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F(g(x)) problem, about the domain.

  1. Oct 10, 2006 #1
    Ok, f(x)=x^2 g(x)=sq.rt.(2-x)

    Problem: f(g(x))

    You end up with the answer 2-x but how come you need a domain for the answer? How come the domain is (-infinity,2]????
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 10, 2006 #2
    Because while your answer simplifies to 2-x, you have to remember that there's a sqrt(2-x) in there... you can't take the square root of a negative number.

    Here's an example: [tex]f(x)=\frac{x^2+3x+2}{x+2} = \frac{(x+2)(x+1)}{x+2}[/tex]

    While it's obvious that the expression simplifies, you have to remember that you can't divide by zero. Thus, the value of -2 for x is not allowed in the original function. If you simplify the function, it becomes x+1, x doesn't equal 2.
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