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Identifying Even and Odd Functions

Alignments to Content Standards: F-BF.B.3


Determine whether each of these functions is odd, even, or neither. Use algebraic methods on all of the functions. You may start out by looking at a graph, if you need to.

  1. $f(x) = 3^x + 3^{-x}$
  2. $g(x) = 2^x – 2^{-x}$
  3. $h(x) = x^2 + 4x - 2$
  4. $j(x) = x^3 – 4x$

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    1. $f(x)$ is even since $f(-x) = 3^{-x} + 3^x = f(x)$.
    2. $g(x)$ is odd since $g(-x) = 2^{-x} – 2^x = -g(x)$.
    3. $h(x)$ is neither odd nor even since $h(-x)$ equals neither $h(x)$ nor $-h(x)$.
    4. $j(x)$ is also odd, since $j(-x)=(-x)^3-4(-x) = -(x^3)+4x=-j(x)$.

    rhill says:

    over 3 years

    Where do I find the "show attached resources" link. Thanks.

    Cam says:

    over 3 years

    Our apologies -- we're working on correcting a bug which removed all of the attached resources. Hopefully they will all be back soon (after which the link should be pretty apparent).

    Cam says:

    over 3 years


    Cam says:

    over 3 years

    Problem solved. You can now find the attached resource(s) right above the Solutions pane. Apologes again for the mix-up.

    Marianne Springer says:

    over 4 years

    How do I access the experimental geogebra worksheet file?

    Kristin says:

    over 4 years

    Sorry--we forgot to make it visible. Now it should show up under the "Show attached resources" link.