We're supposed to find:
~The intervals on which f is increasing and decreasing
~The local maximum of f
~The inflection point
~The interval on which f is concave up
~The interval on which f is concave down
For the first one, I know that we're supposed to use the critical points to "divide" the function into invervals, but I don't understand it in terms of this function.
Even if you graph it, anything x <= 0 doesn't work, and if you take the derivative to find the critical points:
f(x) = ln x
g'(x) = 4x^(-1/2) =
Which I think raises a similar problem, because F'(x) is 0 at x = 0 and undefined x <= 0 because of the ln. So what am I supposed to do? I'm hoping that the rest of the problem is doable once the first bullet is taken care of, but I don't know.