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### Example Problems III

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- Intro
- Example I: Intervals, Local Maxes & Mins, Inflection Points, Intervals of Concavity, and Asymptotes
- Example II: Intervals, Local Maxes & Mins, Inflection Points, Intervals of Concavity, and Asymptotes
- Example III: Cubic Equation f(x) = Ax³ + Bx² + Cx + D
- Example IV: Intervals, Local Maxes & Mins, Inflection Points, Intervals of Concavity, and Asymptotes

- Intro 0:00
- Example I: Intervals, Local Maxes & Mins, Inflection Points, Intervals of Concavity, and Asymptotes 0:11
- Example II: Intervals, Local Maxes & Mins, Inflection Points, Intervals of Concavity, and Asymptotes 21:24
- Example III: Cubic Equation f(x) = Ax³ + Bx² + Cx + D 37:56
- Example IV: Intervals, Local Maxes & Mins, Inflection Points, Intervals of Concavity, and Asymptotes 46:19

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### Transcription: Example Problems III

*Hello, and welcome back to www.educator.com, and welcome back to AP Calculus.*0000

*Today, we are going to do some more example problems using derivatives to graph functions.*0004

*Let us jump right on in.*0010

*Our first examples says, for the function f(x) = x²/ x - 4²,*0013

*find the intervals of increase and decrease, local maxes and mins, intervals of concavity and inflection points, and asymptotes.*0018

*Use this information to graph the function.*0026

*In general problems, we will just say graph the function.*0028

*In these set of problems, we are laying out specifically what we want.*0031

*In general, all of these things are things that are going to do anyway.*0037

*You may do some of them, you may do most of them,*0041

*but we want to get you into the habit of actually doing a nice systematic procedure.*0044

*Let us see what we can find.*0049

*This is a rational function, notice this mentioned asymptote.*0051

*We may or may not be dealing with asymptotes, whenever we deal with rational functions.*0055

*Let us start off by doing the first derivative, it is always a great place to start.*0059

*The first derivative gives us a lot of information.*0063

*I think I’m going to work in blue today.*0065

*F’(x), we know this is going to be quotient rule.*0068

*We are going to have x - 4² × the derivative of the top which is going to be 2x - x² × the derivative of the bottom*0072

*which is going to be 2 × x – 4¹ × the derivative of what is inside, 1.*0085

*All of that is going to be / x – 4⁴.*0093

*I’m going to go ahead and pull out the x – 4.*0102

*The numerator, I’m going to write it as 2 x × x - 4 - 2x²/ x – 4⁴.*0106

*I end up getting, this cancels this, turning it into a 3.*0122

*When I multiply that, I get 2x² - 8x.*0128

*I get 2x² - 8x - 2x²/ x - 4³.*0132

*The 2x² cancel leaving me -8x/ x – 4³.*0144

*This is our first derivative, this is the one we set equal to 0, to find our critical points.*0152

*We set that equal to 0 and what we end up getting is -8x = 0.*0157

*Therefore, x is equal to 0.*0164

*0 is our critical point.*0167

*Recall that a critical point is not only where the first derivative equal 0,*0185

*it is also where the function might not be differentiable.*0197

*We have to watch out for those.*0203

*This procedure, the first derivative setting equal to 0, it is only going to give us those that are.*0205

*We still have to look at the function and see if there is some place where the graph is not going to be differentiable.*0210

*In this particular case, we look at the denominator.*0215

*The denominator was x – 4.*0218

*Clearly, we cannot have a denominator equal to 0.*0220

*Therefore, at the point 4, we are going to see some sort of asymptote.*0223

*The asymptote, it is not going to be differentiable there.*0227

*4 is also going to be a critical point.*0230

*A critical point that this first derivative procedure will not give us.*0234

*Something we have to elucidate by other means.*0238

*Let us write that out, recall that the critical point, that a critical point, is also where f’ fails to exist.*0241

*In other words, does not exist, fails to exist.*0254

*Here we have a vertical asymptote at x = 4.*0261

*x = 4 is also a critical point.*0278

*In other words, it is one of the points to the left of which and to the right of which,*0285

