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Given f(x) as shown, graph the following: [the line is going through (-2,-3) and (2,0)]

1. f(x) + 2
==> My graph I have is a line going through the points (-2,-1) and (2,2). Is this correct?

2. 2f(x)
==> Can someone help me with this one please? I thought the 2 in front of the f(x) would affect the amplitude of the graph, but I don't see how this graph would have an amplitude.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!

  • Math Analysis -

    OK. The original function is


    1. Yes, the function (3/4)x + 1/2 does pass through those points (-2,-1) and (2,2), as you can verify by plugging them in

    2. You're right; there is no amplitude - but there is a slope! It doubles the slope, and the y-intercept.

    2f(x) = 2(3/4)x-2(3/2)
    =(3/2)x -3

    That passes through (0,-3) and (-2,0)

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    Ohhhh I get it :) I have like two more questions though --

    3. f(-2x)
    ==> Would you multiply the x- and y- coordinates by -2? I'm soooo confused :-/

    And for number 8, the graph is a parabola instead, with the vertex at (0,0), and the "arms" of the parabola going through the points (-1,1), (1,1), and (2,4). A parabola doesn't have an amplitude either, so what exactly would you do here? (don't worry -- this isn't all my homework, these are just a few examples so I know how to do the others)

  • Math Analysis -

    You don't multiply the co-ords, exactly. What you're scaling is the coefficients.

    But careful: f(-2x) is not -2f(x)!

    f(-2x) means might be a shorthand for f(g(x)), where g(x) = -2x.

    -2f(x) would be

    Your parabola is y=x^2, or
    f(x) = x^2
    2f(x) = 2x^2
    and everything else, including the scaling, follows from that.
    (-1,1) -> (-1,2)
    (1,1) -> (1, 2)
    (2, 4) -> (2, 8)
    See? The y value is doubled, which is kind of obvious when you see that you're going from:

    y = x^2
    y = 2x^2

    (And don't worry about being confused; that just means you're paying attention. :-)

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    Ohhhh that makes PERFECT sense! :D I'm soo glad I get this now. Thanks so much!! :)

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