# How can a function not have an inverse?

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Let f be a

**function**. If any horizontal line intersects the graph of f more than once, then f**does not have an inverse**. If no horizontal line intersects the graph of f more than once, then f**does have an inverse**. The property of having an**inverse**is very important in mathematics, and it has a name.

Also to know is, do all functions have inverses?

Not **all functions** will **have inverses** that are also **functions**. In order for a **function** to **have** an **inverse**, it must pass the horizontal line test!! Horizontal line test If the graph of a **function** y = f(x) is such that no horizontal line intersects the graph in more than one point, then f has an **inverse function**.

**inverse of a function**may not always be a

**function**! The original

**function**must be a one-to-one

**function**to guarantee that its

**inverse**will also be a

**function**. A

**function**is a one-to-one

**function**if and only if each second element corresponds to one and only one first element. (Each x and y value is used only once.)

Likewise, people ask, how do I find the inverse of a function?

**Finding the Inverse of a Function**

- First, replace f(x) with y .
- Replace every x with a y and replace every y with an x .
- Solve the equation from Step 2 for y .
- Replace y with f−1(x) f − 1 ( x ) .
- Verify your work by checking that (f∘f−1)(x)=x ( f ∘ f − 1 ) ( x ) = x and (f−1∘f)(x)=x ( f − 1 ∘ f ) ( x ) = x are both true.

Solve Using Algebra

The function: | f(x) | 2x+3 |
---|---|---|

Subtract 3 from both sides: | y-3 | 2x |

Divide both sides by 2: | (y-3)/2 | x |

Swap sides: | x | (y-3)/2 |

Solution (put "f^{-}^{1}(y)" for "x") : | f^{-}^{1}(y) | (y-3)/2 |