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Direct variation

  1. Jun 22, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I going thorough some of my old notes and I saw this question for a proof.

    If f is linear function but not a direct variation and not the constant function 0, then for every pair of real numbers a and c
    f(a + c) not equal to f(a)+f(c).

    2. Relevant equations

    y = mx ( a linear function ) m = y/x

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I can't seem to get the logic together, a linear function that is actually a direct variation produces contant distances on a number line, so i would think a function that isnt a direct variation would be map irregular dstances.

    I would like some direction as to how connect this the fact that additive distribution doesn't hold for such functions.


    edit: I meant this for the precal section.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2007
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  3. Jun 22, 2007 #2


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    Does this mean f(x) is a linear function of the form f(x)=a*x+b with b not equal to zero? (Is the case b=0 what you mean by a 'direct variation'?). In that case the proof is pretty easy. Just write out f(a+c) and f(a)+f(c) and compare them.
  4. Jun 22, 2007 #3
    hmmm thanks.
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