*we are going to have to check to see what the derivative is equal to, positive or negative.*0289

*In order to decide whether it is increasing or decreasing to the left or to the right of that.*0292

*We are dealing with f’ and we have our two critical points, we have 0 and we have 4.*0308

*We are going to be checking points in this interval, in this interval, in this interval, to check increasing and decreasing behavior of the function.*0316

*F’(x) we said is equal to -8x/ x – 4³.*0327

*We are going to take points in these intervals, put them in here to see whether we get something that is positive or negative.*0338

*Let us try -1, when I put -1 into this, I’m going to get something which is a positive number/ a negative number.*0343

*This is a negative number which means decreasing.*0352

*I know that to the left of 0 is actually decreasing.*0358

*Let us try 1, when I put 1, I’m going to get a negative number/ a negative number.*0363

*This is also a negative number.*0370

*Definitely, negative divided by a negative is positive, sorry about that.*0375

*Positive, we have an increasing.*0379

*It is going to be increasing between 0 and 4.*0382

*Let us go ahead and check a point to the right of 4.*0387

*I’m going to go ahead and try 5.*0390

*When I do 5, I get a negative number on top and I’m going to get a positive number which is negative.*0391

*It is going to be decreasing on that interval.*0398

*We said that 0 was a critical point that we got from the first derivative test.*0403

*We also have a decreasing to the left and an increasing to right of it.*0408

*That means that 0 is a local min.*0412

*All of this gives us.*0416

*There is a local min at x = 0, we have that information.*0419

*There is an asymptote, a vertical asymptote at x = 4.*0430

*Even though we have an increasing and a decreasing, this is not a local max.*0443

*At 4, the function is not differentiable and we see that we have a rational function.*0448

*This is clearly a vertical asymptote.*0452

*Basically what is happening is it is going that way and it is coming back down that way.*0454

*It is going to the same place and we knew that from pre-calculus because it was the original function had a squared term.*0460

*Whenever it is an even multiplicity on that, it is going to go to the same place.*0468

*When it is odd multiplicity, it is going to go to different places, the opposite ends.*0474

*Let us go ahead and see what f(0) is.*0481

*F(0) is equal to 0, the local min, the actual point is, the local min occurs at 0,0.*0485

*We have partial graph.*0501

*You are welcome to graph it as you go along, even if you do not have all the information.*0503

*We know that we have a local min at 0,0.*0508

*We know the graph looks something like this.*0510

*We also know that the value 4, you know we have a vertical asymptote.*0514

*We know we are looking at something like this and we know we are working at something like that.*0520

*That is what this first derivative tells me, really nice.*0524

*It gives me a lot of information.*0528

*Not done yet but it is a good place to start.*0530

*Before we take the second derivative to check points of concavity and inflection points,*0536

*let us see if there are any horizontal asymptotes here.*0542

*Before we take f”(x), let us see at that horizontal asymptotes.*0545

*F(x) that is equal to x²/ x - 4².*0573

*If I expand the bottom, I get x²/ x² - 8x + 16.*0583

*We caught an asymptote behavior means what happens when x really big, positive infinity.*0593

*x gets really small, negative infinity.*0599

*That is it, that is all that it is saying.*0602

*In this particular case, we notice from pre-calculus, if we remember, the degrees are the same.*0604

*When x gets really big, these other terms do not even matter.*0610

*What you end up with is x²/ x² which is just 1.*0615

*Let me write this down because I have got a polynomial written down here, we might as well be complete.*0624

*Recall that asymptotic behavior means what happens to f(x), when x goes to + or – infinity, it is really huge.*0630

*In this particular case, I’m going to run through the process, that is fine.*0662

*F(x), we said is equal to x²/ x² - 8x + 16.*0667

*I’m going to multiply the top and bottom by 1/ x².*0676

*In other words, I’m going to divide the bottom and the top by the highest degree that occurs.*0680

*I’m going to end up with 1/1 - 8/x + 16/ x².*0685

*As I take x to + or –infinity, this goes to 0, this term goes to 0, and what I’m left with is 1.*0698

