Elementary questions about functions, notation, properties, and operations such as function composition.

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Possible values of 'a' ? $f(x)=(x^2+ 2 ax +a^2-1)^{\frac{1}{4}}$

If $$f(x)=(x^2+ 2 ax +a^2-1)^{\frac{1}{4}}$$ has its domain and range such that their union is set of real numbers,then what should be the possible values of a? What can be the approach?
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Finding the inverse of the function $f(k, x) = k^{x}x.$

Recently, I have been looking at the function $f(x) = e^{x}x,$ where its inverse is the Lambert W function. I was intrigued by the fact that it is rather hard to calculate its solution, in comparison ...
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What is the range of values of 'a' such that $(\frac{1}{2})^{|x|}=x^{2}-a$ is satisfied for maximum number of values of 'x'?

What is the range of values of 'a' such that $(\frac{1}{2})^{|x|}=x^{2}-a$ is satisfied for maximum number of values of 'x' ? How should I approach?Thanks
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Calculating the local minimum of a function

Regarding this function $f(x,y)=1007x^2-x^{2014}+(e^y-1+2x^2)^2$. I want to find the strict local minimum of $f$. I started calculating $\nabla$: $\nabla (1007x^2-x^{2014}+(e^y-1+2x^2)^2)$ ...
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Determining continuity and differentiability

Is this function continuous and differentiable? $$f(x)=\left\{\begin{array}{cc} 1-x & x<1 \\ x^2-2x+1 & x\:\ge 1 \end{array}\right.$$ For continuity, I did $$\lim_{x\to 1^+\:}f(x) = ...
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What does it mean for a “formula to be undefined”?

I was covering the techniques used sketch rational functions of five different types as follows: However, then I encountered this: And, Ij just can't find out what it means for the formula to ...
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Analysis of continuity and differentiability of a function

Find a,b,c $\in \mathbb{R}$ for which the function is a) continuous, b) differentiable. $$f(x)=\left\{\begin{array}{cc} ax^2+bx+c & x<0 \\ 2\sin x+cos x & x\:\ge 0 \end{array}\right.$$ ...
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What kind of growing function has a constant as limit?

My knowledge in mathematics are a bit old and I'm looking for functions with constant as limit. The function must always grow. The curve should be something similar to $\sqrt{x}$ or $\ln(x)$ but with ...
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Showing a function is injective using that $f'(x)\ne0$

Given a differentiable function $f\colon \mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ which we must prove to be injective, does it suffice to show $f'(x)≠0$ for all $x$ (for which the function is defined)? It makes sense, ...
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Showing a function $f: \mathbb{N} \times\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ is injective

Let $f: \mathbb{N} \times\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ with $$ f(i,j) = \frac{(i+j-2)(i+j-1)}{2}+j. $$ I want to show $f$ is an injection. This is how I approached the problem: I tried to show ...
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Does the concept of “cograph of a function” have natural generalisations / extensions?

First, definitions: The graph of a function $f : A \to B$ is a subset of $A \times B$, namely the set $\{(x,y) : x \in A, y \in B, f(x) = y\}$. The cograph of a function $f : A \to B$ is the ...
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Find the range of this function [on hold]

How do you find the range of the following function, please? $$\frac{2x^2 + 20}{x^2 + 5}$$
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Complexity of computing a posiform of a quadratic pseudo-boolean function

I am reading the chapter 13, Pseudo-Boolean functions, of Boolean Functions: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications by Crama et. al. In section 13.2, the authors introduce the idea of Posiform. The ...
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Find the rang of $\sin (a) + \sin (b)$ [on hold]

If : $a+b=\frac{\pi }{2}$, Find the range of $$\sin (a) + \sin (b)$$
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Evaluating a function at a point where $x =$ matrix.

Given $A=\left( \begin{array} {lcr} 1 & -1\\ 2 & 3 \end{array} \right)$ and $f(x)=x^2-3x+3$ calculate $f(A)$. I tried to consider the constant $3$ as $3$ times the identity matrix ($3I$) but ...
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Is it possible to define an inverse of the main three trig. functions without domain restrictions?

Ok, I know that the main three main trigonometric functions, that is the tangent, sine, and cosine, are periodic and thus not one-to-one, but onto. And, since an inverse requires a function to be onto ...
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Explain why this composite function is not allowed?

