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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Im preparing for a CLEP test in precalculus. As part of my prep, I need to review identifying domains of functions. I have a question about writing domains in standard notation. I was hoping someone could explain a bit the style.

For an example:

x-2 / x^2 -2x -35

As a rational expression, I know that the denominator can not be equal to zero. Therefore, to find the domain, I set the denominator equal to zero and solved the quadratic:

x = 7

x = -5

When x is either of these 2 values, the denominator will equal 0, and the expression is undefined. How would I write the domain in standard notation? I realize that the domain is all real numbers excluding -5 and 7, but is there a tidy way to write this?

Thanks.

For an example:

x-2 / x^2 -2x -35

As a rational expression, I know that the denominator can not be equal to zero. Therefore, to find the domain, I set the denominator equal to zero and solved the quadratic:

x = 7

x = -5

When x is either of these 2 values, the denominator will equal 0, and the expression is undefined. How would I write the domain in standard notation? I realize that the domain is all real numbers excluding -5 and 7, but is there a tidy way to write this?

Thanks.