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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

what is set?
Kelvin Reply
a colony of bacteria is growing exponentially doubling in size every 100 minutes. how much minutes will it take for the colony of bacteria to triple in size
Divya Reply
I got 300 minutes. is it right?
Patience
no. should be about 150 minutes.
Jason
It should be 158.5 minutes.
Mr
ok, thanks
Patience
100•3=300 300=50•2^x 6=2^x x=log_2(6) =2.5849625 so, 300=50•2^2.5849625 and, so, the # of bacteria will double every (100•2.5849625) = 258.49625 minutes
Thomas
what is the importance knowing the graph of circular functions?
Arabella Reply
can get some help basic precalculus
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What do you need help with?
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how to convert general to standard form with not perfect trinomial
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can get some help inverse function
ismail
Rectangle coordinate
Asma Reply
how to find for x
Jhon Reply
it depends on the equation
Robert
yeah, it does. why do we attempt to gain all of them one side or the other?
Melissa
whats a domain
mike Reply
The domain of a function is the set of all input on which the function is defined. For example all real numbers are the Domain of any Polynomial function.
Spiro
Spiro; thanks for putting it out there like that, 😁
Melissa
foci (–7,–17) and (–7,17), the absolute value of the differenceof the distances of any point from the foci is 24.
Churlene Reply
difference between calculus and pre calculus?
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give me an example of a problem so that I can practice answering
Jenefa Reply
x³+y³+z³=42
Robert
dont forget the cube in each variable ;)
Robert
of she solves that, well ... then she has a lot of computational force under her command ....
Walter
what is a function?
CJ Reply
I want to learn about the law of exponent
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explain this
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what is functions?
Angel Reply
A mathematical relation such that every input has only one out.
Spiro
yes..it is a relationo of orders pairs of sets one or more input that leads to a exactly one output.
Mubita
Is a rule that assigns to each element X in a set A exactly one element, called F(x), in a set B.
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