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### Course: College Algebra > Unit 3

Lesson 3: Domain and range of a function- Intervals and interval notation
- What is the domain of a function?
- What is the range of a function?
- Worked example: domain and range from graph
- Domain and range from graph
- Determining whether values are in domain of function
- Examples finding the domain of functions
- Determine the domain of functions

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# Determining whether values are in domain of function

Sal shows how to test whether or not a value is or isn't in the domain of a function.

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- why @3:35principal square root of -9 is not in domain but the same kind of answer square root 6 is in the domain. *Why?*(31 votes)
- There is no principal square root of negative numbers in the real domain. Taking the square root of negative numbers goes into the imaginary domain. When we are talking domain and range, we limit it to real numbers.(67 votes)

- How do you know whether or not something is in the domain or not?(11 votes)
- For each number that you want to know whether or not it is in the domain, you plug in that number for x, and see if the answer makes sense.

I'm going to look at the function x+5/x-3

If I plug in 0, I get 0+5/0-3, which turns into -5/3. That's a real number, so 0**is**in the domain of the function.

If I plug in 3, I get 3+5/3-3, which turns into 8/0. You can't really divide by zero, so 8/0 is not a real number, and 3 is**not**in the domain of the function.

Hope that helps :)(23 votes)

- is there a shortcut i can use?(4 votes)
- you could always remember that the denominator of a fraction can't equal to 0.

For example, if**f(x)=x/x+1**x can be anything but -1

You can't have a square root of a negative number.

For example, if**f(x)=√ x**then x has to be a positive number

So if you check the denominator of fraction and the √ x that would make the process of finding the domain faster!(20 votes)

- good morning.

Oh, in case that can't see you,good afternoon, good evening and good night😎❤️❤️(7 votes) - Wait a minute, how is 0/8 a proper number but 8/0 is not? i thought 0/8 was the bad number in fractions :P1:05and2:10(4 votes)
- You can't divided a number by zero. So 8/0 or any number divided by 0 is undefined.(3 votes)

- How do I tell if a function is undefined or not?(5 votes)
- If any number is divided by zero including zero, it is undefined.(3 votes)

- How do I know if something is legitimate or not? What does he mean when he says that?(4 votes)
- how is it that (-6) square is (+36)?(2 votes)
- Negative multiplied by Negative is always positive(3 votes)

- can any negative number like -8,-9 could be in domain(3 votes)
- It depends on the function. Some functions can have literally any number in them, while others can only have very specific numbers. A Function with a square root in it for instance can't have ANY negative numbers in it.(3 votes)

- How do you know if it is a legitimate output or not?(2 votes)
- Well, Once the value has been plugged into the function

the output of that value has to be definable like 4/2 is definable which gives us the result of 2 unlike undefined outputs such as 8/0 which is undefinable, So in conclusion in order to see if it is a "legitimate" output or not the output should be simply make sense using the information I provided above.(4 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] We're asked
to determine for each x-value whether it is in the domain of f or not. And they have our definition
of f of x up here. So pause this video and see
if you can work through this before we do it together. All right, so just as a bit of a review, if x is in the domain of our function, that means that if we input
our x into our function, when we are going to get a
legitimate output f of x. But if for whatever reason
f isn't defined at x or it gets some kind of undefined state, well, then x would not be in the domain. So let's try these different values. Is x equal to negative
five in the domain of f? Well, let's see what happens if we try to evaluate f of negative five. Well, then in the numerator,
we get negative five plus five. Every place where we see an x, we replace it with a negative five. So it's negative five plus five, over negative five minus
three, which is equal to in our numerator, we get zero, and in our denominator,
we get negative eight. Now, at first you see the zero, and you might get a little bit worried, but it's just a zero in the numerator, so this whole thing just
evaluates to a zero, which is a completely legitimate output. So x equals negative
five is in the domain. What about x equals zero? Is that in the domain? Pause the video. See if you can figure that out. Well, f of zero is going to be equal to in our numerator, we have zero plus five, and in our denominator,
we have zero minus three. Well, that's just going to
get us five in the numerator and negative three in the denominator. This would just be negative 5/3. But this is a completely
legitimate output. So the function is
defined at x equals zero, so it's in the domain for sure. Now what about x equals three? Pause the video and
try to figure that out. Well, I'll do that up here. f of three is going to be equal to what? And you might already
see some warning signs as to what's going to happen
here in the denominator, but I'll just evaluate the whole thing. In the numerator, we get three plus five. In the denominator, we
get three minus three. So this is going to be
equal to eight over zero. Now what is eight divided by zero? Well, we don't know. This is one of those fascinating
things in mathematics. We haven't defined what happens when something is divided by zero. So three is not in the domain. The function is not defined
there, not in domain. Let's do another example. Determine for each x-value whether it is in the domain of g or not. So pause this video and try to work through
all three of these. So first of all, when x
equals negative three, do we get a legitimate g of x? So let's see. g of negative three, if
we try to evaluate this, that's going to be the square root of three times negative three, which is equal to the square
root of negative nine. Well, with just a principle
square root like this, we don't know how to evaluate this. So this is not in the domain. What about when x equals zero? Well, g of zero is going to be equal to the square root of three times zero, which is equal to the square root of zero, which is equal to zero, so that gave us a legitimate result. So that is in the domain. Now what about g of two, or x equals two? Does that give us a legitimate g of two? Well, g of two is going to
be equal to the square root of three times two, which is
equal to the square root of six which is a legitimate output. So x equals two is in the domain. Let's do one last example. So we're told, this h
of x right over here, and once again, we have
to figure out whether these x-values are in the domain or not. Pause this video and see if
you can work through that. All right, well, let's
just first think about h of negative one. What's that going to be equal to? Negative one, every place we see an x, we're going to replace
it with a negative one, minus five, squared. Well, this is going to be
equal to negative six squared, negative six squared, which
is equal to positive 36, which is a very legitimate output, and so this is definitely in the domain. What about five? So h of five is going to be equal to five minus five squared. Now you might be getting worried 'cause you're seeing a zero here, but it's not like we're
trying to divide by zero. We're just squaring zero, which is completely legitimate. So zero squared is just a zero, and so h of five is very much defined. So this is in the domain. Now what about h of 10? Well, h of 10 is going to be
equal to 10 minus five squared, which is equal to five
squared, which is equal to 25. Once again, it's a very legitimate output. So the function is definitely
defined for x equals 10, and we're done.