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Question 02 (b)
Consider the function
Its first and second derivatives are given by
Find all such that or does not exist.
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Try setting the numerator and the denominator to 0. What does a value of 0 in the numerator correspond to? How about when the denominator is 0?
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To determine where f"(x)=0, we look at the numerator of f"(x) and note that f"(x)=0 when the numerator is zero, i.e.
Since x2+9=0 has no real solutions, the only value of x that satisfies the above equation is when x=0.
To determine where f"(x) does not exist, we set the denominator to 0, i.e.
So, f"(x) does not exist when .
Remark: Note that the denominator and numerator are never simultaneously 0. If they were, say at x=a, we would have to take the limit of f"(x) as to determine if f"(x) did not exist or was zero (or another finite number).
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