For the piecewise-defined below, find:

f(-2), f(0) and f(2)

.........{x^2..........if x < 0

f(x) = {2..............if x = 0

.........{2x + 1.......if x > 0

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- October 29th 2008, 07:48 AMmagentaritaPiecewise-defined Function
For the piecewise-defined below, find:

f(-2), f(0) and f(2)

.........{x^2..........if x < 0

f(x) = {2..............if x = 0

.........{2x + 1.......if x > 0 - October 29th 2008, 07:51 AMChris L T521
Which of these piecewise functions is defined for negative values of x (i.e. x<0)? Substitute -2 into that function to get the value of f(-2).

There is only one function that is defined at x=0. So what do you think f(0) would be?

Which of these piecewise functions is defined for positive values of x (i.e. x>0)? Substitute 2 into that function to get the value of f(2).

Does this make sense?

--Chris - October 29th 2008, 07:58 AMmagentaritaok...
- October 29th 2008, 08:05 AMChris L T521
Sure.

I'll evaluate

Since , you want to focus on the function that is defined for . Looking at the piecewise function, we see something:

We see that the function defined for is . So we can now say that

Does this clarify things? Can you try the others on your own?

--Chris - October 29th 2008, 06:11 PMmagentaritaok.....