# Maxima-minima problems

by Kamataat
Tags: maximaminima
 P: 135 Hi! For example y=-x^3-3x=0 gives y'=-3x^2-3 and setting y'=0 we get i and -i as the solutions. What does this say about the existence of the max and min points for the function y? - Kamataat
 P: 22 Hi! -3x2-3=0 has no solutions in real numbers So, y' is always negative (as -3 is) Hence, y is always decreasing (no min and max)
 P: 135 ok, thanks - Kamataat
 P: 84 Maxima-minima problems -x^3-3x=k -x^3-3x-k=0=> where b makes x only have two solutions..... x^3+3x-3x^2+k=(x^2-bx-(b/2)^2)(x+c) x^3-bx^2-b^4/4x+x^2c-bcx-cb^4/4 k= -cb^4/4 -b+c=0 -b^4/4-b^2=-3 b^4+4b^2=12 b^4+4b^2-12=0 (b^2-h)(b^2-a) (a+h)=-4 ah=12
 P: 1 hi! how determine whether that point is the maximum or the minimum?
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 Quote by crisalyn hi! how determine whether that point is the maximum or the minimum?
The second derivative test is helpful. At a critical number c for which f'(c) = 0, if f''(c) > 0, (c, f(c)) is a local minimum point; if f''(c) < 0, (c, f(c)) is a local maximum point.