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#1
Mar1607, 07:54 AM

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Hi,
I'm in need of some help putting together this proof. I'm not sure if it's just harder than it looks, or I need to spend more time learning how to put them together. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Show that [itex]f(x) = 9x^2 + 3x[/itex] is strictly increasing on the interval [itex](0, 10][/itex] 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution I realise there are various arguments involving the turning point of a quadratic equation, but I don't think this is the type of answer that they're looking for. Let [itex]u < v[/itex] be two elements of the interval [itex](0, 10][/itex]. Then from [itex]f(u) < f(v)[/itex] we obtain: [tex]9u^2 + 3u < 9v^2 + 3v[/tex], [tex]9u^2 + 3u  9v^2 + 3v < 0[/tex] From here, I think I need to get to [itex]u < v[/itex], but I can't see how to do it. Thanks for any help. 


#2
Mar1607, 07:58 AM

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What sign does f(v)f(u) have?



#3
Mar1607, 08:01 AM

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One thing you can do is evaluate the first derivative of the function on that specified interval.
Do you know how can you interpret the sign of the derivative of a function over a specified interval on how the function itself is behaving on that interval? 


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Mar1607, 08:17 AM

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Show that a function is increasing
The sign must be [itex]f(v)  f(u) > 0[/itex], otherwise [itex]f(v) < f(u)[/itex].
Also, thanks for the suggestion about using the derivative, but I'm wondering if this can be done without. Now for another go. Let [itex]u < v[/itex] be in the interval [itex](0, 10][/itex]. Suppose that [itex]f(v) > f(u)[/itex]. Then: [tex]f(v)  f(u) < 0[/tex] [tex]9v^2 + 3v  9u^2 + 3u < 0[/tex] Which can only be true for [itex]u > v[/itex], hence, a contradiction. Is that it, or did I miss a step? Thanks for your help. 


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Mar1607, 09:01 AM

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Your reasoning is circular. If you really want to show its increasing without derivatives show f(v)f(u) is positive by factoring the expression for it. Hint: it's divisible by (vu). Correct the sign on the 3u term first.



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Mar1607, 11:38 AM

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Parthalan  read carfully what Dick is suggesting.
As an added hint start of your reasoning like this Let u, v be two elelements in the interval (0,10] with u<v. f(v)f(u) = ................ and then as Dick says use the information you have to show this must be >0 


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Mar1707, 03:45 AM

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I'm sure I have you all banging your head against a wall by now.
I got this far: Let [itex]f(x) = 9x^2 + 3x[/itex] and [itex]u, v \in (0, 10][/itex], where [itex]u < v[/itex]. If the function is strictly increasing, then [itex]f(u) < f(v)[/itex]. From this, we determine: [tex]f(v)  f(u) = (9v^2 + 3v)  (9u^2 + 3u)[/tex] [tex]= 9v^2 + 3v  9u^2  3u[/tex] [tex]= (3u + 3v)(1 + 3u + 3v)[/tex] [tex]= 3(u  v)(1 + 3u + 3v)[/tex] Since [itex]u < v[/itex], then [itex]u  v[/itex] must be negative. Since the product of two negatives is always a positive, and [itex](1 + 3u + 3v)[/itex] will also be positive, then [itex]f(v)  f(u)[/itex] must be positive, and therefore, [itex]f(u) < f(v)[/itex]. QED. Is that right, or am I still going in circles? Many thanks to the people who have helped. 


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Mar1707, 07:29 AM

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Is it even necessary to write so much about this?
If [tex]0< x_{1} < x_{2}[/tex] [tex]3x_{1} < 3x_{2}[/itex] and [tex]9{x_{1}}^2 < 9{x_{2}}^2 [/tex] . Therefore [tex]9{x_{1}}^2 + 3x_{1} < 9{x_{2}}^2 + 3x_{2}[/tex]. We're done here. 


#9
Mar1707, 07:44 AM

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Thanks!
That was what I tried to do in the first place, but I forgot to factor it first, and ended up trying to show that it was increasing because the difference between [itex]f(x_2)[/itex] and [itex]f(x_1)[/itex] was positive. Changing the inequality directly seems to be the easier way (not as easy as using the derivative, but unfortunately, it's a course that comes before calculus). 


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Mar1707, 02:45 PM

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