In the field of Computer Science the ability to quickly identify and use mathematical principles is a very important and necessary skill. All algorithms have their roots in Mathematics and particularly Calculus, limits and derivatives are a major part of Artificial Intelligence, Optimization and Natural Language algorithms. We as computer scientists must strive to keep up a close relationship with maths, however sometimes that relationship is strained because of other duties or just the effect of time on our brains. We often get to a point where the solution to a mathematical problem is more important than the elegance of the solution itself.

Whether it be for personal gratification, curiosity or homework related 🙂 sometimes we would like to have a step by step explanation of the problem along with its solution. This post demonstrates how to solve a univariate limit using the Maple 16 Limit Methods Tutor.

The first thing we will do is to open the Maple software.

Next enter * Student[Calculus1][LimitTutor]();* in the Maple editor and hit the Enter/Return key.

We will use the Limit tutor to solve the limit as taken from the book CALCULUS Ninth Edition: Dale Varberg, Edwin J. Purcell, Steven E. Rigdon: Page 64, example 3. -> (2*x^2-3*x-2)/(x-2)

Enter the equation as shown into the Function box, set “at” to 2 then hit the Start button.

Clicking on the **Next Step **button will proceed to the next step of the solution while providing helpful hints on the way.

The **All ****Steps **button will display all the steps and the final solution. Have fun with math 🙂