The decreasing intervals of a function

The decreasing intervals of a function

A decreasing interval of a function expresses the same values of X (the interval), in which the values of the function (Y) decrease parallelly to the increase of the values of X to the right.

In certain cases, the decreasing interval begins at the maximum point, but it does not necessarily have to be this way.

Does the function in the graph decrease throughout?

In what domain does the function increase?

Let's remember that the function increases if the X values and Y values increase simultaneously.

On the other hand, the function decreases if the X values increase and the Y values decrease simultaneously.

In the given graph, we notice that the function increases in the domain where x > 0 meaning the Y values are increasing.

x > 0

In what domain does the function increase?

Let's remember that the function increases if the X values and Y values increase simultaneously.

On the other hand, the function decreases if the X values increase and the Y values decrease simultaneously.

In the given graph, we notice that the function increases in the domain where x < 0 meaning the Y values are increasing.

x<0

In what domain is the function increasing?

Let's remember that a function is increasing if both X values and Y values are increasing simultaneously.

A function is decreasing if X values are increasing while Y values are decreasing simultaneously.

In the graph shown, we can see that the function is increasing in every domain, therefore the function is increasing for all X.

Entire$x$

In what domain is the function negative?

Let's remember that a function is increasing if both X values and Y values are increasing simultaneously.

A function is decreasing if X values are increasing while Y values are decreasing simultaneously.

In the graph, we can see that in the domain x > 1 the function is decreasing, meaning the Y values are decreasing.

x > 1

In what interval is the function increasing?

Purple line: $x=0.6$

Let's remember that a function is increasing if both X values and Y values are increasing simultaneously.

A function is decreasing if X values are increasing while Y values are decreasing simultaneously.

In the graph, we can see that in the domain x < 0.6 the function is increasing, meaning the Y values are increasing.

x<0.6

Test your knowledge

Question 1

In what domain does the function increase?

Question 2

In what domain does the function increase?

Question 3

In what domain is the function increasing?

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