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    Graph Help

    I'm struggling with graphs. Any help appreciated. Thanks

    The figure shows the graphs of
    f(x) = x3 and g(x) = ax3. What can
    you conclude about the value of
    a?

    a.
    a < 1
    b . 1 <
    a < 0
    c . 0 <
    a < 1

    d . 1 <
    a


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    We see the following:

    1) f(x) = g(x) \mbox{ for }x=0
    2) f(x) > g(x) \mbox{ for }x>0
    3) f(x) < g(x) \mbox{ for }x<0

    Let us examine #2:

    We know that f(x) = x^3 \mbox{ and }g(x)=ax^3
    Thus,
    x^3 > ax^3 \mbox{ for }x>0
    x^3 - ax^3>0
    x^3 (1 - a) > 0
    Since x>0 \Rightarrow x^3 >0
    Thus, (1-a)>0 \Rightarrow a<1.

    Let us examine #3:
    We know that x^3 < ax^3 \mbox{ for } x<0
    x^3 - ax^3 < 0
    x^3 ( 1 - a) < 0
    This leads to, a<1 but we already know that, so we did not gain anything.

    But if we look at g(x) we see that g(x)>0 for x>0.
    Thus,
    ax^3 \mbox{ for }x>0
    Since x>0 it tells us that a>0.

    Thus,
    0<a<1.
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    Thanks, And I appreciate the tip about the format to use for pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wvmcanelly@cableone.net View Post
    Thanks, And I appreciate the tip about the format to use for pic.
    Just do not make your picture TOO BIG because then I have to scroll all the way to the right. And I cannot make the resolution smaller because my eyesight is that of Jules Henri Poincare.
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    Note taken,
    Thanks
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