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1.9.1: Key Terms

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    Key Terms

    absolute maximum
    the greatest value of a function over an interval
    absolute minimum
    the lowest value of a function over an interval
    absolute value equation
    an equation of the form | A |=B, | A |=B, with B0; B0; it will have solutions when A=B A=B or A=B A=B
    absolute value inequality
    a relationship in the form | A |<B,| A |B,| A |>B,or| A |B | A |<B,| A |B,| A |>B,or| A |B
    average rate of change
    the difference in the output values of a function found for two values of the input divided by the difference between the inputs
    composite function
    the new function formed by function composition, when the output of one function is used as the input of another
    decreasing function
    a function is decreasing in some open interval if f( b )<f( a ) f( b )<f( a ) for any two input values a a and b b in the given interval where b>a b>a
    dependent variable
    an output variable
    domain
    the set of all possible input values for a relation
    even function
    a function whose graph is unchanged by horizontal reflection, f(x)=f(x), f(x)=f(x), and is symmetric about the y- y- axis
    function
    a relation in which each input value yields a unique output value
    horizontal compression
    a transformation that compresses a function’s graph horizontally, by multiplying the input by a constant b>1 b>1
    horizontal line test
    a method of testing whether a function is one-to-one by determining whether any horizontal line intersects the graph more than once
    horizontal reflection
    a transformation that reflects a function’s graph across the y-axis by multiplying the input by −1 −1
    horizontal shift
    a transformation that shifts a function’s graph left or right by adding a positive or negative constant to the input
    horizontal stretch
    a transformation that stretches a function’s graph horizontally by multiplying the input by a constant 0<b<1 0<b<1
    increasing function
    a function is increasing in some open interval if f( b )>f( a ) f( b )>f( a ) for any two input values a a and b b in the given interval where b>a b>a
    independent variable
    an input variable
    input
    each object or value in a domain that relates to another object or value by a relationship known as a function
    interval notation
    a method of describing a set that includes all numbers between a lower limit and an upper limit; the lower and upper values are listed between brackets or parentheses, a square bracket indicating inclusion in the set, and a parenthesis indicating exclusion
    inverse function
    for any one-to-one function f(x), f(x), the inverse is a function f 1 (x) f 1 (x) such that f 1 ( f( x ) )=x f 1 ( f( x ) )=x for all x x in the domain of f; f; this also implies that f( f 1 ( x ) )=x f( f 1 ( x ) )=x for all x x in the domain of f 1 f 1
    local extrema
    collectively, all of a function's local maxima and minima
    local maximum
    a value of the input where a function changes from increasing to decreasing as the input value increases.
    local minimum
    a value of the input where a function changes from decreasing to increasing as the input value increases.
    odd function
    a function whose graph is unchanged by combined horizontal and vertical reflection, f(x)=f(x), f(x)=f(x), and is symmetric about the origin
    one-to-one function
    a function for which each value of the output is associated with a unique input value
    output
    each object or value in the range that is produced when an input value is entered into a function
    piecewise function
    a function in which more than one formula is used to define the output
    range
    the set of output values that result from the input values in a relation
    rate of change
    the change of an output quantity relative to the change of the input quantity
    relation
    a set of ordered pairs
    set-builder notation
    a method of describing a set by a rule that all of its members obey; it takes the form {x|statement about x} {x|statement about x}
    vertical compression
    a function transformation that compresses the function’s graph vertically by multiplying the output by a constant 0<a<1 0<a<1
    vertical line test
    a method of testing whether a graph represents a function by determining whether a vertical line intersects the graph no more than once
    vertical reflection
    a transformation that reflects a function’s graph across the x-axis by multiplying the output by −1 −1
    vertical shift
    a transformation that shifts a function’s graph up or down by adding a positive or negative constant to the output
    vertical stretch
    a transformation that stretches a function’s graph vertically by multiplying the output by a constant a>1 a>1

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