# Prove that $\mathrm{arcsinh}(x)$ is an odd function

The inverse hyperbolic sine $$\sin^{-1}(x) = \mathrm{arcsinh}(x)$$ is an odd function. This can be proved by manipulating the expression $$\mathrm{arcsinh}(-x) = y$$ as shown here.

But how to prove it through this definition instead?

$$\mathrm{arcsinh}(x) = \log \left( x + \sqrt{x^2 + 1} \right)$$

My attempt:

I applied this rule, so obtaining

$$\mathrm{arcsinh}(-x) = \log \left( \sqrt{x^2 + 1} \right) + \log \left( 1 - \frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2 + 1}} \right)$$

This does not seem the expression of $$\mathrm{arcsinh}(x)$$ with opposite sign. How to proceed?

• $(x+\sqrt{x^2+1})(-x+\sqrt{x^2+1})=1$ – Lord Shark the Unknown Nov 24 '18 at 14:37
• The rule pulls you away from the solution, don't use it. – Yves Daoust Nov 24 '18 at 14:39

$$\text{arsinh}(x)+\text{arsinh}(-x)=\log(\sqrt{x^2+1}+x)+\log(\sqrt{x^2+1}-x)=\log(x^2+1-x^2).$$