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Parametric-Inverses

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Parametric Inverses

You have learned that a graph and its inverse are reflections of each other across the line  You have also learned that in order to find an inverse algebraically, you can switch the  and  variables and solve for  Parametric equations actually make finding inverses easier because both the  and  variables are based on a third variable  All you need to do to find the inverse of a set of parametric equations and switch the functions for  and   

Is the inverse of a function always a function?

Watch This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y14XhPD7Os James Sousa: Graphing Parametric Equations in the TI84

Guidance

To find the inverse of a parametric equation you must switch the function of with the function of This will switch all the points from to and also has the effect of visually reflecting the graph over the line

Example A

Find and graph the inverse of the parametric function on the domain

Solution: Switch the  and  functions and graph. 

The original function is shown in blue and the inverse is shown in red.

Example B

Is the point (4, 8) in the following function or its inverse?

Solution: Try to solve for a matching  in the original function.

The point does not satisfy the original function.  Check to see if it satisfies the inverse.

The point does satisfy the inverse of the function.

Example C

Parameterize the following function and then graph the function and its inverse.

Solution: For the original function, the parameterization is:

The inverse is:

Concept Problem Revisited

The inverse of a function is not always a function.  In order to see whether the inverse of a function will be a function, you must perform the horizontal line test on the original function.  If the function passes the horizontal line test then the inverse will be a function.  If the function does not pass the horizontal line test then the inverse produces a relation rather than a function.

Vocabulary

Two functions are inverses if for every point  on the first function there exists a point  on the second function.

An intersection for two sets of parametric equations happens when the points exist at the same  and 

Guided Practice

1. Find the points of intersection of the function and its inverse from Example C.

2. Does the point (-2, 6) live on the following function or its inverse?

3. Identify where the following parametric function intersects with its inverse.

Answers:

1. The parameterized function is:

The inverse is:

To find where these intersect, set  and  and solve.

You still need to actually calculate the points of intersection on the graph.  You can tell from the graph in Example C that there seem to be four points of intersection.  Since can mean time, the question of intersection is more complicated than simply overlapping.  It means that the points are at the same and coordinate at the same time.  Note what the graphs look like when

Note what the graphs look like  or

Notice how when these partial graphs are examined there is no intersection at anything besides and the points (2, 2) and (-2, -2) While the paths of the graphs intersect in four places, they intersect at the same time only twice.

2. First check to see if the point (-2, 6) produces a matching time for the original function.

The point does not live on the original function.  Now, you must check to see if it lives on the inverse.

 The point does not live on the inverse either.

3. The inverse is:

Solve for  when  and 

The points that correspond to these two times are:

Practice

Use the function  for #1 - #3.

1. Find the inverse of the function.

2. Does the point (-2, 6) live on the function or its inverse?

3. Does the point (0, 1) live on the function or its inverse?

Use the relation  for #4 - #6.

4. Find the inverse of the relation.

5. Does the point (4, 0) live on the relation or its inverse?

6. Does the point (0, 4) live on the relation or its inverse?

Use the function  for #7 - #9.

7. Find the inverse of the function.

8. Does the point (1, 5) live on the function or its inverse?

9. Does the point (9, 13) live on the function or its inverse?

Use the function for #10 - #11.

10. Find the inverse of the function.

11. Identify where the parametric function intersects with its inverse.

Use the relation   for #12 - #13.

12. Find the inverse of the relation.

13. Identify where the relation intersects with its inverse. 

14. Parameterize  and then graph the function and its inverse.

15. Parameterize  and then graph the function and its inverse.

Vocabulary

intersection

intersection

An intersection for two sets of parametric equations occurs when the points exist at the same x, y and t.
inverse

inverse

Inverse functions are functions that 'undo' each other. Formally: f(x) and g(x) are inverse functions if f(g(x)) = g(f(x)) = x.
parameter

parameter

Parametric equations are a set of equations for a curve that express the coordinates of the curve as functions of a variable, called the parameter.
parametric equation

parametric equation

Parametric equations are a set of equations for a curve that express the coordinates of the curve as functions of a variable, called the parameter.

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