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- Dec 8th 2010, 02:43 PMpedroiscool7functions.
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- Dec 8th 2010, 03:01 PMdwsmith
Functions are one-to-one and onto mappings from a set A to a set B.

$\displaystyle \displaystyle f:A\rightarrow B$

Functions also have an inverse.

Example $\displaystyle \displaystyle e^x$ is the inverse to $\displaystyle \displaystyle ln(x)$ - Dec 8th 2010, 05:15 PMrtblue
Here is a beginner's guide to functions:

Functions versus Relations - Dec 9th 2010, 01:44 AMHallsofIvy
This is not true. The standard definition of function does NOT require "one to one" nor "onto". A function, from set A to set B, is a set of ordered pairs, (x, y), with x from A, y from B, such that we do not have two

**distinct**ordered pairs with the same first element- that is, we cannot have (x, y1), (x, y2) with the same x but different y1 and y2. In more common terms that means that a function assigns a value of y, from set B, to every x in set A such that we do NOT assign different values of y to the same x.

Here's what Wikipedia says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Function_(mathematics) - Dec 9th 2010, 12:14 PMdwsmith
Strictly speaking, a "well-defined" function associates one, and only one, output to any particular input.

If not, then it is a multivalued-function. Multivalued function - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My definition corresponds to, as wikipedia calls it, a well-defined function then. - Dec 10th 2010, 02:05 AMHallsofIvy
Sorry, but, no, it doesn't. Yours corresponds to "invertible function". The function, for example, $\displaystyle f(x)= x^2$, is a "well defined function", with one and only one output to a particular input but is NOT "one to one and onto" because it does not asociate one and only one

**input**with a particular**output**.