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Inverse functions and differentiation

The inverse of a function is a function that, in some fashion, "undoes" the effect of (see inverse function for a formal and detailed definition). The inverse of is denoted . The statements y=f(x) and x=f-1(y) are equivalent.

Differentiation in calculus is the process of obtaining a derivative. The derivative of a function gives the slope at any point.

denotes the derivative of the function  with respect to .

denotes the derivative of the function with respect to .

The two derivatives are, as the Leibniz notation suggests, reciprocal, that is

This is a direct consequence of the chain rule, since

and the derivative of with respect to is 1.

Table of contents
1 Examples
2 Additional properties
3 Related Topics


Additional properties

This is only useful if the integral exists. In particular we need to be non-zero across the range of integration.

It follows that functions with continuous derivative have inverses in a neighbourhood of every point where the derivative is non-zero. This need not be true if the derivative is not continuous.

Related Topics

calculus, inverse functions, chain rule