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PRACTICE TEST: LIMITS AND DERIVATIVES

1. For the function g whose graph is given, state the value of each quantity, if it exists. If it
does not exist, explain why.

a) lim− g(t) c) g(2)


t→2

d) lim g(t) 

b) lim g(t) t→4
t→2

x +3
2. Consider the function f (x ) = 2
.
x − 5x − 24
a) State the domain of f (x ) .

b) Find

(i) lim f (x )
x →−3+

(ii) lim− f (x )
x →−3

(iii) lim f (x )
x →∞

c) Hence, write down the equations of the horizontal and vertical asymptotes of the
graph of f (x ) .

d) Determine whether f is continuous. Explain your answer.

3.

a) Find, from first principles, the derivative of y = 3 − 2x 2 .

b) Hence find the gradient of the line perpendicular to y = 3 − 2x 2 at the point (–1,1) .

4. Find f ′(x ) if



a) f (x ) = x 2e 2x−3 f (x ) = (sin x )e cos x 9
2
b) f (x ) = 3x −x−2
c) d) ⎛ t − 2 ⎞⎟
f (x ) = ⎜⎜⎜ ⎟ 

⎜⎝ 2t +1⎟⎟⎠
d 2y
5. Find for 

dx 2
a) 3 b) y = x 2 sin(3x ) 

y=
x2

References:

• Haese, M., Haese, R., & Martin, D. (2013). Mathematics for the International Student: Mathematics HL Core Exam Preparation and Practice Guide (3rd ed.). Marleston, SA: Haese Mathematics, p. 24.

• Stewart, J. (2016). Calculus (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, pp. 60, 156.