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Given a logarithmic function with the form f ( x ) = a log b ( x ) , a > 0 , graph the translation.

  1. Identify the vertical stretch or compressions:
    • If | a | > 1 , the graph of f ( x ) = log b ( x ) is stretched by a factor of a units.
    • If | a | < 1 , the graph of f ( x ) = log b ( x ) is compressed by a factor of a units.
  2. Draw the vertical asymptote x = 0.
  3. Identify three key points from the parent function. Find new coordinates for the shifted functions by multiplying the y coordinates by a .
  4. Label the three points.
  5. The domain is ( 0 , ) , the range is ( , ) , and the vertical asymptote is x = 0.

Graphing a stretch or compression of the parent function y = log b ( x )

Sketch a graph of f ( x ) = 2 log 4 ( x ) alongside its parent function. Include the key points and asymptote on the graph. State the domain, range, and asymptote.

Since the function is f ( x ) = 2 log 4 ( x ) , we will notice a = 2.

This means we will stretch the function f ( x ) = log 4 ( x ) by a factor of 2.

The vertical asymptote is x = 0.

Consider the three key points from the parent function, ( 1 4 , −1 ) , ( 1 , 0 ), and ( 4 , 1 ) .

The new coordinates are found by multiplying the y coordinates by 2.

Label the points ( 1 4 , −2 ) , ( 1 , 0 ) , and ( 4 , 2 ) .

The domain is ( 0, ) , the range is ( , ), and the vertical asymptote is x = 0. See [link] .

Graph of two functions. The parent function is y=log_4(x), with an asymptote at x=0 and labeled points at (1, 0), and (4, 1).The translation function f(x)=2log_4(x) has an asymptote at x=0 and labeled points at (1, 0) and (2, 1).

The domain is ( 0 , ) , the range is ( , ) , and the vertical asymptote is x = 0.

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Sketch a graph of f ( x ) = 1 2 log 4 ( x ) alongside its parent function. Include the key points and asymptote on the graph. State the domain, range, and asymptote.

Graph of two functions. The parent function is y=log_4(x), with an asymptote at x=0 and labeled points at (1, 0), and (4, 1).The translation function f(x)=(1/2)log_4(x) has an asymptote at x=0 and labeled points at (1, 0) and (16, 1).

The domain is ( 0 , ) , the range is ( , ) , and the vertical asymptote is x = 0.

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Combining a shift and a stretch

Sketch a graph of f ( x ) = 5 log ( x + 2 ) . State the domain, range, and asymptote.

Remember: what happens inside parentheses happens first. First, we move the graph left 2 units, then stretch the function vertically by a factor of 5, as in [link] . The vertical asymptote will be shifted to x = −2. The x -intercept will be ( −1, 0 ) . The domain will be ( −2 , ) . Two points will help give the shape of the graph: ( −1 , 0 ) and ( 8 , 5 ). We chose x = 8 as the x -coordinate of one point to graph because when x = 8, x + 2 = 10, the base of the common logarithm.

Graph of three functions. The parent function is y=log(x), with an asymptote at x=0. The first translation function y=5log(x+2) has an asymptote at x=-2. The second translation function y=log(x+2) has an asymptote at x=-2.

The domain is ( 2 , ) , the range is ( , ) , and the vertical asymptote is x = 2.

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Sketch a graph of the function f ( x ) = 3 log ( x 2 ) + 1. State the domain, range, and asymptote.

Graph of f(x)=3log(x-2)+1 with an asymptote at x=2.

The domain is ( 2 , ) , the range is ( , ) , and the vertical asymptote is x = 2.

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Graphing reflections of f ( x ) = log b ( x )

When the parent function f ( x ) = log b ( x ) is multiplied by −1 , the result is a reflection about the x -axis. When the input is multiplied by −1 , the result is a reflection about the y -axis. To visualize reflections, we restrict b > 1, and observe the general graph of the parent function f ( x ) = log b ( x ) alongside the reflection about the x -axis, g ( x ) = −log b ( x ) and the reflection about the y -axis, h ( x ) = log b ( x ) .

