Your idea would work fine. If you can prove that f(x) is always increasing or decreasing, you have proven that f(x) has an inverse.

increases when

decreases when

Now we need to check if

changes sign (crosses the x-axis). If it does change sign, the

does

**not** have an inverse. First, we check for zeros of the derivative:

Zeros of

are:

This does not conclusively prove anything though, because it only says that the derivative has zeros, but not that it changes sign. To check if it changes sign, just figure out if the derivative is positive or negative in the regions between the zeros:

[substitute 0 into the derivative equation] Since the derivative is negative,

is decreasing at x=0.

Since the derivative is positive,

is increasing at x=1.

This proves that

does not have an inverse because it is increasing at some point, but decreasing at another.

Hope I helped