But they surprised me. "The inverse would be the xth root of 2," someone said.
Several agreed. I was dumbfounded. Why not?
After all, isn't it TRUE that:
for all real values of n?
That is, I know there are some issues with this as a blanket statement. For example, even values of n only work if we restrict the function domain. But for the most part, this is entirely true and logical.
So why is it FALSE that:
Maybe you, like me in class today, are scratching your head now and wondering... could that be right? It isn't. We checked. Choosing an input for the original function, applying the function and then applying the inverse function will not return us to our original value. But WHY?
Help me out here. Can anyone provide a purely sensible argument for why this will not work? Not just a demonstration of HOW it doesn't work. I can supply several of these now. I want to know why.