Function Types

A function has only one output for each input.
The set of all inputs of a function is called the domain.
The set of all outputs is called the range
Every input must has exactly one output.

Independent and Dependent Variables

y = x2 + 2
x is called the input variable or independent variable (x-axis)
y is called the output variable or dependent variable (y-axis)
Whatever the type of correspondence between the two variables we are always interested in the dependent variable.

Vertical Line Test

Functions are best described by plotting the co-ordinates of the input and output variables onto a graph
Here is f(x) - x(2) + 2 displayed as a graph

You can use the vertical line test to decide if a graph represents a functions or not
The graph represents a function if any vertical line drawn only touches the line at one point
These lines represent functions


These lines do not represent functions and are just called relations

These are where data points are connected by a series of curves of assumed shape


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