Range of a Composite Function

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Function p and q are defined by:

p (x) = 3x2+1, x∈R, Domain 0≤x≤2
q (x) = x2 - 2, x∈R

(q∘p) - State the range:

I got -1 ≤ y ≤ 167

The book says 0 ≤ y ≤ 167

Any idea where I went wrong?

The composite function I got so then I could sub was:
9x4 + 6x2 - 1

Thanks,
Peter G.
 

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Your answer looks good to me.

Are you sure q(x) is not |x2 - 2| ?
 
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The notation exactly how it is in the book is the following:
q : x → x2-2, x∈R
 
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Looks fine. |x2 - 2| was the simplest way I could see to get the book answer, so you appear to be correct: Range = [-1, 167] .
 
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Cool :smile:

Thanks a lot SammyS

And, if you don't mind, what are those two vertical lines?
 
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Absolute value .
 

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