Evaluate limit as x approaches 1 of (x^a-1)/(x^b-1)

Take the limit of each term.
Apply L’Hospital’s rule.
Evaluate the limit of the numerator and the limit of the denominator.
Take the limit of the numerator and the limit of the denominator.
Evaluate the limit of the numerator.
Take the limit of each term.
Split the limit using the Sum of Limits Rule on the limit as approaches .
Move the exponent from outside the limit using the Limits Power Rule.
Evaluate the limits by plugging in for all occurrences of .
Evaluate the limit of by plugging in for .
Evaluate the limit of which is constant as approaches .
One to any power is one.
Subtract from .
Evaluate the limit of the denominator.
Take the limit of each term.
Split the limit using the Sum of Limits Rule on the limit as approaches .
Move the exponent from outside the limit using the Limits Power Rule.
Evaluate the limits by plugging in for all occurrences of .
Evaluate the limit of by plugging in for .
Evaluate the limit of which is constant as approaches .
One to any power is one.
Subtract from .
The expression contains a division by The expression is undefined.
Undefined
The expression contains a division by The expression is undefined.
Undefined
The expression contains a division by The expression is undefined.
Undefined
Since is of indeterminate form, apply L’Hospital’s Rule. L’Hospital’s Rule states that the limit of a quotient of functions is equal to the limit of the quotient of their derivatives.
Find the derivative of the numerator and denominator.
Differentiate the numerator and denominator.
By the Sum Rule, the derivative of with respect to is .
Differentiate using the Power Rule which states that is where .
Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Simplify.
Reorder the factors of .
By the Sum Rule, the derivative of with respect to is .
Differentiate using the Power Rule which states that is where .
Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Simplify.
Reorder the factors of .
Cancel the common factor of and .
Factor out of .
Cancel the common factors.
Factor out of .
Cancel the common factor.
Rewrite the expression.
Move the term outside of the limit because it is constant with respect to .
Move the exponent from outside the limit using the Limits Power Rule.
Evaluate the limit of by plugging in for .
Simplify each term.
Apply the distributive property.
Multiply by .
Combine the opposite terms in .