Video: Finding the Range of an Absolute Value Function from the Graph

Find the range of the function 𝑓(π‘₯) = |βˆ’2π‘₯ βˆ’ 2|.

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Video Transcript

Find the range of the function 𝑓 of π‘₯ is equal to the absolute value of negative two π‘₯ minus two.

Now, we’ve actually been given the graph of this function of the absolute value of negative two π‘₯ minus two. And that’s really helpful because we can find the range of a function from its graph. Now, we begin by recalling what we mean by the range of a function. It’s the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable β€” that’s often 𝑦, but here we’re calling it 𝑓 of π‘₯ β€” after we’ve substituted the domain. Now, the domain of an absolute value function is simply all real values of π‘₯.

We see when we substitute in all real values of π‘₯ to our function, we get the graph shown. In this case, we see the smallest resulting value of 𝑦 is zero. The arrows show us that the values of 𝑦 continue to grow up to positive ∞. We can say then that for the function 𝑦 is equal to the absolute value of negative two π‘₯ minus two, 𝑦 must be greater than or equal to zero and less than ∞. And so we found the range of our function. It’s greater than or equal to zero and less than ∞.

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