Applying modulus

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The following figure shows the graph of the function \(f\left( x \right) = {x^2} - 5x+ 4\):

Applying modulus - graph 1

Using this graph, can we plot the graph of \(y = g\left( x \right) = \left|{f\left( x \right)} \right|\)? The answer is simple: wherever f is positive, we leave the curve untouched; wherever f is negative, we reflect that part in the x-axis, because the effect of the modulus operation is to give us the positive magnitude. In this case, the graph of \(y = \left| {f\left( x \right)} \right|\) will be as follows:

Applying modulus - graph 2

Thus, the part of the curve below the x-axis in the original graph gets reflect in the x-axis.

Let’s see another example of this transformation. The following is the graph of \(y= f\left( x \right)\), where f is some arbitrary function:

Applying modulus - graph 3

And, the following is the graph of \(y = \left| {f\left( x \right)} \right|\):

Applying modulus - graph 4

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