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    The Inverse of a Exponential/Rational Equation

    Find a pattern for f^{-1}(x) if
    f(x) = \frac {a^x +1}{a^x -1}
    where a>0, a \neq 1.
    I have no idea what the question is asking by "a pattern". Does it mean the limitations of the inverse?

    I also tried to solve it by switching the "x" values with "y" values and working from there but I got stuck at x(a^y - 1) = a^y +1.
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    y = \frac{a^x + 1}{a^x - 1}

    x = \frac{a^y + 1}{a^y - 1}

    xa^y - x = a^y + 1

    xa^y - a^y = x + 1

    a^y(x - 1) = x + 1

    a^y = \frac{x+1}{x-1}

    y = \log_a\left(\frac{x+1}{x-1}\right)
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