*This is my horizontal asymptote.*0707

*You remember this from previous lessons, when we were talking about limits earlier in the course.*0711

*Horizontal asymptote at 1, at y = 1, horizontal asymptote.*0716

*Let us go ahead and draw out real quickly what is it we are looking at here.*0728

*We know that we have a 1, 2, 3, 4.*0733

*We have a vertical asymptote at 4.*0735

*We know at 1 we have a horizontal asymptote.*0739

*What is probably happening is this, we know that we have that.*0745

*We know that it comes probably like this.*0752

*And this one probably goes like that.*0755

*More than likely that is what is happening.*0759

*Again, the function is getting close to 1, when x gets big or when x gets big in a negative direction.*0760

*That is what is happening.*0772

*Let us go ahead and find f” and see what sort of information that gives us.*0777

*Let us find f”(x) and determine the points of inflection and the intervals of concavity.*0789

*We said that f’(x) was equal to -8x/ x – 4³.*0812

*Therefore, f”(x) is equal to x – 4³ × -8 - 8x × 3 × x - 4² × 1/ x – 4⁶.*0821

*I’m going to go ahead and factor out an x - 4².*0853

*I’m going to get -8 × x – 4.*0858

*When I take all of these out, I’m going to get +24x.*0867

*All of that is going to be over x – 4⁶.*0871

*I’m sorry, I know that this is a lengthy procedure.*0875

*I apologize for actually going through this process.*0881

*I just figured it might as well be as complete as possible.*0884

*This knocks out that, turning that into 4.*0889

*It leaves me with -8x + 32 + 24x/ x – 4⁴,*0893

*which gives me -8x + 24 is going to be 16x.*0908

*If my arithmetic is correct, + 32/ x – 4⁴.*0914

*This is what I’m going to set equal to 0 and this gives me 16x + 32 = 0, 16x = -32.*0921

*I get x = -2.*0934

*This is my inflection point.*0937

*We have already seen the graph of this thing.*0955

*We have already seen that it looks, this is our horizontal asymptote.*0956

*This is our vertical asymptote.*0963

*We know we are dealing with the function that looks like this.*0966

*Clearly, this point right here at -2 is the inflection point.*0973

*From the graph, we already know the intervals of concavity.*0977

*-infinity to -2, it is going to be concave down.*0980

*From -2 all the way to 4, it is going to be concave up.*0984

*From 4 onward, it is also going to be concave up.*0988

*We know these already, but let us go through the process analytically for the second derivative.*0992

*From the graph, we already know the intervals of concavity.*1002

*But, let us run through analytically.*1024

*We went ahead and we found that this point of inflection, one of the points of inflection is -2.*1044

*We also have to include the 4, it is an asymptote.*1050

*There is something going on to the left and right of that.*1053

*Even though, again, it does not show up, we have to include it.*1056

*It is a point that is not differentiable.*1059

*Something happens to the left of that point.*1061

*Something happens to the right of that point.*1063

*I have to check 3 regions.*1065

*I’m checking the second derivative.*1068

*The second derivative is equal to 16x + 32/ x – 4⁴.*1072

*Let us go ahead and find f”(-3).*1084

*When I put that in, I’m going to get a negative number/ a positive number.*1090

*This is negative which means this is concave down, which I already knew.*1095

*When I do f” of something between -2 and 4, let us say -1, I end up with a positive/ a positive number.*1104

*This means it is concave up, second derivative.*1117

*And then, when I checked f” of let us say 5, something over here to the right of 4,*1122

*I’m going to end up with a positive number/ a positive number.*1129

*This means concave up.*1133

*My intervals of concavity, concave down, like I said –infinity to -2.*1137

*Concave up from -2 to 4 union.*1144

*I do not just say -2 to infinity because the 4 separates those two.*1152

*I do have to break it up into regions, -4 to +infinity, that take care of that.*1155

*Let us go ahead and find, now I have got my graph.*1169

*I have got 1, 2, 3, 4.*1178

*I have my vertical asymptote, I have my horizontal asymptote.*1182

*I know my graph goes something like this.*1190

*I know it goes like this.*1196

*Let us find what that point is.*1199

*We said that the point of inflection, we said that x = -2.*1201

*When I take f(-2), I end up with 1/9.*1207

*This point right here is the point -2, 1/9.*1214

*The actual coordinates of that point.*1220

*When I put it all together, let graphing function actually take care of this.*1223

