Find out the domain of function, Algebra

Find out the domain of each of the following functions.

g( x ) = x+3 /x2+ 3x -10

Solution

The domain for this function is all of the values of x for which we don't have division by zero or the square root of a -ve number.  If we remember these two ideas determining the domains will be pretty easy.

                                       g( x ) = x+ 3 / x2+ 3x -10

Thus, in this case there are no square roots therefore we don't have to worry about the square root of a -ve  number. However, there is a possibility which we'll have a division by zero error. To find out if we will we'll have to set the denominator equal to zero and solve.

                x2+3x -10 = ( x + 5) ( x - 2) = 0                               x= -5, x = 2

Thus, we will get division by zero if we plug in x = -5 or  x= 2 . This means that we'll have to avoid those two numbers. Though, all the other values of x will work as they don't give division by zero. Then the domain is,

                           Domain: All real numbers except x = -5 & x = 2

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