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    function notation

    Hi,

    A bit confused with the use of the notation y=f(x). If we have the circle x^2+y^2=1, we can obviously rearrange and make y the subject which gives y=+-(1-x^2)^0.5. Is it wrong to write f(x)=+-(1-x^2)^0.5 since this is not a function hence we can't use f(x)?
    If so, does that also mean whenever we are given f(x)=..., we can assume the given relation must be a function?

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    Re: function notation

    is not a function. It is not correct to write it as one.

    The function notation should only be used with functions.

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    Re: function notation

    THere is an imaginary vertical line test to prove if a graph is a function or not

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