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If f(x) = (x+1)/(x-1), then the ratio of x to f(y) where y = f(x) is:

(A) x : y
(B) x^2 : y^2
(C) 1 : 1
(D) y : x
(E) x^2 : y
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1:1 is the correct answer, if you expand y = f(x) it results in y=x.
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replace x in f(x)=(x+1)/ (x-1) with (x+1)/(x-1) and solving -> f(y)= x

x/f(y)=1
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I get putting in f(x) for x in to the equation for f(y). This results in:

f(y) = [((x + 1) / (x-1)) + 1] / [((x+1) / (x-1))-1]

can someone illustrate the simplification steps to get to f(y) = x ? It's not apparent to me from these explanations.
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Re: If f(x) = (x+1)/(x-1), then the ratio of x to f(y) [#permalink]

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I get putting in f(x) for x in to the equation for f(y). This results in:

f(y) = [((x + 1) / (x-1)) + 1] / [((x+1) / (x-1))-1]

can someone illustrate the simplification steps to get to f(y) = x ? It's not apparent to me from these explanations.


Hi jjamieson42

Let me try to explain.
Given \(f(x) = \frac{x+1}{x-1}, x \neq 1\) and \(y = f(x)\)

\(f(y) =\frac{ \frac{x+1}{x-1} + 1}{\frac{x+1}{x-1} - 1} = \frac{\frac{x + 1 + x - 1}{x-1}}{\frac{x+1 - x + 1}{x-1}} = \frac{2x}{2} = x\)

Hope it helps.

We can solve this question by plug in the value.
Take x =2 , \(y = f(x) = \frac{2+1}{2-1} = 3\)

\(f(y) = f(3) = \frac{3+1}{3-1} = 2 = x\) => x=f(y) => x:f(y) = 1:1 . Answer (C).

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If f(x) = (x+1)/(x-1), then the ratio of x to f(y) where y = f(x) is:

(A) x : y
(B) x^2 : y^2
(C) 1 : 1
(D) y : x
(E) x^2 : y


We can let x = 2; thus f(2) = (2 + 1)/(2 - 1) = 3/1 = 3.

Since y = f(2), y = 3.

Thus f(y) = f(3) = (3 + 1)/(3 - 1) = 4/2 = 2.

So, the ratio of x to f(y) is 2 : 2, or 1 : 1.

Answer: C
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