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    Differentiation Problem!!

    Question:
    Find the coordinates of the stationary points on the graph of the following functions, and find weather these points are maxima or minima.
    (a) 2x^3+3x^2-72x+5

    Attempt:
    f(x) = 2x^3+3x^2-72x+5
    f'(x) = 6x^2+6x-72
    f'(x) = 0

    6x^2+6x-72 = 0
    a=1, b=1, c=-72
    x = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}

    x = \frac{-1 \pm \sqrt{1^2-4\times1\times-72}}{2\times1}

    x = \frac{-1 \pm 17}{2}

    x = \frac{-1 + 17}{2} x=8

    x = \frac{-1 - 17}{2} x=-9

    f'(2) = 6x^2+6x-72
    f'(2) = 6(2)^2+6(2)-72
    f'(2) = -36

    f'(12) = 6x^2+6x-72
    f'(12) = 6(12)^2+6(12)-72
    f'(12) = 864

    x \leq 8 ; minima

    Where did I go wrong?
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    It would appear your error is in the use of the quadratic formula.

    Your quadratic is f'(x)=x^{2}+x-12=0
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    Question:
    Find the coordinates of the stationary points on the graph of the following functions, and find weather these points are maxima or minima.
    (a) 2x^3+3x^2-72x+5

    Attempt:
    f(x) = 2x^3+3x^2-72x+5
    f'(x) = 6x^2+6x-72
    f'(x) = 0

    6x^2+6x-72 = 0
    a=1, b=1, c=-12
    x = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}

    x = \frac{-1 \pm \sqrt{1^2-4\times1\times-12}}{2\times1}

    x = \frac{-1 \pm 7}{2}

    x = \frac{-1 + 7}{2} x=3

    x = \frac{-1 - 17}{2} x=-4

    f'(3) = 6x^2+6x-72
    f'(3) = 6(3)^2+6(3)-72
    f'(3) = 0

    f'(-4) = 6x^2+6x-72
    f'(-4) = 6(-4)^2+6(-4)-72
    f'(-4) = 0

    I don't know what to do next... answer in the text book is (-4,213) ,maximum; (3,-130) ,minimum
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    Factor your quadratic or use the formula.

    x^{2}+x-12=(x-3)(x+4)

    Now, plug thjose values back into f(x) to get the y values.

    You had it, but just used the wrong values on the formula.
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