# Inverse functions [IB Maths AI SL/HL]

TLDRIn this video, we explore the concept of inverse functions. The instructor begins by explaining the notation for inverse functions, emphasizing that it is not the same as taking the reciprocal of a function. The video demonstrates two main methods for finding inverses: graphically by reflecting across the line y=x, and analytically by swapping x and y and solving for y. The instructor uses examples to illustrate how the domain and range of a function and its inverse are swapped. This thorough explanation helps in understanding the process and properties of inverse functions.

### Takeaways

- π Inverse functions are denoted by adding a small power of -1 to the function notation, e.g., f^(-1)(x).
- π The notation for inverse functions should not be confused with reciprocal functions; f^(-1)(x) is not the same as 1/f(x).
- π To find the inverse graphically, reflect the graph of the function across the line y = x.
- π For one-to-one functions that pass the vertical line test, taking the inverse swaps the domain and range.
- π The domain and range of the original function become the range and domain of its inverse, respectively.
- π To find the inverse analytically, express the function in y = f(x) form, switch x and y, then solve for y.
- π’ An example given was to find the inverse of f(x) = e^(x + 3), which involves switching x and y and solving for y to get the inverse function.
- π The domain of the original function f(x) = e^(x + 3) is all real numbers, and its range is y β₯ 3.
- π The inverse of the function has a domain of x β₯ 3 and a range of all real numbers.
- π€ Understanding the concept of inverse functions is crucial for various mathematical applications, including solving equations and analyzing function properties.
- π¨βπ« The video script provides a comprehensive guide on how to find and understand inverse functions both graphically and analytically.

### Q & A

### What is the notation used to represent the inverse of a function?

-The inverse of a function is denoted by appending a small power of minus 1 to the function notation, for example, f^(-1)(x).

### Why is the notation for inverse functions not the same as raising the function to the power of -1?

-The notation for inverse functions is not the same as raising the function to the power of -1 because the inverse is a completely different mathematical concept. The inverse function essentially 'reverses' the original function, not merely the reciprocal of its value.

### How can you find the inverse of a function graphically?

-To find the inverse of a function graphically, you reflect the graph of the function across the line y = x.

### What does the reflection across the line y = x mean in the context of finding inverse functions?

-The reflection across the line y = x means that for each point (x, y) on the original graph, there is a corresponding point (y, x) on the inverse graph.

### What is a one-to-one function in the context of inverse functions?

-A one-to-one function is a function that passes the vertical line test, meaning a vertical line drawn through the graph of the function will intersect it at only one point. This property allows the function to have an inverse.

### How do the domain and range of a function change when you take its inverse?

-When you take the inverse of a function, the domain and range swap places. The original domain becomes the range of the inverse function, and the original range becomes the domain of the inverse function.

### Can you provide an example of how to find the inverse of the function f(x) = e^(x) + 3 analytically?

-To find the inverse of f(x) = e^(x) + 3, first write it in y = e^(x) + 3 form, then switch x and y to get x = e^(y) + 3, and solve for y by subtracting 3 from both sides and taking the natural logarithm of both sides, resulting in y = ln(x - 3).

### What is the domain of the function f(x) = e^(x) + 3?

-The domain of the function f(x) = e^(x) + 3 is all real numbers, since the exponential function e^(x) is defined for every real number x.

### What is the range of the function f(x) = e^(x) + 3?

-The range of the function f(x) = e^(x) + 3 is all real numbers greater than or equal to 3, because e^(x) is always positive and adding 3 shifts the graph vertically upwards by 3 units.

### How can you determine the domain and range of the inverse function without graphing?

-You can determine the domain and range of the inverse function by understanding that they are the range and domain of the original function, respectively.

### What is the significance of the domain and range swapping in the context of inverse functions?

-The significance of the domain and range swapping in the context of inverse functions is that it reflects the 'reversal' of the function's input-output relationship, allowing for the inverse function to be defined and to have a meaningful mathematical interpretation.

### Outlines

### π Introduction to Inverse Functions

The video begins with an introduction to inverse functions, using a casual and relatable approach by referencing the speaker's experience with snow in Canada. The notation for inverse functions is explained, emphasizing the specific way they are written, with 'f' followed by a superscript '-1'. The video clarifies a common misconception about inverse functions, noting that they are not simply the reciprocal of the function but rather a distinct mathematical concept. Two methods for finding inverses are introduced: graphical reflection across the line y=x and analytical methods, which will be demonstrated in the video.

### π Graphical Method for Finding Inverses

This section delves into the graphical method of finding inverse functions. The process involves reflecting a graph across the line y=x. The explanation uses the example of a square root graph and illustrates how to perform the reflection to obtain the inverse function. The video emphasizes the importance of understanding that for one-to-one functions, which pass the vertical line test, taking the inverse swaps the domain and range. An example is given with a function f(x) that is likely x squared, showing how to reflect specific points across the line y=x to find the inverse function.

### π Analytical Method and Domain/Range Swap

The video script continues with the analytical method for finding inverse functions, which involves writing the function in y=f(x) form, swapping x and y, and solving for y to obtain the inverse. An example using the function f(x) = e^(x+3) is provided, demonstrating the step-by-step process of solving for the inverse analytically. The video also revisits the concept of domain and range, showing how they swap when finding the inverse function. The script concludes with a practical demonstration of graphing both the original function and its inverse to visually confirm the domain and range swap, reinforcing the understanding of inverse functions.

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### Keywords

### π‘Inverse functions

### π‘Notation

### π‘Reflection

### π‘Graph

### π‘Domain

### π‘Range

### π‘Vertical line test

### π‘Analytically

### π‘Exponential functions

### π‘Natural logarithm (ln)

### Highlights

Introduction to the concept of inverse functions in the context of IB Maths AI SL/HL.

Explanation of the notation for inverse functions, using f^(-1) to denote the inverse.

Clarification that the inverse function notation does not imply taking the reciprocal of the function.

Two main methods for finding inverse functions: graphically and analytically.

Graphical method involves reflecting the function across the line y=x.

Description of how to reflect a graph to find its inverse function.

The concept of a one-to-one function and its relation to the vertical line test.

How taking the inverse of a one-to-one function swaps the domain and range.

Practical demonstration of finding the inverse function of a quadratic function.

Example of swapping x's and y's to find the inverse function analytically.

Solving for y to obtain the inverse function after swapping variables.

The importance of understanding domain and range changes when finding inverses.

Illustration of how the domain and range swap for the inverse function.

Analytical method for finding the inverse function of an exponential function.

Use of natural logarithms to isolate y and find the inverse function.

Graphical representation of the original function and its inverse.

Domain and range identification for both the original and inverse functions.

Summary of the process for finding inverse functions both graphically and analytically.

Emphasis on the ease of finding inverse functions using the domain and range swap concept.

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