# State the inverse of f(x)= (3x-1)^2+1I got √(x-1/3)+1, but the answer is √(x-1/3)±1?? I don't understand how it's ±1 and not just +1? Thanks, MB

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tiburtius | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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If your function is `f`, then your invers is function `f^(-1)` which satisfies the following equation `f(f^(-1)(x))=x.` So in your case you have `(3f^(-1)(x)-1)^2+1=x`

`(3f^(-1)(x)-1)^2=x-1`

Now you take square root of both sides of equation.

` ` `3f^(-1)(x)-1=pm sqrt(x-1)`

We have `pm` because quadratic equation has 2 solutions (e.g. `x^2=25=>x=pm5` when we square number 5 we get 25 but when we square -5 we also get 25).

`3f^(-1)(x)=pm sqrt(x-1)+1`

`f^(-1)(x)=(1pm sqrt(x-1))/3`

Blue is graph of function `f` ` `  and red is graph of `f^(-1)`. Upper side of red graph is for + and lower is for -. Notice that the green line (`y=x` ) is axis of symmetry for red and blue graph.

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