Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2012/Question 02 (c)
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Question 02 (c) 

Consider the function Its first and second derivatives are given by Find the x coordinate of all local maxima, local minima, and inflection points. Be sure to indicate which is which. 
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Hint 

Remember that local extrema can only occur at the points in the domain where the derivative is zero or undefined and the function swaps from increasing to decreasing or vice versa. Inflection points are points in the domain where the second derivative is zero or undefined and the concavity changes. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. By part(a) and part(b) of this problem we see that the function changes from increasing to decreasing at , so there is a local maximum there, and the function changes from decreasing to increasing at , so there is a local minimum at x=3. The function changes concavity at , so there is an inflection point at x = 0.
