7.17: Function Rules for InputOutput Tables
The month has flown by and in two days Marc and Kara will head home. They have had a terrific time in Boston and while they are happy to be heading home they are also sad to leave. For a final trip, Grandma and Grandpa decide to make a trip to the amusement park. Everyone is excited.
At the amusement park, different rides take a different number of tickets. Kara and Marc figure out that there are 9 rides that they would like to ride. These are their favorites and any others are just a bonus. Most often the teens will need three tickets for each ride. Each ride is a function of the number of tickets needed. Marc and Kara go up to the ticket booth and come back with 21 tickets each. If they each have 21 tickets, how many rides can they go on for those tickets?
Because each ride is a function of the number of tickets, you will need to know about functions to figure out this problem. Pay attention to this Concept and at the end you will be able to help with the day at the amusement park.
Guidance
Up until now, you have been given a function rule or an equation. Now it is time to use those detective skills and figure out the rule from a given table.
Remember, thinking like a detective looking for clues will help you write function rules.
One strategy that might be helpful in this task is to use guess and check to figure out the relationship between the values in the domain and the values in the range. Remember the
Identify the rule for this inputoutput table. Describe the rule in words.
Input number 
Output number 

10  1 
20  2 
30  3 
40  4 
Use guess and check to determine how to each pair of values is related.
First, notice that each output number (
Look for a subtraction rule first.
Consider the ordered pair (10, 1).
Consider the ordered pair (20, 2).
Look for a division rule next.
Consider the ordered pair (10, 1) again.
Consider the ordered pair (20, 2).
Consider the ordered pair (30, 3).
Consider the ordered pair (40, 4).
The rule for this function table is to divide each input number (
In this example, we wrote the function rule in words. We can also use an equation to express a function rule. Think about this past example.
The rule was “Divide each
We could write
This would have been the same rule expressed as an equation.
Let’s look at another situation where we will write an equation to represent a function rule.
Identify the rule for this function table. Describe the rule in words. Then write an equation to represent the relationship between the pairs of values in the table.



1  5 
2  10 
3  15 
4  20 
Use guess and check to determine how each pair of values is related.
Notice that each
Look for an addition rule first.
Consider the ordered pair (1, 5).
Consider the ordered pair (2, 10).
Look for a multiplication rule next. Each
Consider the ordered pair (1, 5).
Consider the ordered pair (2, 10).
Consider the ordered pair (3, 15).
Consider the ordered pair (4, 20).
The rule for this function table is multiply each
Now that we have a rule in words, let's write an equation to show the same relationship. Remember, to find each
Yes it is. You will also become better at figuring out the rules over time.
One thing to consider is that sometimes, a function rule will involve more than one step. In other words, it will have two operations in it, not just one.
Look at each function table and write each rule as an equation.
Example A



5  10 
7  14 
9  18 
Solution:
Example B



3  5 
4  7 
6  11 
Solution:
Example C



2  1 
4  2 
6  3 
Solution:
Here is the original problem once again.
The month has flown by and in two days Marc and Kara will head home. They have had a terrific time in Boston and while they are happy to be heading home they are also sad to leave. For a final trip, Grandma and Grandpa decide to make a trip to the amusement park. Everyone is excited.
At the amusement park, different rides take a different number of tickets. Kara and Marc figure out that there are 9 rides that they would like to ride. These are their favorites and any others are just a bonus. Most often the teens will need three tickets for each ride. Each ride is a function of the number of tickets needed. Marc and Kara go up to the ticket booth and come back with 21 tickets each. If they each have 21 tickets, how many rides can they go on for those tickets?
The first thing to note is that each ride is a function of the number of tickets needed. We can call the ride
You know from this lesson that one of the best ways to work with a function is through a function table. Let’s build one now.



We can say that 1 ride is equal to 3 tickets. Let’s choose some other ride numbers and work our way up to 21 tickets.



1  3 
2  6 
3  9 
21 
Look at the pattern. We can write an equation to show this pattern.
We want to figure out how many rides the teens can go on for 21 tickets. 21 is the



1  3 
2  6 
3  9 
7  21 
The teens can go on 7 rides each for the 21 tickets. To ride all nine rides, they will need six more tickets each.
Vocabulary
Here are the vocabulary words in this Concept.
 Function
 A set of ordered pairs in which one element corresponds to exactly one other element. Functions can be expressed as a set of ordered pairs or in a table.
 Domain

the
x value of an ordered pair or thex values in a set of ordered pairs.
 Range

the
y value of an ordered pair or they values in a set of ordered pairs.
 InputOutput Table

a way of showing a function using a table where the
x value is shown to cause they value through a function rule.
 Function Table
 another name for an inputoutput table.
 Function Rule
 a written equation that shows how the domain and range of a function are related through operations.
Guided Practice
Here is one for you to try on your own.
Identify the rule for this function table. Then write the rule.



1  6 
2  11 
3  16 
4  21 
Answer
Use guess and check to determine how to each pair of values is related.
Notice that each
Since each
Look for a twostep rule that involves multiplying by 5.
Consider the ordered pair (1, 6).
Consider the ordered pair (2, 11).
Consider the ordered pair (3, 16).
Consider the ordered pair (4, 21).
The rule for this function table is to multiply each
Now that we have a rule in words, let's write an equation to show the same relationship. Remember, to find each
Video Review
Here is a video for review.
 This James Sousa video is about writing a function rule from an input  output table.
Practice
Directions: Determine the rule for each table. Use that rule to answer the questions.
Look at this table
Input number 
Output number 

1  3 
2  4 
3  5 
4  6 
1. Identify the rule.
2. Write an equation for the rule.
Look at this table.



1  2 
2  4 
3  6 
4  8 
3. Describe the rule in words.
4. Write an equation to represent the rule.
Look at this table.



1  3 
2  5 
3  7 
4  9 
5. Describe the rule in words.
6. Write an equation to represent the rule.
Directions: Solve each problem.
7. The total number of cupcakes Shakir can bake,
Number of Batches of Batter 
Total Number of Cupcakes Baked 

1  12 
2  24 
3  36 
4  ? 
5  ? 
8. Write a rule in words to describe the relationship between the pairs of values in the table above.
9. Write an equation to describe the relationship between the pairs of values in the table above.
10. What is the total number of cupcakes that Shakir will bake if he makes 5 batches of batter?
For a concert in the auditorium, Ms. Walsh set up 10 chairs on the stage for the performers and 20 chairs in each row for the audience. This equation shows the relationship between
11. Create a table to show the total number of chairs that would be set up in the auditorium if Ms. Walsh set up 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 rows of chairs.
12. Identify the domain for the ordered pairs in the table.
13. Explain why the domain shown in the table is a reasonable domain for this function and why including a number less than 0 would not be reasonable.
Look at this table.
 id="table:" title="" !Input !Output  1 4  2 5  3 6  4 7 }
14. What is the rule?
15. Write an equation to represent the rule.
Function
A function is a relation where there is only one output for every input. In other words, for every value of , there is only one value for .InputOutput Table
An inputoutput table is a table that shows how a value changes according to a rule.Pattern
A pattern is a series of pictures, numbers or other symbols that repeat in some way according to a rule.Image Attributions
Description
Learning Objectives
Here you'll learn to write a function rule from an inputoutput table.