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Question 11 (c) 

The function is an example of a Gamma distribution, a function that may be used to describe certain probabilities.
(c) The derivative of is Identify all the intervals where is increasing, and all the intervals where is decreasing.

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Recall that a function is increasing if its derivative is positive, and decreasing if its derivative is negative. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. By the Hint, we need to look at the sign of . Since the fraction and the exponential function are positive, the sign of is the same as the sign of For , that is for , we have that . So . In other words, is increasing on the interval . Similarly, for we have and hence . So and is decreasing on the interval . Answer: is and . 