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Question 05 (a) 

Let . Find the critical point(s) of f(x). 
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Hint 1 

The critical points of a function f(x) are the points in its domain at which f ′(x) = 0. To compute these, you can use the quotient rule. 
Hint 2 

Compute the derivative of the function using the quotient rule:
Then, use that a function of the form is zero if and only if its numerator is zero and its denominator is nonzero. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Recall that the critical points of a function f(x) are the points in its domain where f ′(x) is zero. First, compute the derivative of the function using the quotient rule:
After expanding all the terms in the numerator and simplifying, the result is:
The critical points are the solutions to the equation f ′(x)=0. Note that the denominator of f'(x) is strictly bigger than 0 since , so (and 1 > 0). By hint 2, in this case, f'(x) = 0 is equivalent to . To solve this, note that the equation is satisfied when or . The first equation has solution ; the second has no solution because for all . Therefore, the only critical point is . 