anonymous
  • anonymous
Suppose that x=2 is a critical point of f(x)=x^(3)e^(−kx). Find the value of k:
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schrodinger
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anonymous
  • anonymous
You could derive using the product rule (x^3)'(e^-kx)+(x^e)(e^-kx)', and set that equal to 0 and plug 2 in for every x to solve for k.
anonymous
  • anonymous
so the answer would be?? i really need the answer now :/
anonymous
  • anonymous
3x^2(e^-kx)+(x^3)(-ke^-kx) = 0 3*2^2*(e^-2k)+(2^3)(-ke^-2k) = 0 12e^-2k+-8ke^-2k = 0 e^-2k(12-8k) = 0 ln(e^-2k)+ln(12-8k) = 0 -2k+ln(12-8k) = 0 solve with a calculator? Someone please stop me if I'm doing it wrong. It's late.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
\[12e^{-2k} - 8ke^{-2k} =0 \rightarrow e^{-2k}(12 - 8k) = 0\]
anonymous
  • anonymous
either e^(-2k) = 0 or 12-8k = 0 => k = 12/8
anonymous
  • anonymous
other solution is k = 0, I suppose
anonymous
  • anonymous
Is there any other restrictions? f(2) gets a bigger value when k = 0. I don't know if that's relevant
anonymous
  • anonymous
no i think 12/8 was the answer . thank you :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
They both seem correct

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