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Find the inverse of the function f(x) = e^(3x - 5).

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roooze | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 7, 2010 at 2:15 AM via web

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Find the inverse of the function f(x) = e^(3x - 5).

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hala718 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 7, 2010 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Given the function f(x) = e^(3x - 5). We need to find the inverse (f^-1 (x) of the function f(x).

Let y= e^(3x-5).

Now we will apply the natural logarithm for both sides.

==> ln y = ln e^(3x-5).

Now we will use the logarithm properties to simplify the equation.

We know that ln e^a = a*lne = a*1 = a

==> ln y = (3x-5)*ln e

==> ln y = (3x -5) *1

==> ln y = (3x-5)

Now we will add 5 to both sides.

==> 5 + ln y = 3x

Now we will divide by 3.

==> (5+ln y)/3 = x

==> x = (5+ln y)/ 3

Now we will rewrite x as y and y as x.

==> y= (5+ln x)/3

Then the inverse function is:

f^-1 (x) = (5+ ln x)/3

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 7, 2010 at 2:17 AM (Answer #2)

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We'll put the function y=f(x)

y = e^(3x - 5)

We'll take natural logarithms both sides:

ln y = ln e^(3x - 5)

We'll use the power rule of logarithms:

ln y = (3x - 5)ln e

But ln e = 1

ln y = 3x - 5

We'll use the symmetric property:

3x - 5 = ln y

We'll isolate x to the left side:

3x = ln y + 5

x= (ln y + 5)/3

The inverse function is:

f^-1(x) = (ln x + 5)/3

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 7, 2010 at 2:18 AM (Answer #3)

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We have the function f(x) = e^(3x - 5).

Let y = e^(3x - 5).

=> y = e^3x / e^5

Multiply both sides by e^5

=> y*e^5 = e^3x

take the log to the base e of both the sides

=> ln ( y*e^5) = 3x

=> x = (ln y + ln e^5)/3

=> x = (ln y + 5)/3

Interchange y and x

=> y = (ln x + 5)/3

Therefore the inverse of f(x) = e^(3x - 5) is f(x) = (ln x + 5)/3

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neela | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 7, 2010 at 3:23 AM (Answer #4)

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To find the inverse of f(x) = e^(3x-5).

Let the inverse of f(x) be  y = f^-1 (x) .

Then by definition of inverse functions, f(y) = x.

x = f(y) = e^(3y-5).

Therefore we have to solve for y to get the inverse:

Taking logarithms to the base e, we get:

lnx = 3y-5

Or  5+lnx = 3y.

Or (5+lnx)/3 = y.

Threfore y = (1/3) (5+lnx) is the inverse of  f(x) = e^(3x-5)

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