







A function which is onto but not onetoone 
20170416 

From Avinash: Define a function f(x):N>N which is onto but not oneone.Where N is set of natural numbers. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pie chart 
20161205 

From vickie: Determine the central angle needed to form a pie chart for the following housing characteristic data: 63% owner occupied, 27% renter occupied, and 10% vacant Answered by Penny Nom. 





A kinky curve 
20161006 

From tammie: Koch’s kinky curve is created by starting with a straight segment and replacing it with four segments, each 1/3 as long as the original segment. So, at the second stage the curve has three bends. At the next stage, each segment is replaced by four segments, and so on. How many bends does the curve have at the third stage? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two pieces of rope 
20160521 

From Render: Fred cuts a 12 inch piece of rope. Then he cuts a second piece of rope that is 3/2 longer than the first piece. Is the second piece shorter or longer than the first piece? Explain. Answered by Penny Nom. 





15.86 acres 
20160421 

From Ronald: If a rectangular piece of land is 1320 ft. on one side, how many feet would be required on the other side to equal 15.86 acres? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The range of a function defined piecewise 
20160113 

From sarah:
f(x)={x2, x<2
{x^24, 2_<x_<2
{x+2, x>2
find the range Answered by Penny Nom. 





A piecewise function 
20150425 

From uday:
f(x)={x^2+3x+2 / x+2, x(not equal to)=1
{4, x=1
how to find domain and how the graph looks like Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 10foot piece of PVC pipe 
20141021 

From David: A plumber has a 10foot piece of PVC pipe. How many 9/5foot pieces can be cut from the 10foot piece ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A piecewise graph 
20140510 

From Zoe: Lightning Energy charges residential users for each unit of electrical energy bought from them each quarter, according to the scale below:
0500 units cost 17 cents per unit
5001500 units cost $85 plus 10 cents for each unit in the excess of 500
1500 or more units cost $185 plus 9 cents for each unit in excess of 1500
Sketch a graph showing the charge C as a function of U for up to 2000 electricity units Answered by Penny Nom. 





The locus of a point 
20140404 

From srishti: A point P moves such that the difference between its distance from the origin and from the axis of x is always a constant c . what is the locus of the point? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Graphing piecewise functions 
20140329 

From Rayven: Hi! I'm in eighth grade, taking ninth grade algebra 1. I'm confused as to how to
graph piecewise functions. I know that you have already answered a question similar to this
(I did my research first) but it didn't completely help me on my homework. I have to graph
piecewise functions for the specified domains, and create a table for the absolute values.
I know that two bars around a number means absolute value (two bars around 2 makes it +2)
, but how do I graph and chart the absolute value for the following:
f(x)= x+3  for 5≤x≤3
And then graph and chart: (on a separate graph):
f(x)= {x if x≤0
{x+1 if x <0
thank you!
~Rayven Answered by Penny Nom. 





A function with 3 asymptotes 
20121019 

From rimoshika: find a function that have 3 Asymptotic : y=x/y=sinx/x=1 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Functions 
20120918 

From nayeem: I tried with many functions but I am not getting the exact values please help me
A give an example of a function whose domain equals the set of real numbers and whose range equals the set the set {1,0,1}?
B Give an example of a function whose domain equals (0,1)and whose range equals [0,1]
C.Give n example of a function whose is the set of positive integers and whose range is the set of positive even integers
D. Give an example of a function whose domain is the set of positive even integers and whose range is the set of positive odd integers
E give an example of function whose domain is the set of integers and whose range is the set of positive integers.
F. Give an example of function whose domain is the set of positive integers and whose range is the set of integers.
please show me the work
Please give me the trick of finding such functions Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





Functions 
20120918 

From nayeem: I tried with many functions but I am not getting the exact values please help me
A give an example of a function whose domain equals the set of real numbers and whose range equals the set the set {1,0,1}?
B Give an example of a function whose domain equals (0,1)and whose range equals [0,1]
C.Give n example of a function whose is the set of positive integers and whose range is the set of positive even integers
D. Give an example of a function whose domain is the set of positive even integers and whose range is the set of positive odd integers
E give an example of function whose domain is the set of integers and whose range is the set of positive integers.
F. Give an example of function whose domain is the set of positive integers and whose range is the set of integers.
please show me the work
Please give me the trick of finding such functions Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





A pie chart 
20120501 

From muhammad: How can i construct a pie chart on the following of the combunation of students:
Sos 50, Crs 25, Eng 100, Iss 75, Geo 150, Hist 10 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A taxi ride 
20100922 

From Jack: A taxi ride costs you $2 for the first km and 10 cents for each tenth of a km thereafter.
Sketch a graph of the total cost $C(x) for a ride of xkm, for 0 < x < 2. Hint: The
graph is not smooth.
How will I start this question off? I tried the table of values method, and then graphed it, but it comes out as smooth, Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





