What is an Infinite Discontinuity?
An infinite discontinuity has one or more infinite limits—values that get larger and larger as you move closer to the gap in the function. An infinite discontinuity is a subtype of essential discontinuities, which are a broad set of badly behaved discontinuities that cannot be removed.
It’s important to note that only one side has to tend to ±infinity in order for the discontinuity to be classified as infinite. One side may reach a certain function value, or be undefined. But as long as one side is either negative infinity or positive infinity, then it’s an infinite discontinuity.
Infinity can be Positive or Negative
The function can go towards infinity in the same direction, or in different directions. For example, the function can go towards:
- Positive infinity on both sides,
- Negative infinity on both sides, or
- One side can go to negative infinity and the other towards positive infinity.
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