Problem #2071


The graph of the function $f$ is shown below. How many solutions does the equation $f(f(x))=6$ have?

[asy] import graph; size(200); defaultpen(fontsize(10pt)+linewidth(.8pt)); dotfactor=4;  pair P1=(-7,-4), P2=(-2,6), P3=(0,0), P4=(1,6), P5=(5,-6); real[] xticks={-7,-6,-5,-4,-3,-2,-1,1,2,3,4,5,6}; real[] yticks={-6,-5,-4,-3,-2,-1,1,2,3,4,5,6};  draw(P1--P2--P3--P4--P5);  dot("(-7, -4)",P1); dot("(-2, 6)",P2,LeftSide); dot("(1, 6)",P4); dot("(5, -6)",P5);  xaxis("$x$",-7.5,7,Ticks(xticks),EndArrow(6)); yaxis("$y$",-6.5,7,Ticks(yticks),EndArrow(6)); [/asy]

$\text{(A) }2 \qquad \text{(B) }4 \qquad \text{(C) }5 \qquad \text{(D) }6 \qquad \text{(E) }7$

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  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
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