Unformatted text preview: h satisfy the equation y = f (x). That is, the
point (x, y ) is on the graph of f if and only if y = f (x).
Example 1.7.1. Graph f (x) = x2 − x − 6.
Solution. To graph f , we graph the equation y = f (x). To this end, we use the techniques
outlined in Section 1.3. Speciﬁcally, we check for intercepts, test for symmetry, and plot additional
points as needed. To ﬁnd the xintercepts, we set y = 0. Since y = f (x), this means f (x) = 0.
f (x)
0
0
x−3=0
x =
=
=
or
= x2 − x − 6
x2 − x − 6
(x − 3)(x + 2) factor
x+2=0
−2, 3 So we get (−2, 0) and (3, 0) as xintercepts. To ﬁnd the y intercept, we set x = 0. Using function
notation, this is the same as ﬁnding f (0) and f (0) = 02 − 0 − 6 = −6. Thus the y intercept is
(0, −6). As far as symmetry is concerned, we can tell from the intercepts that the graph possesses
none of the three symmetries discussed thus far. (You should verify this.) We can make a table
analogous to the ones we made in Section 1.3, plot the points and connect the dots in a somewhat
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 Fall '13
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 Algebra, Trigonometry, Cartesian Coordinate System, The Land, The Waves, René Descartes, Euclidean geometry

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