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Homework Help: Find the domain of arccsc(e^2x)

  1. Apr 29, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Seems I have forgotten how to work with such values. Please, help me to find the correct approach to this type of exercises.

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    The task is to find the domain of the function:
    f(x) = arccsc(e2x)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The answer in the book is [0, ∞).

    The domain of arccsc(x) is (-∞, -1] U [1, ∞)

    (1) In the given function x is an exponent of epsilon, and also it has coefficient 2. So, I see that I need to divide by 2.

    (2) So, if x = -1, then the exponent will be -½, and thus it would mean that I need to take "a negative square root" of e. This means that I have to discard this option, and thus discard all negative values, and concentrate only on [1, ∞) part.

    (3) If x = 1, then exponent will be ½, meaning I need to take the square root of e.

    I don't see my next steps. Logically it does look as if all values starting from 0 and till ∞ are correct, because all can be e's exponent, but how to get there mathematically?

    Thank you very much!
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  3. Apr 29, 2017 #2


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    Euler's constant is e, not epsilon
    Try that again.

    For this question, it might be simpler to think in terms of what values of x produce a disallowed argument to arccsc, i.e. (-1,1).
  4. May 1, 2017 #3
    e2x is always positive. Therefore, its range is (0,+∞). However, as you figured out, arccsc(x) does not accept (0,1) as input.
    What you need to find is the range of the values x such that e2x falls in [1,+∞) because if not, then arccsc(e2x) is not defined.

    Can you solve the inequality e2x ≥ 1?
  5. May 2, 2017 #4
    Do I understand you correctly that -½ is not the right approach here? I divided by 2 following "graph transformation" rule, which state that we divide x by its coefficient.
    For example:
    The graph y = x
    If I want to graph y = 2x, then I can divide all values of x in y = x by 2 to get the desired graph.
  6. May 2, 2017 #5


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    You have e2x. If x=1, what is the exponent on e?

    Anyway, I think this is already headed in the wrong direction. You have f(x)=arccsc(y) where y=e2x. You have established that the range for y is (-∞, -1] U [1, ∞). If those are values of e2x, how do you find the values of 2x?
  7. May 2, 2017 #6
    I see ) Thank you very much.
    Yes, I can solve e2x ≥ 1
    I set e2x = 1
    then x = ln(1)/2 = 0
    I see that I tried to tread a wrong path.
  8. May 2, 2017 #7
    Yes, I see that I indeed took a completely wrong direction - I unnecessarily complicated the matter. I have posted the result of required computation.
    Thank you very much!
  9. May 2, 2017 #8


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