
Example 1
Find the inverse function, its domain and range, of the function given by
f(x) = ^{3}√(2 x  1)
Solution to example 1
 The domain D and range R of the given function are given by:
D: ( ∞ , + ∞) and R: ( ∞ , + ∞)
 In order to find the inverse, we first write the function as an equation as follows
y = ^{3}√(2 x  1)
 Then solve it starting by cubing both sides
y^{ 3} = ( ^{3}√(2 x  1) )^{ 3}
 Simplify and solve for x
y^{ 3} = 2 x  1
x = (1 / 2)(y^{ 3} + 1)
 Change x into y and y into x to obtain the inverse function.
f^{ 1}(x) = y = (1 / 2)(x^{3} + 1)
The domain and range of the inverse function are respectively the range and domain of the given function f. Hence
domain and range of f^{ 1} are given by: domain: ( ∞ , + ∞) range: ( ∞ , + ∞)
Example 2
Find the inverse, its domain and range, of the function given by
f(x) = ^{3}√(x / 3  1)  4
Solution to example 2
 The domain and range of the given function are given by
D: ( ∞ , + ∞) and R: ( ∞ , + ∞)
 Write the given function as an equation.
y = ^{3}√(x / 3  1)  4
which can be writeen as: ^{3}√(x / 3  1) = 4 + y
 Cube both sides of the above equation and simplify.
( ^{3}√(x / 3  1) )^{ 3} = (4 + y)^{ 3}
(x / 3  1) = (4 + y)^{ 3}
 Solve for x.
x / 3 = (4 + y)^{ 3} + 1
 Which gives
x = 3 ( (4 + y)^{ 3} + 1 ) = 3 (4 + y)^{ 3} + 3
 Interchange x and y to obtain the inverse function
f^{ 1}(x) = y = 3 (4 + x)^{ 3} + 3
The domain and range of the inverse function are respectively the range and domain of the given function f. Hence
domain and range of f^{ 1} are given by: domain: ( ∞ , + ∞) range: ( ∞ , + ∞)
Example 3
Find the inverse, its domain and range, of the function given by
f(x) = ^{3}√(4 x^{2} + 8) + 2 ; x ≥ 0
Solution to example 3
 Although the formula of the given function indicates an even function (not a one to one),
the explicit given domian (x ≥ 0) make the given function a one to one.
Domain of f: [ 0 ; ∞) , given.
Range: For x in the domain [ 0 ; ∞) , the range of 4 x^{2} + 8 is given by [8,+∞)
which gives a range of ^{3}√(4 x^{2} + 8) in the interval [^{3}√8 , +∞) or [2 , +∞) and finally, taking into account the shift +2, the range for the given function is given by [4 , +∞)
 To find the inverse, we first write the given function f as an equation
y = ^{3}√(4 x^{2} + 8) + 2
 Which may be written as
y  2 = ^{3}√(4 x^{2} + 8)
 Cube both side and simplify
(y  2)^{3} = ( ^{3}√(4 x^{2} + 8) )^{3}
(y  2)^{3} = 4 x^{2} + 8
 Solve for x
x^{2} = (1 / 4) ( (y  2)^{3}  8 )
x = ± (1 / 4) √ ( (y  2)^{3}  8 )
 The domain of f is given by [ 0 ; ∞) and therefore x is selected to be given by
x = (1 / 4) √ ( (y  2)^{3}  8 )
 Interchange x and y to obtain the inverse function
f^{ 1}(x) = y = (1 / 4) √ ( (x  2)^{3}  8 )
The domain and range of f^{ 1} are respectively given by the range and domain of f found above
Domain of f^{ 1} is given by: [4 , + ∞) and its range is given by: [0 , + ∞)
Exercises
Find the inverse, its domain and range, of the functions given below
1. f(x) =  ^{3}√( x + 3)
2. g(x) = ^{3}√(x^{2} + 2x + 4) ; x ≥  1 (Hint: start by finding the vertex of x^{2} + 2x + 4 to understand the given domain x ≥  1)
Answers to above exercises
1. f^{ 1}(x) = x^{3} + 3 ; domain: (∞ , ∞) Range: ( ∞ , ∞)
2. g^{ 1}(x) = 1+√(x^{3}  3) ; domain: [^{3}√3 , +∞) Range: [1 , +∞)
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