# Thread: Help me with some calculus questions.. i couldn't go through..

1. ## Help me with some calculus questions.. i couldn't go through..

Help me with some calculus questions which I couldn't go through...

a) Find the intervals on which function is increasing and decreasing ?
f(x) = x^3 - 3x^2

b) Find the intervals on which function is increasing and decreasing ?
f(x) = 1 / x^2

c) what are critical numbers for:
i) f(x) = x^3 - 3x^2 and
ii) f(x) = 3x^4 - 4x^3

d) For which interval the function f(x) = 8x^3 - 2x^4 is concave downwards?

e) Find the points of inflection for f(x) = x^4 - x^3 ...

2. Originally Posted by khai Help me with some calculus questions which I couldn't go through...

a) Find the intervals on which function is increasing and decreasing ?
function is increasing on $\displaystyle \frac{dy}{dx}>0$

function is decreasing on $\displaystyle \frac{dy}{dx}<0$

that any help?

3. Originally Posted by khai c) what are critical numbers for:
i) f(x) = x^3 - 3x^2 and
ii) f(x) = 3x^4 - 4x^3
Find the first derivative of your function, set the equal to zero and solve for x. Those are your critical points.

d) For which interval the function f(x) = 8x^3 - 2x^4 is concave downwards?

e) Find the points of inflection for f(x) = x^4 - x^3 ...
The function is concave down when $\displaystyle f''(x)<0$ for all values of $\displaystyle x$ on a given interval. When the function changes concavity you have your inflection points.

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