Problem : Find the range of the function $f(x) = \sqrt{\tan^{-1}x+1}+\sqrt{1-\tan^{-1}x}$

My approach :

Let $\tan^{-1}x =t $

$y = \sqrt{t+1}+\sqrt{1-t}$

Squaring both sides we get :

$y^2= t+1+1-t +2\sqrt{(t+1)(1-t)}$

$\Rightarrow y^2= 2+2\sqrt{(t+1)(1-t)}$

Now how to get the range of this function, please guide, will be of great help , thanks.

  • $\begingroup$ What domain of $x$ are you considering? $\endgroup$ – πr8 Dec 28 '16 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean $\arctan(x)$ $\endgroup$ – hamam_Abdallah Dec 28 '16 at 16:40

Note that $f(x)$ is even, so we may find extrema in either $x\geq 0$ or $x \leq 0$. Also, we can find the domain of the function to be $[\tan(1), \tan(1)]$.

Now, consider $f'(x)$ for x $\geq0$:


$f'(x)< 0$ for $x > 0$. Therefore f is decreasing for $x > 0$.
Extrema occurs at endpoints of the interval.

Therefore the range is $[\sqrt{2},2]$




We need $-1\le t\le1$ to keep $g(t)$ real

So, $1\ge\sqrt{1-t^2}\ge0$

Now as $\sqrt{\tan^{-1}x\pm1}\ge0,$

$\sqrt{g(t)_{\text{min}}}\le f(x)\le \sqrt{g(t)_{\text{max}}}$


Hint. Answer the following:

*Range of $\tan^{-1}(x)$ is ________________

*Range of a positive square root is ________________

*Finally, when the two square roots combined, what are the smallest and largest values you get ?


$$f(x)=\sqrt{1+\arctan x}+\sqrt{1-\arctan x}$$ Note:

  • $f$ is only defined when $\arctan x \in [-1,1]$, i.e. $x\in[-\tan 1,\tan 1]$
  • We can write $f(x)=g(h(x))$, where $g(x)=\sqrt{1+x}+\sqrt{1-x},h(x)=\arctan x$
  • The image of $[-\tan 1,\tan 1]$ under $h$ is $[-1,1]$
  • $g$ is an even function which decreases away from $0$, i.e. for $x\in[-1,1]$, we have $2=g(0)\ge g(x) \ge g(\pm1)=\sqrt{2}$.
  • So, the image of $[-1,1]$ under $g$ is $[\sqrt{2},2]$

Thus, the range of $f$ is $[\sqrt{2},2]$.

  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, it's wrong. Try finding $x$ such that $f(x)=1$ and you'll know. $\endgroup$ – egreg Dec 28 '16 at 16:57
  • $\begingroup$ ahh yes sorry, careless. amended with thanks! $\endgroup$ – πr8 Dec 28 '16 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ gahhh again careless, thank you $\endgroup$ – πr8 Dec 28 '16 at 17:40

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