# How to tell if $f(n) = 2 \left\lfloor\frac n2\right\rfloor$ from $\mathbb{Z}$ to $\mathbb{Z}$ is onto?

How can we tell if the function $f(n) = 2 \left\lfloor\frac n2\right\rfloor$ from $\mathbb{Z}$ to $\mathbb{Z}$ is onto? Thanks!

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Can we have $f(n)=1$? –  André Nicolas Feb 11 '13 at 20:07
Your $f(n)$ is always an even integer. –  1015 Feb 11 '13 at 20:08
Plug in several consecutive values of $n$ and build intuition. Then try to formalize that intuition into a proof. –  user7530 Feb 11 '13 at 20:08

A function $f:A\to B$ is onto if for every $b\in B$ there is some $a\in A$ such that $f(a)=b$. Here the function is not onto because there is no value that is mapped to $1$. Applying $f$ always yields an even integer.