Inverses

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Course: | Michigan Algebra I Preview 2012 |

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Date: | Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:23 PM |

Graphs

Recall from the previous lesson, that the family of functions known as the power functions take the form, *y = kx ^{p}*. The shape of the graph of these power functions depends on the sign of

All graphs of *y = x ^{p}* pass through the point (1,1). Beyond that, the shape and growth for large positive

· p >1: resembles a quadratic when even or a cubic when odd. Grows as *x* grows larger. Example: *y = x ^{2}*

· p = 1: the line y = x. Grows as *x* grows larger. Example: *y = x*

· 0 < p <1: concave down. Grows as *x* grows larger. Example: **y = x ^{(½)}**

· p = 0: the line y = 1. Example: *y = x ^{0} =* 1

· p < 0: concave up. Approaches 0 as *x* grows larger. Example: *y = x*^{-2}

Finding Inverses

Recall from earlier lessons, that inverse graphs are reflections across the line *y = x. *To find the inverse of a power function, switch the x and y and solve for y. To graph the inverse of a power function, switch the *x* and *y*-coordinates of the points and plot the results.

**Example **Find the inverse of the function: *y = x*^{2 }, then graph both equations.

*Step 1. *Switch the *x* and the *y.*

*x = y* ^{2}

*Step 2. *Solve for y.

The inverse of is

*Step 3. *Graph the equations.

Direct & Inverse Relationships

Direct and inverse relationships were presented in 7To see where this relationship comes from, find the inverse of *y = kx*.

*x = ky*

The inverse of *y = kx* is .

Video Lessons

To learn more about the direct and inverse relationships of a function select the following links:

Identifying Inverse Variation Video

Guided Practice

To solidify your understanding inverse functions, visit the following link to Holt, Rinehart and Winston Homework Help Online. It provides examples, video tutorials and interactive practice with answers available. The Practice and Problem Solving section has two parts. The first part offers practice with a complete video explanation for the type of problem with just a click of the video icon. The second part offers practice with the solution for each problem only a click of the light bulb away.

Sources

Bogley, William A & Robson, Robby. "Power Functions." http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/mth251/cq/FieldGuide/power/lesson.html (accessed September 3, 2010).

Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. "Exponential & Logarithmic Functions." http://my.hrw.com/math06_07/nsmedia/homework_help/alg2/

alg2_ch07_02_homeworkhelp.html (accessed September 12, 2010).

Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. "Polynomial Function." http://my.hrw.com/math06_07/nsmedia/homework_help/alg2/

alg2_ch06_07_homeworkhelp.html (accessed September 3, 2010).

Stapel, Elizabeth. "Symmetry and Graphing." Purplemath. Available from http://www.purplemath.com/modules/symmetry3.htm. Accessed 12 September 2010

Stapel, Elizabeth. "Variation Equations." Purplemath. Available from http://www.purplemath.com/modules/variatn2.htm. Accessed 12 September 2010