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**1. Homework Statement**

A stretch is applied to the graph of y=/x to produce the graph of y=/9x . Relative to the x and y axis, this stretch may be described as either a........ (then it lists a, b, c, or d answers)

The answer is:

horizontal stretch by a factor of 1 over 9 about the y-axis or a vertical stretch by a factor of 3 about the x-axis.

**2. The attempt at a solution**

I understand that the root of 9 is 3, so it makes sense to me that the vertical stretch is 3. But what I don't understand is why is the horizontal stretch is 1 over 9. Should I not find the root of that and then it be 1 over 3? The only thing I can think of is the the 9 is like this /(9x) and I have to take the 9 out and then I still have a nine outside. /9 = 3 then 3^2 = 9 again. So it comes out to be 1 over 9.

I also assume, although I'm not sure if I'm correct is the reason that it can be a vertical or horizontal stretch is because its not defined in the equation as being a vertical or horizontal stretch.