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#1 2019-10-16 03:36:37

666 bro
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Visualizing proof

How could we visualize the proof (limx→0 sin(x)/x)  ?

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#2 2019-10-16 04:12:39

bob bundy
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Re: Visualizing proof

hi

Here's the proof that I was taught many years ago.

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Draw a circle radius R and centre C.  Mark points A and B as shown and D so that AD is perpendicular to CB.

Let angle ACB be x in radians.

sin(x) = AD / R

arc length AB / whole circumference = arcAB / 2.pi.R = angle of arc / whole circle angle = x / 2.pi

cancelling the 2.pi gives arcAB / R = x

So sin(x) / x = AD / arcAB

implies sin(x) < x but as x approaches zero AD approaches arcAB so sin(x) / x tends to 1.

Bob


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