Math Functions Graph of a function

# Graph of a function

Functions can be graphically displayed in a coordinate system just like relations.

Each pair of numbers belonging to the function determines a point in the coordinate system. The set of all points is called the graph of a function.

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### Remember

The order of the value of an ordered pair $(x|y)$ is important. Remember: x is always first, and then y.

### Example

Given is the following function $f(x)=\frac12x+2$.

If the domain is $D=\{-4,-2,0,2,4\}$, then the graph only consists of five points $(-4|0)$, $(-2|1)$, $(0|2)$, $(2|3)$ and $(4|4)$. If the domain includes all rational numbers $D=\mathbb{Q}$, then the graph has an infinite amount of ordered pairs and thus forms a line: i

### Hint

Do not mistake the graph of a function with the function itself! Those are two diffrent terms.

## Recognizing a graph of a function

A function is a clear allocation of points, so each x-value is assigned to exactly one y-value.

How can it be recognized whether a graph is a graph of a function or not?

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### Remember

The graph of a function can never contain points which are vertically one above the other.

### Example

A valid graph of a function would be: The following example is not a graph of a function, because the x-values are assigned to two y-values. 