An equation for a line with a changing slope 
20090321 

From Ben: Is there anyway to write an equation for a line with a changing slope.
e.g. A cell [hone company has a initial fee of 50$ paying for the first 100 minutes,
the rate then increases to 10 cents per minute, then at 500 minutes the rate is 5 cents
per minute.
If so please tell how.
Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





y = p q^t 
20090212 

From Conor: y= p x (q (to the power t) ) ; y= 100 when t = 2 and y= 4 when t= 0
a) find p and q
b) hence find y when t=4 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A piecewise function for monthly salary 
20090203 

From Josh: A sales rep for a drug company is paid on the following scale. His base salary is $1600 per month. He is also paid a commission of 2% of sales over $20,000. When his gross sales reach $30,000 he is then paid 4% on the amount above that until his sales reach $50,000 after which point his commission becomes 6%. His commission reaches 8% when his sales total goes over $100,000 for the month. Set up a piecewise function for the information above. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Graphing a piecewise function 
20080812 

From Shanti: how do you graph a step function or piecewise function such as
u^2 if u is greater than or equal to 2 and less than 1
2 u if u is greater than or equal to 1 and less than 4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A piecewise equation 
20080616 

From John: AT&T charges $39.99 for 450 minutes per month. It charges 45 cents per minute over the 450 minutes.
How can I make a piecewise equation of this problem? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The wedges in a circle graph 
20080518 

From Libby: I don't understand how to do this word problem:
The cafeteria workers distributed a survey to the student body asking students to pick 1 from a list of 5 choices for their favorite lunch. The circle graph below gives the results of the survey for the students who responded. What is the measure, in degrees, of the central angle for each choice?
And there is a pie chart that has food choices with these percentages: 25%, 20%, 15%, 10%, and 30% Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Penny Nom. 





Belledout pier 
20080128 

From Gina: I need to know how to find the total yards needed to fill a concrete pier that is 54"/ 108" and 26' deep.
That is...54" @ the top of the pier belled to 108" @ the bottom...26' deep. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Pie graphs 
20080115 

From amarilis: explain why circle graphs are called pie graph or pie charts Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Piecewise Functions 
20070209 

From Steph: h(x)={2 if x<0 {x+1 if 0< x <10 {1/2x+16 if x>10 PLEASE HELP Answered by Penny Nom. 





Piecewise functions 
20061108 

From Kait: We discussed how to graph piecewise functions today and I'm very lost!! I'm sitting here staring at this problem that says: f(x){2x+1, if x <1 f(x){x+4, if x is greater than or equal to 1. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Piecewise functions 
20060924 

From Claudia: hi! i was just looking at a question by someone else about piecewise functions, but i still don't get it.
my problem is
g(x){x+2 if x <2}
g(x){2x  1 if x> or = 2} Answered by Penny Nom. 





Piecewise functions 
20060321 

From Kris: First Problem:
Southeast Electric charges .09 cents per kilowatthour for the first 200 kWh.The company charges .11 cents per kilowatthour for all electrical usage in excess of 200 kWh. How many kilowatthours were used if a monthly electric bill was $57.06? The answer I came up with is 360, is that right? and also how do I set it up in an equation form?
Second Problem:
A construction worker earned $17 per hour for the first 40 hr of work and $25.50 per hour for work in excess of 40 hr. One week she earned $896.75. How much overtime did she work? I came up with 8.5 hrs overtime worked. Again I don't know how to set up the equation to come up with the answer.
I need some pointers on how to figure out story problems! If you have any suggestions that would help me out I would be very grateful. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The square footage of an area in my backyard 
20060317 

From Kim: I need to find out how to calculate the square footage of an area in my backyard that is in the shape of a "slice of pie". There are two sides that are straight lines that come together at the top to form a point, and then at the bottom is a curved line that joins the two other lines together. I need to figure out how to calculate the square footage that is inside the area. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 3dimensional pie shape 
20050917 

From Bill: Your site appeared in my search for the name of a 3dimensional pie shape. 2d would be a sector of a circle. As it it curved, I don't believe it is in a the polyhedra family. Can you help me find the mathematical term for it? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A piecewise function 
20050915 

From Duncan: A child is assigned to your care and she has a headache. The parent has authorized the administration of Children's Tylenol. Read a box of Children's Tylenol (or any other similar drug) and find the directions for administration. Note the child's weight and the corresponding dosage. (Be sure the drug you choose has a minimum of 4 weight intervals.)
Answered by Penny Nom. 





