Section 3.5 - Algebraic Operations on Functions

Section Objectives

  1. Compute sums, differences, products, and quotients of functions.
  2. Compute a composition of functions.
  3. Write a function as a composition of functions.
  4. Solve problems involving operations on functions.

Combining functions

Besides transforming individual functions, two or more functions can be combined in lots of ways to produce new functions.

The most basic combinations of functions come from the four basic arithmetic operations.



Another useful and important way of combining functions is to form the composition. Functions are composed when the output of one function is used as the input for a second function.

The composition of and , written , is the new function .