Mathematical Functions-An introduction

May 18, 2017

In this article I have explained about functions, that is very important from IB exam point of view

functions are one of the most important areas of mathematics because they lie at the heart of much of mathematical analysis. The concept of function is easy to understand.
supposeIi say that:

y=x²

where x∈R. this says that y depends on x this can be said that y is a function of x. or

y=f(x)

we can also say that x=√y here x depends on y or x is a function in y or

x=f(y)

so it can be said that a function is an operator which takes an input and gives an output.The input is called independent variable while output is called dependent variable

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We can also have functions with multi-dimensional outputs. that i will discuss in some other place.

Examples of function from our daily life:

1.) volume of a balloon filled with air is
V=4/3ΠR³   here volume depends upon the radius of the balloon so…

we can say that volume is a function of radius
V=f(R)

2)The power dissipated by a resistor depends upon input current so we can say that power is a function of input current
P=f(I)

3) Grades you score in your final (G) exam depends upon the hard work(H.W) input by you so we can say that grade scored is a function of hard word
G=f(H.W)

if we have a function like:

f(x)=x+5                  x∈N

then it means that we can input any natural number for x here.

if x=1 then F(x) or y=1+5=6 similarly we can find much output just by changing values of x.

the combination of values of x and y like (x,y)= (1,6) is called an ordered pair. this helps us to draw the graph of the function. A function can have many inputs for a sing input like

f(x)=5      x∈N

It’s ordered pairs will be like (1,5),(2,5),(3,5),(4,5),…….all these are with a single output for multiple inputs. But a function can never have more than one output for a single input. ordered pairs like (1,5),(1,6),(1,7)…..are never possible for a function

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