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    Question ambiguity?

    in the function 1/ (1-x), the obvious value to remove from the domain of f is 1. this will be shown on the graph by the function being translated one unit to the positive direction of the x-axis. is this contradictory to what we are all taught that 'in the case of f(x+c) and c>0 then the graph will be of f(x) translated c units to the NEGATIVE direction of the x-axis'. ?????
    would this be due to the negative nature of x in f(x)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the kopite View Post
    in the function 1/ (1-x), the obvious value to remove from the domain of f is 1. this will be shown on the graph by the function being translated one unit to the positive direction of the x-axis.
    Surely it is simpler to jus note that if x= 1, the denominator is 0 so the fraction is not defined.

    is this contradictory to what we are all taught that 'in the case of f(x+c) and c>0 then the graph will be of f(x) translated c units to the NEGATIVE direction of the x-axis'. ?????
    would this be due to the negative nature of x in f(x)?
    \frac{1}{1- x}= \frac{1}{-(x-1)}= \frac{-1}{x-1}= \frac{-1}{x-(-1)}. It does NOT contradict the statement you give because the statement includes the condition "c> 0". Here c is -1 and is not greater than 0.
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    so x must be positive for the statement to apply? is that it?
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