Calculus Examples

Find Where Increasing/Decreasing Using Derivatives
Find the derivative.
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Differentiate.
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By the Sum Rule, the derivative of with respect to is .
Differentiate using the Power Rule which states that is where .
Evaluate .
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Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Differentiate using the Power Rule which states that is where .
Multiply by .
Differentiate using the Constant Rule.
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Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Add and .
Set the derivative equal to .
Solve for .
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Subtract from both sides of the equation.
Divide each term by and simplify.
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Divide each term in by .
Cancel the common factor of .
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Cancel the common factor.
Divide by .
Divide by .
After finding the point that makes the derivative equal to or undefined, the interval to check where is increasing and where it is decreasing is .
Substitute a value from the interval into the derivative to determine if the function is increasing or decreasing.
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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Multiply by .
Add and .
The final answer is .
At the derivative is . Since this is negative, the function is decreasing on .
Decreasing on since
Decreasing on since
Substitute a value from the interval into the derivative to determine if the function is increasing or decreasing.
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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Multiply by .
Add and .
The final answer is .
At the derivative is . Since this is positive, the function is increasing on .
Increasing on since
Increasing on since
List the intervals on which the function is increasing and decreasing.
Increasing on:
Decreasing on:
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