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Christos
f(x) = 3x^4 - 4x^3 f'(x) = 12x^3 - 12x^2 f''(x) = 36x^2 - 24x Can you please teach me how to find increasing decreasing concave up/down infection points?
First let us factorize the original function and find its roots
As you can see I already did that
the roots for all 3? or just the first and second derivative?
1. If f '(x) > 0 for all x on (a,b), then f is increasing on [a,b] 2. If f '(x) < 0 for all x on (a,b), then f is decreasing on [a,b] 3. If f '(x) = 0 for all x on (a,b), then f is constant on [a,b]
I am a bit confused :S hold on
But how can I determine that info you provided above that easily
You could graph the first derivative. Or you could set it equal to 0 and solve and then test each interval to see if the derivative is positive or negative within the interval.
uhm how about concave up/down - inflection points?
That takes us to the second derivative. If the second derivative is positive, the function is concave upward. Downward if negative. Inflection point if 0
Concavity Theorem: If the function f is twice differentiable at x=c, then the graph of f is concave upward at (cf(c)) if f(c)0 and concave downward if f(c)0.
arg I think I need more practice, ill try some of these now
Did you understand this? I had to go sorry
factoring helps a bit maybe? or no?
to find whether a function is increasing or decreasing, you need the first derivative. Graph the first derivative. For each x-value: If the first derivative is positive, the function is increasing at that x-value If the first derivative is negative, the function is decreasing at that x-value If the first derivative is zero, the function is neither increasing nor decreasing at that x-value. to find concavity and inflection points, you need the second derivative. Graph the second derivative. for each x-value: If the second derivative is positive, the function is concave up at that x-value If the second derivative is negative, the function is concave down at that x-value If the second derivative is zero (and not constant) the function has a point of inflection at that x-value