Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2011/Question 01 (e)
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Question 01 (e) 

Find the xcoordinate of the absolute maximum of on its domain. 
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Hint 1 

Find the domain of . 
Hint 2 

An absolute maximum will occur either at the endpoints of the domain or as a local maximum inside the domain. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The absolute maximum of f may occur at the critical points (if it has any), or at the endpoints of its domain. We can solve this problem by finding the domain of f first, then by finding its critical points. Determine the Domain of ƒBecause of the square root, the domain of f is defined where is positive or zero. Therefore, The domain of the given function is Find the Critical Points of ƒThe critical points of ƒ are located where its derivative is zero. Let's find the derivative of ƒ:
Setting this to zero and solving for x yields the critical points: Therefore, there are two critical points at 1 and +1. Find Absolute Maximum on the DomainThe absolute maximum could occur at the two critical points, or at the endpoints of the domain. The absolute maximum occurs at x = +1. 