Posted by CHLOE on .
Critical help please. Level 3 maths algebraic methods is really hard.
Q)
Two functions f and g are defined by
f:x (arrow) x^2 + 3
g:x (arrow) 2x+1
Find
a) the function fg
b) solve the equation f(x)=12g^1(x)
I need to show my working out, please help someone

MATHS 
Steve,
by fg I assume you mean f*g
f*g = (x^2+3)*(2x+1) = 2x^3 + x^2 + 6x + 3
g=2x+1, so g^1 = (x1)/2
so, if f = 12 g^1,
x^2+3 = 12 * (x1)/2
x^2+3 = 6x6
x^2  6x + 9 = 0
(x3)^2 = 0
x = 3 
MATHS 
CHLOE,
Thank you steve
It says i need to find f(g), i got a different result for some reason help please!
And also in the second part, how did you get g^1 = (x1)/2
Thank you steve x 
MATHS 
Steve,
That's because fg is ambiguous. I did f(x) * g(x).
f◦g = f(g) = g^2+3 = (2x+1)^2+3
= 4x^2 + 4x + 4
to get g^1, just solve for x
g = 2x+1
g1 = 2x
x = (g1)/2
then switch variables, and g^1 = (x1)/2 
MATHS 
CHLOE,
Is there any reason why f(g)=g^2+3
why do we replace the x with g?
Sorry steve im trying my hardest to understand this