*This is what the function actually looks like.*1230

*You can see we have a vertical asymptote at 4.*1232

*We have a horizontal asymptote at 1.*1235

*We have our point of inflection from concave down to concave up, still concave up.*1239

*There you go, all of the information.*1244

*You are using what you already know, in addition to the tools that you are learning from calculus.*1252

*Notice, the first derivative did not give me a critical value of 4.*1258

*But I included it because there is a vertical asymptote there.*1262

*All of the bits of information that I have at my disposal, I want to be able to bring to there to be able to graph the function.*1267

*That is my goal to be able to graph the function and to find important points of reference for the graph.*1274

*Let us go ahead and try another one here.*1284

*For the function f(x) = ln, 2 - ln x, find the intervals of the normal stuff,*1286

*increase/decrease, maxes and mins, concavity, inflection points, asymptotes, graph the function.*1292

*Let us do the asymptotes first.*1298

*In this case, the first thing we are going to look at, first let us look at the domain.*1315

*We are looking at a logarithm function.*1321

*A logarithm function is going to have a restricted domain.*1323

*We want to see what that domain is first, and more than likely some thing is going to be happening at the endpoints of that particular interval.*1327

*Asymptotic behavior, domain, they are going to be mixed up here.*1335

*Let us take a look at the domain.*1342

*Let us look at the domain.*1353

*We have the function ln of 2 – ln x.*1358

*This part, the argument of the logarithm function, this has to be greater than 0.*1364

*Let us set it greater than 0.*1377

*We have 2 – ln x greater than 0, let us solve for x.*1379

*I have 2 greater than ln x.*1385

*I'm going to exponentiate both sides.*1389

*I get x is less than e².*1391

*Or if I like to write it this way, x is less than e².*1400

*The domain is from 0 to e² or 0 to about 7.4.*1408

*This is not 1, this is a comma, 0 to about 7.4.*1418

*Now we have our domain.*1423

*Now that we have the domain, let us ask ourselves what happens as x goes to 0 and as x gets close to 7.4.*1425

*We ask ourselves, now we work out the asymptotic behavior.*1437

*We ask ourselves, one, what happens to f(x) as x approaches 0 from the left.*1445

*Because there is nothing less than 0, we are approaching 0 from the right, from the positive side.*1462

*Two, what happens to f(x), as x approaches e² from the left.*1470

*Number 1, as x gets close to 0 from the right, the ln(x), it is going to go to –infinity.*1492

*Negative of the ln(x) is going to go to +infinity.*1509

*2 – ln(x) is going to go to +infinity so that makes 0 a vertical asymptote.*1516

*Remember, my function here, my f(x) is equal to, 2 – ln(x).*1546

*Ln(2) – ln(x) goes to +infinity.*1564

*This is ln(2) – ln(x).*1571

*I'm asking myself, what happens to the function as x gets close to 0.*1574

*As x gets close to 0, the ln(x) part, that goes to –infinity.*1577

*The –ln(x) is +infinity.*1583

*2 – ln x goes to +infinity.*1585

*As this goes to positive infinity, the ln goes to infinity.*1590

*The function actually goes towards infinity, as we get close to 0.*1593

*That makes 0 a vertical asymptote.*1597

*In other words, from your perspective 0 is here, e² is here.*1600

*As we get close here, the function is going to fly up vertically towards infinity.*1605

*I will draw that in just a minute.*1611

*We are just working out the analytics.*1612

*As x approaches e², ln(x) is going to approach 2.*1614

*2 - ln(x) is going to approach 0.*1632

*Ln of 2 - ln x is going to approach negative infinity.*1639

*e² is also a vertical asymptote, when the function goes down.*1649

*From your perspective, 0, e², as I get close to e², my function is going to go down to negative infinity.*1658

