# Calculus Inverse Functions

## Homework Statement

1. Show that the function f(x) = x5 -x3 +2x is invertible. Compute the derivative of f-1
at 2.

## The Attempt at a Solution

To find f-1 I switched x and y which gave me x = y5 - y3 + 2y

this is where i got stuck because I am not sure how to solve for y after that step.

Can the y5 - y3 become y2?

Thanks

## The Attempt at a Solution

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## Homework Statement

1. Show that the function f(x) = x5 -x3 +2x is invertible. Compute the derivative of f-1
at 2.

## The Attempt at a Solution

To find f-1 I switched x and y which gave me x = y5 - y3 + 2y

this is where i got stuck because I am not sure how to solve for y after that step.
Lucky for you, you weren't asked to calculate $f^{-1}$, just show it exists. Can you show, for example, that $f$ is increasing?
Can the y5 - y3 become y2?
Of course not.

Can the y5 - y3 become y2?
one really good way to see if numeric algebra works is to take a simple case and see what happens. what if $y=1$?? then you know the answer to be zero yet if you adopt your proposition we see the answer is 1, which is of course incorrect.

hope this helps for the future

SammyS
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