Calculus Examples

Find the first derivative of the function.
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By the Sum Rule, the derivative of with respect to is .
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 to get .
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 to get .
Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Add and to get .
Find the second derivative of the function.
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By the Sum Rule, the derivative of with respect to is .
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 to get .
Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Add and to get .
To find the local maximum and minimum values of the function, set the derivative equal to and solve.
Since does not contain the variable to solve for, move it to the right side of the equation by adding to both sides.
Divide each term by and simplify.
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Divide each term in by .
Reduce the expression by cancelling the common factors.
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Cancel the common factor.
Divide by to get .
Evaluate the second derivative at . If the second derivative is positive, then this is a local minimum. If it is negative, then this is a local maximum.
is a local minimum because the value of the second derivative is positive. This is referred to as the second derivative test.
is a local minimum
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