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Precalculus Chapter 1 Chapter Sets

1. Let H (x) = 1 − 2x 2 . Find the following.


H (x + h) − H (x)
(a) H (H (−3)) (b) H (2x) (c)
h

2. Let f (x) = 2x + 3 . Find values for a and b such that the equation f (ax + b) = x is true for all
values of x .

3. (a) Sketch the graph of each function


(b) Specify the domain and range of the function
(c) Determine the intervals over which the function is increasing, decreasing, or constant.

⎧ 1 1
⎪ __ if _ x < −
⎪⎪ x 2
i. g(x) = ⎨ 1 ii. f (x) = −x 6 − 2x 4
1_ if _ ≤ x ≤ 1
⎪ 2

⎪⎩ x ___ if _ x > 1
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4. (a) State the domain and range of the function.


(b) Algebraically determine whether the equation is even, odd, or neither.
(c) Approximate (to two decimal places) any relative minimum and maximum values.
x 1 1
i. f (x) = 2 ii. f (x) = x + 3 iii. f (x) =
x −1 2x 1 − x2

5. A rectangular package to be sent by the U.S. Postal Service can have a maximum combined
length and girth (perimeter of the cross section) of 110 inches.
(a) Write the volume of the package as a function of x.
(b) What is the domain of the function?
(c) Use the graphing utility to graph the function. Be sure to use the appropriate viewing window.
(d) What dimensions maximize the volume of the package? Explain your answer.

6. Function g is related to one of the six common functions.


(a) Identify the common function f that is related to g .
(b) Describe the sequence of transformations from f to g .
(c) Sketch the graph of g .
(d) Use function notation to write g in terms of the common function f .
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i. ii. g(x) = ( −x − 3)2 + 1 iii. g(x) = 3 x − 1 − 4
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7. Compute each expression given that h(x) = x 3 , g(x) = x 2 − 3x − 6 , and f (x) = 2x − 1 .
(a) ( f + g ) ( x ) (b) ( h f )( x ) (c) ( g o f o h )( x ) (d) ( g + h ) ( x ) − ( g − f ) ( −2 )

8. Refer to the graphs of the functions f, g, and h to compute the required quantities. Assume that
all the axes are marked off in one-unit intervals.

i. f (g(3)) ii. g( f (3)) iii. (h o g)(2)

9. Let f (x) = (x − 3)2 and take the domain to be [3, ∞) .


(a) Compute f −1 (x) . Give the domain of f −1
(b) On the same set of axes, sketch the graph of f , f −1 , and the line y = x .

10. The function y = 0.03x 2 + 245.50 , 0 < x < 100 approximate the exhaust temperature y of a
diesel engine in degrees Fahrenheit, where x is the percent load on the engine.
(a) Determine the inverse of the function. What does each variable in the inverse function
represent?
(b) Determine the percent load interval if the exhaust temperature of the engine must not exceed
500 0 F .