1. ## Cubic Function behaviour

I say the answer is d) . But the book says its b) ?
Who is wright?

2. ## Re: Cubic Function behaviour

would it be so hard to rotate the picture before you post it? Really....

3. ## Re: Cubic Function behaviour

It wouldn't be so terribly difficult to type the whole thing so people do not have to try to read photographs!

Which statement is true for any cubic polynomial function?
(a) As x goes to +/- infinity, y goes to infinity.
(b) As x goes to +/- infinity, the signs are opposite.
(c) As x goes to +/- infinity, y goes to -infinity.
(d) As x goes to +/- infinity, the signs are the same.
Did you give this much thought at all? A simple cubic function is $\displaystyle f(x)= x^3$. "10000" isn't "infinity" but is pretty large! What is f(10000)? What is f(-10000)?

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f(-10000) = -10000^3 , the answer is negative. So it is option d) ???

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why don't you go through each of those choices and say whether or not it's true and if not why not. That will let you truly understand that problem.

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When it says the signes are the same what does that mean?

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Originally Posted by sakonpure6
When it says the signes are the same what does that mean?
that's a good question. It's terrible terminology. What I assume it means is that

$\displaystyle (x>0) \longrightarrow (x^3>0)$ and $(x<0) \longrightarrow (x^3 < 0)$

8. ## Re: Cubic Function behaviour

I am really convinced its option d) because x -> infinity then y -> infinity and when x -> -infinity then so will y.

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Originally Posted by sakonpure6
I am really convinced its option d) because x -> infinity then y -> infinity and when x -> -infinity then so will y.
well that's good because (d) is indeed correct.

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thank you all!

11. ## Re: Cubic Function behaviour

Originally Posted by romsek
well that's good because (d) is indeed correct.
What? (d) is
(d) As x goes to +/- infinity, the signs are the same.
but sakonpure6 has already said that f(-10000) is negative while f(10000) is positive.

13. ## Re: Cubic Function behaviour

You said earlier you did not know what "the signs are the same" meant. f(1000) is positive. Its "sign" is "+". f(-1000) is negative. Its sign is "-". The signs are NOT "the same".

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I think the trouble is in the terrible wording of the multiple choices.

If one assumes that "the signs are the same" means what I said a few posts back then (d) is correct. If not, well you'll have to define what it means then.

so you don't have to scroll back..

$\displaystyle (x>0) \longrightarrow (x^3>0)$ and $(x<0) \longrightarrow (x^3 < 0)$