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Find the domain and range of these functions.

  • the function that assigns to each pair of positive integers the first integer of the pair.
  • the function that assigns to each positive integer the largest decimal digit.
  • the function that assigns to a bit string the number of ones minus the number of zeros in that string.
  • the function that assigns to each positive integer the largest integer that does not exceed the square root of the integer.
  • the function that assigns to a bit string the longest string of ones in that string.

This question aims to find the domain and range of the given functions.

A function is a relationship between a set of inputs and a set of permitted outputs.  In a function, each input is related to precisely one output.

A domain takes a set of possible values for the components of a function. Suppose $f(x)$ is a function, the set of $x$ values in $f(x)$ is called domain of $f(x)$. In other words, we can define domain as the whole set of possible values for independent variables.

A range of the function is a set of values that the function can take. It is a set of values that the function returns after we enter an $x$ value.

Expert Answer

  • We have the function that assigns to each pair of positive integers, the first integer of the pair.

The positive integer is a natural number, and the only non-positive natural number is zero. This implies that $N-\{0\}$ refers to a set of positive integers under consideration. So its domain will be:

Domain $=\{(x,y)|x=1,2,3,\cdots\,\,\text{and}\,\, y=1,2,3,\cdots\}$

$=\{(x,y)|x\in N-\{0\}\wedge x\in N-\{0\}\}$

$=(N-\{0\})\times (N-\{0\})$

And range will be a positive first integer of the domain, that is:

Range $=\{1,2,3,\cdots\}=N-\{0\}$

  • We have a function that assigns to each positive integer its largest decimal digit.

In this case, a domain will be a set of all positive integers:

Domain $=\{1,2,3,\cdots\}=N-\{0\}$

And the range will be a set of all the digits from $1$ to $9$, that is:

Range $=\{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9\}$

  • We have a function that assigns to a bit string the number of ones minus the number of zeros in the string.

The domain of such a function will be a set of all bit rings:

Domain $=\{\lambda,0,1,00,01,11,10,010,011,\cdots\}$

And according to the statement, the range may take on positive and negative values and a zero, since it will be a set of all differences between the number of ones and number of zeros in a string. Therefore:

Range $=\{\cdots,-2,-1,0,1,2,3,\cdots\}$

  • We have the function that assigns to each positive integer the largest integer not exceeding the square root of the integer.

Here, the domain will be a set of all positive integers:

Domain $=\{1,2,3,\cdots\}=N-\{0\}$

The range is defined as the set of the largest integer that does not exceed the square root of a positive integer. We can see that the set contains all positive integers, so:

Range $=\{1,2,3,\cdots\}=N-\{0\}$

  • Lastly, we have the function that assigns to a bit string the longest string of ones in the string.

The domain of such a function will be a set of all bit rings:

Domain $=\{\lambda,0,1,00,01,11,10,010,011,\cdots\}$

The range will be a set of all longest strings of ones in any string. As a result, the range only contains strings that contain the digit $1$:

Range $=\{\lambda,1,11,111,1111,11111,\cdots\}$

Example

Find the domain and range of the function $f(x)=-x^2-4x+3$.

Since $f(x)$ has neither undefined points nor domain constraints, therefore:

Domain: $(-\infty,\infty)$

And $f(x)=-x^2-4x+3=-(x+2)^2+7$

Since, $-(x+2)^2\leq 0$ for all real $x$.

$\implies -(x+2)^2+7\leq 7$

Hence, the range is: $(-\infty,7]$

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