how would I find a general formula for f^(-1)''(x) ?

• Nov 18th 2009, 08:03 AM
dgmath
how would I find a general formula for f^(-1)''(x) ?
how would I find a general formula for f^(-1)''(x) ?

• Nov 18th 2009, 01:34 PM
Drexel28
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Originally Posted by dgmath
The title explains it all. Thanks in advance.

I assume the following is what you are asking for. I will give you the outline without all the neccessary filler

Problem: Find a general formula for $\left\{f^{-1}(x)\right\}''$.

Lemma: $\left\{f^{-1}(x)\right\}'=\frac{1}{f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)}$

Proof: Notice that $f\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)=x$ so that $f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)\cdot \left\{f^{-1}(x)\right\}'=1$. The conclusion follows. $\blacksquare$

Proof:So then $\left\{f^{-1}(x)\right\}''=\left\{\frac{1}{f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)}\right\}'$ $=\frac{-1}{\left(f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)\right)^2}\cdot\left\{f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)\right\}'=\frac{-1}{\left(f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)\right)^2}\cdot f''\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)\cdot\frac{1}{f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)}$ $=\frac{-f''\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)}{\left(f'\left(f^{-1}(x)\right)\right)^3}$