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    Domain and Range

    Hi,

    I'm just wondering if I'm correct and also what notation I should use here.

    The question is asking for the domain and range of f(x,y)=e^{y-x^2}

    I think the domain is Domain \subset R^2 and Range>0

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Domain and Range

    yes, the domain is a subset of \mathbb{R}^2. but in this case, if f(x,y) makes sense for all real numbers x and y,

    then the domain equals \mathbb{R}^2.

    now e^x is always positive, so we know the range is a subset of the positive reals. the question is, can y-x^2

    turn out to be any real number? and it can: let's say we have a certain real number r in mind. then we could pick x = 0, and y = r.

    so now we ask, given that y-x^2 can be any real number, can e^{y-x^2} be any positive real number?

    suppose s is positive. then ln(s) makes sense, so we can pick (x,y) = (0,ln(s)), and then e^{\ln(s)-0} = e^{\ln(s)} = s.

    so we see any positive real number is in the range of f, and only positive real numbers are in the range of f.

    so range(f) = \{x \in \mathbb{R}: x > 0\}. this is sometimes also written: \mathbb{R}^+ or as the interval (0,\infty)
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    Re: Domain and Range

    Not sure what your answer is for the Domain: it's all of \mathbb{R}^2.

    Your Range is correct.

    (Deveno beat me by less than 1 minute.)
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