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    Find Functions f and g

    For each question below, find functions f and g so that f(g) = H.

    (1) H(x) = (1 + x^2)^(3/2)

    (2) H(x) = |2x^2 + 3|

    NOTE: Does question 2 apply absolute value?
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    Quote Originally Posted by symmetry View Post
    For each question below, find functions f and g so that f(g) = H.

    (1) H(x) = (1 + x^2)^(3/2)

    (2) H(x) = |2x^2 + 3|

    NOTE: Does question 2 apply absolute value?
    (1) g(x)=1+x^2, f(x)=x^(3/2), then f(g(x))=(1+x^2)^(3/2)

    (2) g(x)=2x^2+3, f(x)=|x|, then f(g(x))=|2x^2+3|.

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    ok

    Sorry Ron but I don't follow your steps.


    You said:

    (1) g(x)=1+x^2, f(x)=x^(3/2), then f(g(x))=(1+x^2)^(3/2)...Where did f(x) and g(x) come from? How did you get x^(3/2)? Where did f(g(x)) come from?

    (2) g(x)=2x^2+3, f(x)=|x|, then f(g(x))=|2x^2+3|...Where did the |x| come from? How does f(g(x)) = |2x^2 + 3|.

    How do question 1 and 2 equate to H?
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    Quote Originally Posted by symmetry View Post
    Sorry Ron but I don't follow your steps.


    You said:

    (1) g(x)=1+x^2, f(x)=x^(3/2), then f(g(x))= (1+x^2)^(3/2)...Where did f(x) and g(x) come from? How did you get x^(3/2)? Where did f(g(x)) come from?
    The come from an examination of the target function. You want

    f(g(x))=(1+x^2)^(3/2),

    so you need to look for an inner and outer function to decompose the
    composite function into. Here we have something raise to a power, so
    raising to a power will do for f, and what is raised to the power will do
    for g. There is no method other than examination of the structure of the
    required form of the composite function.

    Also the decomposition is not unique. For example I could have chosen
    g(x)=(1+x^2)^3, and f(x)=x^(1/2). In fact subject to some pretty lose
    restrictions g(x) could be almost anything, but once chosen determines
    f(x)

    (2) g(x)=2x^2+3, f(x)=|x|, then f(g(x))=|2x^2+3|...Where did the |x| come from? How does f(g(x)) = |2x^2 + 3|.
    As before, choose the simplest functions that will do. Look at the target
    and it should suggest suitable functions.


    How do question 1 and 2 equate to H?
    H is defined in the question to be the composite function, so:

    H(x)=f(g(x)).

    It is just another name for f(g(x)) or f o g.

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    ok

    Now it all makes sense.

    Thanks!
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