# How do I find the limit as #x# approaches negative infinity of a polynomial?

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I usually do this informally.

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I ask myself what kinds of numbers do I get if I put in more and more negative numbers for

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For very very big numbers, the only term that matters is the largest power term:

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For very very big numbers, the only term that matters is the largest power term:

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For very very big numbers, the only term that matters is the largest power term:

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If the polynomial

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We can use the following fact about polynomials:

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This fact is really saying that when we take a limit at infinity for a polynomial, all we have to do is look at the term with the largest power and ask what that term is doing in the limit.

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