Algebraic Functions

Algebraic Function

 

Algebraic Functions are those functions which involve the sum or difference of algebraic terms. The following are some different types of algebraic functions.

 

a. Constant funciton

b. Identity function

c. Linear function

d. Quadratic function

e. Cubic function



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a. Constant Function

 

A function f : A → B is said to be a constant function if for every x A, there is the same image in B. i.e. for all x A, y = f(x) = c, where c is a constant and c B.

 

For example, f = {(1, 2), (2, 2), (8, 2)} is a constant function. In this case, the range of f will always be a singleton set.

 

The constant function f : R → R defined by f(x) = 2 is shown in the graph given below.

Graph of constant function y = 2

 

b. Identity Function

 

A function f : A → A is said to be an identity function if for all x A, y = f(x) = x. Or, a function f defined by f(x) = x is called an identity function. It maps every element into itself. In an identity function, every element in the domain has the same image in the range.


 

For example: A = {1, 2, 3, 4}, f : A → A is defined as f = {(1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3), (4, 4)}.

Here,

For x = 1, y = f(1) = 1

For x = 2, y = f(2) = 2

For x = 3, y = f(3) = 3

For x = 4, y = f(4) = 4

f satisfies y = f(x) = x, so f is an identity function.

 

The graph of an identity function is a straight line y = x. In y = mx + c, if m = 1 and c = 0 then it is an identity function.

 

The identity function f : R → R defined by f(x) = x is shown in the graph given below.

Graph of identity function y = x

 

c. Linear Function

 

A function f : A → B is said to be a linear function if for all x A, y B, it can be expressed in the form of y = f(x) = mx + c, m and c being constants. For example, f : A → B is defined as y = f(x) = x + 2 where A = {1, 2, 3} and B = {3, 4, 5}.

 

In this case, if we draw the graph of the function, all the ordered pairs will lie in a straight line.


 

The linear function f : R → R defined by f(x) = x + 2 is shown in the graph given below.

Graph of linear function y = x + 2

 

d. Quadratic Function

 

A function f : A → B is said to be a quadratic function if for every x A, y B, it can be expressed in the form of y = f(x) = ax2 + bx + c, where a ≠ 0, b and c are constants. For example, y = f(x) = x2, y = f(x) = 2x2 – 3x + 1 etc. are quadratic functions.

 

To draw the graph of quadratic function accurately, we need to have some points to plot on a graph. Let us take a quadratic function y = f(x) = x2. For the graph of this quadratic function, let us find some values of x and y.

Table of quadratic function y = x^2

These are the points to plot: (-3, 9), (-2, 4), (-1, 1), (0, 0), (1, 1), (2, 4), (3, 9). And, the function y = f(x) = x2 is shown in the graph given below. It is a curve named parabola.

Graph of quadratic function y = x^2

Parabola: The smooth curve obtained by the graph of a quadratic equation is called the parabola.

Vertex: The turning point of the parabola is called its vertex.


 

 

e. Cubic Function

 

A function f : A → B is said to be a cubic function if for all x A, y B, it can be expressed in the form of y = f(x) = ax3 + bx2 + cx + d, where a ≠ 0 and a, b, c, and d are constants. For example, y = f(x) = x3, y = f(x) = x3 – 3x + 2 etc. are cubic functions.

 

A graph of a cubic equation is illustrated in the following example.

 

Consider a cubic equation y = x3.

 

Here, y = x3

 

Choose values and draw the value table

Table of cubic function y = x^3

These are the points to plot: (-3, -27), (-2, -8), (-1, -1), (0, 0), (1, 1), (2, 8), (3, 27)

 

The function f(x) = x3 is shown in the graph given below.

Graph of cubic function y = x^3



 

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