In the lesson Functions and Relations, we were also introduced to the concept of functions, where each input yielded a unique output.
When we are writing in function notation, instead of writing "$y=$y=", we write "$f(x)=$f(x)=". This gives us a bit more flexibility when we're working with equations or graphing as we don't have to keep track of so many $y$ys! Instead, using function notation, we can write $f(x)=$f(x)=, $g(x)=$g(x)=, $h(x)=$h(x)= and so on. These are all different expressions that involve only $x$x as the variable.
We can also evaluate "$f(x)$f(x)" by substituting values into the equations just like we would if the question was in the form "$y=$y=".
If $f(x)=2x+1$f(x)=2x+1 , find $f(5)$f(5).
Think: This means we need to substitute $5$5 in for $x$x in the $f(x)$f(x) equation.
Reflect: Check the reasonableness of your calculation. Does it make sense?
Consider the function $p\left(x\right)=x^2+8$p(x)=x2+8.
Form an expression for $p\left(m\right)$p(m).
Use the graph of the function $f\left(x\right)$f(x) to find each of the following values.
Find the value of $x$x such that $f\left(x\right)=3$f(x)=3
Use function notation, evaluate functions for inputs in their domains, and interpret statements that use function notation in terms of a context.