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    questions about graph-derivitive

    Im working on my study guide..and I have no idea how to do these types of problems.Can anyone please just give me a hint on how I can approach these?
    I attached the graph.

    a few of the questions im having trouble with are:

    At which point is f'(x)> 0?
    a) A b) B c) C d) D e) None of these

    At which point is f'(x) =0 ?
    a) A b) B c) C d) D e) None of these

    At point F, is:
    a) concave up b) concave down c) neither, F is an inflection point d) None of these

    Im not sure how to even begin on these. Derivatives confuse me.Any feedback would be appreciated!
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    Re: questions about graph-derivitive

    Quote Originally Posted by salma View Post
    At which point is f'(x)> 0?
    a) A b) B c) C d) D e) None of these

    At which point is f'(x) =0 ?
    a) A b) B c) C d) D e) None of these

    At point F, is:
    a) concave up b) concave down c) neither, F is an inflection point d) None of these

    The derivative is all about slope of the tangent at a point.

    Draw a tangent at each of those points.
    If the slope is negative the derivative is negative.
    If the slope is positive the derivative is positive.
    If the slope is zero the derivative is zero.

    If the graph is above the tangent means concave down and visa verse.
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    Re: questions about graph-derivitive

    Ok I drew tangents on each of the points and got positive for point C,D,E, and H. Is this right or am i doing it wrong?
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    Re: questions about graph-derivitive

    Quote Originally Posted by salma View Post
    Ok I drew tangents on each of the points and got positive for point C,D,E, and H. Is this right or am i doing it wrong?
    No, not at all correct.

    Slopes positive at D,~G,~\&~H

    Slopes zero at C,~E,~\&~F
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    Re: questions about graph-derivitive

    How does knowing the positive/negative slopes help with finiding where f '(x)>0? Does that mean where its postive, so the answer should be choice E right?
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    Re: questions about graph-derivitive

    No, "f'(x)< 0" does NOT mean "it's positive"!
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