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HallsofIvy
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Oct30-08, 07:28 AM
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That's a quadratic function. Since it is concave upward it has a minimum but no maxiumum. The minimum is at the vertex you need to find the vertex. You could do that by completing the square but since you have already found the x-intercepts of the function, you can use the fact that, for a parabola with vertical axis, the vertex always lies half way between the x-intercepts.

Since this problem has nothing to do with linear algebra or abstract algebra, I am moving it to "General Mathematics".