Hello,

to find an extremum (maximum or minimum) you have to examine the borders of the interval and the drivative of the function.

Let x be the number you are looking for.

Then you get the difference by:

. If d'(x) = 0 then x = 1/2 and the difference is d(1/2) = 1/4. By the 2nd drivative (it is negative) you know that this must be the maxium.

Now examine the borders of the given interval:

d(1) = 0

d(-1) = -2

-2 is smaller than 1/4 so this must be the minimum.

EB