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Algebra of Real Functions

Assume a case where Seema, whose monthly income is Rs. 15,000, spends Rs. 10,000. What will be her saving? Simple! Rs. 5,000. Saving = Income – Expenditure. Here, we see that the input and the output are the real numbers. We can say that real number input gives a real number output. Here, we will learn Real-valued functions and algebra of real functions. The above case is a representation of real mathematical functions and a case of subtraction in the algebra of real functions.

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Real-valued Mathematical Functions

In mathematics, a real-valued function is a function whose values are real numbers. It is a function that maps a real number to each member of its domain. Also, we can say that a real-valued function is a function whose outputs are real numbers i.e., f: R(stands for Real).

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Algebra of Real Functions

In this section, we will get to know about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of real mathematical functions with another.

Addition of Two Real Functions

Let f and g be two real valued functions such that f: X→and g: X→where X ⊂ R. The addition of these two functions (f + g) : X→R  is defined by:

(f + g) (x) = f(x) + g(x), for all x ∈ X.

Subtraction of One Real Function from the Other

Let f: X→and g: X→R be two real functions where X ⊂ R. The subtraction of these two functions (f – g): X→R  is defined by:

(f – g) (x) = f(x) – g(x), for all x ∈ X.

Multiplication by a Scalar

Let f: X→be a real-valued function and γ be any scalar (real number). Then the product of a real function by a scalar γf: X→is given by:

(γf) (x) = γ f(x), for all x ∈ X.

Multiplication of Two Real Functions

The product of two real functions say, f and g such that f: X→R and g: X→R, is given by

(fg) (x) = f(x) g(x), for all x ∈ X.

Division of Two Real Functions

Let f and g be two real-valued functions such that f: X→and g: X→where X ⊂ R. The quotient of these two functions (f  ⁄ g): X→R  is defined by:

(f / g) (x) = f(x) / g(x), for all x ∈ X.

Note: It is also called pointwise multiplication.

Solved Example for You

Question 1: Let f(x) = xand g(x) = 3x + 1 and a scalar, γ= 6. Find

  1. (f + g) (x)
  2. (f – g) (x)
  3. (γf) (x)
  4. (γg) (x)
  5. (fg) (x)
  6. (f / g) (x)

Answer : We have,

  1. (f + g) (x) = f(x) + g(x) = x+ 3x + 1.
  2. (f – g) (x) = f(x) – g(x) = x– (3x + 1) = x– 3x – 1.
  3. (γf) (x) = γ f(x) = 6x
  4. (γg) (x) = γ g(x) = 6 (3x + 1) = 18x + 6.
  5. (fg) (x) = f(x) g(x) = x(3x +1) = 3x4 + x3.
  6. (f / g) (x) = f(x) / g(x) = x/ (3x +1), provided x ≠ – 1/3.

Question 2: What is meant by functions in algebra?

Answer: A function refers to an equation that consists of only one answer for y for every x. A function assigns only one output to each input that is associated with a specified type. It is common that a function is named as g(x) or f(x) but not y.

Question 3: Explain what makes a function a function?

Answer: A relation from a set X to a set Y is known as a function in case each element of X has a relation to exactly one element in Y. For example, consider an element x in X, so there shall be only one element in Y that x can have a relation to.

Question 4: Is it possible for an equation to be a function?

Answer: An equation shall be considered a function only when for every x’s value there is only one corresponding value for y.

Question 5: When will a function be well defined?

Answer: A function will be well defined when it provides the same result when a change takes place in the representation of the input without the change taking place in the value of the input.

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The example for onto function doesn’t qualify as a function in the first place. Does it??
It is a relation but not a function because a single element in the domain has been mapped to two elements in the co domain. Isn’t it??
Please tell me if I’m correct or not.
It is really confusing.

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An onto function exists if and only the co-domain is equal to the range that is every element in set A (the domain) is mapped to every element in set B (the range/codomain) i.e without leaving out any element. Irrespective of whether it is a one to one mapping or not. Therefore it is a function. Put simply, take set A as a set of sons and set B as a set of fathers, a function requires that every son has one father (which is normal) yet every father can have more than one son(which is also normal) so if… Read more »

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