# Homework Help: Inverse of f(x) = x + [x]

1. Dec 11, 2008

### p3forlife

I'm having trouble finding the inverse of f(x) = x + [x]. I think it comes back to what is the inverse of the greatest integer function, [x]. I have graphed [x], and its inverse is the reflection along the y = x line, which appears to be similar, although the inverse graph is "vertical". Is there a name for this inverse graph? I have tried 1/[x], and [1/x], but those are not it. Also, I can't solve for the inverse by factoring out x.

If it isn't already too much, I can't seem to find the inverse of f(x) = x/(1-x^2)
for -1 <= x <=1 either, since I can't factor out the x. I have checked that this function is one-to-one on the interval, so it should be possible. Are there any suggestions?

2. Dec 11, 2008

### Pere Callahan

There is no inverse to x --> [x] due to its not being injective.

3. Dec 11, 2008

### D H

Staff Emeritus
The problem is the holes in the range of $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ with $f:x\to x + \lceil x \rceil[/tex]. For example, there is no real x that yields f(x)=1.5. That said, $$f^{-1}(y)= y-\frac{\lfloor y \rfloor}2$$ but only if [itex]\lfloor y \rfloor$ is even. The inverse function is undefined if $\lfloor y \rfloor$ is odd.