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If $ f $ and $ g $ are both even functions, is $ f $ + $ g $ even? If $ f $ and $ g $ are both odd functions, is $ f $ + $ g $ odd? What if $ f $ is even and $ g $ is odd? Justify your answers.

(i) If $f$ and $g$ are both even functions, then $f(-x)=f(x)$ and $g(-x)=g(x) .$ Now $(f+g)(-x)=f(-x)+g(-x)=f(x)+g(x)=(f+g)(x),$ so $f+g$ is an even function.

(ii) If $f$ and $g$ are both odd functions, then $f(-x)=-f(x)$ and $g(-x)=-g(x) .$ Now $(f+g)(-x)=f(-x)+g(-x)=-f(x)+[-g(x)]=-[f(x)+g(x)]=-(f+g)(x),$ so $f+g$ is an odd function

(iii) If $f$ is an even function and $g$ is an odd function, then $(f+g)(-x)=f(-x)+g(-x)=f(x)+[-g(x)]=f(x)-g(x)$

which is not $(f+g)(x)$ nor $-(f+g)(x),$ so $f+g$ is neither even nor odd. (Exception: if $f$ is the zero function, then

$f+g$ will be odd. If $g$ is the zero function, then $f+g$ will be even. .

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