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MCR3U

Unit 2 Intro to Function


1.2 Function Notation

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Homework: 1.1 Pages 10-13 Questions #1, 2, 4, 6, 9




1.2 Pages 22-24 Questions #1(c, d, e, f), 2, 3, 5(c, d), 6, 7, 10, 12, 16, 17

Learning Objectives/Success Criteria: At the end of this lesson I will be able to:
o Use function notation
o Evaluate functions for different input values
o Add, subtract, multiple and divide functions

Recall:
Definition:

Examples:

Function

Characteristics:




Non-examples





Function Notation: the notation f(x) is use to represent the value of a dependent variable (output) for a given
independent variable (input).


f (x) is read as f at x or f of x

f is a function of the variable x


y = 3x + 2

is in relation notation

is in function notation.
f (x) = 3x + 2

Evaluating Functions
Example 1: Evaluating f (x) means you plug in a specific value of x into the function f.
a) Create a table of values for f (x) = 3x + 2
b) Evaluate:
f (x)
x
i. f(1)



ii. f(3)


-2




-1




0

iii. f(1)+f(3)


iv. 3f(1)+4f(3)


1




2


v. f(a)



vi. f(a+1)



Piecewise functions: Functions that are split into different pieces defined by different domains.
Evaluate:

#%
2x 2 1, x < 1 a) f(0)




f (x) = $
x
+
4,
x

1

&%


b) f(1)


c) f(2)





d) f(-2)+f(5)


Finding the argument: The x in f(x) is called the argument of the
function. If you are asked to determine the argument, you are looking
for the value of x that satisfies the function f(x).

Consider the functions f (x) = 3x +1 and g(x) = 2 x . Determine the values such that:
a) f(x)=0






b) f (x) = g(x)



c) ( f (x))2 = 2g(x)




Functions and graphs:
8
Evaluate for the function graphed f(x)=3(x-1)2-4
6
a) f (2) f (1)


b) 2f(3)-7
4


2


-1
1
Using algebraic expressions in functions:
-2
Consider the functions f (x) = x 2 3x and g(x) = 3(x 1)
-4
f (x)
a)

g(x)


b) f(2x)


c) g(x+2)

Recall Number Types:
Natural (Counting) Numbers:
Whole Numbers
Integers Numbers:
Rational Numbers (Fractions):
Real Numbers

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