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anonymous
 4 years ago
Identify the relative maximum value for the function shown below.
7/x^2 + 5
anonymous
 4 years ago
Identify the relative maximum value for the function shown below. 7/x^2 + 5

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richyw
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1please typeset the function properly

richyw
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Is this what you want (because this is what you typed) \[\frac{7}{x^2}+5\]

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0dw:1352146335340:dw

richyw
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1\[f(x)=\frac{7}{x^2+5}\]To maximize the function, take the derivative wrt x\[\frac{df}{dx}=\frac{d}{dx}\left(7(x^2+5)^{1}\right)\]\[\frac{df}{dx}=7\frac{d}{dx}(x^2+5)^{1}\]Use the chain rule...\[\frac{df}{dx}=7\left(1(x^2+5)^{2}\cdot \frac{d}{dx}(x^2+5)\right)\]\[\frac{df}{dx}=7\left(\frac{2x}{\sqrt{x^2+5}}\right)\]\[\frac{df}{dx}=\frac{14x}{\sqrt{x^2+5}}\]

richyw
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1where \(\frac{df}{dx}=0\) you have a critical point. So solve this for zero. It is easy to see that this occurs only where x=0. So that is your critical point. So find the value of \(f(x=0)\) Which is obviously \[f(0)=\frac{7}{5}\]Which is the maximum value of the function. Note that just because it is a critical point does not neccesarily mean that it is the maximum value, you must also check the behaviour at infinity (or the edges of a region if you are looking for the maximum value over a region). However in this problem it was given to you that there was a maximum, plus it is easy to see that \[\lim_{x\rightarrow \pm \infty} f(x)=0\] So you can be sure this is the maximum.
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