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Unit 3

3.3 Differentiating Inverse Functions

1 min readโ€ขjune 7, 2020

Jillian Holbrook


What are Inverse Functions? ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Inverse functions essentially โ€œreverseโ€ what the original function did.ย You likely encountered Inverse Functions in Algebra II and/or Pre-Calculus when reflecting a function along y = x.

We denote functions as f(x) and their inverses as f^-1(x).

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Confused? Don't worry! We'll break it down.

How to Differentiate Inverse Functions ๐Ÿ•ต

Calculating the derivative of an Inverse function isnโ€™t really much more difficult than deriving normal functions - it simply requires knowing the formula:

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Letโ€™s look at an example problem to clarify!

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Differentiating Inverse Functions Practice ๐Ÿ“

With some quality practice, Inverse Functions will be a piece of cake!ย Give the ones below a try.

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Answers ๐Ÿ“

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