Explain why this composite function is not allowed when $f(x) = 2x+1, x \in [-5,5]$ and $g(x) = x^2, x \in \mathbb{R}, x \geq 0$ How would you change the domains so that the function $fg(x)$ can ...
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Can we obtain $f(y+x)=y+f(x)$ from $f(x^2+f(x)^2+x)=f(x)^2+x^2+f(x)$?

Find all function $f:\mathbb{Z}^+\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^+$ such that $$f(m^2+f(n))=f(m)^2+n.$$ Let $P(x,y)$ be the assertion: $f(x^2+f(y))=f(x)^2+y \; \forall x,y \in \mathbb{Z}^+.$ $P(x,x)$ ...
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How to prove that composition of functions is a function [on hold]

Using the fact that a function is a relation, which is a subset of the product of $X$ and $Y$. $(a,b)$ belongs to $f$ and $(a,c)$ belongs to $f \implies b=c$
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Confused about basic of image

Hello I tried to work a problem from the text called " Introduction to Real Analysis" by Robert G Bartle and Donald Sherbert and I encountered a small difficulty. I am starting to think that my ...
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What does $f^{-1}(B)= \{ x \in X \mid f(x) \in B\}$ mean?

I have encountered the expression $$f^{-1}(B) = \{ x \in X \mid f(x) \in B\}$$ My questions are: 1) What does the $-1$ exponent mean in this context? 2) Is it right to say "if the set $X$ ...
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Prove that $f(X\cap f^{-1}(Y))=f(X)\cap Y$

Let $\ f\colon A\to B$ and let $X\subset A$, $Y\subset B$, prove that $$f(X\cap f^{-1}(Y))=f(X)\cap Y$$ The "$\subset$"$-$inclusion is easy: if $y\in f(X\cap f^{-1}(Y))$, exists a $x\in X\cap ...
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What is the actual definition of a function?

I am learning precalculus and my book defines the following: A function $f$ from a set $A$ to a set $B$ is a rule that assigns to every element $a$ in $A$ one and only one value in $B$. Well, I ...
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What is the function $f$ such that $\sum_{k=0}^n f(k)=n^3$?

$$\begin{align*} 1 &\leadsto 1 \\ 1+3 &\leadsto 2^2 \\ 1+3+5 &\leadsto 3^2 \end{align*}$$ In general, if $f(x)=2x+1$, then $f(0)+f(1)+f(2)...f(n)=(n+1)^2$. Now, $$\begin{align*} 1 ...
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Find formula structure for a complex function

I am looking to find the function formula structure of a repeating function like the one in the image linked below.... Something that repeats indefinitely (like a sine wave) on the X-axis. Anybody ...
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Let $(X,Σ,μ)$ be a measure space and $f$ and $g$ are positive integrable functions and $h=f-g$

Please please please please please I want some help ,Is there and body here who can help me in this question : Let $(X,Σ,μ)$ be a measure space and $f$ and $g$ are positive integrable functions and ...
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If the derivative is zero on [a, b] so the function is constant - using Heine-Borel?

I know the proof using MVT but I was wondering if it can be proofed using Heine-Borel Lemma, that "Every open cover of close interval has a finite subcover". (without compactness, simple as that). ...
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Piecewise Logistic Function [Satellite Data]

I am working with $16$-day MODIS EVI (satellite) data and I want to fit a Piece-wise Logistic Function through my $23$ EVI data values. The following formula is for the Piece-wise Logistic Function: ...
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Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial such that $f(a)=b, f(b)=c, f(c)=a$ Then Prove that $a=b=c$. [on hold]

Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial in $x$ With integer coefficient. If for natural numbers $a,b,c$, $f(a)=b, f(b)=c, f(c)=a$ Prove that $a=b=c$.
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well defined mapping-function

I would like to know how to show an mapping or function is well defined i think in generale we use that : -$f$ is well defined mapping iff $( x\in E\implies f(x)\in F)$ in particular when mapping ...
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Is 'a' differentiable in f when f is a product of a differentiable and non-differentiable function?

Recently, I was studying differentiable and non-differentiable functions and I wondered whether this "conjecture" of mine is true: 1) "If $f(x)$ is a function that is the product of $g(x)$ and $h(x)$ ...
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$f(f(y)+1)=y+f(1)$ is bijective.

