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- Jul 18th 2013, 01:44 PM #1

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## f ^-1 (x) = (e^x - e^-x) / 2

That is, the inverse of (e^x - e^-x) / 2. The answer is x + sqrt(x^2 + 1). If you start with x = (e^y - e^-y ) / 2, what intermediary steps lead to the answer?

You can clear the denominator:

2x = e^y - e^-y;

you can re-write e^-y as 1/e^y:

2x = e^y - 1/e^y;

you can then clear that denominator:

2xe^y = e^2y - 1;

I'm basically out of ideas at this point. Hmm term on the right is a difference of two squares. I would appreciate any comments!

- Jul 18th 2013, 02:01 PM #2

- Jul 18th 2013, 02:32 PM #3

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## Re: f ^-1 (x) = (e^x - e^-x) / 2

When Plato go to , he thought of that as a

**quadratic**equation, of the form with a= 1, , b= -2x, and c= -1. The quadratic formula says that the solutions to are of the form . Setting a= 1, b= -2x, c= -1 that gives .

But notice that so that and, or course, is never negative so we can drop the "-" sign to get exactly what Plato gave.

(It can be simplified a little more: and so that .)

- Jul 18th 2013, 05:55 PM #4

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