Here it is:
A function, f(x), has an inverse function
I know what you're thinking:
"Oh, yeah! Thanks a heap, math geek lady. That's very helpful!"
Come on! You know I'm going to tell you what one-to-one is! Have I let you down yet?
There's an easy way to look at it, then there's a more technical way. (The technical way will really get us off track, so I'm leaving it out for now.)
Here's the easy way:
The Horizontal Line Test:
If you can draw a horizontal line so that it hits the graph in more than one spot, then it is NOT one-to-one.
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