To find the domain of a function, we are just finding all the values of x for which the function f(x) has an answer! One of the ways of doing this is by finding the set of all x's such that f(x) is undefined, and then we can say that the domain is every number besides those values that we found.

This probem gives an example of this form of finding the domain. In order to have `f(x)` be defined, we need to keep that denominator from reaching zero! Recall, you can NEVER divide by zero.

We can then see that there is nothing else limiting the domain of the function, so we'll have the domain after taking the step of finding which x values will set that denominator to zero.

So, let's solve for when the denominator is zero!

`x^2-64 = 0`

Believe it or not, this is actually a quadratic equation. We can actually factor it like you see here:

`(x+8)(x-8) = 0`

Therefore, either `x+8=0` or `x-8=0` because only one of those needs to be true for the whole expression to be zero! These give us the values of x for which f(x) is undefined:

`x = +-8`

So, our domain, then, is going to be every real number that is not `+-8`.

Now, interval form is not the easiest way to express this, but I'll show it to you after I show you a way that makes more intuitive sense first (D is our domain):

`D={ x|x in RR and x!=+-8}`

There we go! nice and simple, very few characters. You'll see why I'd prefer this over interval notation right now, as we express the domain in interval form:

`D={ x | x in (-oo,-8) or x in (-8,8) or x in (8,oo)}`

And there you go! Your domain and how to solve for it! I hope that helps

## We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

- 30,000+ book summaries
- 20% study tools discount
- Ad-free content
- PDF downloads
- 300,000+ answers
- 5-star customer support

Already a member? Log in here.

Are you a teacher? Sign up now