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2-27.

If the inverse of is a continuous function, why must

*be either strictly increasing or decreasing? Sketch an example to support your reasoning.*

Strictly increasing means, as increases,

*-values are always going up.*

Strictly decreasing means, as

*increases,*

*-values are always going down.*

If a function is NOT strictly increasing or decreasing, then either

I. it oscillates between increasing and decreasing

II. it is horizontal always or sometimes

As you sketch, try to find a counter-example to this statement. In other words, try to sketch a function with a continuous inverse function that is NOT strictly increasing or strictly decreasing.

Note that and its inverse must both be continuous AND both be functions.