Examples of expression for functions that may be entered.

sin(pi*x)-x^2

arctan(2*x-2)-2

exp(x^2-1)+ln(x)

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## 1 - x and y intercepts of graphs

Enter x^2-2*x-3 in the editing window (which means f(x) = x^2-2*x-3) of the graphing calculator. Determine (approximately) the x intercepts of the graphs (these are the points of intersection of the graph with the x axis). Determine the y intercept (this is the point of intersection of the graph with the y axis).

The x intercepts are found by solving x^2-2*x-3 = 0 and the y intercept is given by f(0). Solve the equation x^2-2*x-3 = 0 and find f(0) and compare to the x and y intercepts determined graphically.

## 2 - Even and odd functions

Enter x^2 + abs(x) in the editing window (which means f(x) = x^2 + abs(x) , abs means absolute value). Use the graph of f to determine whether f is even, odd or neither? Confirm your answer using analytical tests for even: f(x) = f(-x) and for odd: f(x) = - f(-x).

Enter x^3+1/x in the editing window (which means f(x) = x^3+1/x). Use the graph of f to determine whether f is even, odd or neither? Confirm your answer using analytical tests.

Enter x^3+abs(x) in the editing window (which means f(x) = x^3+abs(x)). Use the graph of f to determine whether f is even, odd or neither? Confirm your answer using analytical tests

Enter sqrt(4 - x^2) in the editing window (which means f(x) = sqrt(4 - x^2) , sqrt means square root). Verify graphically that the domain of f is given by the interval [-2 , 2].

Enter sqrt(-x + 1) in the editing window (which means f(x) = sqrt(-x + 1). Use the graph of f to determine its domain.

Enter 1 / (x^2 - 1) in the editing window (which means f(x) = 1 / (x^2 - 1)). Use the graph of f to determine its domain.

As an exercise find the domains of the above functions and compare with the domains found graphically above.

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