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## Get ready for Algebra 2

### Course: Get ready for Algebra 2 > Unit 3

Lesson 1: Evaluating functions# Worked example: Evaluating functions from equation

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Learn how to evaluate f(x)=49-x² at x=5. Created by Sal Khan.

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- Can anybody help me find the output, k, when the input, t, is −7.

k = 10t-19

k = ?

I need a hand. Thank you(16 votes)- You just neet to replace "t" with the given value "-7"

k = 10(-7)-19

Then, follow order of operations rules to calculate the value of "k".

Give it a try. Comment back if you get stuck or have questions.(19 votes)

- 1. Can a function have name like add(x) instead of f(x)?

2. Can a function have more than 1 argument, like f(a, b, c)?

3. Can a function's argument have a name like "apes", "apples" instead of "x", "y"?(7 votes)- 1. Yes. In mathematics it is more common to use a single letter (sometimes a Greek letter), but a function name can be anything. After all it's just a way to communicate to other humans what you're talking about, changing a name doesn't change the math.

2. Yes. A simple example is f(x,y) = x * y.

3. Yes. See answer 1: single letter names are conventional, but not required. They're all just names. You could even draw pictures instead of using letters - in fact, Khan Academy does that in some early math videos.(13 votes)

- does anyone know how to do this?(10 votes)
- Can Someone Help Me Solve This Function?

f(0)^2

where f(x)=3x+4(7 votes)- Find f(0): f(0) = 3(0) + 4

Once you know, f(0), square the result.(5 votes)

- How do you know where the output is?(9 votes)
- What are the general rules for solving functions?(3 votes)
- like terms should ALWAYS be combined, that's one thing you can keep in mind(9 votes)

- So the "f" in f(x) stands for function? As in solve the function with whatever the x variable may be?(3 votes)
- That's not quite right, it's more accurate to say that "f" is the name of the function. You can name a function whatever you want, but f is just the most common one people use.

You're right otherwise. If you see f(5), you just evaluate with x=5.(4 votes)

- how will you make a mathematical model for this:

You and your classmates want to earn extra income this summer. To do

this, you will sell Fun Shirts. The wholesaler has the following

conditions: If you purchase 100 shirts, each shirt costs P120; if you

purchase between 200 to 300 shirts, the price per shirt is lowered to

P110; if you get more than 300 shirts, the price per shirt is lowered by 15. thank you.(3 votes) - What Does the problem mean by "Is defined as"?(3 votes)
- Wouldn't the answer be 25 cause a neg. times a neg is 25?(2 votes)

## Video transcript

The function f of
x is defined as f of x is equal to
49 minus x squared. Find the value of f of 5. So whenever you're
dealing with a function, you take your input. In this case, our input
is going to be our 5. We input it into our
little function box, and we need to get our output. And they defined the
function box here as whatever your input is,
take that, square it, and then subtract it from 49. So f of 5, every time I
see an x here, since f of x is equal to this,
every time I see an x, I would replace
it with the input. So f of 5 is going
to be equal to 49 minus-- instead of
writing x squared, I would write 5 squared. So this is equal to 49 minus 25. And 49 minus 25 is equal to 24. And we are done.