Yeah, I'm retarded and I don't get functions.

The question is: Find an equation for the family of linear functions such that f (2)=1 and sketch several members of the family.

Anyone good with functions and can help me out?

Note: No one in my dorm has Calculus and the girl in my class has no idea either.
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Uh...I do not know what you are talking about
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Yeah its f(x) = x - 1, do you want me to explain it?
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Find an equation for the family? I don't understand the question, there are a fair few functions that would satisfy f(2)=1, some of them unrelated.
there are an infinite amount of equations that would satify f(2)=1.
i.e - f(x)= 2x-3; f(x)=5x-9; f(x)=20x-39. and so forth. your ultimate goal is that you have to substitute 2 for x in any equation and your final answer has to equal 1. meaning that after you substitute 2 for x, you can multiiply, divid, add or subtract any way you want. it just as to be in an equation.
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Ah, I get it.
I think the expression that satisfies f(x)=1 is nx - 2n-1
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Ah, I get it.
I think the expression that satisfies f(x)=1 is nx - 2n-1

If you going that way it should have been f(x) = nx - (2n-1). But what about division? f(x)=x/2 would satisfy f(2)=1.
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there are an infinite amount of equations that would satify f(2)=1.
i.e - f(x)= 2x-3; f(x)=5x-9; f(x)=20x-39. and so forth. your ultimate goal is that you have to substitute 2 for x in any equation and your final answer has to equal 1. meaning that after you substitute 2 for x, you can multiiply, divid, add or subtract any way you want. it just as to be in an equation.

This.
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If you going that way it should have been f(x) = nx - (2n-1). But what about division? f(x)=x/2 would satisfy f(2)=1.

What I posted is exactly the same as what you posted, only I wrote it as an expression, you wrote it as a function. f(x)=x/2 is not a linear function.
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What I posted is exactly the same as what you posted, only I wrote it as an expression, you wrote it as a function. f(x)=x/2 is not a linear function.

f(x) = x/2 is a linear function.
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f(x) = x/2 is a linear function.

Sorry, I'm braindead tonight, I was thinking of 2/x.
Dayam I'm starting a maths degree in like 4 weeks and I well have to think about this.
Drank too much this summer.

Makeityours is right but if you have to find an equation for the whole family, here goes:
f(x)=ax-(2a-1)

Try that
Dayam I'm starting a maths degree in like 4 weeks and I well have to think about this.
Drank too much this summer.

Makeityours is right but if you have to find an equation for the whole family, here goes:
f(x)=ax-(2a-1)

Try that

I already said that. Don't think you're getting the credit
I hope TS doesn't mind but I have a math question myself and it's a pretty simple one, I'm just a stupid person.

So I am doing the quadratic formula and I can solve it most of the time when the square root part of the formula is a perfect square. When it is NOT a perfect square I just go braindead and have no idea what to do.

It's the second problem on that site, and although it shows step by step how to do it, I have no idea what they did.
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What I posted is exactly the same as what you posted, only I wrote it as an expression, you wrote it as a function. f(x)=x/2 is not a linear function.

Actually in your case if n was 20, it would be 40x - 41, his would be 40x - 39.
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I already said that. Don't think you're getting the credit

So you did haha I just wrecked by brain needlessly for that
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What I posted is exactly the same as what you posted, only I wrote it as an expression, you wrote it as a function. f(x)=x/2 is not a linear function.

The difference I was going for was the parenthesis, not the function.

EDIT: Sorry if it seemed like I was trying to steal the credit.. just trying to make it more precise.
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2x^2 – 4x – 3 = 0

To solve using the quadratic formula, you set up your equation in the form of ax^2 + bx + c = 0.

Here, a = 2, b = -4, and c = -3.

You know that the roots of a quadratic equation are x = ( -b +/- sqrt(b^2 - 4ac) ) / (2a)

Plug in the values for a, b, and c and solve. If you can't plug it in properly, boo-hoo.
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I hope TS doesn't mind but I have a math question myself and it's a pretty simple one, I'm just a stupid person.

So I am doing the quadratic formula and I can solve it most of the time when the square root part of the formula is a perfect square. When it is NOT a perfect square I just go braindead and have no idea what to do.

It's the second problem on that site, and although it shows step by step how to do it, I have no idea what they did.

What they've done is used surds. Root n is the same as root (one factor of n) multiplied by root (another factor of n) as long as both factors of n multiply to make n.
Therefore, root 40 = root 4 * root 10
Root 4 is 2
So it's 2*root 10 or simply 2 root 10
They've then factorised 4 +- 2 root 10 by dividing by 2, to get 2(2+-root10)
They've also factorised the four on the bottom to get 2(2)
the 2s cancel out so you are left with (2+-root10) / 2
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I hope TS doesn't mind but I have a math question myself and it's a pretty simple one, I'm just a stupid person.

So I am doing the quadratic formula and I can solve it most of the time when the square root part of the formula is a perfect square. When it is NOT a perfect square I just go braindead and have no idea what to do.

It's the second problem on that site, and although it shows step by step how to do it, I have no idea what they did.

Try solving those by completing the square rather than using the quadratic formula. It's essentially the same thing, I just find it can make it a bit simpler when the numbers get a little awkward.
Example, in case you don't already know:
Solve
y=x^2 + 4x + 2 = 0

x^2 + 4x = -2
(x+2)^2 - 4 = -2
(x+2)^2 = 2
x + 2 = +/- sqr root 2
x = -2 +/- sqr root 2
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I hope TS doesn't mind but I have a math question myself and it's a pretty simple one, I'm just a stupid person.

So I am doing the quadratic formula and I can solve it most of the time when the square root part of the formula is a perfect square. When it is NOT a perfect square I just go braindead and have no idea what to do.

It's the second problem on that site, and although it shows step by step how to do it, I have no idea what they did.

If you haven't learnt surds it would be extremely difficulty to understand
I'm using/ as square root here
from /40 they've taken it to /10/4
/10 x /4 = /40
and /4 = 2

Then they've divided everything on top by 2

Hope that helps if I'm looking at the right problem and that's the bit you're stuck with
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Try solving those by completing the square rather than using the quadratic formula. It's essentially the same thing, I just find it can make it a bit simpler when the numbers get a little awkward.
Example, in case you don't already know:
Solve
y=x^2 + 4x + 2 = 0

x^2 + 4x = -2
(x+2)^2 - 4 = -2
(x+2)^2 = 2
x + 2 = +/- sqr root 2
x = -2 +/- sqr root 2

Beat me to it again
Even though you have a different method to me.
Completing the square confuses me I've not done it in a while.
Anyways at least I'm getting some practise before uni and I dont look like a complete thick ****
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Alright thank you guys

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2 ducks and a rabbi walk into a bar.
The rabbi enjoys a nice drink and the ducks are shooed out so that health services aren't called in.
The day proceeds as normal.
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The difference I was going for was the parenthesis, not the function.

EDIT: Sorry if it seemed like I was trying to steal the credit.. just trying to make it more precise.

I'm really not bothered about the credit, I was only joking, hence the

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Actually in your case if n was 20, it would be 40x - 41, his would be 40x - 39.

I apologise for any errors I'm making, as said I'm braindead tonight. As the other guy said, put the bracket there and it's sorted.