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The function <math>f</math> is defined by <cmath>f(x) = \lfloor|x|\rfloor - |\lfloor x \rfloor|</cmath>for all real numbers <math>x</math>, where <math>\lfloor r \rfloor</math> denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to the real number <math>r</math>. What is the range of <math>f</math>? | The function <math>f</math> is defined by <cmath>f(x) = \lfloor|x|\rfloor - |\lfloor x \rfloor|</cmath>for all real numbers <math>x</math>, where <math>\lfloor r \rfloor</math> denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to the real number <math>r</math>. What is the range of <math>f</math>? | ||
− | <math>\textbf{(A) } \{-1, 0\} \qquad\textbf{(B) } \text{The set of nonpositive integers} \qquad\textbf{(C) } \{-1, 0, 1\} \qquad\textbf{(D) } \{0\} | + | <math>\textbf{(A) } \{-1, 0\} \qquad\textbf{(B) } \text{The set of nonpositive integers} \qquad\textbf{(C) } \{-1, 0, 1\} \qquad\textbf{(D) } \{0\}</math> <br> <math>\textbf{(E) } \text{The set of nonnegative integers} </math> |
==Solution 1== | ==Solution 1== |
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Problem
The function is defined by for all real numbers , where denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to the real number . What is the range of ?
Solution 1
There are four cases we need to consider here.
Case 1: is a positive integer. Without loss of generality, assume . Then .
Case 2: is a positive fraction. Without loss of generality, assume . Then .
Case 3: is a negative integer. Without loss of generality, assume . Then .
Case 4: is a negative fraction. Without loss of generality, assume . Then .
Thus the range of the function is .
~IronicNinja, edited by someone else hehe
Solution 2
It is easily verified that when is an integer, is zero. We therefore need only to consider the case when is not an integer.
When is positive, , so
When is negative, let be composed of integer part and fractional part (both ):
Thus, the range of f is .
Note: One could solve the case of as a negative non-integer in this way:
See Also
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