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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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well yeah,but the problems in high school are almost always solvable,at least for regular program of teaching.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is true and it is very dangerous.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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i think i know why you think so.for the same reason you fear simplification.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Worse than that. It subtly puts into the students mind that all problems have solutions by the standard methods.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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thought so.i know you fear general thought.

i think we are going a little bit off-topicy-ish here.so what do you say about the three piece piece-wise functions?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What exactly are you trying to do with it?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

did you even read my question back then?

if i wanted to represent the next function with only one formula,how could i do that? :

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I read it but I do not understand it. The purpose of the piecewise notation is to represent functions that can not be represented by one equation, so why are you going backwards?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

well it may not always be true.

e.g. look at my first post.i showed that the piecewise function:

can be represented with a single formula,so i'm guessing other ones can too.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi anonimnystefy;

That is what I am not quite getting. I need some explanation on what you did there.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

i started by looking at the graph of y=sgn(x) for all x<>0 where sgn(x) represents the sign function valued +1 for positive values of x and -1 for negative values of x.

then i saw that if we scale and/or translate that graph we get similar graphs where the only thing that changes are the starting points of the two rays.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is what I do not understand. You used parameters a and b?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

if you are wondering what a and b represent in the first place,then i will explain myself.a and b represent the y coordinates of the starting points of those two rays.in my example a=3 and b=1.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, look at post #32. The piecewise is not defined for lots of points.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

it's not defined only -1 and 1.the zero is accidental.i shall edit my post.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am going to bring it down here:

-1 and 1 have no definition for them. You want it like that?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

yes,that's right.it's easier to find a formula for that one that for the one where -1 and 1 are included.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have the graph looking like this:

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

that's exactly it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am not seeing how to get those line segments into one form.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

found it:The function

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Isn't that a 3D plot?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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i don't know how you got 3D.it's the graph of y=sgn(x+1)+sgn(x-1).

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Over there it is written as y sgn(x+1)+sgn(x-1).

Also that equation has a value at 1 and -1. Your piecewise does not.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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hi bobbym

i don't know if you know,but sgn function is not defined at 0.

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