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Question 07 (d) 

Let . (d) Find the coordinates of all local maxima and minima of . 
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Hint 

If a local extremum of a function occurs at , either or does not exist. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Recall that the point is not in the domain of . (See the solution of part (c).) Since (in the solution of part (c)) is defined for any and it vanishes at , the only candidate of the points where local extrema occur is according to the Hint. From part (c), is increasing on and decreasing on , has its local minimum at . On the other hand, we don't have any local maximum of . In conclusion, the only local extremum of occurs at , which is a local minimum. Answer: There's no local maximum of , while the only local minimum occurs at . 