# Glossary for Lesson 19: Behavior of Functions

### Absolute Maximum

An absolute maximum, also known as a global maximum, is the value of a function at the highest point that the curve ever reaches.  The absolute maximum is thus the largest range value of the function.

### Relative Maximum

A relative maximum, also known as a local maximum, is the value of a function at its highest point in some interval.

### Absolute Minimum

An absolute minimum, also known as a global minimum, is the value of a function at the lowest point that the curve ever reaches.  The absolute minimum is thus the smallest range value of the function.

### Relative Minimum

A relative minimum, also known as a local minimum, is the value of a function at its highest point in some interval.

### Even Function

A function that is symmetry with respect to the y-axis is an even function.  In terms of the equation of the function, this will mean that for every value of x in the domain, f(-x)=f(x) .

### Odd Function

A function that is symmetry with respect to the origin is an odd function.  In terms of the equation of the function, this will mean that for every value of x in the domain, f(-x)=-f(x) .

### Symmetry

An object is symmetric or has symmetry with respect to a certain transformation if the image of the object is no different after that transformation has been performed on it.

### Constant Function

A function is a constant function if it can be written in the form f(x)=c , where c is a constant.

### Linear Function

A function is a linear function if it can be written in the form f(x)=mx+b , where m and b are constants.  The simplest linear function is f(x)=x .