 # Constant Function: Simple Definition & Example

Share on A constant function y(x) = 1.

A constant function is where the output variable (e.g. y) is not dependent on the input variable (e.g. x). Generally, it is a function which always has the same value no matter what the input is.

We can write this type of function as:

f(x) = c

Where:

• c is a constant: a number that doesn’t change as x changes.

For example, the following are all constant functions:

• f(x) = 99,
• f(x) = .1 and
• f(x)= -21

Since f(x) is equal to a constant, the value of f(x) will always be the same no matter what the value of x might be.

## The Graph of a Constant Function

In a two dimensional plane, the graph of this type of function is a straight, horizontal line. It passes through the point (0, c), (1, c), and (-1, c). In fact, (a, c) for any a on the number line.

For example, the graph of the constant function f(x) = 4 is a straight, horizontal line that passes through the points (2,4), (0,4), and (-2,4). This graph is shown below. ## Derivatives and Integrals

The derivative of this type of function is just zero. You can use direct substitution to arrive at this conclusion.

Every function with a derivative equal to zero is a constant function.

The integral of this type of function is equal to c x. For example, the integral of f(x) = 10 is 10x.

The following shows the graph of f(x) = 10, and the integral f(x) = 10x. The blue square represents the integral when evaluated from 0 to 1. ## Limit of a Constant Function The limit of a constant function (according to the Properties of Limits) is equal to the constant. For example, if the function is y = 5, then the limit is 5.

## Applications of the Constant Function

Though it is one of the simplest type of functions, it can be used to model situations where a certain parameter is constant and isn’t dependent on the independent parameter. For instance, a school dining room where every child was given one donut, irrespective of age, or an exam in which every student was given an A regardless of how hard they worked.

## References

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### 2 thoughts on “Constant Function: Simple Definition & Example”

1. Somebody

0/6 is a constant function

2. Stephanie Post author

Technically, zero is a constant. But 0/6 = 0, so this would not actually produce a graph. As a function requires that inputs produce outputs, it wouldn’t be a “function”.