Find the inverse: f(x)=3, f(x)=3x^2+4x and g(x)=4x-4
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It is assumed that you want the inverse functions of f(x) = 3, f(x) = 3x^2+4x and g(x)=4x-4.
For the functions f(x) = 3 and f(x) = 3x^2 + 4x the inverse function does not exist as for any value of x the value of f(x) should be unique.
For f(x) = 3, any value of x gives the result 3. The inverse of f(x) would have 3 taking on one of an infinite number of alternatives.
For f(x) = 3x^2 + 4x, 2 two values of x give the same value of f(x). The inverse of f(x) would have two options for every number x. This is not possible.
Only the inverse of g(x) = 4x - 4 can be determined.
g(x) = 4x - 4
=> x = `(g(x) + 4)/4`
substitute x with `g^-1(x)` and `g(x)` with x
=> `g^-1(x) = (x + 4)/4`
Only the inverse of g(x) = 4x - 4 exists and `g^-1(x) = (x + 4)/4.`
I missed the first function f(x) = 3. The inverse of this function is x=3. The only way I can think to write this in function notation is `f^(-1)(y)=3` .
1) `F(x) = 3x^2 + 4x`
`y = 3x^2+4x` Write in y = format.
`x = 3y^2 + 4y` Exchange x and y
`x/3 = y^2 + 4/3y` Divide by 3
`x/3 + (2/3)^2 = y^2 + 4/3y + (2/3)^2` We complete the square`(1/2b)^2 `
`x/3 + 4/9 = (y + 2/3)^2` Now we can take the square root
`y+2/3 = +-sqrt(x/3+4/9)` Note the +- this is not a function
`y = -2/3+-sqrt(x/3+4/9)` Subtract 2/3 from both sides
`y = (-2+-sqrt(3x+4))/3` Simplify
` F^-1(x) = (-2+-sqrt(3x+4))/3`
Write in inverse fromat.
2) `G(x) = 4x-4`
`y = 4x-4` Write in y format
`x = 4y - 4` Exchange x and y
`x + 4 = 4y` Solve for y
`y = 1/4x + 1`
`G^-1(x) = 1/4x + 1`
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