Most of my day was spent copying final exams for PreCalculus and organizing files in my classroom. The one class I had today had only one student. (The other student in that class was at his sister's college graduation.) We spent about 45 minutes of class time reviewing inverse trig functions. We looked at the graph of f(x) = sin x and g(x) = sin

^{-1}x and realized that we would need to restrict f(x) so that it would be one-to-one. Desmos made this very easy to see and very easy to check the validity of our chosen restriction for the domain of f(x) = sin x. The graph of f(x) = sin x is in purple and the graph of its inverse is in black. The dotted line is the line y = x to show that f(x) and its inverse are reflections of each other over the line y = x. I added the points to the "ends" of the pieces to show that x and y coordinates are swapped when graphing a function and its inverse.

What about f(x) = cos x and g(x) = cos

^{-1}x? Could we use the same restriction of -π/2

__<__x

__<__π/2? We used Desmos to see what would happen if we did this.

We could easily see that the restriction of -π/2

__<__x

__<__π/2 was not correct. This was visible in two ways. First, the restricted cosine function did not pass the horizontal line test. Second, the red graph f(x) = cos x and the blue graph g(x) = cos

^{-1}x were not reflections of each other over the line y = x. We decided to change our restriction to 0

__<__x

__<__π and it worked!

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