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    Domain & Range

    1. y=2e^-x -3
    2. y=2sin(3x+pi) - 1
    3. y= {sqrt(-x) -4 < x < 0
    {sqrt(x) 0 < x < 4

    domain is asking for allowable x-values and range asks for resulting y-values, but i'm not sure how to do it for these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fezz349 View Post
    1. y=2e^-x -3
    2. y=2sin(3x+pi) - 1
    3. y= {sqrt(-x) -4 < x < 0
    {sqrt(x) 0 < x < 4

    domain is asking for allowable x-values and range asks for resulting y-values, but i'm not sure how to do it for these.
    if you are unfamiliar with the behavior of each parent function and its subsequent transformation, then I recommend that you graph each equation using technology to better "see" the domain and range.
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    I know I can easily graph them in my calculator and come up with the answers but I'm interested in the algebraic breakdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fezz349 View Post
    I know I can easily graph them in my calculator and come up with the answers but I'm interested in the algebraic breakdown.
    ok, here is the algebra thought process involved for your first function y = 2e^{-x} - 3 ...

    what is the domain and range of the parent function y = e^{x} ?

    what transformation occurs to y = e^x if the sign of x is changed? how does that transformation affect the domain and range?

    how does the transformation of multiplying e^{-x} by 2 affect the domain and range?

    finally, how does the final transformation of subtracting 3 from 2e^{-x} affect the domain and range?
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