# Domain and Range of a Function

## Domain and Range of a Function

**Defining Domain and Range**

- The
**domain**of a function is essentially the set of “input” values, i.e., the values that can be put into a function. - Remember to think of
**functions**as machines: whatever you put in is the domain, and whatever comes out is the range. - The
**range**of a function refers to the set of “output” values or possible results you can get from a particular function. - The domain and range aren’t necessarily the same. Depending on the function, the range may be a subset of the domain.
- Domain and range are often described or visualised using graphs, with the x-values representing the domain and the y-values representing the range.

**Common Mistakes with Domain and Range**

- Not all values may be suitable as input for a function. For example, in a function where the input number is the denominator, it cannot be 0, as division by zero is undefined.
- When considering domain or range for a function involving a square root, remember that the result must be a real number. Hence, the number under the square root cannot be less than 0.
- For functions involving a fraction, remember that the denominator cannot be 0 as this would make the function undefined.

**Tips on Finding Domain and Range**

- To find the
**Domain**: Look for values that you can’t use as they would make the function undefined. - To find the
**Range**: Look for values that the function just won’t output no matter what value you put in. - In the context of graphs, for the
**domain**, ask what x-values are covered by the graph; and for the**range**, ask what y-values are covered by the graph.