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Question 08 (d)
Determine where ƒ is increasing and where it is decreasing.
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We determine where is increasing or decreasing by looking at the sign (positive or negative) of the first derivative.
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To determine where is increasing or decreasing, we look at the sign of the first derivative. The first derivative, calculated using the chain rule, is:
It has critical points at . The values -2 and 2 are not part of the domain, but x = 0 is. We first note that the denominator is always negative on the domain . Hence, the sign of the derivative is always the opposite sign of the numerator. For x < 0 we see that , while for x > 0 we see that .
is increasing on (-2,0)
and decreasing on (0,2)
Note. This also means that has a local maximum at .
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