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### Lesson 2: A Catalog of Essential Functions

1. 1. Section 2.2 A Catalogue of Essential Functions V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I New York University September 9, 2010 Announcements First WebAssign-ments are due September 14 First written assignment is due September 16 Do the Get-to-Know-You survey (on Blackboard) and Photo for extra credit! . . . . . .
2. 2. Announcements First WebAssign-ments are due September 14 First written assignment is due September 16 Do the Get-to-Know-You survey (on Blackboard) and Photo for extra credit! . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 2 / 27
3. 3. Objectives: A Catalog of Essential Functions Identify different classes of algebraic functions, including polynomial (linear, quadratic, cubic, etc.), polynomial (especially linear, quadratic, and cubic), rational, power, trigonometric, and exponential functions. Understand the effect of algebraic transformations on the graph of a function. Understand and compute the composition of two functions. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 3 / 27
4. 4. What is a function? Definition A function f is a relation which assigns to to every element x in a set D a single element f(x) in a set E. The set D is called the domain of f. The set E is called the target of f. The set { y | y = f(x) for some x } is called the range of f. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 4 / 27
5. 5. Classes of Functions linear functions, defined by slope an intercept, point and point, or point and slope. quadratic functions, cubic functions, power functions, polynomials rational functions trigonometric functions exponential/logarithmic functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 5 / 27
6. 6. Outline Linear functions Other Polynomial functions Other power functions Rational functions Transcendental Functions Trigonometric Functions Exponential and Logarithmic functions Transformations of Functions Compositions of Functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 6 / 27
7. 7. Linear functions Linear functions have a constant rate of growth and are of the form f(x) = mx + b. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 7 / 27
8. 8. Linear functions Linear functions have a constant rate of growth and are of the form f(x) = mx + b. Example In New York City taxis cost \$2.50 to get in and \$0.40 per 1/5 mile. Write the fare f(x) as a function of distance x traveled. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 7 / 27
9. 9. Linear functions Linear functions have a constant rate of growth and are of the form f(x) = mx + b. Example In New York City taxis cost \$2.50 to get in and \$0.40 per 1/5 mile. Write the fare f(x) as a function of distance x traveled. Answer If x is in miles and f(x) in dollars, f(x) = 2.5 + 2x . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 7 / 27
10. 10. Example Biologists have noticed that the chirping rate of crickets of a certain species is related to temperature, and the relationship appears to be very nearly linear. A cricket produces 113 chirps per minute at 70 ◦ F and 173 chirps per minute at 80 ◦ F. (a) Write a linear equation that models the temperature T as a function of the number of chirps per minute N. (b) What is the slope of the graph? What does it represent? (c) If the crickets are chirping at 150 chirps per minute, estimate the temperature. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 8 / 27
11. 11. Solution . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 9 / 27
12. 12. Solution The point-slope form of the equation for a line is appropriate here: If a line passes through (x0 , y0 ) with slope m, then the line has equation y − y0 = m(x − x0 ) . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 9 / 27
13. 13. Solution The point-slope form of the equation for a line is appropriate here: If a line passes through (x0 , y0 ) with slope m, then the line has equation y − y0 = m(x − x0 ) 80 − 70 10 1 The slope of our line is = = 173 − 113 60 6 . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 9 / 27
14. 14. Solution The point-slope form of the equation for a line is appropriate here: If a line passes through (x0 , y0 ) with slope m, then the line has equation y − y0 = m(x − x0 ) 80 − 70 10 1 The slope of our line is = = 173 − 113 60 6 So an equation for T and N is 1 1 113 T − 70 = (N − 113) =⇒ T = N − + 70 6 6 6 . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 9 / 27
15. 15. Solution The point-slope form of the equation for a line is appropriate here: If a line passes through (x0 , y0 ) with slope m, then the line has equation y − y0 = m(x − x0 ) 80 − 70 10 1 The slope of our line is = = 173 − 113 60 6 So an equation for T and N is 1 1 113 T − 70 = (N − 113) =⇒ T = N − + 70 6 6 6 37 If N = 150, then T = + 70 = 76 1 ◦ F 6 6 . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 9 / 27
16. 16. Outline Linear functions Other Polynomial functions Other power functions Rational functions Transcendental Functions Trigonometric Functions Exponential and Logarithmic functions Transformations of Functions Compositions of Functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 10 / 27
17. 17. Quadratic functions take the form f(x) = ax2 + bx + c The graph is a parabola which opens upward if a > 0, downward if a < 0. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 11 / 27
18. 18. Quadratic functions take the form f(x) = ax2 + bx + c The graph is a parabola which opens upward if a > 0, downward if a < 0. Cubic functions take the form f(x) = ax3 + bx2 + cx + d . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 11 / 27
19. 19. Other power functions Whole number powers: f(x) = xn . 1 negative powers are reciprocals: x−3 = 3 . x √ fractional powers are roots: x1/3 = 3 x. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 12 / 27
20. 20. Outline Linear functions Other Polynomial functions Other power functions Rational functions Transcendental Functions Trigonometric Functions Exponential and Logarithmic functions Transformations of Functions Compositions of Functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 13 / 27
21. 21. Rational functions Definition A rational function is a quotient of polynomials. Example x3 (x + 3) The function f(x) = is rational. (x + 2)(x − 1) . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 14 / 27
