Decreasing Function
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkris ɪŋ ˈfʌŋk ʃən/ Explain
 Figure 1: Decreasing function 

A decreasing function is a
function
whose values become smaller as the argument of the function increases.^{[1]}
The graph of a decreasing function descends from upper left to lower right.
Figure 1 shows the graph of the function
A function can also be decreasing on a subset of the domain of the function. This is
usually called increasing on an interval or decreasing on an interval. Figure 2
shows the graph of y = x^{2}+3. This function is increasing on the
interval from negative infinity to 0. This function is also decreasing on the interval
from 0 to infinity.

 Figure 2: Increasing and decreasing on an interval. 

References
 decrease. merriamwebster.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. MerriamWebster. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/decreasing.
 Slaught, H. E. and Lennes N. J.. Elementary Algebra. pg 315. www.archive.org. Allyn and Bacon. 1915. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/elementaryalgebr00slaurich#page/315/mode/1up/search/decreasing. Buy the book
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Decreasing Function. 7/3/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/d/decreasingfunction.html.
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