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Inverse Variation

  • An inverse variation is a relation between two variables x and y in which their product is always equal to some nonzero constant k, called the constant of variation. We say that y varies inversely as x.

  • The graph of an inverse variation consists of two separate curves or branches. The graph is undefined for either x = 0 or y = 0. The graph gets very large in absolute value as x gets close to 0. As x gets very large in absolute value, the graph gets close to the x-axis.

  • In many problems, information is given about values of x and y that satisfy a particular inverse variation. Use these values to find the constant k. Then use k to find a missing value corresponding to another given value.

Inverse Variation

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Inverse Variation 0:23
    • Constant of Variation
  • Graphing Inverse Variation 1:08
    • Example: Hyperbola
  • Product Rule 3:54
  • Lecture Example 1 5:31
  • Lecture Example 2 7:43
  • Additional Example 3
  • Additional Example 4