The term “quotient function” can refer to a few different things:
- Quotient Functions (a type of function in calculus)
- Quotient of Two Functions Example.
- The Quotient Function in Excel
1. Quotient Function (Type)
A quotient function is a type of function where two functions are separated by a division sign. For example:
B. Domain of a Quotient of Two Functions
The quotient of two functions, f(x) and g(x), has a domain A ∩ B (“A intersected with B” means the set of all points that A and B have in common), excluding where g(x) = 0.
The quotient is given by the following formula:
Example question: If f(x) = √ (x + 1) and g(x) = 2x + 1:
- What is the quotient(q) of f and g?
- What is the domain of q?
Part 1: Plug the given functions into the formula:
Part 2: Find the domains for the two separate functions. As noted above, the denominator (in this case, 2x + 1) can’t equal zero. In other words, x ≠ -½.
The domain is all points that the two functions have in common.
- The domain of f(x) = √(x + 1) is A = [-1, ∞). Why? Any number above -1 is fine, but -1 itself would give a denominator of 0. Any number lower than that, and you would be finding the square root of a negative number.
- The domain of g(x) = B = (-∞, ∞).
The domain of the two functions overlap at [-1, ∞], so that’s the domain of this particular quotient function.
2. Quotient Function in Excel
The format for this function is:
Note: A “function” in Excel refers to a predefined formula that performs calculations.
The quotient function in Excel is a bit of an oddity, because it only returns integers. For example, =QUOTIENT(7,2) gives a solution of 3 because QUOTIENT doesn’t give remainders. In other words, you should only use it if you want to discard a remainder. If you wanted to do a straightforward division (with remainder), just use the forward slash. For this example, type =7/3 into a cell instead.
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