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Function(Function()) Finding (Posted on 2005-02-02) Difficulty: 5 of 5
If f(x)=1-x, f(f(x))=x. Can you provide another such f(x), other than the obvious f(x)=x or f(x)=-x?

Can you find a real function g(x) such that g(g(x))=-x? Note that if we allowed complex numbers, g(x)=ix would do the job.

Can you find another real function h(x) so for x≠0, h(h(x))=1/x?

In all cases, if you cannot find a solution that works for all x, a function valid for some ranges is better than nothing!

See The Solution Submitted by Old Original Oskar!    
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a g(x) [piecewise] | Comment 3 of 12 |

g(x) = 1/x if -1<x<1
g(x) = -1/x if x>1 or x<-1

Not defined for -1, 0 or 1


  Posted by Jer on 2005-02-02 20:09:42
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