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Odd and Even Functions Portfolio
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Introduction
Maths SL
Type I Portfolio
Topic: Odd & Even Functions.
Aim: To investigate the symmetry of odd and even functions.
Author: Aleksandra Rodzik
Certain functions are classified as “odd” or “even” functions on the basis of their symmetry in the Cartesian coordinate plane and corresponding algebraic properties. The purpose of this investigation is to explore the characteristics of these functions and transformations of these functions.
Algebraically, even and odd functions are defined as follows:
 An even function is defined as a function for which .
 An odd function is defined as a function for which .
Each elementary function can be classified as odd, even or neither. This is illustrated by some examples below.
even  odd  neither 
f (x) = x2  f (x) = x3 f (x) = x  f (x) = 1 f (x) = 2x 
To verify whether a given function is even, odd or neither, you have to plug –x for x and simplify. If the result obtained is exactly the same as the formula given, then the function is even (f(–x) = f(x)). If the result is the opposite of the formula, then the function is odd (f(–x) = –f(x)). Finally, when the result is utterly different from the formula given, the function is neither even nor odd.
The examples will be now followed by calculations.
f(x) = x f(x) = x f(x) = f(–x) even function  =>  As the absolute value cannot be negative 
f(x) = √(1x2) f(x) = √[1(x2)] f(x) = f(–x) even function  =>  As raising –x to the power of 2 gives x2 
f(x) = x2 f(x) = (x)2 f(x) = x2 even function  =>  As above 
f(x) = x3 f(x) = (x)3 f(x) = x3 odd function  =>  As raising –x to the power of 3 gives x3 
f(x) = x f(x) = x odd function 
f(x) = (1/x) f(x) = [1/(x)] f(x) = (1/x) odd function  =>  As dividing by –x changes the sign 
Middle
=>
As it is impossible to square a negative number
f(x) = 1 f(x) = 1 neither  =>  As there is no x to substitute 
neither 
f(x) = 2x f(x) = 2x f(x) = (1/2)x neither 
As shown above, even functions are symmetrical about the yaxis, while odd functions are symmetrical about the origin.
I would like to consider a certain graph of a function f(x) which is shown below.
We may assume that the function f(x) is an even function. The complete graph for this function will look as follows:
The range of the completed function will be therefore the same for both graphs:
0 ≤ f(x) ≤ 7
We may also assume that the function f(x) is an odd function. The complete graph for this function will look as follows:
The range of the completed function will be therefore different for both graphs. For f(x) as an odd function it will reach:
7 ≤ f(x) ≤ 7
If we consider an unknown function g(x) which is even, certain other functions will be also even for k ≠ 0, and thus certain conclusions can be drawn from it.
A function:
g(x + k)
will not be an even function. The algebraic transformation g(x + k) causes a translation of k units left parallel to the xaxis.
A function:
g(x) + k
will be an even function. The algebraic transformation g(x) +
Conclusion
To sum up, I am to gather all information and conclusions I managed to draw.
even functions  odd functions 


Sources:
 Robert Smedley, Garry Wiseman. Mathematics Standard Level. United Kingdom, Oxford Univeristy Press, 2004.
 http://www.mathematicshelpcentral.com/lecture_notes/precalculus_algebra_folder/odd_and_even_functions.htm
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Even_and_odd_functions
 http://www.purplemath.com/modules/fcnnot3.htm
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