*What I have is this, I will just go ahead and put e² there.*1671

*That is a vertical asymptote.*1679

*I know that as I get close to 0, my function is going to fly up.*1681

*As I get close to this, my function is going to fly down.*1687

*It is going to cross somewhere there, we will deal with that later.*1694

*At least I have my end behavior of my graph.*1697

*Nothing happens over here, nothing happens over here, nothing happens over here.*1700

*Because again, this is our domain in the center.*1706

*Let us see what is next.*1712

*It crosses the x axis when f(x) is equal to 0, the root.*1716

*F(x) is ln of 2 – ln x is equal to 0.*1733

*I’m going to exponentiate both sides.*1739

*When I do that, I'm left with 2 – ln x e⁰ is equal to 1.*1742

*I’m going to move the ln x over to this side, bring the 1 over this side.*1751

*I end up with ln x is equal to 1.*1753

*I’m going to exponentiate both sides, I get x is equal to e.*1758

*It crosses the axis at x = e.*1764

*The graph crosses at x is equal to e.*1773

*Our graph is starting to come together nicely here.*1784

*This is x = e² which is 7.4.*1792

*E is somewhere around there.*1801

*I know the graph looks something like, this is e, 2.718.*1804

*The graph is going to look something like this.*1813

*Let us go ahead and see what we can do.*1817

*Clearly, there is no local max or min here.*1822

*We already know what the graph looks like, just from this basic analysis which did not involve any derivatives.*1824

*We already know that there is no local max, local min.*1830

*But there is a concavity and there is a point of inflection.*1835

*We can go ahead and find that.*1839

*Clearly, there is no, I should say local max, min.*1842

*Let us confirm this analytically.*1862

*Let us confirm this analytically.*1865

*It is exhausting writing all this out.*1882

*We have f(x) is equal to ln(2) - ln(x).*1885

*Our f’(x) is going to equal 1/ the argument which is 2 – ln x × the derivative of what is inside.*1893

*The derivative is going to be -1/ x.*1904

*That gives us -1/ x × 2 - ln(x).*1912

*We set that first derivative = 0.*1925

*This means -1 is equal to 0 because the only way this is equal to 0, is if the numerator is 0.*1929

*We get -1 is equal to 0, there is no solution.*1936

*This confirms the fact that there is no critical point.*1939

*There is no possibility of a maximum or a minimum, local max or min, high point or low point.*1942

*No solution, no local max or min.*1950

*We have f’(x), we said it is equal to -1/ x × 2 - ln(x).*1961

*Let us go ahead and find the second derivative.*1971

*F”(x) equals this × the derivative of that is 0 - that × the derivative of what is down below, which is going to be,*1976

*This is going to be product rule.*2007

*It is going to be this × the derivative of this, which is going to be -1/ x × the derivative of that*2009

*+ 2 - ln x × the derivative of that which is 1.*2028

*It is going to be all of that /2x – x ln x².*2038

*I’m going to let you work out.*2050

*I write this on this paper, as opposed to here, what we end up with is 2 - 1 - ln x/ 2x – x ln x².*2053

*We end up with f”(x) is equal to 1 - ln x/ 2x – x ln x².*2074

*We set that equal to 0.*2088

*We have 1 - ln x is equal to 0, we have 1 = ln x.*2090

*We exponentiate both side, we get x is equal to e.*2101

*Therefore, at x = e which happened to be also be the root, there is a point of inflection.*2107

*Now we have our final graph.*2130

*Let us go ahead and, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7.4, this is that.*2138

*1 to 2.718, this is there.*2148

*Our graph is going to look something like this.*2152

*We are going to be concave up from 0 to e.*2159

*We are going to be concave down from e to e².*2165

*I think that is it, we have everything that we need.*2175

*Final graph looks something like this.*2178

*There you go, 0, notice it is steep rise, this is our e.*2179

*It also happens to be our inflection point, in addition to being our root.*2187

*Over here 7.4 that is our vertical asymptote, that is a graph.*2191

*Make sure you examine the graph, examine the function.*2208

*Take a good look at the function before you just jump right on in and start taking derivatives.*2215

*Make sure you examine the function before you just jump in and start differentiating.*2220

*It is very tempting to want to just run through the process, and hopefully that algorithmic process will give you what you need.*2238

