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Old 2019-01-25, 14:05   #166
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\(f(x) = x^3+2x+4\), and \(g(x)\) is its inverse. Find \(g(7)\) without finding the formula for \(g(x)\), then find \(g'(7)\).
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f(x) = x3 + 2*x + 4

y = x3 + 2*x + 4, point (1, 7)

y' = 3*x2 + 2 At (1, 7) y' = 5

Inverse function

x = y3 + 2*y + 4, point (7, 1)

1 = (3*y2 + 2)*y' At (7, 1) y' = 1/5

Using the "just transpose x and y" idea, the point-slope equation for the tangent line to y = f(x) at (1, 7) is

y - 7 = 5*(x - 1).

An equation for the tangent line to x = f(y) at (7, 1) is then

x - 7 = 5*(y - 1).

Casting this into point-slope form,

(1/5)*(x - 1) = y - 1.

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