity.
(because exponential growth dominates power growth)

Log[x^x] -> 0 as x -> 0
x^x - > 1 as x ->0.

-Jerry Uhl

Jerry Uhl
Professor of Mathematics 1409 West Green Street
University of Illinois Urbana,Illinois 61801
Calculus&Mathematica Development Team

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