*It is not always true, it was true in simple math but this is reasonably sophisticated math.*2247

*We have to bring all of all our resources to bear.*2253

*Examine the function, check the domain, check the asymptotic behavior.*2257

*If you take the first derivative, is it going to give you all the critical points.*2262

*We have to places where the function is not differentiable.*2265

*There is a lot going on and that is the nature of more complex material, more complex functions.*2267

*Let us take a look at this one, find the cubic equation ax³ + bx² + cx + d,*2277

*that achieves a local max at -3, 4 and a local min at 4, -2.*2283

*They are telling me that, basically, I need to find a, I need to find b,*2291

*I need to find c, and I need to find d, that satisfies these conditions.*2297

*I already know what f(-3) is, it is 4.*2303

*I already know what f(4) is, it is -2.*2307

*I can plug that in here to get two equations.*2309

*F(-3) = 8 × -3³ + b × -3² + c × - 3 + d.*2315

*I know that equals 4.*2330

*When I solve this, I get -27a + 9b, I hope to God that I have done my arithmetic correct.*2335

*-3c + d, that is equal to 4, this is the first of my four equations.*2345

*I have 4 variables, I’m going to need 4 equations and 4 unknowns, it is that simple.*2352

*That is the only tool that we have at our disposal, at this point.*2357

*We have dealt with linear systems, four equations and four unknowns.*2363

*This is a linear system now because everything is to the first power.*2367

*This is our first equation.*2371

*I have a second equation, I know what f(4) is, it is equal to -2.*2374

*F(4) which = a × 4³ + b × 4² + c × 4 + d.*2378

*I know that = -2.*2392

*When I work this out, I get 64a + 16b + 4c + d = -2.*2394

*This is my second equation.*2405

*We also know something else.*2410

*It tells me that at these points, it achieves a local max and a local min which means the derivative of this, at these points, is equal to 0.*2411

*Local max/local min, the derivative there at those points is equal to 0.*2423

*I find the derivative f’(x) is equal to 3ax² + 2bx + c.*2428

*I know that f’ at -3 which is going to equal 3a × -3² + 2b × -3 + c, I know that it equal 0.*2441

*F’ at that point = 0 because it is a local max and f’ at this point is a local min.*2456

*Its derivative is also equal to 0.*2462

*I get 27 a - 6 b + c = 0, this is the third of my four equations.*2465

*I do the same thing for f’ at 4, that is going to equal 3a × 4² + 2b × 4 + c, I know that equal 0.*2478

*Here I get 48a + 8b + c, that is equal to 0.*2491

*I have my 4 equations and 4 unknowns.*2502

*This is my 1st, this is my 2nd, this is my 3rd, this is my 4th.*2505

*I’m going to solve this by putting it in matrix form and I’m going to convert that matrix to something called reduced row-echelon form.*2514

*Some of you have actually seen reduced row-echelon form.*2524

*Do you remember back in pre-calculus, when you guys were doing row reduction*2526

*and solving simultaneous systems, 3 equations, 4 equations, row reduction is what you guys did.*2531

*Reduced row reduction is taking it a step further and making it so all of the coefficients in that matrix end up just equaling 1 along the diagonal.*2538

*I will show you in just a minute.*2550

*I’m not going to run through the process, there is plenty of mathematical software available online.*2551

*Just do a Google search for reduced row-echelon calculator and a whole number of things will come up.*2557

*You basically plug these numbers in and it will give you the answers.*2563

*Here is what it actually looks like.*2568

*Solve by converting the augmented matrix of equations to reduced row-echelon form.*2570

*Our equations, we just put the coefficients in.*2604

*We end up with -27, 9, -3, 1, is equal to 4.*2606

*We have 64a, 16b, 4c, + d, = -2.*2614

*27a - 6b + c, 0, 0, there is no d.*2622

*And of course we have 48 and 8 and 1 and 0 and 0.*2632

*This matrix, the first column is the a.*2637

*The 2nd column is the variable b, 3rd column is the variable c, 4th column is the variable d.*2641

