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Question 01 (a) 

Determine whether the following statement is true or false. If it is true, provide justification. If it is false, provide a counterexample. (a) If ƒ is a polynomial of degree greater than 1, then ƒ has a tangent line that crosses the xaxis. 
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Hint 

Assume that the implication of the statement is false. Is it possible that the assumption holds? In other words, what can you conclude if you assume that ƒ has no tangent line that crosses the xaxis? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. This statement is true. If ƒ has no tangent line that crosses the xaxis, then all tangent lines must have slope 0. Hence ƒ' = 0 at every point, and thus the polynomial ƒ is necessarily constant. This contradicts the assumption we started with. So the statement is true. 