# What is a rational function?

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##### Examples
###### Lessons
1. Investigating Asymptotes on the Graph of Rational Functions
Consider the rational function $f\left( x \right) = \frac{1}{{x - 2}}$ .
1. Complete the table of values below, then plot the points on the grid.
 $x$ -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 $y = f\left( x \right) = \frac{1}{{x - 2}}$
2. What is the non-permissible value of the rational function?
3. Now, let's investigate the behaviour of the rational function near the non-permissible value by plotting more points close to the non-permissible value.
 $x$ 1.5 1.9 1.99 2 2.01 2.1 2.5 $y = f\left( x \right) = \frac{1}{{x - 2}}$ undefined
4. To investigate the right-end behaviour of the rational function (as $x \to \infty$), complete the table of values below and plot the points.
 $x$ 10 100 1000 $y = f\left( x \right) = \frac{1}{{x - 2}}$
5. To investigate the left-end behaviour of the rational function (as $x \to - \infty$), complete the table of values below and plot the points.
 $x$ -10 -100 -1000 $y = f\left( x \right) = \frac{1}{{x - 2}}$