Problem #2164


The function $f$ has the property that for each real number $x$ in its domain, $1/x$ is also in its domain and


What is the largest set of real numbers that can be in the domain of $f$?

$\mathrm{(A) \ } \{x|x\ne 0\}\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \{x|x<0\}\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \{x|x>0\}\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } \{x|x\ne -1\;$ $\mathrm{and}\; x\ne 0\;\mathrm{and}\; x\ne 1\}\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ }  \{-1,1\}$

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Instructions for entering answers:

  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
  • If the problem is multiple choice, enter the appropriate (capital) letter.
  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

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