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h ( x ) = ( 8 + x 3 8 x 3 ) 4

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h ( x ) = 2 x + 6

sample: f ( x ) = x g ( x ) = 2 x + 6

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h ( x ) = ( 5 x 1 ) 3

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h ( x ) = x 1 3

sample: f ( x ) = x 3 g ( x ) = ( x 1 )

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h ( x ) = 1 ( x 2 ) 3

sample: f ( x ) = x 3 g ( x ) = 1 x 2

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h ( x ) = ( 1 2 x 3 ) 2

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h ( x ) = 2 x 1 3 x + 4

sample: f ( x ) = x g ( x ) = 2 x 1 3 x + 4

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Graphical

For the following exercises, use the graphs of f , shown in [link] , and g , shown in [link] , to evaluate the expressions.

Graph of a function.
Graph of a function.

For the following exercises, use graphs of f ( x ) , shown in [link] , g ( x ) , shown in [link] , and h ( x ) , shown in [link] , to evaluate the expressions.

Graph of a parabola.
Graph of a square root function.

f ( g ( f ( 2 ) ) )

4

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Numeric

For the following exercises, use the function values for f  and  g shown in [link] to evaluate each expression.

x f ( x ) g ( x )
0 7 9
1 6 5
2 5 6
3 8 2
4 4 1
5 0 8
6 2 7
7 1 3
8 9 4
9 3 0

For the following exercises, use the function values for f  and  g shown in [link] to evaluate the expressions.

x f ( x ) g ( x )
−3 11 −8
−2 9 −3
−1 7 0
0 5 1
1 3 0
2 1 −3
3 −1 −8

For the following exercises, use each pair of functions to find f ( g ( 0 ) ) and g ( f ( 0 ) ) .

f ( x ) = 4 x + 8 , g ( x ) = 7 x 2

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f ( x ) = 5 x + 7 , g ( x ) = 4 2 x 2

f ( g ( 0 ) ) = 27 , g ( f ( 0 ) ) = 94

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f ( x ) = x + 4 , g ( x ) = 12 x 3

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f ( x ) = 1 x + 2 , g ( x ) = 4 x + 3

f ( g ( 0 ) ) = 1 5 , g ( f ( 0 ) ) = 5

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For the following exercises, use the functions f ( x ) = 2 x 2 + 1 and g ( x ) = 3 x + 5 to evaluate or find the composite function as indicated.

f ( g ( x ) )

18 x 2 + 60 x + 51

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( g g ) ( x )

g g ( x ) = 9 x + 20

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Extensions

For the following exercises, use f ( x ) = x 3 + 1 and g ( x ) = x 1 3 .

Find ( f g ) ( x ) and ( g f ) ( x ) . Compare the two answers.

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Find ( f g ) ( 2 ) and ( g f ) ( 2 ) .

2

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What is the domain of ( g f ) ( x ) ?

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What is the domain of ( f g ) ( x ) ?

( , )

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Let f ( x ) = 1 x .

  1. Find ( f f ) ( x ) .
  2. Is ( f f ) ( x ) for any function f the same result as the answer to part (a) for any function? Explain.
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For the following exercises, let F ( x ) = ( x + 1 ) 5 , f ( x ) = x 5 , and g ( x ) = x + 1.

True or False: ( g f ) ( x ) = F ( x ) .

False

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True or False: ( f g ) ( x ) = F ( x ) .

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For the following exercises, find the composition when f ( x ) = x 2 + 2 for all x 0 and g ( x ) = x 2 .

( f g ) ( 6 ) ; ( g f ) ( 6 )

( f g ) ( 6 ) = 6 ; ( g f ) ( 6 ) = 6

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( g f ) ( a ) ; ( f g ) ( a )

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( f g ) ( 11 ) ; ( g f ) ( 11 )

( f g ) ( 11 ) = 11 , ( g f ) ( 11 ) = 11

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Real-world applications

The function D ( p ) gives the number of items that will be demanded when the price is p . The production cost C ( x ) is the cost of producing x items. To determine the cost of production when the price is $6, you would do which of the following?

