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Graph of a cubic function.

Estimate the intervals where the function is increasing or decreasing.

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Estimate the point(s) at which the graph of f has a local maximum or a local minimum.

local maximum: ( 3 ,   60 ) , local minimum: ( 3 ,   60 )

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For the following exercises, consider the graph in [link] .

Graph of a cubic function.

If the complete graph of the function is shown, estimate the intervals where the function is increasing or decreasing.

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If the complete graph of the function is shown, estimate the absolute maximum and absolute minimum.

absolute maximum at approximately ( 7 ,   150 ) , absolute minimum at approximately ( −7.5 ,   −220 )

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Numeric

[link] gives the annual sales (in millions of dollars) of a product from 1998 to 2006. What was the average rate of change of annual sales (a) between 2001 and 2002, and (b) between 2001 and 2004?

Year Sales (millions of dollars)
1998 201
1999 219
2000 233
2001 243
2002 249
2003 251
2004 249
2005 243
2006 233
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[link] gives the population of a town (in thousands) from 2000 to 2008. What was the average rate of change of population (a) between 2002 and 2004, and (b) between 2002 and 2006?

Year Population (thousands)
2000 87
2001 84
2002 83
2003 80
2004 77
2005 76
2006 78
2007 81
2008 85

a. –3000; b. –1250

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For the following exercises, find the average rate of change of each function on the interval specified.

f ( x ) = x 2 on [ 1 ,   5 ]

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h ( x ) = 5 2 x 2 on [ −2 , 4 ]

-4

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q ( x ) = x 3 on [ −4 , 2 ]

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g ( x ) = 3 x 3 1 on [ −3 , 3 ]

27

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y = 1 x on [ 1 ,  3 ]

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p ( t ) = ( t 2 4 ) ( t + 1 ) t 2 + 3 on [ −3 , 1 ]

–0.167

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k ( t ) = 6 t 2 + 4 t 3 on [ −1 , 3 ]

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Technology

For the following exercises, use a graphing utility to estimate the local extrema of each function and to estimate the intervals on which the function is increasing and decreasing.

f ( x ) = x 4 4 x 3 + 5

Local minimum at ( 3 , 22 ) , decreasing on ( ,   3 ) , increasing on ( 3 ,   )

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h ( x ) = x 5 + 5 x 4 + 10 x 3 + 10 x 2 1

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g ( t ) = t t + 3

Local minimum at ( 2 , 2 ) , decreasing on ( 3 , 2 ) , increasing on ( 2 ,   )

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m ( x ) = x 4 + 2 x 3 12 x 2 10 x + 4

Local maximum at ( 0.5 ,   6 ) , local minima at ( 3.25 , 47 ) and ( 2.1 , 32 ) , decreasing on ( , 3.25 ) and ( 0.5 ,   2.1 ) , increasing on ( 3.25 ,   0.5 ) and ( 2.1 ,   )

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n ( x ) = x 4 8 x 3 + 18 x 2 6 x + 2

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Extension

The graph of the function f is shown in [link] .

Graph of f(x) on a graphing calculator.

Based on the calculator screen shot, the point ( 1.333 ,   5.185 ) is which of the following?

  1. a relative (local) maximum of the function
  2. the vertex of the function
  3. the absolute maximum of the function
  4. a zero of the function

A

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Let f ( x ) = 1 x . Find a number c such that the average rate of change of the function f on the interval ( 1 , c ) is 1 4 .

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Let f ( x ) = 1 x . Find the number b such that the average rate of change of f on the interval ( 2 , b ) is 1 10 .

b = 5

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Real-world applications

At the start of a trip, the odometer on a car read 21,395. At the end of the trip, 13.5 hours later, the odometer read 22,125. Assume the scale on the odometer is in miles. What is the average speed the car traveled during this trip?

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A driver of a car stopped at a gas station to fill up his gas tank. He looked at his watch, and the time read exactly 3:40 p.m. At this time, he started pumping gas into the tank. At exactly 3:44, the tank was full and he noticed that he had pumped 10.7 gallons. What is the average rate of flow of the gasoline into the gas tank?

2.7 gallons per minute

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Near the surface of the moon, the distance that an object falls is a function of time. It is given by d ( t ) = 2.6667 t 2 , where t is in seconds and d ( t ) is in feet. If an object is dropped from a certain height, find the average velocity of the object from t = 1 to t = 2.

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The graph in [link] illustrates the decay of a radioactive substance over t days.

Graph of an exponential function.

Use the graph to estimate the average decay rate from t = 5 to t = 15.

approximately –0.6 milligrams per day

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Questions & Answers

how to understand calculus?
Jenica Reply
Hey I am new to precalculus, and wanted clarification please on what sine is as I am floored by the terms in this app? I don't mean to sound stupid but I have only completed up to college algebra.
rachel Reply
I don't know if you are looking for a deeper answer or not, but the sine of an angle in a right triangle is the length of the opposite side to the angle in question divided by the length of the hypotenuse of said triangle.
Marco
can you give me sir tips to quickly understand precalculus. Im new too in that topic. Thanks
Jenica
if you remember sine, cosine, and tangent from geometry, all the relationships are the same but they use x y and r instead (x is adjacent, y is opposite, and r is hypotenuse).
Natalie
the standard equation of the ellipse that has vertices (0,-4)&(0,4) and foci (0, -15)&(0,15) it's standard equation is x^2 + y^2/16 =1 tell my why is it only x^2? why is there no a^2?
Reena Reply
what is foci?
Reena Reply
This term is plural for a focus, it is used for conic sections. For more detail or other math questions. I recommend researching on "Khan academy" or watching "The Organic Chemistry Tutor" YouTube channel.
Chris
how to determine the vertex,focus,directrix and axis of symmetry of the parabola by equations
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i want to sure my answer of the exercise
meena Reply
what is the diameter of(x-2)²+(y-3)²=25
Den Reply
how to solve the Identity ?
Barcenas Reply
what type of identity
Jeffrey
Confunction Identity
Barcenas
how to solve the sums
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For each year t, the population of a forest of trees is represented by the function A(t) = 117(1.029)t. In a neighboring forest, the population of the same type of tree is represented by the function B(t) = 86(1.025)t.
Shakeena Reply
by how many trees did forest "A" have a greater number?
Shakeena
32.243
Kenard
how solve standard form of polar
Rhudy Reply
what is a complex number used for?
Drew Reply
It's just like any other number. The important thing to know is that they exist and can be used in computations like any number.
Steve
I would like to add that they are used in AC signal analysis for one thing
Scott
Good call Scott. Also radar signals I believe.
Steve
They are used in any profession where the phase of a waveform has to be accounted for in the calculations. Imagine two electrical signals in a wire that are out of phase by 90°. At some times they will interfere constructively, others destructively. Complex numbers simplify those equations
Tim
Is there any rule we can use to get the nth term ?
Anwar Reply
how do you get the (1.4427)^t in the carp problem?
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A hedge is contrusted to be in the shape of hyperbola near a fountain at the center of yard.the hedge will follow the asymptotes y=x and y=-x and closest distance near the distance to the centre fountain at 5 yards find the eqution of the hyperbola
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A doctor prescribes 125 milligrams of a therapeutic drug that decays by about 30% each hour. To the nearest hour, what is the half-life of the drug?
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