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    Zeros of f''(x)

    Hullo.
    The function I was trying to draw was f(x) = \frac{5-x}{9-x^2}
    The first derivative is f'(x) = \frac{-x^2+10x-9}{(9-x^2)^2}
    When I come to determine Concave Up & Concave Down intervals...I calculate f''(x) which is f''(x) = \frac{-2(x^3-15x^2+27x-45)}{(9-x^2)^3}
    The problem now is that I can't find zeros of this equation, neither simplify anymore! I know there are rules to solve these but they take time I think! I had this function on test! There wasn't much time to calculate...!
    So if you know any shorter way...tell me, I'd appreciate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by javax View Post
    Hullo.
    The function I was trying to draw was f(x) = \frac{5-x}{9-x^2}
    The first derivative is f'(x) = \frac{-x^2+10x-9}{(9-x^2)^2}
    When I come to determine Concave Up & Concave Down intervals...I calculate f''(x) which is f''(x) = \frac{-2(x^3-15x^2+27x-45)}{(9-x^2)^3}
    The problem now is that I can't find zeros of this equation, neither simplify anymore! I know there are rules to solve these but they take time I think! I had this function on test! There wasn't much time to calculate...!
    So if you know any shorter way...tell me, I'd appreciate!
    There is one real zero and it's ugly. If you have a calculator you could have done a numerical approximation, but unless you know an advanced method the exact value would have been beyond you. (And also for some of us who do know the method as well. I've only done it correctly a handful of times. )

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    okay I see...!
    Did I find f''(x) right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by javax View Post
    okay I see...!
    Did I find f''(x) right?
    Yes. Good job.

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