Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2013/Question 02 (c)
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Question 02 (c) 

Consider the function Its first and second derivatives are given by (c) On which intervals is increasing? On which intervals is decreasing? 
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Hint 

Remember we need to check the sign of the derivative on the intervals between the critical points found in part (a). 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We proceed as suggested by the hint. On the interval , we see that the derivative at the point is given by and so the function is increasing on this interval. On the interval , we see that the derivative at the point is given by and so the function is increasing on this interval. On the interval , we see that the derivative at the point is given by and so the function is decreasing on this interval. On the interval , we see that the derivative at the point is given by and so the function is decreasing on this interval. 