Got Homework?
Connect with other students for help. It's a free community.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
Hi my textbook uses the second derivative method to find inflection points. Now since inflection points are when the concavity changes direction, and if the graph of f is concave upward if f' is increasing on that interval and vice versa, isn't it possible to just use the first derivative to find points of inflection?
 one year ago
 one year ago
Hi my textbook uses the second derivative method to find inflection points. Now since inflection points are when the concavity changes direction, and if the graph of f is concave upward if f' is increasing on that interval and vice versa, isn't it possible to just use the first derivative to find points of inflection?
 one year ago
 one year ago

This Question is Closed

inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
No  how so would you use the first derivative?
 one year ago

SujayBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
You would test if each interval was concave up or down using the 1st derivative
 one year ago

inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
But how? say I have function y=x^35x^2+x10 How would you test for concave up and concave down?
 one year ago

SujayBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Find crit values by making the derivative = 0, and then test each interval between that applies. If the derivative is increasing, then the original function is concave up, and if the derivative is decreasing, then it must be concave down. Whenever it changes from concave up to concave down or vice versa, it must be an inflection point.
 one year ago

inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
if the derivative is increasing? that means the second derivative is positive. You see, if the derivative is increasing, that means you are thinking about the second derivative @Sujay
 one year ago

inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
and why don't we just take a derivative from two points and see if there is a decrease or increase in those two points? well the reason is because there's no way to tell what happens in between...
 one year ago

inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
@Sujay , do you follow?
 one year ago

SujayBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Alright thanks, I believe I see what you guys are saying now.
 one year ago
See more questions >>>
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.