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2-27.

If the inverse of $f(x)$ is a continuous function, why must $f(x)$ be either strictly increasing or decreasing? Sketch an example to support your reasoning.

Strictly increasing means, as $x$ increases, $y$-values are always going up.
Strictly decreasing means, as $x$ increases, $y$-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 $f(x)$ and its inverse must both be continuous AND both be functions.