Unit 5: Analytical Applications of Differentiation

The MVT links the average rate of change and the instantaneous rate of change

There must be some point in the interval where the slope of the tangent line equals the slope of the secant line (that connects the endpoints)

**Rolle’s Theorem**is a special case of the MVT

It means that a continuous, differentiable curve has a horizontal tangent between any two points

The Extreme Value Theorem states that if a function is continuous on a closed interval, then it must have both a maximum and a minimum value on that interval.

The maximum and minimum are called

**extrema**and there are two types of each:Absolute (global) → No other value is higher/lower than an absolute

Local (relative) → The highest/lowest in the nearby area

Any place an extrema could exist are called

**critical points**

Using the first derivative we can identify when the original function is increasing or decreasing

For all the values that f’(x) > 0, the function is increasing

For all the values that f’(x) < 0, the function is decreasing

Take the derivative of the function

Set it equal to

**zero**to find your**critical numbers**Plug in a number above the critical point and below the critical point to find the sign of f’(x)

In this example we can see that if we plug in a number higher than 1 (such as 2) we get a negative number → f(x) is decreasing

If we plug in a number less than than 1 (such as zero) we get a positive number → f(x) is increasing

Let’s say that we are given the function f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 + 9x + 2, and we need to find where the function is increasing or decreasing.

To solve this problem, we need to take the derivative of the function f(x) and set it equal to zero to find the critical points.

f'(x) = 3x^2 - 12x + 9

Setting f'(x) equal to zero, we get:

3x^2 - 12x + 9 = 0

Solving for x, we get:

**x = 1 or x = 3**Now, we need to determine whether the function is increasing or decreasing on each interval between the critical points. We can do this by plugging in test values into f'(x) and seeing if the result is positive or negative.

When x < 1, f'(x) is negative, so the function is

**decreasing**.When 1 < x < 3, f'(x) is positive, so the function is

**increasing**.When x > 3, f'(x) is negative, so the function is

**decreasing**.Therefore, the function f(x) is increasing on the interval (1, 3) and decreasing on the intervals (-∞, 1) and (3, ∞).

The first derivative also tells us relative maxima and minima of a function

When the first derivative shifts from

**positive**to**negative**there will be a**relative maximum**When the first derivative shifts from

**negative**to**positive**there will be a**relative maximum**For example, our function above has a relative maximum at x=1 because our derivative changes from positive to negative

To find the absolute (global) extrema you have to consider the

**endpoints**and**critical numbers**Make a table of these values

Then plug back into your

**ORIGINAL FUNCTION**

The first derivative tells us if the function is increasing or decreasing

The second derivative tells us if this is happening at an increasing or decreasing

**rate**

This is given to us by something called

**concavity**For all the values that f”(x) > 0, the function is

**concave up**For all the values that f”(x) < 0, the function is

**concave down**

Take the second derivative of the function

Set it equal to

**zero**to find your**points of inflection**Points of inflection are where the second derivative changes sign

Plug in a number above the critical point and below the critical point to find the sign of f”(x)

Suppose we have a function f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 + 9x + 2. Find the intervals where the function is concave up or concave down using the second derivative test.

To find the intervals where the function is concave up or down, we need to take the second derivative of f(x).

f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 + 9x + 2

f'(x) = 3x^2 - 12x + 9

f''(x) = 6x - 12

To find the critical points, we set f''(x) = 0:

6x - 12 = 0

**x = 2**Now we can use the second derivative test to determine the intervals of concavity:

When x < 2, f''(x) < 0, so the function is concave down.

When x > 2, f''(x) > 0, so the function is concave up.

Therefore, the function is concave down on the interval (-∞, 2) and concave up on the interval (2, ∞).

The MVT links the average rate of change and the instantaneous rate of change

There must be some point in the interval where the slope of the tangent line equals the slope of the secant line (that connects the endpoints)

**Rolle’s Theorem**is a special case of the MVT

It means that a continuous, differentiable curve has a horizontal tangent between any two points

The Extreme Value Theorem states that if a function is continuous on a closed interval, then it must have both a maximum and a minimum value on that interval.

The maximum and minimum are called

**extrema**and there are two types of each:Absolute (global) → No other value is higher/lower than an absolute

Local (relative) → The highest/lowest in the nearby area

Any place an extrema could exist are called

**critical points**

Using the first derivative we can identify when the original function is increasing or decreasing

For all the values that f’(x) > 0, the function is increasing

For all the values that f’(x) < 0, the function is decreasing

Take the derivative of the function

Set it equal to

**zero**to find your**critical numbers**Plug in a number above the critical point and below the critical point to find the sign of f’(x)

In this example we can see that if we plug in a number higher than 1 (such as 2) we get a negative number → f(x) is decreasing

If we plug in a number less than than 1 (such as zero) we get a positive number → f(x) is increasing

Let’s say that we are given the function f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 + 9x + 2, and we need to find where the function is increasing or decreasing.

To solve this problem, we need to take the derivative of the function f(x) and set it equal to zero to find the critical points.

f'(x) = 3x^2 - 12x + 9

Setting f'(x) equal to zero, we get:

3x^2 - 12x + 9 = 0

Solving for x, we get:

**x = 1 or x = 3**Now, we need to determine whether the function is increasing or decreasing on each interval between the critical points. We can do this by plugging in test values into f'(x) and seeing if the result is positive or negative.

When x < 1, f'(x) is negative, so the function is

**decreasing**.When 1 < x < 3, f'(x) is positive, so the function is

**increasing**.When x > 3, f'(x) is negative, so the function is

**decreasing**.Therefore, the function f(x) is increasing on the interval (1, 3) and decreasing on the intervals (-∞, 1) and (3, ∞).

The first derivative also tells us relative maxima and minima of a function

When the first derivative shifts from

**positive**to**negative**there will be a**relative maximum**When the first derivative shifts from

**negative**to**positive**there will be a**relative maximum**For example, our function above has a relative maximum at x=1 because our derivative changes from positive to negative

To find the absolute (global) extrema you have to consider the

**endpoints**and**critical numbers**Make a table of these values

Then plug back into your

**ORIGINAL FUNCTION**

The first derivative tells us if the function is increasing or decreasing

The second derivative tells us if this is happening at an increasing or decreasing

**rate**

This is given to us by something called

**concavity**For all the values that f”(x) > 0, the function is

**concave up**For all the values that f”(x) < 0, the function is

**concave down**

Take the second derivative of the function

Set it equal to

**zero**to find your**points of inflection**Points of inflection are where the second derivative changes sign

Plug in a number above the critical point and below the critical point to find the sign of f”(x)

Suppose we have a function f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 + 9x + 2. Find the intervals where the function is concave up or concave down using the second derivative test.

To find the intervals where the function is concave up or down, we need to take the second derivative of f(x).

f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 + 9x + 2

f'(x) = 3x^2 - 12x + 9

f''(x) = 6x - 12

To find the critical points, we set f''(x) = 0:

6x - 12 = 0

**x = 2**Now we can use the second derivative test to determine the intervals of concavity:

When x < 2, f''(x) < 0, so the function is concave down.

When x > 2, f''(x) > 0, so the function is concave up.

Therefore, the function is concave down on the interval (-∞, 2) and concave up on the interval (2, ∞).