Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH110/December 2014/Question 01 (d)
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Question 01 (d) 

Consider the function . One of your friends claims that . Give a one sentence argument why your friend’s claim is incorrect. 
Make sure you understand the problem fully: What is the question asking you to do? Are there specific conditions or constraints that you should take note of? How will you know if your answer is correct from your work only? Can you rephrase the question in your own words in a way that makes sense to you? 
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Hint 

Recall the definition of a function. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. As it's mentioned in the question, is a function. In other words, for any input in the domain, we have exactly one corresponding output . However, if is true, it mean that for the input , has two corresponding outputs, which means is not a function. Since this makes a contradiction, this proves your friend's claim is incorrect. Indeed, the range of square root function is always nonnegative, therefore the correct value should be . 