# help? derivatives?

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asked May 6, 2015 in CALCULUS

## 1 Answer

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Step 1:

The function is .

Differentiate on each side with respect to .

Find the critical points.

Since is a polynomial it is continuous at all the points.

Thus, the critical points exist when .

Equate  to zero.

, and .

The critical points are , and .

The test intervals are , , and .

The function is increasing on the intervals and .

The function is decreasing on the intervals and .

answered May 6, 2015

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Step 2:

.

Differentiate on each side with respect to .

Find the inflection points.

Equate to zero.

The inflection points are at .

The test intervals are , and .

The graph is concave up on the interval and .

The graph is concave down on the interval .

Step 3:

Graph the function :

Solution:

The function is increasing on the intervals  and .

The function is decreasing on the intervals and .

The graph is concave up on the interval and .

The graph is concave down on the interval .