3.4 The Graph of a Function

  • Table of Values • Plotting Points • Be Careful about the Domain • Vertical-Line Test • Finding Domain and Range Graphically

Now that we have introduced the concepts of a function and the rectangular coordinate system, we are in a position to determine the graph of a function. In this way, we will obtain a visual representation of a function.

The graph of a function is the set of all points whose coordinates (x, y) satisfy the functional relationship y = f(x) .  Because y = f(x) ,  we can write the coordinates of the points on the graph as (x, f(x)). Writing the coordinates in this manner tells us exactly how to find them. We assume a certain value for x and then find the value of the function of x. These two numbers ...

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