Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2010/Question 04 (e)
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Question 04 (e)
Full-Solution Problems. In questions 2-8, justify your answers and show all your work. If a box is provided, write your final answer there. Simplification of answers is not required unless explicitly requested.
NOTE: Another notation for tan-1(x) is arctan(x)
Sketch the curve y = ƒ(x), showing all the features given in items (a) to (d) above and giving the (x, y) coordinates for all points occurring above (if any).
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Parts a) - d) have each told you something about how the function should appear when you sketch it:
Does the function have a discontinuity? (see part a)
Does the function has have any vertical asymptotes or approach any points/lines as x gets large? (see part b)
Does the function have any maxima/minima? (see part c)
What is the concavity of the function? (see part d)
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From parts a) - d), we found that
 f is continous everywhere
 There is a horizontal asymptote of for .
 There is a local max at (0,2) and a local min at (1,1)
 There are no inflection points at f is concave down everywhere except at x = 0, x = 1.
From this information we can obtain an image that looks similar to this: