Calculus 3 help needed. confusing piecewise. I need explanation (1 Viewer)

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. On the domain x [tex]\geq[/tex] 0; y [tex]\geq[/tex] 0, dene the function f(x; y) such that

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2. Relevant equations

I'm not so sure.

3. The attempt at a solution

I apologize for no attempt. I am just totally confused with this notation as I have never seen it before. What do I do with this?
 
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tiny-tim

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hi bombz! :smile:
I am just totally confused with this notation as I have never seen it before. What do I do with this?
it means that you use the value given (0 1 or -1) for just the area given …

it's a sort of two-dimensional step-function :wink:

(and when it says "define the function", that's badly worded, it's not asking you to do something, it means "the function is defined this way" )
 
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Dear tiny-tim, how would I use those values then?

So basically,
This isn't a form we are using in class but from the piecewise, I am getting?
f(x,y) = 0 when x+1<y or when y <= x-1

How would I use that to find the domain though?? how would I even sketch it??

Sigh. Any more hints would be greatly appreciated. Part b I figured out with the book. Part a is what my teacher was so cool and added in when he never taught us something like this. I tried asking for help from friends but no one can figure out a.
 

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hi bombz! :wink:

draw the lines y = x - 1, y = x, and y = x + 1

write the value of f in each region between the lines :smile:

(the domain is the whole x,y plane)
 
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ahh that makes sense :) thank you so much!!
 

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