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Homework Help: Sums of even and odd functions

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

    If f:(-a,a)-->Real numbers, then f can be rewritten as the sums of an even and an odd function

    Let k: Real numbers\{-1}-->Real numbers be given by [tex]k(x)=\frac{x^2+4}{x+1}[/tex]

    (i) Prove that there is no interval (-a,a) on which k is either even or odd
    (ii) Find an even function g, an odd function h and a value a for which
    [tex]k(x)= g(x) +h(x)[/tex], x belongs to (-a,a)
    (iii) Explain why it is, or is not, true that [tex]k(x)=g(x) +h(x)[/tex] for all x in the domain of k

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    (i) Is it true that by proving k(x) does not equal k(-x) and k(x) does not equal -f(-x), we can prove that there is no interval (-a,a) on which k is either even or odd?

    (ii) I am not quite sure here.

    (iii) is it not true because x cannot be -1?

    Thanks in advance,
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  3. Mar 3, 2010 #2

    Gib Z

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    For i) use a proof by contradiction. Assume there is an interval (-a,a) on which k is either even or odd, then on some subset of that, say [-b,b], it must be either even or odd as well.

    ii) Study t(x)= f(x) - f(-x)

    iii) Give it another look once you find g(x) and h(x). In response to your original attempt, I suggest you read the question again carefully. Whilst it is true that x can not be -1, -1 is not in the domain of k. Good luck
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