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Limits, L'Hôpital's rule, and epsilon delta definitions | Chapter 7, Essence of calculus

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Formal derivatives, the epsilon-delta definition, and why L'Hôpital's rule works.
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0:00 - Intro
1:17 - Formal definition of derivatives
4:52 - Epsilon delta definition
9:53 - L'Hôpital's rule
17:17 - Outro
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