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What exactly is this question acting?

  1. Jul 4, 2012 #1
    http://www.math.poly.edu/courses/ma0914/past_exams/MA922_Midterm_2001-05-23.pdf [Broken]

    The first questions that are asking about domain. If I recall right domain is the set which has all possible inputs for a function. I don't understand it means in this context.

    Lol it wrote acting instead of asking.
     
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  3. Jul 4, 2012 #2

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    Hmm yeah that does look odd. I suppose what it's supposed to be trying to say is within the domain of arcsin(x), is the value of arcsin(sin(-1)) = -1?
     
  4. Jul 4, 2012 #3
    Well then the answer would be yes because sin-1 is a number less then 1 and -1.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2012 #4

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    Nearly, the arcsin function is taken to be the inverse of the sin function on the domain [tex]x\in \left[-\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{\pi}{2}\right][/tex] and so because -1 is in this domain, then sin(-1) is defined and thus arcsin of that value is also defined, giving us back the value -1.
     
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