  1. Evaluate D ( C ( 6 ) ) .
  2. Evaluate C ( D ( 6 ) ) .
  3. Solve D ( C ( x ) ) = 6.
  4. Solve C ( D ( p ) ) = 6.
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The function A ( d ) gives the pain level on a scale of 0 to 10 experienced by a patient with d milligrams of a pain-reducing drug in her system. The milligrams of the drug in the patient’s system after t minutes is modeled by m ( t ) . Which of the following would you do in order to determine when the patient will be at a pain level of 4?

  1. Evaluate A ( m ( 4 ) ) .
  2. Evaluate m ( A ( 4 ) ) .
  3. Solve A ( m ( t ) ) = 4.
  4. Solve m ( A ( d ) ) = 4.

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A store offers customers a 30% discount on the price x of selected items. Then, the store takes off an additional 15% at the cash register. Write a price function P ( x ) that computes the final price of the item in terms of the original price x . (Hint: Use function composition to find your answer.)

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A rain drop hitting a lake makes a circular ripple. If the radius, in inches, grows as a function of time in minutes according to r ( t ) = 25 t + 2 , find the area of the ripple as a function of time. Find the area of the ripple at t = 2.

A ( t ) = π ( 25 t + 2 ) 2 and A ( 2 ) = π ( 25 4 ) 2 = 2500 π square inches

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A forest fire leaves behind an area of grass burned in an expanding circular pattern. If the radius of the circle of burning grass is increasing with time according to the formula r ( t ) = 2 t + 1 , express the area burned as a function of time, t (minutes).

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Use the function you found in the previous exercise to find the total area burned after 5 minutes.

A ( 5 ) = π ( 2 ( 5 ) + 1 ) 2 = 121 π square units

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The radius r , in inches, of a spherical balloon is related to the volume, V , by r ( V ) = 3 V 4 π 3 . Air is pumped into the balloon, so the volume after t seconds is given by V ( t ) = 10 + 20 t .

  1. Find the composite function r ( V ( t ) ) .
  2. Find the exact time when the radius reaches 10 inches.
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The number of bacteria in a refrigerated food product is given by N ( T ) = 23 T 2 56 T + 1 , 3 < T < 33 , where T is the temperature of the food. When the food is removed from the refrigerator, the temperature is given by T ( t ) = 5 t + 1.5 , where t is the time in hours.

  1. Find the composite function N ( T ( t ) ) .
  2. Find the time (round to two decimal places) when the bacteria count reaches 6752.

a. N ( T ( t ) ) = 23 ( 5 t + 1.5 ) 2 56 ( 5 t + 1.5 ) + 1 ; b. 3.38 hours

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Questions & Answers

Need help solving this problem (2/7)^-2
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what is the coefficient of -4×
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-1
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the operation * is x * y =x + y/ 1+(x × y) show if the operation is commutative if x × y is not equal to -1
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An investment account was opened with an initial deposit of $9,600 and earns 7.4% interest, compounded continuously. How much will the account be worth after 15 years?
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lim x to infinity e^1-e^-1/log(1+x)
given eccentricity and a point find the equiation
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12, 17, 22.... 25th term
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12, 17, 22.... 25th term
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I am 1 year old but I can do it! 1+1=2 proof very hard for me though.
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find the 15th term of the geometric sequince whose first is 18 and last term of 387
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I know this work
salma
The given of f(x=x-2. then what is the value of this f(3) 5f(x+1)
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hmm well what is the answer
Abhi
If f(x) = x-2 then, f(3) when 5f(x+1) 5((3-2)+1) 5(1+1) 5(2) 10
Augustine
how do they get the third part x = (32)5/4
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make 5/4 into a mixed number, make that a decimal, and then multiply 32 by the decimal 5/4 turns out to be
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can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
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sure. what is your question?
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20/(×-6^2)
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okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
ninjadapaul
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
ninjadapaul
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
Salomon
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
Salomon
I got X =-6
Salomon
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
ninjadapaul
oops. ignore that.
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so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
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