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Graphs of absolute function

  1. Sep 12, 2008 #1
    The graph of g is interm of f. So how to plot g(x)= f(|x|) and of g(x)=|f(x)|. Is it jus a 'V' shape one.This problem is in Spivak Textbook, Chapter 4. Thanks to all.:confused:
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  3. Sep 12, 2008 #2
    Well, it won't be a V function, unless f(x) is a linear function, that is of the form f(x)=kx+b. However, the expression g(x)=|f(x)| means that your g function will be graphed in that manner that in whatever interval f(x) is positive, g(x) will remain unchanged, however, in whatever interval f(x) is negative, your g(x) will be reflected around the x-axis. Say for example that f(x)=x^2-1. then this function is negative from -1 to 1. so this portion of the graph will be reflected around x-axis while the other part will remain unchanged if g(x)=|f(x)|=|x^2-1|
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