Let me say first that I know this probably sounds like a weird question(Wink)
If I want to find the absolute Max or Min of a function on the interval -infinity to infinity, is there a generic process I could use that applies to all equations (possibly using calculus) or is it special to each type of function?
Aug 20th 2010, 08:57 PM
For just about any function, the global maximum or minimum will either be where the derivative or gradient vector is 0, or at an end point.
Aug 20th 2010, 09:05 PM
Is there a way to test to see if a function increases without bound forever, as opposed to for example increasing until a very high value and then flatlining?
Aug 20th 2010, 09:12 PM
Yes, you can analyse the derivative.
Aug 20th 2010, 09:18 PM
OK, thank you! Im a little fuzzy on calc, so I wasn't sure.