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Be careful! Evaluating this limit as n → 0 leads us to trouble:

Refer to part (a).

That means we do not know if the limit is finite (because the 0's 'cancel out') or infinite (because there is a 0 in the denominator).

We can evaluate an indeterminate limit if that limit happens to be a definition of the derivative.
Sure enough, part (a) is Ana's Definition of the Derivative:

Since n → 0, notice that a = 0. So we can rewrite the limit as:

So, we just need to find f '(x) at x = 0 and we have evaluated the limit.

Now evaluate that derivative at x = 0: