Separating the variables and integrating, we have

so that

In the case of exponential growth, we can drop the absolute value signs around , because will always be a positive quantity. Solving for , we obtain

which we may write in the form , where is an arbitrary positive constant. The same formula is used for exponential decay, except the decay constant is negative.

where is the constant of proportionality and is the temperature of the environment. Using a technique called separation of variables it isn't hard to derive the solution

where is the temperature of the object at .

To be able to get an inverse the function must be one-to-one. You can plot the functions to get a hint as to whether they are invertible or not.

> f:=x->exp(x)+exp(-x); > plot(f(x),x=-5..5); > g:=x->exp(x)-exp(-x); > plot(g(x),x=-5..5);Both satisfy the vertical-line test but is not invertible since it does not satisfy the horizontal-line test. Indeed is not one-to-one, for instance . From the plot it seems that the function is one-to-one. In order to determine its inverse we solve for x.

> solve(g(x)=y,x);We observe that one of the solutions is not defined since the argument of the logarithm can only be positive. Thus:

> ginv:=y->ln(y/2+sqrt(y^2+4)/2);Let's look at the plot along with the line to see if our functions seem to make sense.

> plot({x,g(x),ginv(x)},x=-20..20,y=-20..20,scaling=constrained);Let's check that we have computed the right inverse. By definition the composot ion of the functions should be the line since an inverse is the reflectio n about this line.

> g(ginv(y)); > simplify(%); > ginv(g(x)); > simplify(%);We are having difficulty getting for the last composition. Think about what issue the computer has in dealing with this simplification as you will come across this in the exercises.

- A 5 lb. roast having initial temperature of
is put into a pre-heated oven at
. How much longer will it take for the roast to be medium rare (a temperature of
if the roast is
after 75 minutes.
- For each function below, use the background example under the section titled
`Inverse Functions`to help answer each of the following. Be sure to shrink your graphs.

- A)
- Plot each funtion over a range that gives a good representation of the function. Which functions are not invertible and why?
- B)
- Find the inverse of the invertible function(s).
- C)
- For the invertivle functions, plot the function and its inverse along with the line . Use a domain that shows that the functions are inverses.
- D)
- Show that you have the correct inverse by using the composite definition. (If you come across a simplifying problem type the command
`assume(x>0)`.)

2013-04-20