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    Hey,
    i just learned about functions and my teacher said that there is no real inverse function for graphs which are not linear... im guessing this means parabolas and hyperboles... What is the rule defining whether a graph is a function or not?

    Any help to clear this would be appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesme View Post
    Hey,
    i just learned about functions and my teacher said that there is no real inverse function for graphs which are not linear... im guessing this means parabolas and hyperboles... What is the rule defining whether a graph is a function or not?

    Any help to clear this would be appreciated
    This problem was discussed in detail here: http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...ntal+line+test
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesme View Post
    Hey,
    i just learned about functions and my teacher said that there is no real inverse function for graphs which are not linear... im guessing this means parabolas and hyperboles... What is the rule defining whether a graph is a function or not?

    Any help to clear this would be appreciated
    If what you say is an accurate reflection of what your teacher has said (correct, not quoted out of context etc.) then your teacher is wrong.

    By a suitable restriction of the domain, non-linear graphs can be defined to be one-to-one and under such circumstances there certainly is an inverse function.

    ps: Good memory, earboth!
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    thanks alot

    thanks.. that really cleared things up =)
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