
Exponential and Logarithmic
Functions and Equations

Inverse functions 
Logarithmic functions 
Translated logarithmic
and exponential functions 





Exponential and
logarithmic functions

Exponential
and logarithmic functions are mutually inverse functions 

Inverse functions 
The inverse function, usually written
f ^{1}, is the function whose
domain and the range are respectively the range and domain of a given function
f, that is 
f
^{1}(x)
= y if and only if
ƒ (y)
= x . 
Thus, the
composition of the inverse function and the given function returns
x, which is called the
identity function, i.e., 
f
^{1}(ƒ
(x))
= x and
ƒ (f
^{1}(x))
= x. 
The inverse of a function undoes the procedure
(or function) of the given function. 
A pair of inverse functions is in
inverse relation. 
Example: If
given
ƒ (x)
= log_{2 }x
then f ^{1}(x)
= 2^{x}
since, 


Therefore,
to obtain the inverse of a function y = ƒ
(x), exchange the variables
x
and y,
i.e., write x = ƒ
(y)
and solve for y.
Or form the composition ƒ(f
^{1}(x))
= x and solve
for f ^{1}. 

Example: Given
y = ƒ
(x)
= log_{2 }x determine
f ^{1}(x). 
Solution:
a) Rewrite
y = ƒ
(x)
= log_{2 }x
to x =
log_{2 }y
and solve for y,
which gives y =
f
^{1}(x)
= 2^{x}. 
b) Form ƒ
(f
^{1}(x))
= x that
is, log_{2
}(f ^{1}(x))
= x and
solve for f ^{1}, which
gives f ^{1}(x)
= 2^{x}. 

The
graphs of a pair of inverse functions are symmetrical with
respect to the line
y
= x. 


The
graph of the logarithmic
function y
= log_{a}x,
a
> 0
and for a
= e,
y
= log_{e}x = ln x 

The
logarithmic
function is
inverse of the exponential
function since its
domain and the range are respectively the range and domain of
the
exponential function,
so that 

The
domain of ƒ
(x)
= log_{a}
x is the set of all positive
real numbers. 
The
range of ƒ (x)
= log_{a}
x is the set of all
real numbers. 
If
a > 1 then
ƒ
is an increasing function and if
0
< a < 1 then ƒ
is a decreasing function. 
The
graph of the
logarithmic function passes through the point (1,
0). The yaxis
is the vertical asymptote to the graph, as shows the above
picture. 

Translated logarithmic
and exponential functions 
Example: Given
translated logarithmic function y 
2 = log_{3 }(x + 1), find
its inverse and draw their
graphs. 
Solution:
Exchange the variables
and solve for y,
that is x 
2 = log_{3 }(y + 1)
which gives y
+ 1 = 3^{x

2}. 

Note
that y 
y_{0}
= log_{a }(x

x_{0})
represents translated
logarithmic function to base a 
and y 
y_{0} =
a_{ }
^{(x

x}^{0}^{)}
represents translated
exponential function with base a 
where, x_{0}
and y_{0}
are the coordinates of translations of the graph in the
direction of the coordinate axes. 








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