# Homework Help: Inverse of a binomial

1. Dec 25, 2004

### aisha

the inverse of 1/(2x+6) x cannot=-3

is -3 + 1/2x ? Is this correct?

2. Dec 25, 2004

### Xasuke

yep.
oh, x =\= 0 ..

3. Dec 25, 2004

### aisha

can someone show me how to check my self my using composites

g(f(x))=x and f(g(x))=x then both are inverse of each other.

4. Dec 25, 2004

### daster

Hint:
f(a)=b
f-1(b)=a

5. Dec 25, 2004

### aisha

I need more than that I dont need a hint I need to see how its done because if my answer is right then how come I dont know how to write out the composite function so that f(g(x)) and g(f(x)) both equal x?

Can someone please show me how its done?

I know how to do it im able to do it for f(x)=x^2 and g(x)=x+1 but in my question the fractions are throwing me off I dont know how to write it out, someone plz help me!!!! PLEASE!!! :uhh:

Last edited: Dec 25, 2004
6. Dec 26, 2004

### dextercioby

Okay,i'll be a nice guy... :tongue2:
$$y=\frac{1}{2x+6}\Rightarrow 2x+6=\frac{1}{y}\Rightarrow x=\frac{1}{2y}-3$$
So the function and the inverses are:
$$f(x)=\frac{1}{2x+6};f^{-1}(x)=\frac{1}{2x}-3$$
U wan to compute 2 functions:
$$f(f^{-1}(x))=...??;f^{-1}(f(x))=...??$$
I'll take the first and leave you with the second.
$$f(f^{-1}(x))=\frac{1}{2f^{-1}(x)+6}=\frac{1}{2(\frac{1}{2x}-3)+6}= \frac{1}{\frac{1}{x}-6+6}=x$$

I hope u saw the pattern and you won't have any trouble with the second.

Daniel.

7. Dec 26, 2004

### check

Yeesh. I saw the title of this thread and was very confused for a second. lol