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```Rational Functions
In this chapter, you’ll learn what a rational function is, and you’ll learn
how to sketch the graph of a rational function.
Rational functions
A rational function is a fraction of polynomials. That is, if p(x) and q(x)
are polynomials, then
p(x)
q(x)
is a rational function. The numerator is p(x) and the denominator is q(x).
Examples.
3(x 5)
• (x 1)
• x1
3
• 2x1 = 2x3
The last example is both a polynomial and a rational function. In a similar
way, any polynomial is a rational function.
In this class, from this point on, most of the rational functions that we’ll see
will have both their numerators and their denominators completely factored.
We will also only see examples where the numerator and the denominator
have no common factors. (If they did have a common factor, we could just
cancel them.)
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Implied domains
The implied domain of a rational function is the set of all real numbers
except for the roots of the denominator. That’s because it doesn’t make
sense to divide by 0.
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Example.
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any
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x-intercepts
The x-intercepts of a rational function p(x)
q(x) (if there are any) are the numbers
↵ 2 R where
p(↵)
=0
q(↵)
If ↵ is such a number, then we can multiply by q(↵) to find that
p(↵) = 0 · q(↵) = 0
In other words, ↵ is a root of p(x). Thus, the roots of the numerator are
exactly the x-intercepts.
Example. 2 is the only x-intercept of the rational function
7(x
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In between x-intercepts and vertical asymptotes
When graphing a rational polynomial, first mark the vertical asymptotes
and the x-intercepts. Then choose a number c 2 R between any consecutive
pairs of these marked points on the x-axis and see if the rational function is
positive or negative when x = c. If it’s positive, draw a dot above the x-axis
whose first coordinate is c. If it’s negative, draw a dot below the x-axis whose
first coordinate is c.
Example. Let’s look at the function
7(x 2)(x2 + 1)
r(x) =
8(x 4)(x 6)
again. The x-intercept of its graph is at x = 2 and it has vertical asymptotes
at x = 4 and x = 6. We need to decide whether r(x) is positive or negative
between 2 and 4 on the x-axis, and between 4 and 6 on the x-axis.
Let’s start by choosing a number between 2 and 4, say 3. Then
7(3
r(3) =
8(3
199
2)(32 + 1)
4)(3 6)
Notice that 7, (3 4), and (3 6) are negative, while 8, (3 2), and (32 + 1)
are positive.
If you are multiplying and dividing a collection of numbers that aren’t equal
to 0, just count how many negative numbers there are. If there is an even
number of negatives, the result will be positive. If there is an odd number of
negatives, the result will be negative. In the previous paragraph, there are
three negative numbers — 7, (3 4), and (3 6) — so r(3) < 0.
The number 5 is a number that is in between 4 and 6, and
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r(5) =
8(5
2)(32 + 1)
>0
4)(5 6)
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Far right and far left
Let axn be the leading term of p(x) and let bxm be the leading term of q(x).
Recall that far to the right and left, p(x) looks like its leading term, axn .
And far to the right and left, q(x) looks like its leading term, bxm . It follows
that the far right and left portion of the graph of,
p(x)
q(x)
looks like
axn
bxm
and this is a function that we know how to graph.
Example. The leading term of 7(x 2)(x2 + 1) is 7x3 , and the leading
term of 8(x 4)(x 6) is 8x2 . Therefore, the graph of
7(x
r(x) =
8(x
looks like the graph of
2)(x2 + 1)
4)(x 6)
7x3
7
=
x
8x2
8
on the far left and far right part of its graph.
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touch the
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x-axis at
at the
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Exercises
For #1-3, use that 4x2 4 = 4(x 1)(x + 1), x3 3x2 + 4 = (x + 1)(x 2)2 ,
and 2x 4 = 2(x 2) to match each of the three numbered rational functions
on the left with its simplified lettered form on the right.
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1.) x34x3x24+4
A.) 12 (x + 1)(x
2.)
x3 3x2 +4
2x 4
B.) (x 2)2
3.)
2x 4
4x2 4
C.) 2(x 1)(x+1)
2)
4(x 1)
(x 2)
Graph the rational functions given in #4-10. (Their numerators and denominators have been completely factored.) Then match each graph with
one of the lettered graphs drawn on the next two pages.
4.)
3(x2 +1)
(x2 +5)
8.) (x2 +3)(x2 +4)(x2 +8)
5.)
4(x+1)2
2(x+2)(x 2)
9.) 5(x 2)2 (x 6)
6.)
(x 4)(x 6)
3(x2 +7)
(x+1)(x2 +1)(x2 +8)
(x 7)
7.) 7(x + 2)3 (x
10.)
2(x+10)2 (x+30)
3(x 5)
3)2
11.) Completely factor the numerator and the denominator of the rational
function below, and then graph it. Match the graph with one of those
on the next two pages.
3x3 6x2 + x 2
x2 + 3x + 2
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