how do you write the domain of function in interval notation?

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- Feb 15th 2009, 05:31 PMlsnyderhow do you write the domain of function in interval notation?
how do you write the domain of function in interval notation?

https://webwork.uncc.edu/webwork2_fi...20ddcada21.png - Feb 15th 2009, 05:39 PMmollymcf2009

Find where the function exists first and find your asymptotes/holes. I didn't work this out, you need to do this. But interval notation looks something like this:

$\displaystyle (-\infty, -2) U (-2, \infty)$

Or, -infinity to -2, union, -2 to infinity. -2 would be a vertical asymptote or a hole. If you had more than one asymptote, let's say at x=6, you would just add it in as another interval like this:

$\displaystyle (-\infty, -2) U (-2, 6) U (6, \infty)$

Can you figure out yours? - Feb 15th 2009, 05:45 PMReckoner
- Feb 15th 2009, 05:51 PMlsnyder
I am not understanding. Mainly because my teacher is from India so its hard to understand him. So he might of taught this but he wasn't very clear. Mainly I don't understand what the hole is or acyetopes

- Feb 15th 2009, 07:18 PMVENI
The expression in the denominator of your original problem may equal 0 for a given value of x. So you would be dividing by 0 which is illegal. Therefore you have to find out for what value(s) of x that expression equals 0 by factoring. For example, if the problem is $\displaystyle \frac{x}{x^2 -9}$, I would factor the denominator into $\displaystyle \frac{x}{(x-3)(x+3)}$. Clearly the denominator would be 0 when x = 3 and x = -3. Therefore, the domain for this example would be $\displaystyle (-\infty, -3)\cup(-3, 3)\cup(3, \infty)$.