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# algebra help is appreciated

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Let $$f(x) = \lfloor x \lfloor x \rfloor \rfloor$$ for $$x \ge 0$$

(a) Find all $$x \ge 0$$ such that f(x) = 1.

(b) Find all $$x \ge 0$$ such that f(x) = 3.

(c) Find all $$x \ge 0$$ such that f(x) = 5.

(d) Find the number of possible values of f(x) for $$0 \le x \le 10.$$

thank you so much

May 2, 2022

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Remember to use that f(x) is related to the floor function!

May 2, 2022
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Good idea, thanks!

Guest May 2, 2022
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Let's see

I'm going to look at c

$$f(x)=\lfloor x\lfloor x\rfloor \rfloor=5 \qquad \text{find all }x\ge 0\\ \lfloor x\lfloor x\rfloor \rfloor=5\\ 5\le x\lfloor x\rfloor <6\\ 5\le x\lfloor x\rfloor <6\\ let \;\;x=k+\delta\qquad \text{where k is an integer }k\ge0 \text{ and }0\le\delta<1\\ 5\le k(k+\delta )<6\\ x=k+\delta = 2.5\;\;works,\\ \text{ in fact x can equal any number from 2.5 up to and not including 3}\\ 2.5\le x <3$$

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f(x)=\lfloor x\lfloor x\rfloor \rfloor=5 \qquad \text{find all }x\ge 0\\
\lfloor x\lfloor x\rfloor \rfloor=5\\
5\le x\lfloor x\rfloor <6\\
5\le x\lfloor x\rfloor <6\\
let \;\;x=k+\delta\qquad \text{where k is an integer  }k\ge0    \text{ and  }0\le\delta<1\\
5\le k(k+\delta )<6\\
x=k+\delta = 2.5\;\;works,\\
\text{ in fact x can equal any number from 2.5 up to and not including 3}\\
2.5\le x <3

May 2, 2022
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You should do, or at least seriously try,  the others for yourself.

May 2, 2022