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(xf(y)+x)=xy+f(x), \; \forall x,y \in \mathbb{R}.$$ I read a solution in finding this function. It states that setting $x=1$ ...
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Can we say that a function is increasing/decreasing on some range if there's a vertical asymptote in that range?

The graph below shows the function $f(x)=\frac{e^x}{x-1}$ Can we say that the function is decreasing for all $x\le2$ (there's a local minimum at $x=2$) or do we have to take the asymptote at $x=1$ ...
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open problems regarding functions

I am looking for some open problems regarding functions. Problems like, Whether a function satisfying some properties say, X,Y,Z, exists or not, is unknown. Like there is no function $f(x)$ such ...
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Counting functions and stirling numbers

Let S= { f | f: A $\rightarrow$ B, |Image(f)|=k}. |A|=m, |B|=n. where k $ \le n, k \le m $ |S|=$ {n \choose k} $ S(m,k) k!. where S(m,k) are the striling numbers of the second kind. What I can't ...
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Is there a name for the function of a semicircle?

Recently I've learned many different names for different types of functions... but I've been wondering, is there a name for this type of function? $\sqrt{x - x^2}$
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Technical name for an almost-monotonic function

I'm wondering if there’s a technical name or short phrase that describes a function that’s monotonic, subject to some uniformly bounded amount of backtracking. $\exists \epsilon \forall x , y : y \gt ...
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Must a continuous function on $\mathbb R$ with only rational values be constant? [duplicate]

As I'm preparing for my exam I have to solve the following question: Determine if the following is correct: Let $f$ be a continuous function is $\Bbb R$. If $f$ recieves only rational values, ...
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Why is $\max(x, x')$ equivalent to $\frac{1}{2}( x + x' + |x - x' |)$?

Why is it that $$\max(x, x') = \frac{1}{2}( x + x' + |x - x'|)$$ is true? Is it supposed to be obvious? Because it seems to come out of thin air for me. Anyway, I've verified this by plotting it in ...
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Elementary number theory proofs using functions

The functions $f$ and $g$ are defined by $f(x) =$ remainder when $x^2$ is divided by $7$. $g(x) =$ remainder when $x^2$ is divided by $5$. (a) Show that $f(5)=g(3)$ (b) If $n$ is an integer, ...
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Periodicity of Newton's method approximations on a cubic polynomial

Bruckner & Bruckner, Elementary Real Analysis Let $f(x) = x^3 - 3x + 3$ Applying Newton's method to get $x_{n+1} = x_n -\frac{f(x)}{f'(x)} \ ,$ prove that for any positive integer $p$, there ...
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Ratio known and Amount needed known

You have a a recipe for the perfect orange juice, it is: 26 parts Water to 1 Part Orange Juice (26:1). However overall you only want 20ml of mixed liquid (orange juice and water combined). What ...
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Finding periodic (trigonometric?) function given points

It's been a while since I've taken a math class. I need a couple functions for a program I'm working on. I can tell they involve trigonometry, but I can't figure out how to derive the function ...
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Function/algorithm to generate a random walk on a graph

I'm looking for a graph function or an algorithm that can generate a random fluctuating random walk that will eventually converge between the value of y = 0 and y = 1, more or less after a number of ...
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Is it possible to approximate $cos(x)$ with a linear combination of Gaussians $e^{-x^2}$?

I am interested in approximating $\cos x$ with a linear combination of $e^{-x^2}$. I am not an expert in approximation theory but there are a couple things that give me a bit of hope that it might be ...
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Confused by one-to-one question, I think it's order incorrectly

I have this question and it seems a tad redundant If $A$ and $B$ are infinite sets, is it possible for there to be a 1-1 function from $A$ to $B$ and a 1-1 function from $B$ to $A$ without there ...
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Why is this function a bijection?

Consider the function below $$f:\mathbb{R^+} \to \mathbb{R^+}$$ given by $$f(x) = \sqrt{x}$$. Now it makes sense that the function is injective because $f(x) = f(y) \implies \sqrt{x} = \sqrt{y} ...
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How can one solve $1^x=2$?

Sure, common sense says there's no solution. But, I feel, there should be one! (If there isn't, can't we construct one?)
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Lazy mathematician: what are the real lengths in an Ideal Lambert quadrilateral?

At the moment it is to hot for real mathematics but I wanted to have a function that relates the lengths of the real sides of an Ideal Lambert quadrilateral An Ideal Lambert quadrilateral (my term, ...