Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2012/Question 06 (f)
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Question 06 (f) 

FullSolution Problems. In questions 511, justify your answers and show all your work. If a box is provided, write your final answer there. Unless otherwise indicated, simplification of numerical answers is required in these questions. 6. Let . Note that the domain of ƒ is the set of all nonzero real numbers; for example, . (f) Sketch the graph of , exhibiting all features in parts (a)  (e) and showing the ycoordinates of any points you found in part (b) (you do not need to include the ycoordinates of inflection points). Also, indicate the coordinates of all xintercepts. 
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Hint 

Start by finding the xintercept(s). Then drawing the asymptote, intercepts and minimum should be a good start to drawing the entire graph. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Before assembling the graph, we will calculate the xintercepts, found by setting the original function equal to zero and solving for x.
Factoring out gives:
So there is an xintercept at To draw the graph, we will start by plotting the vertical asymptote at x = 0 and various points: the xintercept at , the minimum at and the inflection point at . Because the question asks for the ycoordinate of the minimum (from part b), we plug x = 1 into f(x) to get:
So our minimum will be the point . All this gives a picture that looks like this: Using information from part a) about the intervals of increase and decrease, we know the graph should roughly look like this: Finally, using part c), we know the function is concave up for and concave down otherwise, which leads us to the final graph: 