*When I subject this to reduced row-echelon form, a reduced row-echelon form of a matrix is unique.*2647

*Row-echelon form, Gaussian elimination is not a unique matrix.*2657

*You get the answer but is not unique.*2661

*Reduced row-echelon is always unique.*2663

*There is only one place it always ends up.*2665

*In this particular case, what you end up with is the following, when you have your computer do it.*2667

*1, 0, 0, 12/343, 0, 1, 0, 0, -18/343, 0, 0, 1, 0, -432/343, and 0, 0, 0, 1, 562/343.*2673

*There you go, a is equal to this, b is equal to this, c is equal to this, d is equal to this.*2699

*That is it, that simple, that is what beautiful about reduced row-echelon form.*2707

*This is a, this is b, this is c, and this is d.*2712

*We get f(x) is equal to 12/ 343 x³ - 18/ 343 x² – 432/ 343 x + 562/343.*2725

*Again, you can use whatever method you want to solve the system.*2756

*I think reduced row-echelon is just about fastest and best because it just gives you your answer, your final matrix.*2758

*You just read it off, it is the last column, a, b, c, and d.*2763

*Let us do one more function here.*2771

*For the function f(x) = 3x²/3 – x, find the intervals of increase/decrease, local maxes and mins, intervals of concavity, normal stuff.*2780

*Use it to graph the function.*2790

*The domain here is all real numbers so we can just start with f’(x).*2793

*You know what, I will stick with blue, sorry about that.*2805

*I will just use red if I absolutely need to.*2811

*We have f’(x) is equal to 2x⁻¹/3 - 1 is equal to 0, which gives us 2/ x¹/3 - 1 is equal to 0,*2815

*which gives 2/ x¹/3 = 1, which gives us x¹/3 is equal to 2.*2836

*Therefore, when I cube both sides, I get x is equal to 8.*2852

*I have 8, that is one of the critical points.*2869

*That is where the derivative is equal to 0.*2873

* Let us find other critical points, if they exist.*2876

*In this particular case, places where f’(x) does not exist.*2886

*We just have to be careful because when we see this function,*2898

*we are not dealing with some ordinary polynomial where you have integral powers.*2903

*This right here, leads me to believe that there might be places where it is not differentiable.*2908

*Notice that f is defined at 0.*2916

*Notice that f(x) is defined at 0, the domain is all real numbers including 0.*2919

*When I put 0 in here, I get f = 0.*2929

*It is defined at 0, in other words f(0) = 0.*2933

*But f’(0) which = 2 × 0⁻¹/3 - 1 which = 2/ 0¹/3 – 1, does not exist.*2940

*2/0 is undefined, so the derivative at 0 does not exist.*2967

*The value of the function does.*2974

*The graph passes through 0, hits 0, but it is not differentiable there.*2976

*F’ at 0 is undefined, in other words, f, the original function is not differentiable there.*2985

*0 is another critical point, not differentiable at x = 0, even though it is defined there.*3004

*It is defined but it is not differentiable which means that it is another critical point.*3014

*When we check our number line, we have to include 0 and 8.*3018

*Let us go ahead and do that.*3023

*0 and 8 are critical points.*3026

*0, 8, I’m going to check here, I’m going to check here, and I’m going to check there.*3039

*F’(x) is equal to 2/ x¹/3 – 1.*3046

*When I check a point to the left here, I’m going to go ahead and check -1.*3053

*When I check -1, I'm going to get 2/-1 -1 which is equal to -3.*3058

*It is going to be decreasing.*3072

*It is going to be decreasing there.*3073

*I’m going to go ahead and check 1.*3076

*When I check 1, I get 2/1 - 1 is equal to 1.*3080

*It is increasing here.*3084

*However, we just said it is actually not differentiable at 0.*3089

*Even though it is decreasing and increasing, this is not a local min.*3092

*It is actually it cusp but not differentiable at 0.*3096

*This is not a local min, what you have is a cusp here.*3116

*The function is decreasing to the left of 0.*3127

*It is increasing but it is not differentiable there.*3134

*The graph actually looks like this, there is a cusp there.*3137

*That is what the graph looks like there.*3142

*Let us go ahead and try, we have done these two, we still have try a region and number over there.*3149

