# Challenge question to the community - - Determine the inverse function of

1. Jan 30, 2012

### checkitagain

$f(x) \ = \ \dfrac{1 - \sqrt{x}}{1 + \sqrt{x}}$

$Edit: \ \ I \ sent \ a \ PM \ to \ a \ mentor.$

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2. Jan 30, 2012

### micromass

[STRIKE]Can you PM the solution to one of the mentors please?? This way we can verify that it's a challenge question and not a disguised homework problem.[/STRIKE]

OK, this is verified.

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3. Jan 30, 2012

### mathman

Finding √x is trivial. Just square it afterward.

4. Jan 30, 2012

### DivisionByZro

Thanks for posting this. The inverse of f(x) is:

$$f^{-1}(x) = \frac{(1-x)^{2}}{(1+x)^{2}}$$

and x>=0 to prevent singularities

If you'd like to see my work, then just ask. It's easy to show that f(f^1(x)) = x.

Edit:

But I forgot to check whether f^-1 satisfied the requirements of inverse, I'll repost later, as I made a mistake :(

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5. Jan 30, 2012

### checkitagain

$$\text{And what about any possible restrictions on a domain?}$$

6. Jan 30, 2012

### checkitagain

Hint: What you have typed is not a one-to-one function.

7. Jan 30, 2012

### DivisionByZro

If I restrict x>=0, then my inverse is correct (I think...for now..). So I would say for x>=0, f^-1 is

$$f^{-1}(x) = \frac{(1-x)^{2}}{(1+x)^{2}}$$

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8. Jan 30, 2012

### checkitagain

Mine (meaning the original function) is one-to-one.

Recommendation:

Graph/sketch my function and see.

9. Jan 30, 2012

### DivisionByZro

Yeah I had made a slight typo, I looked at the graph of a completely different function. My answer stands,

$$f^{-1}(x) = \frac{(1-x)^{2}}{(1+x)^{2}}$$

on x>=0 only.

10. Jan 30, 2012

### checkitagain

Hint: The range of f is the domain of f inverse, numerically speaking
(as when given in interval notation).

I must go away from the computer for a couple of hours starting now,
but I will check back for any updates.

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$Edit: \ \ What \ is \ the \ range \ of \ f(x) \ ?$

$2nd \ edit: \ \ \ I \ \ am \ \ agreeing \ \ with \ \ Curious3141,$

$but \ \ I \ \ am \ \ stating \ \ it \ \ in \ \ this \ \ edit \ \ so \ \$

$that \ \ Curious3141's \ \ post \ \ will \ \ show \ \ the$

$answer \ \ more \ \ recently \ \ than \ \ my \ \ own \ \ recent \ \ post.$

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11. Jan 30, 2012

### Curious3141

The inverse is:

$$f^{-1}(x) = \frac{(1-x)^{2}}{(1+x)^{2}}$$

with a domain of (-1,1] and a range of [0,∞).

12. Jan 30, 2012

### chiro

Just for future reference for checkitagain and other interested readers, you can use identities for derivatives of inverse functions and generate a taylor series that corresponds to the inverse function.

The key thing to be aware of is if the derivative (of the original function) is zero which indicates a branch cut in the function which means that you have to treat each branch as an individual function in its own right (if it is to have an inverse)