# How do you find the vertical, horizontal or slant asymptotes for (3x)/(x^2+2)?

Sep 25, 2017

$\text{horizontal asymptote at } y = 0$

#### 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 values that x cannot be and if the numerator is non-zero for these values then thet are vertical asymptotes.

$\text{solve } {x}^{2} + 2 = 0 \Rightarrow {x}^{2} = - 2$

$\text{this has no real solutions hence there are no vertical}$
$\text{asymptotes}$

$\text{horizontal asymptotes occur as}$

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

$\text{divide terms on numerator/denominator by the highest}$
$\text{power of x that is } {x}^{2}$

$f \left(x\right) = \frac{\frac{3 x}{x} ^ 2}{{x}^{2} / {x}^{2} + \frac{2}{x} ^ 2} = \frac{\frac{3}{x}}{1 + \frac{2}{x} ^ 2}$

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

$\Rightarrow y = 0 \text{ is the asymptote}$

Slant asymptotes occur when the degree of the numerator > degree of the denominator. This is not the case here hence there are no slant asymptotes.
graph{(3x)/(x^2+2) [-10, 10, -5, 5]}