Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2013/Question 01 (k)
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Question 01 (k) 

At which of the following is true for the function ? (A) is increasing. (B) is decreasing. (C) is discontinuous. (D) has a local minimum. (E) has a local maximum. 
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Hint 1 

In order to find maxima and minima (and intervals of increasing and decreasing), we need to start taking derivatives. 
Hint 2 

If the derivative exists everywhere  we can eliminate one of the incorrect answers above. 
Hint 3 

Lastly, if we have a maximum or minimum at , what value should the derivative be at this point? What value would the derivative be if the function is increasing or decreasing at (this relates to the sign of the derivative)? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We are given that . Taking the derivative yields . Since this exists everywhere, our function is differentiable hence continuous thus (C) is not the correct answer. Factoring gives
When we plug in , we see that the . As this is negative, we know that is decreasing at . Thus the correct answer is (B). 