1 pied linéaire 
20050218 

From Christiane: Pouvezvous m'indiquer 1 pied linéaire égale quoi? 3 pied....? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





f(x) = x4 if x<2 
20040921 

From Dani: Hi, my name is Dani. I'm in tenth grade Algebra 2, and I'm learning about a lot of different kinds of functions, and I can't quite seem to understand how every part of the piecewise function works. I understand most of it, I think, but I've been looking at an example in my math book, and I'm not sure how they got the answer they did. The part I don't understand reads: "Graph f(x) = x4 if x<2" and "Identify the domain and range." The picture in the book shows an open circle at (2,2), with an arrow going down and to the left with the slope being one. How did they get the open circle to be at (2,2), and why does the arrow point where it does? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three dice 
20040510 

From A student: If one has 3, 6 sided dice what is the probability of the numbers that are rolled to total 4 through 10 inclusively?
Subsequent to this, what is the probability to do this consecutively...say 3 times? Answered by Peny Nom. 





Logarithms 
20040201 

From A student: Where did the word logarithmic come from? Where/whom did it originate? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Graphing a piecewise function 
20030824 

From Amber: How do i begin to graph a piecewise function, absolute function or step function? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Divide a circle in 8 equal pieces 
20030404 

From Naomi: I have to divide a circle in 8 equal pieces but can only cut 3 times can you please help me Answered by Penny Nom. 





Friends and enemies 
20030324 

From Becky:
Consider a room that contains six people. Any two people are either friends of each other, or they are enemies. A. Argue why there are three people, all who are friends, or there are at least three people, all who are enemies
B. Rephrase the situation using graph terminology, using all of these terms correctly: vertex, edge, graph, complement, clique, independent set, and bipartite. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What really is pi? 
20020905 

From Rachel: what really is pi? 3.1444 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Nickles, dimes, quarters and fifty cent pieces 
20020108 

From A parent: The total for all coins counted is $4,564.50 The last coin added to the pile is a 50 cent piece There are 8 times as many 50 cent pieces as there are quarters There are 6 times as many dimes as nickles How many of each are there? Answered by Penny Nom. 





2/3 vs 3/4 
20020102 

From Julia: So, here's my question. Some of the problems they've had to do starts off with two fractions, and they have to tell whether the two fractions are:  The first one is greater than the second one
 The first one is less than the second one, or
 They are equal.
One day my son had the problem of 2/3 vs 3/4. Without drawing out a pie chart, how in the world can a child "eyeball" a problem like this and tell what the correct answer is? I've also tried to teach about making common denominators, but that's going over his head at this point. Answered by Denis Hanson and Harley Weston. 





Sharing a donut 
20010906 

From Amanda: You have invited 11 people over to your house one day, and your friends are hungry. You go into the kitchen and find out you only have 1 donut (with a hole in the middle). In order to feed 12 people (including you), you must cut the donut into 12 pieces with only using a straight knife and cutting 3 times. This is NOT a trick question. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A piecewise linear equation 
20001124 

From Jacky: There is a light bulb and it is given that the light bulb cost $0.75 and the cost of operating it is $0.0081 per hour. From the information give, I came up with the linear equation: Let c be total cost and Let h be hours used. Therefore: c = 0.0081h + 0.75 represents the total cost of the light bulb and the electricity. However, the second part of the question added the fact that the light bulb will only last for 800 hours. If the light bulb is replaced as soon as it burns out exactly after every 800 hours, how can I write an equation that represents that? Is it possible? What would it look like on the graph. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Two calculus problems 
20000501 

From Kaushal Shah: How Do WE Integrate the following Functions,  Integral xtanx dx
 How was natural base "e" discovered and why e=2.7.......
Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Counting guppies 
20000126 

From Sarah Albaugh: Out of 200 fish, 99% are guppies. How many guppies must be removed to have 98% of the remaining fish to be guppies? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cutting a board into 8 equal pieces 
19991021 

From Brittany: Jamie wanted a board cut into 8 equal pieces. The Lucas Lumber Co. charges 60 cents for cutting a board into 4 equal pieces. How much will it charge for cutting Jamie's board? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Piecewise functions. 
19991020 

From Jenny: How do you figure out a piecewise function by hand? e.x. ( 2x (if x is not equal to 0) f(x)=< ( 0 (if x is not equal to 0) Answered by Harley Weston. 





John Napier and e 
19990206 

From Shimin: I would like to ask about the exact definition of e, its history (like how John Napier came about discovering it) and its applications in problems and real life situations. Thank you! Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Logs 
19981021 

From Benny: What does log means? How come we have to use log Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Calculer la hauteur de chute de cette pierre 
20001216 

From Marcus: Une pierre tombe au fond d'un puit, à 5 secondes on entend un son (de la pierre). Calculer la hauteur de chute de cette pierre en tenant compte de la vitesse du son = 340m.s^{1} Il faut savoir que pour la chute libre v= g.t ; h = 1/2 g.t^{2} ; v = 2g.h g intensité du champs de pesanteur = 10 ; h hauteur de chute. Answered by Claude tardif. 





logarithme neperien 
19991110 

From Louise Kieffer: D'où provient la valeur e ( 2,7....) des logarithmes népériens ? Answered by Claude Tardif. 

