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52 inverse functions 303 y 6 5 4 yx 3 2 1 6 5 4 3 2 1

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Unformatted text preview: ce of finding the domain of the composite function before simplifying. For instance, the domain of f ◦ g is much different than its simplified formula would indicate. Composing a function with itself, as in the case of h ◦ h, may seem odd. Looking at this from a procedural perspective, however, this merely indicates performing a task h and then doing it again - like setting the washing machine to do a ‘double rinse’. Composing a function with itself is called ‘iterating’ the function, and we could easily spend an entire course on just that. The last two problems in Example 5.1.1 serve to demonstrate the associative property of functions. That is, when composing three (or more) functions, as long as we keep the order the same, it doesn’t matter which two functions we compose first. This property as well as another important property are listed in the theorem below. Theorem 5.1. Properties of Function Composition: Suppose f , g , and h are functions. • h ◦ (g ◦ f ) =...
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