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Unformatted text preview: 1 Example 5: How to ﬁnd the domain of the inverse function f −1 ? Please follow my guidance.
• Look at the graph of f (x) = a(x + 2)2 − 1 on the next page. Do you understand why
the graph is half of the parabola? Please read Part 1 to see the reasoning.
• After you read Part 1 to understand the graph, can you ﬁnd the range of the function
f in this example?
• What is the range of f ? It is the set of all the y values of the graph of f . Since the
graph of f is half of the parabola, the y values start from the y value of the vertex (i.e.,
−1). Because the xvalue of the vertex (i.e., −2) is not included in the GIVEN domain
(−2, ∞), then the y value of the vertex is not included in the range of f , either. Look
at the graph; it has the empty hole there. Then the range of f is (−1, ∞).
• Remember that the domain of the inverse f −1 is the range of f . So, the domain of f −1
= the range of f = (−1, ∞).
Then among the choices, we choose the 2nd and the last ones. Which one is the right answer?
Let’s move to Part 2 of the next page. 1 2 3 2 Example 6 : 4 5 ...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course MAC 1147 taught by Professor Nuegyen during the Spring '11 term at FSU.
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