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Homework Help: True/False : 2 Questions

  1. Jun 4, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    1- The following function is one-to-one

    f(x)= -x if x belongs to [-1,0]

    f(x)=3x+2 if x belongs to [0,1]

    2- The following parametric curve represents a line segment from (0,3) to (2,0) :

    x(t)=2sin^2(t) and y(t)=3cos^2(t) where t belongs to [0,pi/2]

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    For (1): I think its false, if we draw the function on the interval [-1,1] we will get a graph which is similar to the graph of f(x)=|x| (the v-shape). clearly there are horizontal lines intersect the curve of f in more than one point, so its not 1-1 function, so the statement is false.

    For (2): I do not have any idea!
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 4, 2010 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    That works for me.
    You know that sin2(t) + cos2(t) = 1, right? Can you work this idea into your parametric equations to get one equation that involves only x and y (no t)?
  4. Jun 4, 2010 #3
    I would say:
    which is ellipse
  5. Jun 4, 2010 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    No, x/2 + y/3 = 1 is NOT an ellipse. Also, keep in mind that 0 <= t <= pi/2.
  6. Jun 4, 2010 #5
    its a line
    so when i substitute the smallest value for t i will get the start of the line
    and when i substitute the biggest for t i will get the end of the line
    so its TRUE
  7. Jun 4, 2010 #6
    by the way.
    the first statement is true.
    its one-to-one function.
  8. Jun 4, 2010 #7


    Staff: Mentor

    Right. I stand corrected. I should have drawn the graph, because then it's obvious.
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