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Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Followup to a derivatives question earlier: I'm told to find all critical points and specify which extrema are maxima or minima. I'm having trouble just chunking through the numbers. (Problem below).
Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Followup to a derivatives question earlier: I'm told to find all critical points and specify which extrema are maxima or minima. I'm having trouble just chunking through the numbers. (Problem below).

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stamp
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0i am not a doctor but i will see what i can help you

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0\[y = x ^{2/3}(x+2)\]\[y \prime = \frac{ 5x+4 }{ 3\sqrt[3]{x} }\]All critical points should occur at an endpoint or at y' = 0 or y' being undefined by the definition of a critical point. The answers that satisfy the definition are \[x = 0, x = \frac{ 4 }{ 5 }.\]Plugging the x values back into y itself, I am supposed to get\[y = 0, y =\frac{ 12 }{ 25 }10^{1/3}\]I have no idea how that second one is gotten. First one, makes sense, everything is cancelled out by being multiplied by zero. Second one, you have \[(\frac{ 4 }{ 5 })^{2/3}(\frac{ 4 }{ 5 }+2)\]How the hell are they ending up with that neat, fractional answer with that last bit?

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0(Oh, and pardon me, i'm just horrible at algebra. Always have, will be marginally better with time. Eventually. Maybe.)

stamp
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0y'(0) does not exist 5x + 4 = 0 when x = 4/5 so y'(4/5) = 0 y'(4/5) is your critical point

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0y'(0) is still a critical point. It's undefined, but it doesn't not exist. And by the definition of a critical point [y'(0) is undefined, an end point within a defined interval or at a point where y' = 0], it is a critical point. My book lists it as an answer word for word, and my book is definitely right.

stamp
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Well if x = 0 and x = 4/5 are you critical points, find f(0) and f(4/5)

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I found them above. I'm just having trouble numerically working out the second one.

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0What's amiss? I'm just bad with fractions being raised to fractional exponents less than one, especially when the base is also less than one, lol. I just don't understand how they're getting a clean, fractional answer from it. Whenever I take the cube root of those fractions I just get an irrational slew of numbers, not a cleancut, dandy little fraction.

phi
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1\[ (\frac{ 4 }{ 5 })^{2/3}(\frac{ 4 }{ 5 }+2) \] \[ (\frac{ 4^2 }{ 5^2 })^{1/3}(\frac{ 6 }{ 5 }) \] \[ (\frac{ 2\cdot 2^3 }{ 5^2 })^{1/3}(\frac{ 6 }{ 5 }) \] \[ (\frac{ 5\cdot 2\cdot 2^3 }{ 5 \cdot 5^2 })^{1/3}(\frac{ 6 }{ 5 }) \] \[ (\frac{ 10\cdot 2^3 }{ 5^3 })^{1/3}(\frac{ 6 }{ 5 }) \] \[ 10^{1/3}(\frac{ 2 }{ 5 })(\frac{ 6 }{ 5 }) \] \[ 10^{1/3}\frac{ 12 }{ 25 }\]

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0@phi , Line 4, did you just multiply the left portion by 5/5?

phi
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1yes, because it would be nice to have 5^3 in the bottom, so we can take its cube root.

Schrodinger
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Makes sense, just making sure. Thanks so much, dude, this helps a lot.
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