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Piecewise-Defined Functions

Piecewise-Defined Functions

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PIECEWISE-DEFINED FUNCTIONS
INTRO
A piecewise function exists when a function is defined by two or more different functionsthroughout its domain. The first step inevaluatinga piecewise function is to determinewhich function definition applies depending on the value of 
 x
that is being input. Oncethat has been determined, we evaluate the function as usual by substituting in the givenvalue of 
 x
.
_______________________________________________________________________
 
Example: 
Given
+<=
010)(
2
 xif  x xif  x x f 
, find
 
 f 
(-1),
 f 
(0), and
 f 
(1)
 
Solution:
First, we want to evaluate
 f 
at
1
=
 x
, so
 x x f 
=
)(is the equation
to
use(since it applies whenever
0
<
 x
)
.
 1)1( )1()1( )(
== =
 f  f  x x f 
 Next, we want to evaluate
 f 
at 0
=
 x
, so 1)(
2
+=
 x x f 
is the equation
to
use (since itapplies whenever0
 x
)
.
 1)0( 10)0( 1)(
22
=+=+=
 f  f  x x f 
 Finally, we want to evaluate
 f 
at 1
=
 x
, so 1)(
2
+=
 x x f 
is the equation
to
use (since itapplies whenever 0
 x
)
.
 2)1( 11)1( 1)(
22
=+=+=
 f  f  x x f 
 
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