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Homework Help: Some Function help

  1. Apr 5, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    need some help with my h/w, stuck on these problems, please explain the process and how you obtained the answer, thank you!

    1. Let f(x)=x^3 - 4 and g(x)= 3rd root of x + 7

    -find the composite function (fog)(x) and determine its domaine and range

    -Find the composite function (gof)(x) and determine its domain and range

    2. Given the function f(x)= 2x+1/x-3

    -find the domaine and range of f(x)
    -Find the inverse function f^-1(x) and determine its domain and range
    -Graph f(x) and f^-1(x)

    3. Given the rational function f(x)= x^2+12/x-2
    -graph y=f(x)
    -determine the domain and range of f(x)
    -decide whether the function is even, odd, or neither
    -find the horizontal and vertical intercepts of f(x)
    -list the asymptotes of f(x)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    First problem I am puzzled by on a few things. I know f o g means plug f(x) into g(x) and solve that way, so 3rd root of (x^3-4+7)=3rd root of (x^3-11) correct? I am confused as to where to go from there.

    Then vice versa on that problem with g o f, 3rd root of (x+7) to the 3rd power, the 3's cancel so (x+7-4) so x = -3??

    I know domain and range are values on the coordinate plane from which the graph extends to, domain is the x value at which the graph is limited, and range the y value.

    The problem is I am unsure of how to find the domain/range, or the correct formula to use to find it.

    2. On number 2 I graphed using my calculator and pretty much guessed the domain being (-(infinity), 3) U (3, infinity) Range being (-infinity, -1/3)
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  3. Apr 5, 2010 #2


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    No, f o g doesn't mean plug f(x) into g(x). (f o g)(x) = f(g(x)), so it's the other way around from what you said.

    x^3 - 4 + 7 [itex]\neq[/itex] x^3 - 11. Check your arithmetic.
    The goal is not to solve an equation here, but to find a formula for (g o f)(x) = g(f(x)).
    You have the domain right, but not the range.
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