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#1 2011-11-25 18:38:20

reconsideryouranswer
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Issues with the inverse functions page

From:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/sets/function-inverse.html

"Not Always Solvable!

It is sometimes not possible to find an Inverse of a Function.

Example: f(x) = x/2 + sin(x)

We cannot work out the inverse of this, because we cannot solve for "x":

y = x/2 + sin(x)

y ... ? = x"


This function isn't even one-to-one, so by default, a person cannot
find an inverse for it, because the inverse does not exist for it.

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Also, you could mention that certain functions are inverses of themselves.


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#2 2011-11-26 10:16:25

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Re: Issues with the inverse functions page

But we can easily choose an interval where it is one-to-one, say [0,2]. Is it then solvable?


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