VERTICAL STRETCH AND COMPRESSION

How to Do Vertical Stretch in a Function

Let f(x) be a function.

Let g(x) be a function which represents f(x) after a vertical stretch by a factor of k.

where, k > 1.

In the function f(x), to do vertical stretch by a factor of k, at every where of the function, y co-ordinate has to be multiplied by k.

The graph of g(x) can be obtained by stretching the graph of f(x) vertically by the factor k.

Note :

Point on the original curve : (x, y)

Point on the curve after it is vertically stretched by the factor of k :

(x, ky)

How to Do Vertical Compression in a Function

Let f(x) be a function.

Let g(x) be a function which represents f(x) after a vertical compression by a factor of k.

where k > 1.

In the function f(x), to do vertical compression by a factor of k, at every where of the function, y co-ordinate has to be multiplied by 1/k.

The graph of g(x) can be obtained by compressing the graph of f(x) vertically by the factor k.

Note :

Point on the original curve : (x, y)

Point on the curve after it is vertically compressed by the factor of k :

(x, (1/k)y)

Example 1 :

Perform vertical stretch by a factor 2 to the function

f(x) = x2

And also write the formula that gives the requested transformation and draw the graph of both the given function and the transformed function

Answer :

Step 1 :

Let g(x) be a function which represents f(x) after the vertical stretch by a factor of 2.

Since we do vertical stretch by the factor 2, we have to replace x2 by 2x2 in f(x) to get g(x).

Step 2 :

So, the formula that gives the requested transformation is

g(x) = 2x2

Step 3 :

The graph g(x) = 2x2 can be obtained by stretching the graph of the function f(x) = xvertically by the factor 2.

(x, y) -----> (x, 2y)

Step 4 :

Table of values :

Step 5 :

Graphs of f(x) and g(x) :

Example 2 :

Perform vertical compression by a factor 2 to the function

f(x) = x2

And also write the formula that gives the requested transformation and draw the graph of both the given function and the transformed function

Answer :

Step 1 :

Let g(x) be a function which represents f(x) after the vertical compression by a factor of 2.

Since we do vertical compression by the factor 2, we have to replace x2 by (1/2)x2 in f(x) to get g(x).

Step 2 :

So, the formula that gives the requested transformation is

g(x) = (1/2)x2

Step 3 :

The graph g(x) = (1/2)x2 can be obtained by compressing the graph of the function f(x) = xvertically by the factor 2.

(x, y) -----> (x, (1/2)y)

Step 4 :

Table of values :

Step 5 :

Graphs of f(x) and g(x) :

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