*I’m going to pick a number that is actually convenient to work with.*3162

*I’m going to pick the number 27.*3166

*When I try the number 27 because the 3√27 is really easy to take,*3167

*it is going to give me 2/3 – 1, which is a negative number.*3173

*Therefore, it is actually decreasing there.*3181

*Increasing/decreasing, 8 was a normal critical point.*3185

*It is what we found by setting the derivative, first derivative equal to 0.*3189

*This is definitely a local max.*3193

*We have a local max at x = 8.*3199

*That is a pretty wacky looking 8.*3209

*We have got 8 there.*3213

*F(8) is equal to 4, the point 8, 4 is our local max.*3216

*The function is increasing from 0 to 8.*3231

*Our function is decreasing from negative infinity to 0 union 8 to +infinitive.*3240

*Let us go ahead and deal with some other aspects, the second derivative.*3253

*We said that f’(x) is equal to 2x⁻¹/3 – 1.*3257

*We want to take the second derivative.*3266

*F”(x) is equal to -2/3 x ^- 4/3 -1.*3268

*We are going to set that equal to 0.*3281

*We are going to get -2/ 3x⁴/3 - 1 is equal to 0.*3285

*We are going to get -2/3 x⁻⁴/3 = 1.*3295

*Rearranging, we are going to end up with -2 is equal to 3x⁴/3 - 2/3 = x⁴/3.*3304

*This is -2/3 = x¹/3⁴.*3321

*I separated this 4/3 that way, this is even.*3329

*Even, something when you have an even exponent, you are never going to get a negative number.*3335

*This is no solution.*3339

*No solution so there are no points of inflection.*3343

*Let us see what we have got here.*3358

*F” at x is equal to -2/ 3x⁴/3 – 1.*3362

*This is actually less than 0 for all x.*3375

*The graph is concave down everywhere.*3381

*F(x) is concave down everywhere.*3386

*Let us see, where else f(x) actually equal 0.*3400

*In other words, let us see if it actually hits the x axis, someplace else.*3403

*We know it hits the x axis at 0, that cusp.*3406

*Let us see if it actually hits someplace else.*3409

*Let us see where else f(x) = 0, beside x = 0.*3415

*F(x) = 3x²/3 - x is equal to 0.*3431

*I’m going to go ahead and factor out the x²/3.*3444

*I get x²/3 × 3 – x¹/3, that is equal to 0.*3447

*I'm going to get x²/3 = 0 that gives me x = 0.*3456

*I already know that one.*3461

*I'm going to get 3 - x¹/3 = 0, x¹/3 = 3.*3463

*Therefore, when I cube both sides, I get x = 27.*3471

*27 is the other root, it is the other place where it actually hits the x axis.*3477

*I have all of the information that I need.*3483

*My graph is concave down everywhere.*3489

*It hits at 0 and it hits at 27, there is a cusp here and there is a cusp here.*3493

*At 8, it hits a local max of 4.*3503

*When it comes back down, passes through 27 again, and goes down that way and goes up that way.*3508

*That is my graph.*3515

*Let us see what it looks like.*3517

*Yes, that is exactly right.*3519

*Here is my point where f is defined but it is not differentiable.*3521

*There is a cusp there.*3524

*Concave down, concave down, there is no concave up.*3525

*Here is my max at 8, 4, and here is where I’m at 27, 0, it is my other root.*3530

*There we go, thank you so much for joining us here at www.educator.com.*3537

*We will see you next time, bye.*3540

2 answers

Last reply by: Richard Kennesson

Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:21 AM

Post by Richard Kennesson on July 24, 2016

Hello Professor,

I think you may have made an error at 54:40 or maybe I didn't get what you did there.

f(x) = 2x^(-1/3) - 1

f'' is the derivative f' and you just dropped down the 1. I thought that the derivative of a constant is 0.

If I'm right you'd have

f''(x) = -2/3x^(-4/3) = 0

then I multiply by the the denominator 3x^(-4/3) and then get, -2 = 0

Either way, it all worked out in the end as there is no solution.

Have a great day.