Posted by Samantha on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 12:00am.
If f(x)= 3/x4 and g(x)=2x, there is at least one value of x for which the composite function f(g(x)) cannot be evaluated.
What is that value of x? For what value(s) of x is it impossible to evaluate g(f(x))?
How do you figure this out?

Math  MathMate, Friday, February 4, 2011 at 6:36am
As a first step, graph f(x) and find the discontinuity for the function f(x).
Call this point x0.
If this point x0 is found, x0=g(x) is not admissible in the composition f(g(x)), because x0 is not in the domain of f(x).
Since x0=g(x)=2x, we conclude that x=x0/2 is not an admissible value of x in f(g(x)) because
f(g(x0/2)) = f(2(x0/2))=f(x0) which is undefined.
You can find the value of x in the second part using a similar argument.
If you need further help, please post.
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