22. 22. Outline Linear functions Other Polynomial functions Other power functions Rational functions Transcendental Functions Trigonometric Functions Exponential and Logarithmic functions Transformations of Functions Compositions of Functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 15 / 27
23. 23. Trigonometric Functions Sine and cosine Tangent and cotangent Secant and cosecant . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 16 / 27
24. 24. Exponential and Logarithmic functions exponential functions (for example f(x) = 2x ) logarithmic functions are their inverses (for example f(x) = log2 (x)) . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 17 / 27
25. 25. Outline Linear functions Other Polynomial functions Other power functions Rational functions Transcendental Functions Trigonometric Functions Exponential and Logarithmic functions Transformations of Functions Compositions of Functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 18 / 27
26. 26. Transformations of Functions Take the squaring function and graph these transformations: y = (x + 1)2 y = (x − 1)2 y = x2 + 1 y = x2 − 1 . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 19 / 27
27. 27. Transformations of Functions Take the squaring function and graph these transformations: y = (x + 1)2 y = (x − 1)2 y = x2 + 1 y = x2 − 1 Observe that if the fiddling occurs within the function, a transformation is applied on the x-axis. After the function, to the y-axis. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 19 / 27
28. 28. Vertical and Horizontal Shifts Suppose c > 0. To obtain the graph of y = f(x) + c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units y = f(x) − c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units y = f(x − c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units y = f(x + c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 20 / 27
29. 29. Vertical and Horizontal Shifts Suppose c > 0. To obtain the graph of y = f(x) + c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units upward y = f(x) − c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units y = f(x − c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units y = f(x + c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 20 / 27
30. 30. Vertical and Horizontal Shifts Suppose c > 0. To obtain the graph of y = f(x) + c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units upward y = f(x) − c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units downward y = f(x − c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units y = f(x + c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 20 / 27
31. 31. Vertical and Horizontal Shifts Suppose c > 0. To obtain the graph of y = f(x) + c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units upward y = f(x) − c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units downward y = f(x − c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units to the right y = f(x + c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 20 / 27
32. 32. Vertical and Horizontal Shifts Suppose c > 0. To obtain the graph of y = f(x) + c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units upward y = f(x) − c, shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units downward y = f(x − c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units to the right y = f(x + c), shift the graph of y = f(x) a distance c units to the left . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 20 / 27
33. 33. Now try these y = sin (2x) y = 2 sin (x) y = e−x y = −ex . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 21 / 27
34. 34. Scaling and flipping To obtain the graph of y = f(c · x), scale the graph of f by c y = c · f(x), scale the graph of f by c If |c| < 1, the scaling is a If c < 0, the scaling includes a . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 22 / 27
35. 35. Scaling and flipping To obtain the graph of y = f(c · x), scale the graph of f horizontally by c y = c · f(x), scale the graph of f by c If |c| < 1, the scaling is a If c < 0, the scaling includes a . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 22 / 27
36. 36. Scaling and flipping To obtain the graph of y = f(c · x), scale the graph of f horizontally by c y = c · f(x), scale the graph of f vertically by c If |c| < 1, the scaling is a If c < 0, the scaling includes a . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 22 / 27
37. 37. Scaling and flipping To obtain the graph of y = f(c · x), scale the graph of f horizontally by c y = c · f(x), scale the graph of f vertically by c If |c| < 1, the scaling is a compression If c < 0, the scaling includes a . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 22 / 27
38. 38. Scaling and flipping To obtain the graph of y = f(c · x), scale the graph of f horizontally by c y = c · f(x), scale the graph of f vertically by c If |c| < 1, the scaling is a compression If c < 0, the scaling includes a flip . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 22 / 27
39. 39. Outline Linear functions Other Polynomial functions Other power functions Rational functions Transcendental Functions Trigonometric Functions Exponential and Logarithmic functions Transformations of Functions Compositions of Functions . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 23 / 27
40. 40. Composition is a compounding of functions in succession g . ◦f . x . f . . g . . g ◦ f)(x) ( f .(x) . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 24 / 27
41. 41. Composing Example Let f(x) = x2 and g(x) = sin x. Compute f ◦ g and g ◦ f. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 25 / 27
42. 42. Composing Example Let f(x) = x2 and g(x) = sin x. Compute f ◦ g and g ◦ f. Solution f ◦ g(x) = sin2 x while g ◦ f(x) = sin(x2 ). Note they are not the same. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 25 / 27
43. 43. Decomposing Example √ Express x2 − 4 as a composition of two functions. What is its domain? Solution √ We can write the expression as f ◦ g, where f(u) = u and g(x) = x2 − 4. The range of g needs to be within the domain of f. To insure that x2 − 4 ≥ 0, we must have x ≤ −2 or x ≥ 2. . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 26 / 27
44. 44. Summary There are many classes of algebraic functions Algebraic rules can be used to sketch graphs . . . . . . V63.0121.021/041, Calculus I (NYU) Section 2.2 Essential Functions September 9, 2010 27 / 27