i need help on these questions plzz..

i need to find the domain of fg and f/g:

f(x)=x+2 g(x)=1/x+2

f(x)=3x^2+x^4+2 g(x)=4x-3

nd thanx !!=D

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- Jan 8th 2009, 03:28 PM #1

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- Jan 8th 2009, 03:36 PM #2
the domain is the set of all x-values for which the function is defined. basically, you need to find out what x-values "work" in these formulas.

example, for $\displaystyle f(x) = x + 2$ and $\displaystyle g(x) = \frac 1{x + 2}$

the domain of $\displaystyle f$ is $\displaystyle \text{dom}(f) = (-\infty, \infty)$, that is, all real numbers. since you can plug in any real number $\displaystyle x$ into $\displaystyle x + 2$ and it will work, since it is a polynomial

for $\displaystyle g$, the domain of $\displaystyle g(x)$ is $\displaystyle \text{dom}(g) = (-\infty, -2) \cup (-2, \infty)$, that is, all real numbers except -2. why not -2? our function does not "work" there, because if x = -2, then we have a fraction in which the denominator is zero. dividing by zero is a no-no (see the pic)

now, find fg and f/g (do you know how?) and do the same analysis to come up with their domains. note, anything that is not in the domain of f and/or g, will not be in the domain of fg nor f/g

(i wrote the domains using interval notation. there are several ways you can write them...)