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Question 09 (d) 

Let . Find all critical points of , if they exist. 
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Hint 

Recall that the critical points of are those xvalues where the derivative is zero or undefined. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We start by calculating the derivative of , using the quotient rule: . The critical points of the function are the xvalues where the derivative is either undefined or equal to zero. The derivative here is undefined when the denominator is equal to zero. Setting the denominator equal to zero...
...and solving for x, we get that is undefined when .
As it turns out, there are no xvalues that will satisfy this equation. Thus our only critical point is at . 