Trigonometric Inverse

vanmaiden

1. Homework Statement
I understand that y = sin -1 x. However, why is it that when one writes x = sin y, one leaves out the -1

2. Homework Equations

3. The Attempt at a Solution
I know that when you invert a trig function, the dependent variable essentially switches from y to x and the independent variable switches from x to y. However, why do you leave out the -1 when you write the inverse sin as x = sin y ?

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lanedance

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not sure if I understand the question, but if you start from
$$y = sin^{-1} x$$

take the sin of both sides
$$sin(y) = sin(sin^{-1} x) = x$$

vanmaiden

not sure if I understand the question, but if you start from
$$y = sin^{-1} x$$

take the sin of both sides
$$sin(y) = sin(sin^{-1} x) = x$$
I'm sorry I wasn't very clear. That answers my question though! I had no idea you could take the sin of the sin-1(x) and it would cancel them out. Thank you! SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
Homework Helper
Well, that is how inverse functions work.

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