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If you graph the function

$$ f(x) = \frac{1 - e^\frac{1}{x}}{1 + e^\frac{1}{x}} $$

you'll see that $ f $ appears to be an odd function. Prove it.

From the graph, it appears that $f$ is an odd function $(f \text { is undefined for } x=0$ )

To prove this, we must show that $f(-x)=-f(x)$

$\begin{aligned} f(-x) &=\frac{1-e^{1 /(-x)}}{1+e^{1 /(-x)}}=\frac{1-e^{(-1 / x)}}{1+e^{(-1 / x)}}=\frac{1-\frac{1}{e^{1 / x}}}{1+\frac{1}{e^{1 / x}}} \cdot \frac{e^{1 / x}}{e^{1 / x}}=\frac{e^{1 / x}-1}{e^{1 / x}+1} \\ &=-\frac{1-e^{1 / x}}{1+e^{1 / x}}=-f(x) \end{aligned}$

so $f$ is an odd function.

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