# How do you find the vertical, horizontal and slant asymptotes of:  f(x)=(x + 1 )/ ( 2x - 4)?

Sep 10, 2016

vertical asymptote at x = 2
horizontal asymptote at $y = \frac{1}{2}$

#### Explanation:

The denominator of f(x) cannot be zero as this would make f(x) undefined. Equating the denominator to zero and solving gives the value that x cannot be and if the numerator is non-zero for this value then it is a vertical asymptote.

solve: $2 x - 4 = 0 \Rightarrow x = 2 \text{ is the asymptote}$

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

$f \left(x\right) = \frac{\frac{x}{x} + \frac{1}{x}}{\frac{2 x}{x} - \frac{4}{x}} = \frac{1 + \frac{1}{x}}{2 - \frac{4}{x}}$

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

$\Rightarrow y = \frac{1}{2} \text{ is the asymptote}$

Slant asymptotes occur when the degree of the numerator > degree of the denominator. This is not the case here ( both of degree 1 ) Hence there are no slant asymptotes.
graph{(x+1)/(2x-4) [-10, 10, -5, 5]}