Locating critical points a. Find the critical points of the following functions on the domain or on the given interval. b. Use a graphing unity In determine whether each critical point corresponds to a local minimum. local maximum. or neither. 2 f(x) = 3x -4x+2

STEP_BY_STEP SOLUTION Step-1 Let f be a continuous function defined on an open interval containing a number ācā.The number ācā is critical value ( or critical number ). If f (c) = 0 1 1 or f (c) is undefined. A critical point on that graph of f has the form (c,f(c)). Example ; Find all critical points of f(x) = x 8x . 2 Because f (x) is a polynomial function, its domain is all real numbers. 1 f (x) = 4x 16x f (x) = 0 =4x 16x 4x ( x - 4) = 0 4x(x+2)(x-2) = 0 , since a - b = (a+b)(a-b) X = 0 , x = -2 and x=2. 4 2 At x= -2 , then f(-2) = (2) 8(2) = 16 - 32 = -16. At x= 0 , then f(0) = (0) 8(0) = 0 - 0 = 0. 4 2 At x= 2 , then f(2) = (2) 8(2) = 16 - 32 = -16. Hence, the critical points of...