Find all the critical numbers of the function f(x) = x+ln(|cos(x)|) that lie in the interval [pi, 3pi].

Please help, thanks in advance.

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- Oct 30th 2012, 04:14 PMnubshatCritical numbers problem
Find all the critical numbers of the function f(x) = x+ln(|cos(x)|) that lie in the interval [pi, 3pi].

Please help, thanks in advance. - Oct 30th 2012, 04:32 PMSorobanRe: Critical numbers problem
Hello, nubshat!

Exactly where is your difficulty?

Quote:

Differentiate and equate to zero: .

We have: .

Hence: .

Answers: .

- Oct 30th 2012, 05:36 PMhollywoodRe: Critical numbers problem
Doesn't the derivative fail to exist at and , so that they are critical points, too?

- Hollywood - Oct 31st 2012, 04:35 AMnubshatRe: Critical numbers problem
would you also have to include the two end points at pi and 3pi?

- Oct 31st 2012, 07:56 AMhollywoodRe: Critical numbers problem
Yes, I think both end points, too. Critical points are only used for finding minima and maxima, so assuming you're finding the minimum or maximum over the range to , then you would need to include those points, too.

I suppose it could be that you're finding the minimum or maximum over a different range, and for some reason you're temporarily limiting yourself to finding critical points in the given range. That doesn't make much sense, though.

- Hollywood