I have to find all the information (intercepts, asymptotes, increasing/decreasing, concavity, min/max) on the function f(x) = 2x/(x^2+1)
From this I can tell that the x and y intercepts are both 0, the horizontal asymptote is 0, and there is no vertical asymptote. However, there is a slope asymptote since the highest power of x is different in the numerator than in the denominator. I'm not sure how to find this though.
Then I move on to the derivative (found from the quotient rule) f'(x) = [-2(x+1)(x-1)]/[(x^2+1)(x^2+1)]
From this I can tell that the critical points are +1 and -1 and there is no vertical tangent line. I can also see that the function is falling when x<-1, rising when -1<x<1, and falling when 1<x This means that there is a minimum at x=-1 and a maximum at x=1
Then I move on to the second derivative, which I'm having trouble finding. I think if I could get help finding it (probably through the quotient rule) then I would be able to identify the critical points and find the concavity on the different intervals in the graph.