# f(x) for Symmetry

• Jan 22nd 2007, 05:10 PM
symmetry
f(x) for Symmetry
Test each of the following for symmetry. Is f(x) even, odd, or neither?

a) f(x) = x³ + x² + x + 1

b) f(x) = 2x³ − 4x
• Jan 23rd 2007, 06:51 AM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by symmetry
Test each of the following for symmetry. Is f(x) even, odd, or neither?

a) f(x) = x³ + x² + x + 1

b) f(x) = 2x³ − 4x

a) $f(-x) = (-x)^3 + (-x)^2 + (-x) + 1 = -x^3 + x^2 - x + 1$
This result is neither f(x) nor is it -f(x). So this function is neither even, nor odd.

b) $f(-x) = 2(-x)^3 - 4(-x) = -2x^3 + 4x = -f(x)$
So this function is odd.

-Dan
• Jan 23rd 2007, 06:15 PM
symmetry
ok
Tell me, what are the rules for this symmetry stuff?