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Question 27(b) 

Determine the intervals where is increasing and the intervals where is decreasing. 
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Hint 

Recall that a function is increasing (or decreasing) at every for which is positive (or negative). 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We analyze the sign of . Note that , where , and . A product of 3 numbers is positive if the numbers are either all positive or if two of them are negative. Since is negative for all , it follows that is positive if and only if precisely one of or is negative. is positive for all , so we only need to analyze the sign of , which is clearly positive for and negative for . Putting it all together, we find that is positive if and negative if , so is increasing on the interval and decreasing on the interval . 