Graph of two functions. The parent function is f(x)=log_b(x), with an asymptote at x=0  and g(x)=-log_b(x) when b>1 is the translation function with an asymptote at x=0. The graph note the intersection of the two lines at (1, 0). This shows the translation of a reflection about the x-axis.

Reflections of the parent function y = log b ( x )

The function f ( x ) = −log b ( x )

  • reflects the parent function y = log b ( x ) about the x -axis.
  • has domain, ( 0 , ) , range, ( , ) , and vertical asymptote, x = 0 , which are unchanged from the parent function.


The function f ( x ) = log b ( x )

  • reflects the parent function y = log b ( x ) about the y -axis.
  • has domain ( , 0 ) .
  • has range, ( , ) , and vertical asymptote, x = 0 , which are unchanged from the parent function.

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Mars Reply
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Abena Reply
For the first question, I got (3y-2)/15 Second one, I got Root 2 Third one, I got 1/(y to the fourth power) I dont if it's right cause I can barely understand the question.
Is under distribute property, inverse function, algebra and addition and multiplication function; so is a combined question
Abena
find the equation of the line if m=3, and b=-2
Ashley Reply
graph the following linear equation using intercepts method. 2x+y=4
Ashley
how
Wargod
what?
John
ok, one moment
UriEl
how do I post your graph for you?
UriEl
it won't let me send an image?
UriEl
also for the first one... y=mx+b so.... y=3x-2
UriEl
y=mx+b you were already given the 'm' and 'b'. so.. y=3x-2
Tommy
Please were did you get y=mx+b from
Abena
y=mx+b is the formula of a straight line. where m = the slope & b = where the line crosses the y-axis. In this case, being that the "m" and "b", are given, all you have to do is plug them into the formula to complete the equation.
Tommy
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Nimo
0=3x-2 2=3x x=3/2 then . y=3/2X-2 I think
Given
co ordinates for x x=0,(-2,0) x=1,(1,1) x=2,(2,4)
neil
"7"has an open circle and "10"has a filled in circle who can I have a set builder notation
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x=-b+_Гb2-(4ac) ______________ 2a
Ahlicia Reply
I've run into this: x = r*cos(angle1 + angle2) Which expands to: x = r(cos(angle1)*cos(angle2) - sin(angle1)*sin(angle2)) The r value confuses me here, because distributing it makes: (r*cos(angle2))(cos(angle1) - (r*sin(angle2))(sin(angle1)) How does this make sense? Why does the r distribute once
Carlos Reply
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abdikarin
this is an identity when 2 adding two angles within a cosine. it's called the cosine sum formula. there is also a different formula when cosine has an angle minus another angle it's called the sum and difference formulas and they are under any list of trig identities
Brad
strategies to form the general term
carlmark
consider r(a+b) = ra + rb. The a and b are the trig identity.
Mike
How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
Mary Reply
generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
what is f(x)=
Karim Reply
I don't understand
Joe
Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
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GREAT ANSWER THOUGH!!!
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Thanks.
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It is the  that should not be there. It doesn't seem to show if encloses in quotation marks. "Â" or 'Â' ... Â
Thomas
Now it shows, go figure?
Thomas
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unknown Reply
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Darius
I've been struggling so much through all of this. my final is in four weeks 😭
Tiffany
this book is an excellent resource! have you guys ever looked at the online tutoring? there's one that is called "That Tutor Guy" and he goes over a lot of the concepts
Darius
thank you I have heard of him. I should check him out.
Tiffany
is there any question in particular?
Joe
I have always struggled with math. I get lost really easy, if you have any advice for that, it would help tremendously.
Tiffany
Sure, are you in high school or college?
Darius
Hi, apologies for the delayed response. I'm in college.
Tiffany
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