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    if i am trying to Decide whether f(x)=x^2+2x+4 has a minimum or maximum, and find the value.

    would it be miniumum of -1 or maximum of -1 , i am getting stuck.

    thanks -ac-
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgebraicallyChallenged View Post
    Dear Forum
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    if i am trying to Decide whether f(x)=x^2+2x+4 has a minimum or maximum, and find the value.

    would it be miniumum of -1 or maximum of -1 , i am getting stuck.

    thanks -ac-
    Hi AlgebraicallyChallenged,

    ax^2+bx+c=0

    If a > 0, then you have a minimum value.

    If a < 0, then you have a maximum value.

    It can be shown that the x-coordinate of the vertex is -\frac{b}{2a}. Once you find that, find f \left(-\frac{b}{2a}\right)

    Your parabola opens upward and has a minimum value of -1. It does not have a maximum.
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