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Homework Help: Function without statement

  1. Jun 5, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am trying solve a question which invokes a function f(…) and the argument of function is the same function with -1 as an argument i.e.


    However the statements of the function are not provided. Instead a graph is provided which is uploaded. I cant understand which variable of the graph i.e. x or y will get this value of -1?

    Somebody please guide me?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I cant understand what would happen when function f(-1) is invoked. What statements would be executed? Which variable of the graph would get -1?

    Somebody please guide me.

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  3. Jun 5, 2017 #2
    Find ##f(-1)##.
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  4. Jun 5, 2017 #3


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    Your figure:
    I suppose the graph is to be interpreted as being y = ƒ(x) .

    Is that how such graphs tend to be treated in your course/book ?
  5. Jun 5, 2017 #4


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    How do you simplify expressions like 5+(3*(4-1))? You start from the inside.
    To evaluate f( f(-1) ), first find f(-1).
  6. Jun 5, 2017 #5


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    You don't need the function definition, since you have a graph of the function.

    Follow the suggestion made by @Buffu.
  7. Jun 6, 2017 #6
    Based upon this rule:
    Find the value of y for x=-1 from the graph
    therefore y=2
    Now f(f(-1)) = f(2)
    Find the value of y for x=2 from the graph
    therefore y= 1
    Therefore answer of f(f(-1)) is 1.

    This is correct.

  8. Jun 6, 2017 #7


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    Your answer is correct, but you're writing a lot more than is necessary.
    This is how I would do it.

    From the graph, f(-1) = 2, and f(2) = 1,
    so f(f(-1)) = f(2) = 1.​
  9. Jun 6, 2017 #8
    Thanks for improving my solution. God bless you.

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