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Question 05 (b) 

Let . Find the interval(s) on which f(x) is increasing. 
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Hint 1 

A function f(x) is increasing whenever f ′(x) > 0. 
Hint 2 

A ratio is positive if f(x) and g(x) are both negative or both positive (this also means not 0). To figure out when this happens, you need to remember the following fact: the square of every nonzero number is positive. In other words, for all x in the intervals and . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. From part (a), we know that
Recall that a function f(x) is increasing whenever f '(x) > 0. This happens when the numerator and denominator of f '(x) are both positive or both negative. In the example at hand, the denominator is always positive. Similarly, the numerator is either zero, as in part (a), or positive. This is because for all x, and as long as . Therefore, f '(x) is the quotient of two positive numbers for all nonzero values of x. In other words, f is increasing on the intervals . 