Subtraction of real function from another

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We define subtraction of real functions as (f-g)(x) = f(x) - f(x). But I wonder what does (f-g) mean!!! I don't find any meaning in (sin - (square of))(x).
If it really has any meaning then tell with examples.
 

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h = f -g denotes the actual function which takes an element x in the domain (here it's the intersection of the domains of f and g) and outputs f(x) - g(x). This is why we write (f-g)(x) = f(x) - g(x). Remember f and g are functions, not numbers, whereas f(x) and g(x) are real numbers, if f and g are real valued. While it's important to keep in mind the distinction between a function f and the values of its output f(x) (x in the domain of f), it's rather common to write f(x) to denote the function (e.g. among mathematical analysts), usually for convenience.
 
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We define subtraction of real functions as (f-g)(x) = f(x) - f(x). But I wonder what does (f-g) mean!!! I don't find any meaning in (sin - (square of))(x).
If it really has any meaning then tell with examples.

In the example you give (sin - (square of))(x) would equal sin(x) + x^2. It's really just that simple.
 
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We define subtraction of real functions as (f-g)(x) = f(x) - f(x). But I wonder what does (f-g) mean!!! I don't find any meaning in (sin - (square of))(x).
If it really has any meaning then tell with examples.
The whole purpose of "(f- g)(x)= f(x)- g(x)" is to tell you what f- g means.

(sin- square of)(x) is, according to that definition, [itex]sin(x)- square of (x)= sin(x)- x^2[/itex]
 

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