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    Finding domain of a function!

    Hey,

    Im in high school and im having real bad trouble with this math question.. Its finite math and im learning about linear equations.

    Right now im learning about f(x) equations..

    I just wanted to see if any of you knew how i would go about this question? Im not sure how to find the domain, heres the question:

    "A certain pollutant is being removed from a small lake. Let t be the number of days from the beginning of the removal process and
    f(t)= 50(1 - t/120) be the number of parts per million of this pollutant in the water. Find the domain of the function and sketch its graph throughout the domain."

    Thanks!!!!
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    For f(t)= 50\left(1 - \frac{t}{120}\right) what values can t take?

    Or maybe it might be eaiser to ask yourself are there any values t cannot take?
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    Thats the thing i dont know what values i can use for t... if t is the number of days how do i find a domain if there is no number of days given?

    Do i just pick a random number of days, substitute it for t, and work out the graph?

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    You question is what values are you 'allowed' to pick for t? Is there any values that you could pick for t that defy logic or mathematical laws?
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    I would say any negative number for t would be incorrect because if t = the number of days the least amount of days would be zero, is that right?

    How would i go about putting that into a formula?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hustla View Post
    I would say any negative number for t would be incorrect because if t = the number of days the least amount of days would be zero, is that right?

    How would i go about putting that into a formula?
    Hi Hustla,

    Formula!?! You can represent the domain using interval or set-builder notation for all t values greater than or equal to zero.

    D=\{t|t \ge 0\} or  D=[0, +\infty)
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    Actually as I understand the domain will be D = \{t|0\le t\le t_f\} where \,t_f is the time at which all of the pollutant has been removed.
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