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    I know I'm overthinking

    Give a formula for a function with the indicated domain and range:
    a) domain all real numbers, range all real numbers
    b) domain: the set of integers, range: the set of integers >=2
    c) domain:all real numbers, range: the set of reals >=k, where k is a given constant
    d) domain: all real numbers, range: {y:a<=y<=b}
    e)domain: {x is and element of all real numbers: x>2}, range:{y is an element of all real numbers: y>1}
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    Re: I know I'm overthinking

    How are you over-thinking it? I'll give you some hints. In general, it's better to try a simple solution for each of these than a complicated one.

    For a) think really simple.
    For b) write down the integers from -3 to 3 and the integers from 2 to 8 and try to get a function from the first to the second in an easy, systematic way by drawing arrows.
    For c) you can think about functions that go down and then up.
    For d) you can think about functions that go up and down but seems to bounce between two values (then you can scale and translate to get them between a and b)
    For e) maybe you can think about functions that go bad at 2 and functions that don't exist for x<2, and maybe combine them.
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    Re: I know I'm overthinking

    a)y=x
    b)y=x+5
    is that right?
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    Re: I know I'm overthinking

    what do you ean about fractions that go up then down?
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    Re: I know I'm overthinking

    e)that go bad? so 1/(x-2)?
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    Re: I know I'm overthinking

    Quote Originally Posted by franios View Post
    what do you ean about fractions that go up then down?
    Think of a simple sinusoid:

    f(x)=A\sin(x)+B

    Since -1\le\sin(x)\le1 set:

    -A+B=a

    A+B=b

    Now solve this system for A and B in terms of a and b.
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