How do you find the asymptotes of #y=|x-1|/|x-2|#?

1 Answer
Mar 30, 2018

Answer:

#color(blue)(x=2)#

#color(blue)(y=1)#

Explanation:

By definition of absolute value:

#y=(x-1)/(x-2)# and #y=(-(x-1))/(-(x-2))#

So these are both

#y=(x-1)/(x-2)#

This is undefined for #x=2#, so,

#color(blue)(x=2) \ \ \ \ \ \ # is a vertical asymptote.

We now check end behaviour:

For limits to infinity we only need be concerned with the highest powers of #x#, so:

#(x-1)/(x-2)->x/x=1#

as #x->oo#, # \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ (x-1)/(x-2)->1#

as #x->-oo#, # \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \(x-1)/(x-2)->1#

So the line:

#color(blue)(y=1) \ \ \ \ # is a horizontal asymptote

GRAPH:

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