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    absolute maximum /minimum of the function..

    The absolute maximum value of the function


    is equal to :

    a)None of these mentioned
    b)2
    c)4
    d)0
    e)-4



    I know that the steps to find absolute minimum or maximus is:

    1- find the critical number of f in {a,b}
    2-Evaluate f at each critical number in [a,b]
    3-Evaluate f at each endpoint of [a,b]
    4-The smallest of these values is the minimum and the largest of these values is the maximum.


    How can I find the absolute value in the question and the interval is not given ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by change_for_better View Post
    The absolute maximum value of the function


    is equal to :

    a)None of these mentioned
    b)2
    c)4
    d)0
    e)-4



    I know that the steps to find absolute minimum or maximus is:

    1- find the critical number of f in {a,b}
    2-Evaluate f at each critical number in [a,b]
    3-Evaluate f at each endpoint of [a,b]
    4-The smallest of these values is the minimum and the largest of these values is the maximum.


    How can I find the absolute value in the question and the interval is not given ??
    f(x) = 4 - \sqrt{x}

    domain of f(x) is x \geq 0

    remember the parent graph y = \sqrt{x} ? you should be able to graph this function using the applicable transformations you learned in precalculus and "see" that the absolute max occurs at the left endpoint, namely f(0) = 4.

    the calculus confirms this ...

    f'(x) = -\frac{1}{2\sqrt{x}}

    f'(x) < 0 for all x in the domain of f(x) except at x = 0, where f'(x) is undefined ... f(x) is decreasing throughout its domain, therefore the absolute max is at the left endpoint of the domain.
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