# How do you find the horizontal asymptote for (2x^2)/(x^2-4)?

Jun 5, 2016

vertical asymptotes x = ± 2
horizontal asymptote y = 2

#### Explanation:

Vertical asymptotes occur as the denominator of a rational function tends to zero. To find the equation/s set the denominator equal to zero.

solve: x^2-4=0rArr(x-2)(x+2)=0rArrx=±2

$\Rightarrow x = - 2 , x = 2 \text{ are the asymptotes}$

Horizontal asymptotes occur as

${\lim}_{x \to \pm \infty} , f \left(x\right) \to c \text{ (a constant)}$

divide terms on numerator/denominator by ${x}^{2}$

$\frac{\frac{2 {x}^{2}}{x} ^ 2}{{x}^{2} / {x}^{2} - \frac{4}{x} ^ 2} = \frac{2}{1 - \frac{4}{x} ^ 2}$

as $x \to \pm \infty , f \left(x\right) \to \frac{2}{1 - 0}$

$\Rightarrow y = 2 \text{ is the asymptote}$
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