determine the value of a for which the function f has no critical number:

f(x)= (a^{2}+a-6)cos2x+(a-2)x+cos1

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- November 6th 2012, 11:09 AMpnfullercritical number?
determine the value of a for which the function f has no critical number:

f(x)= (a^{2}+a-6)cos2x+(a-2)x+cos1 - November 6th 2012, 12:29 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
What do you find when you equate the derivative to zero? Is the last term actually cos(1)?

- November 6th 2012, 12:48 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
yes the last term is actually cos(1) and how do you take the derivative and set it equal to zero? is a just a constant?

- November 6th 2012, 12:51 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
Yes, you would treat as a constant.

- November 6th 2012, 01:09 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
i got the derivative being

-2a^2sin2x-2asin2x+12sin2x+a-2 and then i dont know how to take the derivative of cos1 and i dont know how to set this derivative equal to 0 with the constants in it? - November 6th 2012, 01:18 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
cos(1) is a constant, so its derivative is zero. I would write the derivative as:

What condition on causes the second factor to have no root? - November 6th 2012, 01:21 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
- November 6th 2012, 01:24 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
I accidentally hit Post Quick Reply rather than Go Advanced...I have edited my post.

- November 6th 2012, 01:36 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
i dont know what you mean about the root and i still dont understand how to set it equal to zero and solve for whatever like that?

- November 6th 2012, 02:04 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
A root is a value that causes an expression to be zero. Anyway, consider:

Now, equate the second factor to zero, solve for and substitute into the above inequality. This will tell the the values of for which there are critical numbers. - November 6th 2012, 04:05 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
so i got a=2 and then the second part (a+3)sin(2x)=1/2 and i dont know how to simplify it any further

- November 6th 2012, 04:18 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
When

*a=2*, your function is constant, so there will be no critical values.

As for the second part, solve for sin(2x), then as an alternate to what I suggested before, set the magnitude of this to greater than 1. You will have 2 cases to consider:

i)

ii) - November 6th 2012, 04:22 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
i dont understand

- November 6th 2012, 04:30 PMMarkFLRe: critical number?
We found:

We therefore know that if then there is no solution, that is, there is no real value of which will give us a critical value. - November 6th 2012, 04:39 PMpnfullerRe: critical number?
well how do you solve for a?