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The graph of $y = {(ax - b) \over (x - c)(x - d)}$
The display initially shows the above curve for $a = 3$, $b = 7$, $c = 1$, $d = 2$
Also shown are two red horizontal lines. The curve does not lie between these lines. In other words, y cannot take values between those indicated by the red lines, so y (with initial coefficients) cannot take values between 1 and 9.
What values of $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$, make the red lines vanish?


The red lines will vanish when a2cd+b2-ab(c+d) < 0. For example if you keep a=3, c=1, d=2, then b2-9b +18< 0 or (b-6)(b-3) < 0, which happens when b is between 3 and 6.

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A rule that connects one value in one set with one and only one value in another set.


A diagram showing a relationship between two variables.
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