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# Recognizing functions from verbal description word problem

Checking whether a description of the price of an order can be represented as a function of the shipping cost. Created by Sal Khan.

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• Can the shipping cost be represented as a function of the dollar amount of the order?
• Yes, because when you input the dollar amount of the order you will get one price for shipping. So we would see that when x<20 then f(x) =4 and when x≥20 then f(x) = 7
• Is it just me or does this make no sense :D
• Amount(shipping cost) is NOT a function. shipping cost (amount) IS a function because for any given amount there is only one possible output
• Shouldn't the input be the shipping order? Why is it the shipping cost?
• because the question is asking "Can the dollar amount of the order be represented as a function of shipping cost?" The word represented means the opposite! so that's why shipping cost is the input! good question Varin Nair!
• Am i right in saying that the shipping cost can be represented as a function of the amount of the order?
• No, because depending on if the amount of the order is above or below \$20 you could have a \$4 or \$7 shipping fee. There is more than one possible outcome, so this is not a function either.
• is it possible to represent the amount of order as an input?
• @melodi🏳️‍🌈

Great Question! In simple terms, the input is what goes into the function and the output is what comes out of the function. Input goes in and output comes out. In the function y = x + 5 , the x is the input variable and the y is the output variable. After reading this, I think you'd be able to figure it out. If not, you can watch previous videos from Sal, or go on Youtube.com or IXL.com to help you out.

Hope this helps.
• hello I need help learning math
• There are a lot of KA users that reply to posted questions. So, to get help, post a specific question about the video about what you don't understand. You will most likely get a response.
• Well if
Shipping cost(y) is output and
amount of order(x) is input, then
y=4 when x<20, and
y=7 when x>20.
This means that the shipping cost is the function for the amount of dollar right?
Cos various inputs can have one output but one input can't have various outputs in functions. Right?
• it wont let me go on to my next lesson even tho i already did this one twice :(
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